Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Life Links 7/1/09

Lila Rose's Live Action group has released another tape of a Planned Parenthood employee (this time in Alabama) not fulfilling her responsibility to report statutory rape.

The local CBS station has already covered release of the tape and received a statement from someone at the sheriff's office and Planned Parenthood.

Chuck Colson writes about how a PBS special showed unborn children responding to music.
Part of this research involved the effect of music on fetuses. While we knew that mothers often sing to their unborn children, we weren’t sure that the unborn child could hear them.

We are now. A segment of The Music Instinct featured Sheila C. Woodward of the University of Southern California, who has studied fetal responses to music. A camera and a microphone designed for underwater use were inserted into the uterus of a pregnant woman. And then Woodward sang.

The hydrophone picked up two sounds: the “whooshing” of the uterine artery and the unmistakable sound of a woman singing a lullaby.

Then something extraordinary happened. Upon hearing the woman’s voice, the unborn child smiled....

Perhaps understandably, the connection between fetal responses to music and abortion weren’t mentioned in the show. What is not so understandable is that the program’s website contains no mention of Woodward and her findings. It’s as if someone realized the implications and hoped nobody would notice.

I don’t think that there’s some kind of conspiracy afoot. I just think that the PBS people’s worldview won’t allow them to make the obvious connection. Abortion on demand is only possible if people minimize the similarities between the fetus and us.

Stephen Waldman replies to critics of his idea to provide financial incentives for women who make adoption plans.

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