Sunday, 14 September 2014

The End of Abortion


Christianity has been hijacked by right-wing zealots who have demeaned the teachings of Jesus. When they quote the bible, they take phrases out of context and interpret them with an extreme brand of literalism that distorts or ignores their vast possibilities of meaning. Even worse, they practice a selective literalism - taking literally those words and phrases that superficially support their agenda, but ignoring Christ's words whenever they do not. As if this were not enough, they then poison public discourse by insinuating, or stating unabashedly, that to vote for policies or candidates who disagree with their program is tantamount to 'sin'. I am not a Christian, but I have a deep respect for real Christianity, as I have for all real religion. This, however, is something much less.

Given the insistence of the Christian Right in taking the words of the Bible seriously and living by its precepts, it is rather extraordinary to realize that of their two major modern battleground issues - abortion and homosexuality - Christ says nothing at all. The Catholic Church gets around this by noting that they have always considered Church tradition and priestly interpretations of "natural law" as crucial to their doctrines, but the Protestant movement is based on Martin Luther's break with these Catholic ideas: Evangelicals insist on the words of Scripture alone for their authority.

Of course, there are a few phrases here and there that are dredged up and misinterpreted in an attempt to secure biblical sanction. In Deuteronomy, for instance, Moses tells the assembled Israelites that they have been given a choice between "life and prosperity, death and destruction." He assures them that if they will love the Lord and follow his commandments they will live long happy lives and be blessed. If they turn away from God they will just as assuredly meet with destruction. "Now choose life," he advises, so that they will be blessed and enjoy the land that had been promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Some opponents of abortion have extracted Moses' injunction to "choose life" and turned it into a rallying cry and bumper-sticker for their unrelated cause. This is typical, but its semi-humorous obviousness serves to emphasize the fact that the Bible itself is neither for nor against abortion. (I should note that I was recently present at a study group in which several somewhat obscure biblical passages were interpreted to support the right of abortion that is accepted by many in Reform Judaism.)

On the other hand, the Bible has a great deal to say about divorce, and a literal reading of these statements does not leave much room for quibbling about their meaning. According to the prophet Malachi, God explicitly says "I hate divorce." According to Paul, "A husband must not divorce his wife." And Jesus states unequivocally that "anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery." This is pretty clear! So why aren't the right-wing protectors of morality lobbying to outlaw divorce? Perhaps because a few too many members of the group have 'selected' to ignore these scriptural admonitions and have gotten divorced themselves. On the other hand, it is still relatively easy, though becoming rather less so, to imagine that women-who-choose-abortion, and gays, are not members of the group: they are 'other', and all sorts of potent negative emotion can easily be directed at 'them'.

Actually, there was a time not that long ago when the divorce issue was important in Republican politics. Nelson Rockefeller, who was divorced and remarried, could not get his party's presidential nomination at least in part for precisely this reason. But twenty years later, the delegates were fawning over another divorced-and-remarried candidate, Ronald Reagan. Suddenly, the clear biblical injunction against divorce was a matter of no concern. The imagined injunction against abortion took center stage. It has proven to be a very politically-useful issue. Reagan (who had previously signed a bill as Governor of California that legalized abortion) kept the issue very much alive for eight years as did Bush I and II during their tenures. People rallied, and continue to rally, to the cause. People with little or no interest in preserving the sanctity of life when it comes to war, capital punishment, discrimination, or the degradation of hunger and poverty, become morally outraged to the extreme over this issue. They rant against the Judiciary, the Humanists, the Liberals, and of course the Democrats, and Conservative Republicans do nothing to quiet their fervor. The simple fact is, these people bring out the vote.





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All of this, of course, avoids the question of the rightness or wrongness of aborting a fetus. But it would be difficult to find many people who would offer the opinion that abortion is a good thing. No one likes abortion. The issue is not the 'goodness' or 'badness' of abortion: it's a sad and dreadful choice with enormous moral, psychological, and spiritual repercussions. The issue is whether it would be right or wrong, wise or foolish, to make it illegal. And right here there are grounds for hoping that we can eventually put this question to rest, if the political hacks and media charlatans would just stop riling people up.

Most proponents of anti-abortion legislation acknowledge that such laws will not stop the occurrence of abortion itself, or even slow it down very much if at all. Most understand that making abortion illegal will increase the frequency of botched surgery, terrible injury, and unnecessary death. Most acknowledge that only a serious change in the cultural and moral climate can truly lower the frequency of abortion. A relentlessly pornographic media will continue to encourage unwanted pregnancies. A culture that entertains its children with constant persuasion to seek sex without responsibility will continue to encourage unwanted pregnancies. All of this has to change, and not by passing restrictive laws. The responsibility lies with us, with our own 'suggestibility', the astonishing ease with which we abdicate all efforts to think and reason and choose for ourselves, and believe and do whatever we are told to believe and do. It's not that the government isn't doing enough. It's that we are passive.

If the Religious Right really wants to stop the tragedy of abortion, and not merely stir people up to vote for their candidates, it would be far more useful to focus their energies on the cultural, moral, and sociological climate: ending poverty; encouraging people to boycott the media exploitation of sex and violence; teaching our boys that treating women respectfully and becoming responsible fathers is the real definition of Manhood; teaching our girls that they are loved for their minds, hearts and souls, not just their bodies; encouraging adoption; and perhaps even remembering that the Gospels are supposed to be 'good news' - not a justification for being nasty and punitive.

If the Democrats and Liberals want to help, they have to stop ignoring the moral implications of abortion while focusing exclusively on issues of privacy and a woman's right to choose. It is just this distinction, between the morality of abortion and the politics of abortion, that the Democrats don't seem get. Both are important. But by ignoring the religious and ethical implications, they continue to turn off half or more of the electorate while stoking the endless fires of violent discord over the issue.

These fires have been raging for decades. It's enough. We have to change. Not them. And not the government.




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Saturday, 13 September 2014

Things Abortion Clinics Can Improve On


Customer service

Customer service does not end with, "Hi! Thank you for calling. How may I help you?" No. it does not work that way. Commercial establishments have to do so much than that, most especially those that are in the service industry. An abortion clinic can give the most customer service for its patient's, given that it works so much like an actual hospital. Unfortunately, some abortion clinics do not give a rat's but about taking extra care of their patients. As long as they give the abortion service their patients ask, they believe it is already good enough. Women can use more smile and caring hands when they are in such a situation.

Professional service

There are still doctors that malpractice abortion. If you are keeping tabs with medical news or even news in general, you will find doctors that violate the abortion regulations set by the state they are in. you would think that doctors would be extra careful now that abortion regulations are starting to get stricter again. Their lives (and that of their dental clinics') will be less stressful if they abide by the regulations set for them to follow. It won't hurt to add more credible and skilled doctors and Obstetrics & Gynaecology specialists to their staff. That will also add credibility to the name of the abortion clinic.

Entertainment

Come on, magazines? Those are probably some of the most clich├ęd and boring entertainment to can give to your customers. Think like your customers and decide what other things can get their minds off the operation even for a few moments. Board games? That will do if the customer has company with her but not so much when she's alone. Television? Now we are thinking! Television is perfect to distract the mind. If you have extra income, you can also add a Wi-Fi hotspot in your building, preferably in the receiving and waiting areas of your abortion clinic. Everybody loves establishments with free Internet connection.





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Facilities

I refuse to believe that your facilities go way back to the seventies. That is just sad. No, I'd rather believe that your facilities are just behind the more high-tech facilities of other abortion clinics. Either way, your medical equipment can use a little change. Even if you did it bit by bit, one equipment after the other, that will still be an improvement for your clinic. You can also give a better quality service for your customers. Think of it as an investment.

Sanitation

You may think that your abortion clinic is already clean enough because you have a health permit. However, if you put your mind into it, you can give a cleaner environment for your customers. We are not just talking about garbage collection or the cleanliness of your halls. You have to give extra attention to bathrooms and rooms-patients' rooms, operating rooms, and other major places where sanitation is in demand. A little fragrance in the patients' rooms is also good-some odor of freshness and comfort. I believe your customers will appreciate the extra effort.




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Friday, 12 September 2014

Unbiased Abortion Faqs


The topic of abortion is extremely controversial and has received a great deal of media coverage regarding the legality, morality, and constitutionality of the topic. There are a phenomenal number of groups and organizations in existence that are willing to provide their version of abortion facts, but take great care when seeking information on abortion.

Many of these organizations or groups put a certain spin on information or only present part of the information in order to show their stance in the most positive light. Depending on the specific stance of the group or organization at hand, either pro choice or pro life, the information can potentially be widely skewed and you will not have the necessary understanding of the argument or the procedure. If you are a woman faced with an unwanted pregnancy and wish to seek out all potential options that are available to you or if you are an individual who wishes to learn more about the topic of abortion before you form your own opinions, be sure to seek out information from unbiased sources.

In a topic as complex and widely discussed as abortion, there are few outlets that offer truly unbiased abortion facts. This is mainly because the topic is highly fueled with a number of factors, including religious and moral ones, that can influence your way of thinking. Try to find unbiased sources that are legitimate and trust worthy. Most news organizations are capable of presenting news or current events issues in an unbiased light, so these outlets are a great source of information. However, that being said, many media outlets are run by groups with pro life or pro choice agendas, so the information presented is biased and should not be trusted without first learning the counterpoint.

The best way to attain information about abortion is to hear from both sides of the argument. Both the pro life and the pro choice sides have a great many organizations that regularly provide a great deal of information and other abortion facts. By learning about both sides of the argument, you will be better able to form your own opinions and make your own choices.

Abortion FAQ Answered

The topic of abortion is a widely debated and controversial one in the country, and has been for many years. There is a great deal of incorrect or biased information available from organizations and groups with different agendas. This information may come from a pro life organization or a pro choice organization and has a certain spin so that the specific information is presented in a certain manner so that it benefits that group's position on the topic of abortion. Although this information may be mostly correct, it can be written in a manner so that it seems to be for or against abortion, depending on the stance of the specific organization. Instead of seeking information from a biased source or only researching one specific organization for information, seek out a number of sources for their abortion FAQ.





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Abortion FAQ stands for Frequently Asked Questions and can deal with a number of topics and concerns regarding the controversial topic of abortion. Such questions can deal with topics like legality, medical treatment options, alternative options, and emotion support for after the procedure has been performed. You should take great care to ask any questions that you may have regarding abortion, not matter how small or trivial. Seek out answers to all your questions through researching the internet or your local library or by asking medical professionals, clergy, or individuals who have experienced the procedure in the past. Remember, FAQ stands for Frequently Asked Questions, so you are certainly not the first person have these questions regarding a topic as important as abortion.

When seeking answer to abortion FAQ, look toward the medical community for help. Ask your physician questions or seek a referral to a physician who will be capable of answering these questions. Look for a second or third opinion for your inquiries in order to receive information from a variety of trained professionals. When asking questions directly regarding the abortion procedure, make sure you understand the details of the procedure in addition to any potential side effects or complications that may occur. By understanding all aspects of the procedure, you will be able to make an informed decision whether to pursue and abortion or not.




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Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Abortion and Post Abortion Syndrome


Post-Abortion syndrome is a form of post-traumatic stress disorder. The process of making an abortion choice, experiencing the procedure and living with the grief, pain and regret is certainly, at its very core, traumatic. As with any trauma, individuals often try to "forget" the ordeal and deny or ignore any pain that may result. Many simply don't relate their distress to the abortion experience. At some point, however, memories resurface and the truth of this loss can no longer be denied. During these moments, the pain of post-abortion syndrome reveals itself in the hearts of millions of lives.

The symptoms of post abortion syndrome will not necessarily appear at the same time, nor is likely that any woman will experience the entire list. Some may occur immediately after an abortion and others much later. If you can identify with more than two of these symptoms, it could be that you are experiencing post-abortion syndrome.

Below are the symptoms that describe post-abortion syndrome, as described by Dr. Paul and Teri Reisser in their book, Help for the Post-Abortive Woman (now entitled A Solitary Sorrow):

1. Guilt. Guilt is what an individual feels when she has violated her own moral code. For the woman who has come to believe, at some point either before or after the abortion, that she consented to the killing of her unborn child, the burden of guilt is relentless. There is little consolation to offer the woman who has transgressed one of nature's strongest instincts: the protection a mother extends to her young. In fact, many post-abortive women believe that any unhappy events that have occurred since the abortion were inevitable because they "deserve it."

2. Anxiety. Anxiety is defined as an unpleasant emotional and physical state of apprehension that may take the form of tension, (inability to relax, irritability, etc.), physical responses (dizziness, pounding heart, upset stomach, headaches, etc.), worry about the future, difficulty concentrating and disturbed sleep. The conflict between a woman's moral standards and her decision to abort generates much of this anxiety. Very often, she will not relate her anxiety to a post-abortion syndrome abortion, and yet she will unconsciously begin to avoid anything having to do with babies. She may make excuses for not attending a baby shower, skip the baby aisle at the grocery store and so forth.

3. Psychological "numbing." Many post-abortive women maintain a secret vow that they will never again allow themselves to be put in such a vulnerable position. As a result, often without conscious thought, they may work hard to keep their emotions in tight check, preventing themselves from feeling the pain of what has happened, but also greatly hampering their ability to form and maintain close relationships. Cut off even from themselves, they may feel as though their lives were happening to another person.

4. Depression and thoughts of suicide. All of us experience depression from time to time, but the following forms of it are certainly common in women who have experienced abortion:



Sad mood--ranging from feelings of melancholy to total hopelessness.

Sudden and uncontrollable crying episodes--the source of which appear to be a total mystery.

Deterioration of self-concept--because she feels wholly deficient in her ability to function as a "normal" woman. Sleep, appetite, and sexual disturbances--usually in a pattern of insomnia, loss of appetite and/or reduced sex drive.

Reduced motivation--for the normal activities of life. The things that occupied her life before the depression no longer seem worth doing.

Disruption in interpersonal relationships--because of the general lack of enthusiasm for all activities. This is especially evidenced in her relationship with her husband or boyfriend, particularly if he was involved in the abortion decision.

Thoughts of suicide--or preoccupation with death. Not surprisingly, in a study done by the Elliot Institute some 33% of post-abortive women surveyed reached a level of depression so deep that they would rather die than go on.

5. Anniversary syndrome. In the survey reference previously, some 54% of post-abortive women report an increase of post-abortion syndrome symptoms around the time of the anniversary of the abortion and/or the due date of the aborted child.

6. Re-experiencing the abortion. A very common event described by post-abortive women is the sudden distressing, recurring "flashbacks" of the abortion episode, often occurring during situations that resemble some aspect of the abortion, such as a routine gynecological exam, or even the sound of a vacuum cleaners suction. "Flashbacks" also occur in the form of recurring nightmares about babies in general or the aborted baby in particular. These "dreams" usually involve themes of lost, dismembered or crying babies.





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7. Preoccupation with becoming pregnant again. A significant percentage of women who abort become pregnant again within one year, and many others verbalize the desire to conceive again as quickly as possible. The new baby, sometimes referred to as the "atonement baby," may represent an unconscious desire to replace the one that was aborted.

8. Anxiety over fertility and childbearing issues. A common post abortion syndrome symptom in women is a fear that they will never again become pregnant or be able to carry a pregnancy to term. Some expect to have handicapped children because they have "disqualified themselves as good mothers." Many refer to these fears as punishments from God.

9. Interruption of the bonding process with present and/or future children. Fearing another devastating loss, a post-abortive woman may not allow herself to truly bond with other children. Another common reaction is to atone for her actions toward the aborted child by becoming the world's most perfect mother to her remaining or future children. Likewise, the woman who already had children at the time of her abortion may discover that she is beginning to view them in a different light. At one extreme, she may unconsciously devalue them, thinking things like, "you were the lucky one. You were allowed to live." Or she may go in the opposite direction and become overly protective.

10. Survival guilt. Most women do not abort for trivial reasons. They are usually in the midst of a heartbreaking situation whereby they stand to lose much if they choose to carry their pregnancies to term. In the end, the decision boils down to a sorrowful "It's me or you, and I choose me." But while the abortion frees them from their current trauma, it frequently produces in them an unrelenting guilt for choosing their own comfort over the life of the child.

11. Development of eating disorders. Some post-abortive women developed anorexia or bulimia. While this phenomenon remains largely unexplored at this time, several factors may contribute to it. First, a substantial weight gain or severe weight loss is associated with unattractiveness, which reduces the odds of becoming pregnant again. Second, becoming unattractive serves as a form of self-punishment and helps perpetuate the belief that the woman is unworthy of anyone's attention. Third, extremes in eating behavior represent a form of control for the woman who feels her life is totally out of control. And finally, a drastic weight loss can shut down the menstrual cycle, thus preventing any future pregnancies.

12. Alcohol and drug abuse. Alcohol and drug use often serve initially as a form of self-medication--a way of coping with the pain of the abortion memories. Sadly, the woman who resorts to alcohol and/or drugs eventually finds herself having not only more problems but also fewer resources with which to solve them. The mental and physical consequences of alcohol or drug abuse only amplify most of the symptoms the woman is already experiencing.

13. Other self-punishing or self-degrading behaviors. In addition to eating disorders and substance abuse, the post-abortive woman may also enter in abusive relationships, become promiscuous, and fail to take care of herself medically or deliberately hurt herself emotionally and/or physically.

14. Brief reactive psychosis. Rarely, a post-abortive woman may experience a brief psychotic episode for two weeks or less after her abortion. The break with reality and subsequent recovery are both extremely rapid, and in most cases the person returns completely to normal when it is over. While this is an unusual reaction to abortion, it bears mentioning only because it is possible for a person to have a brief psychotic reaction to a stressful even without being labeled a psychotic individual. During such and episode, the individual's perception of reality is drastically distorted. These individuals should be referred to the care of a professional.

There are many other angles of post-abortive pain. But for everyone who has chosen abortion -- regardless of the circumstances surrounding this decision and number of abortions -- there is good news! Thousands of us who have chosen abortion have found healing when we finally stopped running from these memories. The same peace that I have found is available for you!

For most individuals, abortion is a closely held secret. Rarely do we talk about this pain with family or friends. This is because of feelings like fear of judgment, guilt, shame and grief. In reading this article you have taken a step of great courage. My prayer is that this won't be your first step but the beginning of a journey that will lead to restoration and healing.




Ramah International, Inc. was founded by Sydna A. Masse, a post-abortive woman who experienced God's healing touch eleven years after her abortion through a crisis pregnancy center's ministry program. Upon hearing a recent statistic from the research arm of the largest abortion provider in the world that "... 43% of women will experience abortion at least once by the age of 45 years," she began efforts to minister directly to these hearts.

If you've had an abortion, and feel like you are the "only one" experiencing pain, understand that you are not alone. Please visit our website at http://www.ramahinternational.org for more in depth information and many resources that will offer you direction and healing.

Previous to her work through Ramah, Sydna served Dr. James C. Dobson as the Manager of Focus on the Family's Crisis Pregnancy Ministry. Through her seven years directing that ministry, she saw first-hand the limited resources available to mothers, fathers, grandparents and siblings touched by an abortion decision. Her first effort to reach these hearts is available through a new book -- Her Choice to Heal: Finding Spiritual and Emotional Peace After Abortion, which is currently available in most Christian bookstores.

If you have suffered from a past abortion decision, or know someone dealing with this pain, help is available. Contact Ramah International for more information.





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Tuesday, 9 September 2014

The Abortion Rate in the United States


About a year ago, the Alan Guttmacher Institute in New York published data that indicate legal abortions in the United States dropped to 1.2 million in 2005, the lowest level since 1974. This came as good news to mainstream Americans, most of whom believe that abortions should be safe and legal, but rare.

The Institute cited a number of reasons for the decline, including more effective use of contraceptives, increased use of Plan B and an overall lower rate of unintended pregnancies. Some observers added that improved sex education classes at the high school level and federally funded abstinence programs may also have contributed to the decline.

The story about the Guttmacher report was issued by the Associated Press, which focused on the rate of decline in abortions. In doing so, however, the reporters missed other useful and important data, including:

• Of 6.4 million pregnancies in the United States each year, 51 per cent are intended and 49 per cent are unintended.

• Approximately 52 per cent of unintended pregnancies result in childbirth. The remaining 48 per cent result in abortions.

• Abortion is one of the most common surgical procedures in the United States, and also one of the safest.

• The number of physicians who are providing patients with medical (primarily RU-486) rather than surgical abortions has increased from 6 percent in 2001 to 13 percent today. Also, 22 percent of all abortions under 9 weeks are now medical, not surgical.

• The percentage of females age 15 and younger who receive abortions is less than one percent of the total. In contrast, women between the ages of 20 and 29 account for 56 percent of all abortions.





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• Approximately 80 percent of all abortions involve embryos at a gestational age of 10 weeks or less. Only one percent are so-called "late-term" abortions (21 or more weeks).

• Of women seeking abortions, 14 per cent are married.

• When women seeking abortions were asked about religious identification, 43 percent stated they were Protestant, 27 percent said they were Catholic, and 30 percent reported none or "other."

• The United States, which greatly restricts sex education in high school, had one of the highest abortion rates among industrialized countries at 21 per 1,000 women. The Netherlands, in contrast, had a rate of only 9 per 1,000--a low rate often attributed to comprehensive sex education at the secondary level.

The Guttmacher report, prepared in conjunction with Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health, dispels some misconceptions about abortions while illuminating areas of importance. When the entire report is considered, we see that the number of females under age 15 seeking abortions and also the number of late-term abortions are both statistically insignificant. That is surprising, considering how much time and effort some politicians devote to these two areas.

We see also that most women who seek abortions are in their twenties and that some are married. They represent all racial, ethnic and economic levels.

Finally, we see that the rate of non-surgical abortions involving RU-486 ("Mifepristone") is rising and that more health professionals are offering this option to patients.




See also: http://ezinearticles.com/?Abortion-Rights&id=2045676

The author has a B.S. degree from the University of Illinois and an M.B.A. degree from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

He was a career U. S. Marine officer for 20+ years, and then the CEO of a successful corporation in northern Virginia until 1997. From then until 2004 he was an adjunct professor of management at both 2-year and 4-year universities in Virginia.

He has written on a variety of topics for The Washington Post and The Potomac News.

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Sunday, 7 September 2014

The Abortion Battle in America - Killing the Tree One Leaf at a Time


In my front yard. there is a 30-foot oak . The tree is old, diseased, and too close to the house. It's a hazard. I have to get rid of it. So, first thing in the morning, I am going to get a ladder, climb to the top of the tree, and pluck all the leaves I can carry. The next day, I will go get a ladder, climb the tree, and pluck leaves. The day after that, I'll get the ladder...

I am never going to get rid of that tree by pulling leaves.

In 1973, Rove v. Wade moved abortion to the frontlines of America's political conscience. It moved to the front and stayed there. Thirty-five years later, we are no closer to resolving to this issue. The "pro-life" movement has been plucking legal leaves. Some anti-abortion activists have so focused on overturning this legal ruling that they have forgotten the goal of the fight. Stop abortions.

The law is one very small component in the abortion fight. Legal victories have had little effect on the number of abortion performed in this country. The Heritage Foundation analyzed abortion data in states that have enacted restrictive abortion laws. They studied four major areas of legislation: parental consent, Medicaid funding restrictions, informed consent, and partial birth abortion prohibitions.[1] Only Medicare funding restrictions had any statistically significant effect on the state's abortion rates.

Consider the effect of the recent Supreme Court ruling on partial birth abortion.[2] Pro-life legalists wasted fifteen-years to obtain a handful of leaves. This pro-life ruling will not prevent one abortion. This law delineates the acceptable location of the abortion. A doctor may dismember the child in the upper section of birth canal but not the lower. It does not deter legal abortion; it defines legal abortion. Someone forgot the goal.

Likewise, there is no evidence that overturning Rove v. Wade will stop abortion. Rove v. Wade established abortion law as a federal matter. When Roe is reversed, control of abortion law reverts to the states. Even in a post Roe era, no American woman will live more than three states away from access to a legal abortion. We will have a patchwork of fifty state abortion laws. Legal analysts separate states into three positions based upon projected law.


22 states are likely to impose significant new restrictions on abortion
12 states are likely to impose some moderate new restrictions on abortion
16 states and the District of Columbia are likely to continue current access to abortion.[3]
What if all fifty states passed highly restrictive abortion laws? Data indicates that even restrictive abortion laws have little impact on abortion rates. Latin American countries have the most restrictive laws in the world. However, abortion rates in Latin America's are 50% higher than current US rates.[4] Abortion is the primary birth control method in these countries.[5] Worldwide, there is virtually no correlation between the stringency of abortion law and national abortion rates. Availability of reliable contraception, economic factors, and social mores are more predictive of a nation's abortion rate than its legal structure.

So should Christians who hate abortion abandon the legal battle? No, we don't abandon the legal area. However, we must recognize that legal matters will not be the main front. The legal forays are the most time consuming, most expensive, and least productive area of the abortion battle. And while there is significant evidence that abortion rates are more responsive to economic factors than legal ones, I propose Christians invest their energy into the most productive area of change. Law and economy are not the primary abortion issues. Sin is the primary abortion issue. We cannot diminish the abortion rate without changing social mores.





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95% of Americans engage in premarital sex.[6] Less than 7% of pregnancies within marriage are aborted while 40% of pregnancies to unmarried women end in abortion.[7] Conception outside of marriage is the greatest predictor of abortion. Sex sin is the primary abortion issue.

This nation will not pass a law against premarital sex; it would be ridiculously ineffective. Experience teaches that the people would not honor this new law because they don't honor the old law. In Deuteronomy, God gave law about sex sin and the people didn't keep it. God's law is perfect and His law does not end abortion. The Supreme Court of the United States cannot issue a ruling that will be more effective than God's preexistent law. The people are sinful. They couldn't keep the law then; we can't keep the law now.

Except by grace through Jesus Christ. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. (Romans 6:14 KJV)

Jesus died on the cross so that man would have the ability to triumph over sin. By grace, we can avoid the sex sin that leads to murder sin. Without this, there is no ability to keep the law. Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to abide in us and keep us from being sin controlled. The remedy to abortion is evangelism.

As Christians, we should be the first to understand the limitations of law and the life-changing power of salvation through Jesus Christ. This nation's abortion laws are a side issue. Born-again women, living under grace and powered by the Holy Spirit, don't have abortions. Let us put our considerable effort where there can be considerable effect. Let's preach the Good News of Jesus Christ and watch the world change.

Remember the goal, put down your ladder, and grab an axe. We've got a tree to chop down!

[1] The Heritage Foundation, Analyzing the Effects of State Legislation on the Incidence of Abortion During the 1990s, Center for Data Analysis Report #04-01, New, Michael J, Ph.D.; January 21, 2004, http://www.heritage.org/Research/Family/CDA04-01.cfm#pgfId-1031328

[2] Gonzales v. Carhart, 550 U.S.

[3] USA Today, 'Roe v. Wade': The Divided States of America, April 17, 2006, Carey, Anne R; Ron Coddington, April 17, 2006

[4] Guttmacher Institute, International Family Planning Perspectives, 1999, 25(Supplement):S30-S38, The Incidence of Abortion Worldwide, Henshaw, Stanley K; Susheela Singh and Taylor Haas

[5]The Hill of the Goats: Solidarity with the Poor in Latin America. Ronan, James J., Rev; http://www.nccbuscc.org/prolife/programs/rlp//97rlpron.shtml

[6] See Lawrence B. Finer, Guttmacher Inst., Trends in Premarital Sex in the United States, 1954-2003, 122 Pub. Health Rep. , [http://www.publichealthreports.org/userfiles/122_1/12_PHR122-1_73-78.pdf]

[7] CDC Media Relations: Press Release, October 2003, [http://www.cdc.gov/od/oc/media/pressrel/fs031031.htm]




Yvonne Reeves-Chong is speaker, writer, evangelist and witness for "The Defense." As a divorced, single parent, she spent most of her early adult life fully focused on earning enough money to support and raise her son. She spent twenty-five years as a salesperson, administrator, and finance manager. Yvonne understood harvest principles and had one measure of success. The bottom-line. She understood profit- “get it; then get more.”

But, the Holy Spirit kept prompting her with this question, “What is My bottom-line?” In study, it was clear. God’s bottom-line is Salvation. He expects us to “get saved and then go get more saved. “ Yvonne discovered the profitability of sowing. “The Seed is the Word of God.”

She re-focused her life from the financial bottom-line to God’s evangelistic bottom-line. Now her sole determination is to sow God’s Word- until she leaves the earth by translation, rapture, or at 120 years of age with her eyes not dimmed and her natural force not abated.

You can reach Yvonne at [http://www.SeedistheWord.com]





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Saturday, 14 June 2014

Research reveals more than half of young women who have abortions were using contraception when they fell pregnant

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Research reveals more than half of young women who have abortions were using contraception when they fell pregnant

Reproductive health charity Marie Stopes UK has launched the findings of the first research in the UK into the contraceptive use of women aged 16-24 having one or more abortions. It found that more than half (57%) of women were using contraception when they became pregnant, with short-term methods like the pill or condoms the most commonly used instead of the more reliable long acting methods.

Researchers analysed five years of the charity's patient data, surveying 430 women - 121 of whom had previously had an abortion - to gain an insight into how post-abortion contraception services can be strengthened and reduce the numbers of women seeking subsequent abortions. Although the total number of abortions in England and Wales has gradually declined in recent years, the number of women seeking abortion who had one or more previous abortions is increasing[i].

Key findings include:

The majority were using short-term methods, such as the pill (54%) or condoms (40%) Only 12% of women had used emergency contraception 28% of women had had one or more previous abortions, and the older a women is, the more likely she is to have more than one abortion Uptake of contraception at four weeks post-abortion was extremely high at 86%, but 67% used their chosen method for less than a year. Reasons for stopping included menstrual irregularities for long-acting reversible contraception (LARCs) and not renewing supply in time for pills and injections 63% of all young women received a post-abortion LARC from Marie Stopes (compared to 30% in England as a whole). Women are more likely to choose a LARC method if they've had a previous abortion, or had a surgical rather than a medical abortion.

Genevieve Edwards, Director of Policy at Marie Stopes UK said:
"Women have three fertile decades to manage, but too many women are being let down by a lack of on-going support in choosing and using the most effective method of contraception.

"If we tackled the lack of sex and relationships education in schools, invested in contraceptive training for health professionals and bridged the gap between abortion, contraception and sexual health services, we'd see the rates of unwanted pregnancies plummet."

Not all methods provide the same protection. With typical use, around 9 in 100 women will become pregnant each year on the pill, while condoms have a failure rate of 18%, compared to less than 1% for long-acting methods like intrauterine contraceptives and implants[ii].

Genevieve added: "We have got to get better at talking about contraception and abortion. One in three women will have an abortion and one in four of them will go on to have another. Our research shows there is no particular demographic group who are more likely to have abortions - it can happen to any of us. But for the majority of women, it was more often the short-term methods that failed them.

"Getting this right is also good for the public purse. Fitting a coil costs about £40 and lasts ten years - that's less than 8p a week and it repays the NHS many times over in abortion or maternity costs[iii]."

The research also found that while uptake of contraception post-abortion was very high[iv], what suits women at one time, may not always be the best option, making an ongoing conversation so important.

Genevieve added: "We are particularly concerned about low awareness of emergency contraception. Family planning doesn't start and stop with condoms or the pill and much more needs to be done to support women on choosing and using the contraception that suits their lifestyle and stage of life."

[i] The Department of Health statistics show that in 2012, 37% of women of all ages undergoing abortions had one or more previous abortions. It continues an increasing trend of 31% in 2001, 32% in 2005 and 34% in 2010.

[ii] J Trussell, Contraceptive Failure in the United States: Contraception 83 (2011) 397-404

[iii] Based on Marie Stopes costings

[iv] 86% of women started to use contraception following their previous abortion - the majority short-term methods but they did not stay on this method for very long, with 21% for three months and 66.7% for less than one year.

Marie Stopes International UK

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