Thursday, November 05, 2009

Life Links 11/5/09

National Right to Life’s Douglas Johnson has issued a statement on Congressman Ellsworth’s “compromise” language in health care reform.
"Any House member who votes for the Pelosi rule is voting to establish a federal government insurance plan, the public option, that the bill explicitly authorizes to pay for all elective abortions. When a federal agency pays for abortions, that is federal funding of abortion in reality, whatever contrived labels Speaker Pelosi or her acolytes slap over it. The Ellsworth language is a political fig leaf made out of cellophane -- it directs the federal Secretary of Health to hire a contractor to deliver to abortion providers the payments for elective abortions, payments that are explicitly authorized by the bill [on page 110]. This is a money-laundering scheme -- a federally funded 'bag man' will deliver government funds to abortionists. This is federal funding of elective abortion."
The New York Times also has an article on this issue. I’m struggling to understand why paying a private contractor to handle public funds to pay for abortions would alleviate prolife concerns.

Cook County Judge Daniel Riley has put another hold on Illinois’ parental notification law which was originally passed in 1995 and has yet to go into effect. The AP article also notes that Planned Parenthood claims to have been providing notification since August for teens who were comfortable telling their parents. If they weren’t, then PP referred them to another clinic. PP will now stop providing notifications.

Texas abortionist Curtis Boyd admits to knowing that he’s killing.
"Am I killing?" Boyd said. "Yes, I am. I know that."

Boyd said he is an ordained Baptist minister who has now turned Unitarian. He said he prays often.

"I'll ask that the spirit of this pregnancy be returned to God with love and understanding," he said.
If the name sounds familiar it’s because Boyd is a long time abortionist who even admits to performing illegal abortions before Roe v. Wade. He had a clinic in New Mexico which was damaged in 2007 after a disgruntled father, upset about his girlfriend’s planned abortion, set fire to it.

New Zealand researcher David Fergusson has another study out which concludes that abortion “"leads to significant distress in some" women. The study was published in the British Journal of Psychiatry and the New Zealand Herald has an article on it.
The study found that women who reported at least one negative reaction had rates of mental health problems "approximately 1.4 to 1.8 times higher than women not exposed to abortion".

The report concluded: "This evidence raises important questions about the practice of justifying termination of pregnancy on the grounds that this procedure will reduce risks of mental health problems in women having unwanted pregnancy.....

It said the findings did not support the extremes of either the pro-abortion, or pro-life camps. They were "not consistent with strong pro-life positions that depict unwanted pregnancy terminated by abortion as having devastating consequences for women's mental health".

Nor did they "support strong pro-choice positions that claim unwanted pregnancy terminated by abortion is without mental health risks".

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