December 2009 Newsletter

Posted By on December 23, 2009

Magazine Says Millennials are More pro-Life—Josh MontezNew York Magazine, known for its liberal bent, has acknowledged the millennial generation is the most pro-life since the “Silent Generation” of the 1930s and ‘40s.  In an article published November 29th, Jennifer Senior asks, “Just how pro-choice is America, really?”  The answer, according to Senior is “Not much.”  Senior points out that pregnancy resource centers now outnumber abortion clinics, and voters between the ages of 18 and 29 have “come of age during the partial-birth debate” and were “the first to grow up with pictures of sonograms on their refrigerators.”  Michael D. Hais, co-author of Millennial Makeover: My Space, You Tube and the Future of American Politics, is featured in the article.  “It is not a matter, necessarily, of religious belief because, in fact, this generation is the least religious of any current generation in a traditional sense,” he said.  “I think they would view abortion as something that’s hurtful to the entire society, the entire group.”  Esther Fleece, assistant to the president for millennial relations at Focus on the Family, agrees.  “Abortion is something that we have misled people in thinking that it is for the woman’s best interest,” she said, “and I think what we are seeing now is a shift that life is in everybody’s best interest.”

Minnesota Woman’s Unborn Baby Has Surgery While Still in the Womb—St. Paul, MN ( Minnesota woman’s baby is recovering after doctors performed a rare surgery while the baby was still half in the womb.  Jennifer Kuklok calls her daughter Lilyana “a trouper.”  Lilyana is now 6 weeks old.  When her mother had an ultrasound at 20 weeks, doctors discovered a tumor that could kill the baby.  The non-cancerous tumor stretched through the mouth and connected to the skull base.  Once the baby was full-term, doctors partially delivered Lilyana, only pulling her head and shoulders out of the womb.  Doctors kept Lilyana attached to the umbilical cord, allowing her to breathe during the procedure.  Doctors later did a tracheotomy, so the baby could continue to breathe.  They also removed the tumor a couple days later.  Lilyana spent another four weeks in the hospital before going home.

France Parliament Rejects Legislation Allowing Legalization of Euthanasia—Paris, France ( parliamentarians rejected the draft of law to make euthanasia legal.  Some 326 French deputies voted against the draft and 202 for.  The recommended draft of law defines that any adult having serious health conditions can apply for medical service to have an euthanasia death with a doctor’s help.  Currently few European states have adopted assisted suicide or euthanasia laws, including Benelux countries, Switzerland; while France, Italy and the UK allow sick people to refuse medical service.  The Alliance for Human Life released a statement applauding the vote.  “The French do not want aggressive treatment.  When they understand that aggressive treatment does not include euthanasia, most of our citizens are reassured.  We therefore ask that the Leoneiit law be know and more fully implemented, which requires a more proactive promotion of palliative care,” it said.

South Korea Will Begin Enforcing Abortion Ban in Response to Population Decline—Seoul, South Korea ( Korean officials may begin to enforce the nation’s ban on abortions thanks to a significant population decline taking place there and in other Asian nations like Japan.  A demographic implosion now threatens the country’s economic stability and is producing worker shortages and concerns that elderly Koreans will not be able to be supported.  On Wednesday, the Presidential Council for Future and Vision announced new efforts to increase births “We have been a society that promoted abortion,” Kwak Seung-jun of the Presidential Council said.  “There are few people who realize abortion is illegal.  We must work to create a mood where abortion is discouraged.”  The government plans to encourage fathers to take child care leave, campaigning against abortion and providing incentives to families with three or more children.  The council is focusing on reducing child-rearing expenses, broadening a society’s acceptance of working and single mothers and increasing the number of people who can become Korean citizens.  Korea posted the second-lowest fertility rate in the world, according to the 2009 report by the United Nations Population Fund.  The rate was 1.22, just behind Bosnia and Herzegovina’s 1.22.  Health Minister Jeon Jae-hee talked about the educational campaign that may be undertaken against abortion.  “As a minister in charge of the matter, we will sternly crack down on illegal abortions after a grace period” the official said.

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