Articles on Contraception (2009-1997)


2009

2009 study confirms abortion-breast cancer link

Bethesda, Md., Jan 7, 2010 / 07:40 am (CNA).- An April 2009 study co-authored by a researcher who has previously denied an abortion-breast cancer link shows a statistically significant increase in breast cancer risk among women who have had abortions or who use oral contraceptives. The study by researchers including Jessica Dolle of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research contained a table reporting a statistically significant 40 percent risk increase for women who have had abortions. According to the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer (CABC), the study listed abortion as among
“known and suspected risk factors.” The CABC says that one co-author of the study, U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI) researcher Dr. Louise Brinton, had organized a 2003 NCI workshop on the abortion-breast cancer link. That workshop reportedly said the non-existence of an abortion-breast cancer link was “well established.” CNA contacted Dr. Brinton for comment but did not receive a reply by publication time. Dr. Joel Brind, who is a CBCP advisor and president of the Breast Cancer
Prevention Institute and a professor of endocrinology at Baruch College at City
University of New York, said that the study’s findings on abortion were not new.
Rather, they repeated the “modest but significant” findings of the 1990s which
found a breast cancer risk factor increase of between 20 and 50 percent. However, he said Dr. Brinton’s participation in the study was significant because the NCI has “firmly
maintained” a position denying an abortion-breast cancer link since 2003. The study, titled “Risk factors for triple-negative breast cancer in women under the age of 45 years,” was published in the American Association for Cancer Research’s
(AACR) medical journal “Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention.” Researchers also found a significant link between the use of oral contraceptives and a particularly aggressive cancer known as triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC). Brind said that according to the study, women who start oral contraceptives before the
age of 18 multiply their risk of TNBC by 3.7 times. Those who were users of oral
contraceptives within one to five years before the study showed a risk 4.2 times the average.

TNBC is associated with high mortality. Brind suggested that oral contraceptives may function not merely as a secondary carcinogen. Rather, the synthetic estrogen-progestin combination or its metabolic byproducts may be a primary cause of
the cell mutations that lead to cancer formation. CBCP president Karen Malec criticized that the NCI, the American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen for the Cure and other cancer organizations for not issuing nationwide warnings to women on the basis of the study.


Study
Finds Half of Women on “Birth Control
Shot” Suffer Bone Problems

GALVESTON,
Texas, December 21, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Nearly
half of women using depot medroxyprogesterone
acetate (DMPA), commonly known as the birth
control shot, will experience high bone mineral
density (BMD) loss in the hip or lower spine
within two years of beginning the contraceptive,
according to researchers at the University of
Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. The study,
reported in the January 2010 issue of Obstetrics
and Gynecology, was the first to show that women
on the birth control shot who smoke, have low
levels of calcium intake and never gave birth are
at the highest risk for BMD loss. The researchers
also found that high risk women continued to
experience significant losses in BMD during the
third year of the use of the contraceptive
injection, especially in the hip – the most
common facture site in elderly women. DMPA is an
injected contraceptive administered to patients
every three months. According to the American
College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, more
than two million American women use the birth
control shot, including approximately 400,000
teens. DMPA is relatively inexpensive compared
with some other forms of contraception and
doesn’t need to be administered daily, which
contributes to its popularity. The study followed
95 DMPA users for two years. In that time, 45
women had at least five percent BMD loss in the
lower back or hip. A total of 50 women had less
than five percent bone loss at both sites during
the same period. By and large, BMD loss was
higher in women who were current smokers, had
never given birth and had a daily calcium intake
of 600 mg or less – far below the recommended
amounts. Moreover, BMD loss substantially
increased among the women with all three risk
factors. The researchers followed 27 of the women
for an additional year and found that those who
experienced significant BMD loss in the first two
years continued to lose bone mass.


Efforts
to Boost Birth Rate Failing in China

December
16, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The
city of Shanghai’s efforts to reverse more than
30 years of anti-child government propaganda, and
boost the city’s flagging birth rate are not
being well received by the public, a report in
the Washington Post says. The Chinese government
is allowing couples to have second children and
are considering more easing of the country’s
one-child policy. But the results of the new
permissions, some officials say, have been
disappointing. In Shanghai, posters and leaflets
telling people how to apply for permits to have
more children have replaced anti-child
propaganda, but, officials complain, the number
of births in the city in 2010 is not expected to
rise significantly. Despite these efforts, in
Huinan township, with a population of 115,000,
officials only receive four to five applications
for children a month and in Shanghai the number
of births in the city in 2010 is still expected
to be only about 165,000, lower than 2008. The
Post quoted Shanghai residents Wang Weijia and
her husband who said that they had no intention
of having another child. “We have already
given all our time and energy for just one child.
We have none left for a second,” said Wang.
According to UN reports, since the implementation
of the policy in 1979, the birth rate in China
has plummeted from an average of six children per
woman to the current rate of 1.8. The number of
people over 60 is expected to grow from 16.7 per
cent of the population in 2020 to 31.1 per cent
by 2050. Last year, people 60 and older accounted
for almost 22 per cent of Shanghai’s registered
residents. The Post quotes Xie Lingli, director
of the Shanghai Municipal Population and Family
Planning Commission, who said that fertile
couples need to have babies to “help reduce
the proportion of the aging population and
alleviate a workforce shortage in the
future.” Shanghai will become “as old,
though not as rich, as developed countries such
as Japan and Sweden,” she said. At the same
time, Chinese delegates to the UN conference on
climate change currently underway in Copenhagen,
have defended their country’s policy saying it
has helped them to reduce carbon emissions. The
Copenhagen conference opened at the same time as
the UN Population Fund released a report calling
for the reduction of the human population in the
interest of the environment.


Massive
Changes Needed in EU Family Policy to Avoid
Demographic “Catastrophe”: Report

ROME,
November 16, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The
news about abortion, marriage, divorce and the
birth rate in Europe is bad and only getting
worse, a report recently presented to the EU
said. According to the report by the Institute
for Family Policies abortion rates in Britain
have leaped by a third among unmarried teenage
girls and abortion is helping to age the
population of Europe. Without a massive shift to
family-friendly policies, the pattern of
increased abortion and increasingly aging
population will inevitably lead to the collapse
of social welfare benefits, and, ultimately, to
the bankruptcy of Europe’s cradle-to-grave
socialist welfare state. Presented
to the European Parliament on Wednesday, the
report said that the situation of the family in
Europe is “a desolate panorama.”
“Europe is plunged in an unprecedented
demographic winter and has become an elderly
continent, with a large birth deficit, fewer
marriages and more of them broken, homes
emptying.” “The aging population,
critical birth-rate, escalating abortions, the
collapse of marriage, the explosion in family
breakups and the emptying of homes are the main
problems of Europeans,” the 2009 Report on
the Evolution of the Family in Europe
said. The
study found that the annual number of abortions
in the EU equals the entire combined population
of its ten smallest member states, with the three
top aborting countries being Britain, France and
Romania. In Europe there is one abortion every 25
seconds, for a total of more than 1,200,000
abortions a year. 19 percent of all European
pregnancies end in abortion and 28 million
children have been killed by abortion since 1990,
making abortion the main cause of death in
Europe. The population over 65 years in all
European states already exceeds the population
under 14 years. The EU under 14 population has
fallen from 89 million in 1993 to 78.4 million in
2008. Over-65s have risen from 68.3 million in
1993 to 84.9 million in 2008 – an increase of
16.5 million elderly people. The average age of
EU citizens is 40.3 years, with Italy and Germany
having the highest populations of elderly people.
The dropping European birth rate, the report
says, with its concomitant increasing health and
pension costs, will lead to increases in public
expenditure to care for the aging population and
the eventual collapse of public revenues, leading
finally to the bankruptcy of the welfare state.
The average birth rate of EU countries is now
1.38 per woman, well below the replacement rate
of 2.1 births per woman, even in relatively
fertile countries like France. Without a
significant shift in family policies in all EU
countries, the report predicts the result will be
“catastrophic.” Starting in 2010, the
population of Europe overall will begin to fall
from 499 million to 472 million by 2050 and every
third inhabitant will be over 65. According to
the study, Britain is the “abortion capital
of Europe” with rates that last year pulled
ahead of France. Its abortion rate is fifth in
the world, behind Russia, the U.S., India and
Japan. Among these countries, Britain can least
afford such a high rate, with a population less
than half that of Russia and Japan, a fifth that
of the US, and 1/19 that of India. The median age
of women in Britain is also rising, at 41.3
years, making recovery even more difficult. The
population of the 27 EU nations reached 500
million last year with most increases in
population (78 per cent) attributable to
immigration, not births. The natural increase of
Europe’s population is 12 times lower than the
US. Spain has immigration 9 times greater than
its internal birth increase and Italy’s native
population fell (-0.14 million) and had 23 times
more immigrants than births (+3.28 million).
Poland, Romania and Bulgaria are losing citizens
by emigration and Lithuania, Latvia, Romania and
Bulgaria have falling populations due to low
immigration rates. Only France, Holland, Finland
and Slovakia have internal rates of population
increase higher than their immigration figures.
Other indicators show the number of marriages,
especially first marriages, is down and divorce
rates are up. There are 1 in 4 fewer marriages
than in 1980 and the marriage rate has fallen in
9 out 10 countries. One out of every 3 children
(36.5 per cent) is born outside marriage. In some
countries the fall in marriage rate has been
around 50 per cent since 1983 and there are over
one million divorces a year, the equivalent to
one marital breakdown every 30 seconds. More
people (55 million) are living alone than ever
before. One in four households in Europe has a
single dweller and two out of three households
have no children. Of the households with
children, 50 per cent have only one child. The
report recommends the creation of a European
Union ministry of the family, laws to increase
flexibility of working hours to accommodate
families, increases in tax benefits for families
and an emphasis on family welfare programs over
welfare for individuals. It calls for governments
to recognize the rights of families, including
the right of parents to reconcile work and family
life; to have the number of children they want;
to choose the type of education their children
receive and the right of children to live in a
stable home.


Chinese
Women with Abortion Experience 17% Increased
Breast Cancer Risk

SHENYANG,
China, November 12, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Chinese
researchers at the Department of Oncology at the
First Affiliated Hospital of China Medical
University who conducted a case-control study
examining reproductive factors associated with
breast cancer found a statistically significant
17% increased breast cancer risk among Chinese
women who had induced abortions.Peng Xing and his
colleagues also found that, although
breastfeeding protected women from any subtype of
breast cancer, an increase in risk of breast
cancer was associated with having more children
among women who delayed their first full term
pregnancy (FFTP) until after age 25 and never
breastfed. The researchers studied 1,417 women
diagnosed with breast cancer between 2001 and
2009, and matched them with 1,587 controls
without a prior breast cancer history. The report
was e-published
by the National Center for
Biotechnology Information of the U.S. National
Library of Medicine. Dr. Joel Brind, professor of
endocrinology at Baruch College, City University
of New York and a director at the Breast Cancer
Prevention Institute, said Chinese studies on the
abortion/breast cancer (ABC) link exclude the
possibility of a flaw called “report
bias” because abortion isn’t stigmatized in
China. “Communist officials forcibly abort
women after first full term pregnancy (FFTP), so
Chinese women are considered reliable reporters
of their abortions,” Dr. Brind explained. He
also added that Chinese studies may underestimate
the risk of abortion because of its high
prevalence in China. In his review of ten
prospective studies on the ABC link for the
Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons in
December 2005, Professor Brind explained that
“it’s hard to do an epidemiological study
accurately in communist countries where exposure
to abortion affects most of the study
population.” “The prevalence of
abortion is quite high at about 56% overall in
this population,” Professor Brind said.
“Because abortion is so prevalent in the
population, women in the small, unexposed
population (the comparison group) are a minority
group and do not represent a typical population.
Rather, they’re atypical because they represent a
high-risk subgroup. Women without abortions in
China are more likely to be childless or to have
late FFTPs, which are accepted risk factors for
breast cancer.” Hence, if the control group
in a study of breast cancer risk is itself a
high-risk group, the heightened risk for the
experimental group could actually be
significantly underestimated. Earlier this year,
a Turkish study reported a statistically
significant 66% increased risk of breast cancer
for women with abortions. Karen Malec, president
of the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer, said,
“The Chinese and the Turkish studies are
relevant considering the debate over
government-funded abortion through healthcare
reform” in the US. “Government-funded
abortion means more dead American women from
breast cancer.”Malec suggested that both the
Turkish and the Chinese studies show that, when
research is conducted outside the control of the
U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI) and other
Western governmental agencies or organizations
tethered to abortion ideology and politics, the
truth emerges that abortion raises risk of breast
cancer. “Studies reporting no
abortion-breast cancer (ABC) link were proven in
medical journals to be stupendously flawed, even
fraudulent,” Malec said. “Although the
NCI, the nation’s largest funder of
cancer-research, and others have worked
feverishly to suppress the ABC link by publishing
fraudulent research and even leaning on
scientists whose studies have shown risk
increases among women who have abortions, honest
research occasionally escapes the NCI’s
purview,” Malec concluded. For more
information on the medical connection between
abortion and breast cancer please visit the
Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer website here.


Loyola
University Researchers: Contraceptives Nearly
Double Chance of Stroke

CHICAGO, IL, October 28, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) — A new
study by Loyola University Health System
neurologists indicates that oral contraceptives
increase the risk of stroke about 1.9
times. The study involved the analysis
of numerous previous studies conducted on the
issue. Nevertheless, despite this finding
the Loyola University’s press release stated
that the “benefits [of contraception] still
outweigh risks for most users.” The research
covers ischemic strokes, which are caused by the
loss of blood supply to the brain.  Overall,
there are about 4.4 ischemic strokes for every
100,000 women of childbearing age. According to
the study, published in MedLink Neurology, the
use of birth control nearly doubles this risk,
increasing it to roughly 8.5 strokes per 100,000
women. According to the Guttmacher Institute, in
2002 roughly 11 million women in the US used oral
contraceptives.  Assuming that Loyola
University’s definition and Guttmacher’s
definition of contraceptive use are the same,
this would mean that oral contraceptives may have
contributed to over four hundred strokes in the
US in 2002.  About 100 million women use
such contraception worldwide, which, under
similar assumptions, would mean that
contraception may contribute to over three
thousand strokes each year. Additionally, women
who smoke, have high blood pressure, or have a
history of migraine headaches increase their risk
of stroke yet more significantly by taking
contraceptives.  Dr. Jose Biller, one of the
authors of the study, said that “if a woman
has other stroke risk factors, she should be
discouraged from using oral contraceptives.”
It is not completely understood how oral
contraceptives cause strokes, but the authors of
the study said that two possible mechanisms are
the increased risk of blood clots and of
hypertension associated with oral contraceptives.
Nevertheless, Dr. Biller also said that “for
a healthy young woman without any other stroke
risk factors, the benefits of birth control pills
probably outweigh the risks.” Such a
statement from a Loyola researcher, however, may
come as surprising, given the university’s
Catholic identity. The Catholic Church has
uniformly taught that the use of artificial birth
control is morally inadmissible, and that, far
from having any benefit, contraception
contributes to familial breakdown, the
objectification of women and other widespread
social problems.


Guttmacher
Institute Study Casts Doubt on Contraception Use
Reducing Abortions

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) —
A new study by the pro-abortion Guttmacher
Institute continues the claim that expanded use
of contraception and birth control reduces
abortions worldwide. Mainstream media outlets and
writers like Andrew Sullivan of The Atlantic are
using the report to say pro-life advocates should
push for contraception. Sullivan became the
latest in a long line of commentators to
criticize the pro-life movement for not being
more contraceptive-friendly. But, Dr. Michael
New, a University of Alabama political science
professor, writes at National Review Online that
Guttmacher’s own study shows how contraception
doesn’t reduce the abortion numbers. “The
link between abortion rates and access to
contraception is not as clear as the Guttmacher
report might indicate. Furthermore,
Guttmacher’s own research suggests that
there is little reason to believe that
contraception subsidies would do much to affect
abortion rates,” he explains. New says
“there exists no consensus on the
correlation between the availability of
contraception and the incidence of
abortion.” “In fact, in 2003,
Guttmacher released an article in ‘International
Family Planning Perspectives’ that showed
simultaneous increases in both contraceptive use
and abortion rates in the United States, Cuba,
Denmark, Netherlands, Singapore, and South
Korea,” New points out. LifeNews.com, in its own
analysis
, concurs with New’s conclusion and
has pointed out how aggressive promotion of
contraception, the morning after pill and birth
control in Britain, Scotland, Sweden, and the
state of Washington have all resulted in
increased abortions. New agrees and says the
experience of the United States is instructive.
“The birth-control pill was first approved
by the FDA in early 1961 and put on the market
later that same year. Guttmacher’s research
found that women who turned 15 between the
mid-1960s and early 1970s were more likely to
engage in sexual activity at a younger age than
their counterparts who turned 15 before the early
1960s,” he notes at National Review.
“Furthermore, Guttmacher partly attributes
this increased sexual activity to the
availability of the birth-control pill. Overall,
the birth-control pill led to more sexual
activity and shifted the culture in such a way as
to hasten the liberalization of America’s
abortion laws. All of this led to higher abortion
rates,” he continues. New also says that
requiring mandatory coverage of contraceptives as
part of health reform is unlikely to have much
effect on abortion rates. “Guttmacher’s
own research indicates that few women forgo
contraception because of either cost or lack of
availability,” he writes. “Eight years
ago, Guttmacher surveyed 10,000 women who had
abortions. Among those who were not using
contraception at the time they conceived, 2
percent said that they did not know where to
obtain a method of contraception and 8 percent
said that they could not afford
contraceptives,” he points out. “Given
all the already existing programs, it is by no
means clear that there are policy instruments
that could increase contraceptive use among this
subset of women.” New says such mandates
would merely drive up the cost of health care
with little benefit in terms of a reduction in
abortions.


Swiss
Woman’s Death Linked to Hormonal Contraceptive

October 14, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The
Swiss government is linking a woman’s death to
the popular birth control product Yaz made by
Bayer Pharmaceuticals. The woman died of a
pulmonary embolism in June, just 10 months after
starting the hormonal contraceptive. The
government agency, Swissmedic has launched an
investigation into the death. The agency stated
on its website that “thromboembolic
complications are rare but well-known
complications associated” with hormonal
contraceptives. Between January 1, 2005, and
April 15, 2009, stated Swissmedic, there were a
total of 691 reports of suspected adverse
reactions linked to contraceptives in Sweden, of
which 49 were venous thromboembolism. The agency
also related 9 deaths from pulmonary embolism
associated with the contraceptives since 1990.
Last month American Life League (ALL), which has
a program highlighting the risks involved in
hormonal contraceptives, reported that Patti
Kelly, 28, of Austin, Texas was diagnosed in
August with multiple blood clots in both lungs.
Her doctor told her that if she hadn’t come into
the emergency room when she did, she “could
have died instantly.” Her doctor attributed
the blood clots to her use of hormonal
contraceptives. “While the feminist
establishment is busy playing a twisted game of
‘See No Evil’ for the sake of their birth control
agenda, women are dying,” said Marie
Hahnenberg, ALL’s director of The Pill Kills
project. “How long are they going to hide
the dangerous side effects of birth control? How
many more women have to die?” Other side
effects of hormonal contraceptives include
increased risk of cancer, bone loss and cerebral
hemorrhage. “The big pharmaceutical
companies, feminists and the pro-abortion lobby
are busy convincing us that birth control allows
us to have perfectly planned life,”
Hahnenberg said. “But the truth is birth
control is dangerous and sometimes deadly and
women deserve the truth – now.”


Guttmacher
Institute Claims Contraception Lowers Abortions,
Data Shows Otherwise

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) —
The new report issued earlier this week by the
pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute claims
promoting expanded birth control and
contraception has lowered abortions worldwide.
However, firm statistical evidence from various
nations shows abortions increase despite
contraception promotion.The report from the
Guttmacher Institute, a former affiliate of the
Planned Parenthood abortion business, has already
been panned for relying
on pro-abortion groups
to draw
its conclusions and promoting a dubious
number
of how many women have died from
illegal abortions worldwide.The Guttmacher study
also claims “increases in global
contraceptive use have contributed to a decrease
in the number of unintended pregnancies and
abortions.” It claims “positive global
trends in increased contraceptive use” have
helped “lower unintended pregnancy rates and
declining abortion numbers.” “The rate
of abortions in a given country corresponds
mostly to the rate of unintended pregnancy, which
in turn corresponds closely to rates of
contraceptive use,” Guttmacher claims.
However, recent news out of England dispels the
long-held myth
that promoting
contraception and birth control reduces the
number of abortions. According to the London
Daily Mail, teen pregnancy rates in England are
now higher than they were in 1995 and pregnancies
among girls under 16, below the age of sexual
consent, are also at the highest level since
1998. That is despite the British government
spending £300 million (that’s over $454 million
for those of us in the United States) in an
attempt to cut the number of teen pregnancies in
half by promoting comprehensive sexual education.
The British teen abortion rate, according to the
newspaper, has also climbed steadily since 1999
when the government released its Teenage
Pregnancy Strategy. That would be an aberration
were it only an isolated case, but it is not.
Last year, officials in Sweden
reported
that the number of abortions
increased 17 percent in Sweden from 2000 to 2007
despite sales of the morning after pill
increasing during the same time period. The
morning after pill became a drug that could be
sold over the counter in Sweden in 2001. In that
time, sales of the drug tripled in the nation’s
capital and doubled nationwide. Still, new
national figures show 37,205 abortions in Sweden
in 2007, up approximately 17 percent from the
30,980 done in 2000. In Stockholm, 10,259
abortions were done — a 6.9 percent increase in
just one year from the 2006 figures. Meanwhile,
last year the number
of abortions in Scotland rose
for the
third straight year despite a heavy push for
women to use the morning after pill. Abortions in
Scotland rose four percent according to a report
from the British National Health Service and now
number 13,703. That increase came after NHS
reported 13,081 abortions in 2006, up from 12,603
the previous year — an increase of nearly 3.8
percent. Not only is the increased promoting of
the morning after pill resulting in more
abortions, not less, the number of women having
repeat abortions is increasing as well. NHS
reports more than a quarter of women, 26.3
percent, who had an abortion in Scotland last
year had at least one prior abortion before that.
That’s 3,600 women who had one or more abortions
prior, according to the government’s statistics.
Finally, a report from Planned Parenthood of
Western Washington shows abortions
are on the rise in Washington state
even
though it participated in Washington state’s
Take Charge pilot program. Take Charge is a
Medicaid section 1115 Waiver program initiated in
2001 to provide free contraceptives to low-income
women not already covered under Medicaid. It was
originally funded for five years in 2001, then
extended for three more years, and comes up for
renewal in 2009. Yet the PPWW annual report
indicates abortions rose 16 percent from 7,790 in
2006 to 9,059 in 2007. Abortion advocates have
claimed higher use of the Plan B drug through
over the counter sales will result in a drop in
unintended pregnancies and fewer abortions. Mary
Emanuel, who runs the web site Abortion in
Washington, studied the report and also found
that the abortion increase occurred despite sales
of over 106,000 emergency contraception kits to
Planned Parenthood customers.


French
Abortions Do Not Decrease Despite Increase in
Contraception: Study

France, October 8, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) –
According to a new study by the French National
Institute of Demographic Studies (INED), although
the number of unplanned pregnancies in France has
fallen, the number of abortions in such cases has
increased, reports the Monde Actu 24h/24.
Unplanned pregnancies fell from 46% to 33% from
1975 to 2004, ostensibly due to use of
contraceptives, according to the study, but the
number of abortions of such pregnancies increased
from 40% to 60% over the same period.  Over
40% of French women have an abortion at least
once in their life.  The study says that
women using contraception have a greater desire
to control their fertility and thus are more
likely to abort a child who is not consistent
with their plans.  The study also examined
other statistics regarding abortion.  From
August 1973 to January 1976, during which period
abortion was legalized, French fertility rates
fell from 2.36 to 1.8 children per woman, a loss
of 24%. France’s average fertility rate is
currently approximately 2.02, which many
attribute to the French government’s attempts to
encourage childbirth through various
incentives.  Unsurprisingly, the study found
that the desire to have a child has also
decreased. According to Chantal Blayot, a
professor of demography at Montesquieu-Bordeau
IV, this trend is supported by “a strong
social pressure to abort.” The social
context is not conducive to large families said
Blayot: “At first birth, we congratulate the
parents; on the third, they are asked if they
have considered well what they are doing.”


Un-natural
Selection: Birth Control Pills May Alter Choice
of Partners

SHEFFIELD, UK, October 7, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Is it
possible that the use of oral contraceptives is
interfering with a woman’s ability to choose,
compete for and retain her preferred mate? A new
paper published by Cell Press in the October
issue of the journal Trends in Ecology and
Evolution reviews emerging evidence suggesting
that contraceptive methods which alter a woman’s
natural hormonal cycles may have an
underappreciated impact on choice of partners for
both women and men and, possibly, reproductive
success. Human females are only fertile for a
brief period during their menstrual cycle, just
prior to ovulation. Many scientific studies have
established that partner preferences of both
women and men vary significantly according to
predictable hormonal fluctuations associated with
the natural menstrual cycle. According to these
studies ovulation is associated with a profound
shift in some female physical characteristics,
behaviors and perceptions related to mate
attraction. Studies suggest that ovulating women
exhibit a preference for more masculine male
features, are particularly attracted to men
showing dominance and male-male competitiveness
and prefer partners that are genetically
dissimilar to themselves. This is significant
because there is evidence suggesting that genetic
similarity between couples might be linked with
infertility. Further, some studies have suggested
that men detect women’s fertility status,
preferring ovulating women in situations where
they can compare the attractiveness of different
women. The oral contraceptive pill alters the
hormonal fluctuations associated with the
menstrual cycle and essentially mimics the more
steady hormonal conditions associated with
pregnancy. “Although mate choice studies in
humans have routinely recorded pill use during
the last decade to control for its confounding
effects, little effort has been invested in
understanding the consequences of such effects of
the pill,” says study author Dr. Alexandra
Alvergne from the Department of Animal and Plant
Sciences at the University of Sheffield. Dr.
Alverne and colleague Dr. Virpi Lumma reviewed
and discussed new research supporting the
conclusion that use of the pill by women
disrupted their variation in mate preferences
across their menstrual cycle. The authors also
speculate that the use of oral contraceptives may
influence a woman’s ability to attract a mate by
reducing attractiveness to men, thereby
disrupting her ability to compete with normally
cycling women for access to mate. Of particular
interest is the fact that women taking the pill
do not exhibit the ovulation-specific attraction
to genetically dissimilar partners. “The
ultimate outstanding evolutionary question
concerns whether the use of oral contraceptives
when making mating decisions can have long-term
consequences on the ability of couples to
reproduce,” suggests Dr. Lummaa. Taken
together, an increasing number of studies seem to
suggest that the pill is likely to have an impact
on human mating decisions and subsequent
reproduction. “If this is the case, pill use
will have implications for both current and
future generations, and we hope that our review
will stimulate further research on this
question,” concludes Dr. Lummaa.


Breast
Cancer Link with Abortion and Hormonal
Contraceptives Featured in You Tube Videos

October 1, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Two
videos confronting the disinformation about the
link between the skyrocketing incidence of breast
cancer, and abortion and hormonal contraceptive
use have been posted to You Tube. The first
video, produced by Ignatius Productions, features
a victim of breast cancer, who states that
abortion and hormonal contraceptive use at a
young age destroyed her health.  She says
she is fighting desperately to beat the disease
so she can raise her children. (see the video here) The
second video, produced by Ends of the Earth
Productions, features Karly Houldsworth, who
reports findings in the Journal of the National
Cancer Institute showing that breast cancer rates
climbed more than 40% between 1973 and 1998. The
increase took place only in the youngest of three
generations of women studied – the Roe v. Wade
generation – which suffered a more than 40%
increase in breast cancer cases since the
mid-1980s. These were women young enough to have
had access to legal abortions starting in 1973.
The increase in breast cancer rates didn’t take
place among women from the two older generations
that couldn’t obtain legal abortions. (link to
video here) Karen
Malec, president of the Coalition on
Abortion/Breast Cancer, said in a press release
that the videos expose the cover-up of two breast
cancer risks – abortion and hormonal
contraceptives (containing estrogen and
progestin) – and reveal the cruel impact that the
cover-up has had on women. “Cancer groups
lied to women about the risks of using combined
(estrogen + progestin) hormone replacement
therapy and ‘the pill’ when conclusive evidence
of a breast cancer risk became available in the
1980s,” said Malec, “and they are still
lying about abortion.” “I realize that
the breast cancer epidemic has been tremendously
profitable for the cancer establishment,”
continued Malec “but those who’ve
participated in this cover-up should be deeply
ashamed of themselves for the incredible
suffering they’ve inflicted.  These people
are not pro-choice.  They are cold,
calculating abortion zealots driven by greed and
fear of widespread medical malpractice
lawsuits.” Malec explained that scientists
began extensive research on the abortion-breast
cancer link in 1957 and recognized two breast
cancer risks associated with abortion. “All
experts recognize the first risk, that abortion
denies women an opportunity to reduce their risk
for breast cancer through childbearing.
Scientists only debate the second risk – known as
the ‘independent link,'” Malec said.
“Eight medical organizations and a bioethics
journal recognize the independent link – that
abortion leaves a woman with more
cancer-vulnerable cells than she had before she
became pregnant. An additional medical group, the
Association of American Physicians and Surgeons,
has called for ‘full disclosure’ of a ‘highly
plausible’ relationship between abortion and the
disease,” Malec concluded. During October,
which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the
Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer encourages
women to send cancer research groups the links to
the two videos. The Coalition on Abortion/Breast
Cancer is an international women’s organization
founded to protect the health and save the lives
of women by educating and providing information
on abortion as a risk factor for breast cancer.


French
Study says what pro-lifers have always known:
contraception does NOT reduce abortions

According this
report
, the Institut national
d’études démographiques recently published
a study showing that more and more French women
are using contraception, but that the number of
abortions remain stable. The study explains this
phenomenon by saying that those women who use
contraception are more determined to control
their fertility, so that when an unwanted
pregnancy happens, they are more likely to abort.
It only makes sense. As it is, about half the
women who head to the abortion clinic were using
contraception at the time. Their contraception
did not stop the unwanted pregnancy. It deepened
their belief that they cannot get pregnant–
which is an illusion. There is always a risk of
getting pregnant, even with contraception. It
also said that 40% of French women would have an
abortion in their lifetime. I suspect that this
was a statistical extrapolation. I’m a little
suspicious of those. I’ve heard the same numbers
quoted for the US and Canada. (Source)


Second
Abortion Increases Risk of Premature Babies 93%:
Canadian Study

September 17, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A new
Canadian study has shown that abortion increases
the risk of future premature pregnancies and low
birth-weight babies; however, the author has
refused to say that abortion should be avoided,
instead calling for improved abortion techniques.
Published in BJOG: An International Journal of
Obstetrics and Gynaecology, the Canadian
researchers found that women who had undergone a
first or second trimester of pregnancy, when most
are conducted, increased the risk of low
birth-weight babies and premature babies 35 and
36 per cent respectively. Those women who had
undergone more than one abortion had a 72 per
cent increased risk for low birth weight and 93
per cent risk of prematurity. The figures come
from an analysis of 37 studies around the world,
carried out between 1965 and 2001, to discover
reasons why babies are born underweight and
premature. Far from recommending that women not
have abortions, the lead author of the study, Dr.
Prakesh Shah of the department of paediatrics at
Mount Sinai hospital in Toronto, said that the
solution is to improve abortion techniques.
However, “when a woman comes for induced
termination of pregnancy, she should be
counselled about that risk. At least she will be
able to make an informed choice,” he said.
Shah told media that he was fearful that
“anti-abortion groups” would seize upon
the study as proof of the damage abortion does to
women. “I think it should not be used as a
way of saying, this is bad and we should not be
doing this kind of thing. There is an association
which we should be aware of, and we should let
mothers be aware. I don’t want unintended
pregnancies to increase.” The Guardian
newspaper reports that the Royal College of
Obstetricians and Gynaecologists concurs. The
RCOG spoke of the “importance of support for
women’s choices.” “Abortion remains an
essential part of women’s healthcare
services,” they said. Professor Philip
Steer, editor in chief of BJOG, was also anxious
that the study not be used by the pro-life
movement. “The most important message is not
that this should be used in any way to prevent
women having a termination of pregnancy.
“The effect has to be balanced against the
serious effects of forcing women to continue with
unwanted pregnancies,” he said. “Any
medical procedure is likely to have
side-effects.” Anthony Ozimic of Society for
the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC)
commented, however, that the evidence speaks for
itself. “The more evidence which emerges
about the harm abortion causes, the more the
supporters of abortion insist that abortion not
be restricted. We will be exposing the
contradictions in their responses to the study’s
findings.”


Study:
Abortion, Hormonal Contraceptives Influence
Breast Cancer Risk

Sept.
8, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A paper published
this week in the journal, The Linacre Quarterly,
by Angela Lanfranchi, MD shows how different
pregnancy outcomes influence breast cancer risk.
According to Lanfranchi, 52 years of research has
pointed to the fact that abortion, as well as
hormonal contraceptives, can significantly
increase the risk of breast cancer. Lanfranchi is
the Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery,
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the
president of the Breast Cancer Prevention
Institute. “In utero, (the mother’s)
offspring produce hormones that mature 85 percent
of the mother’s breast tissue into
cancer-resistant breast tissue,” explains
Lanfranchi. This accounts for the protective
effect of full term pregnancy (FTP) that experts
universally recognize. Delayed first full
term pregnancy (FTP) is associated with a
temporary risk increase because it lengthens the
period during the reproductive years when nearly
all of the breast lobules are immature and
cancer-susceptible and exposed to the
cancer-causing effects of estrogen during
menstrual cycles. However, in terms of lifetime
risk, says Lanfranchi, the mother will eventually
benefit from the protective effect of FTP,
provided it lasted at least 32 weeks. Short
pregnancies that end before 32 weeks (except for
first trimester miscarriages) leave the breasts
only “partially matured” and “with
more places for cancers to start.”
“Induced abortion is a recognized cause of
premature birth… and prematurity more than
doubles breast cancer risk if it is before 32
weeks,” she observes. Most first trimester
miscarriages, however, do not raise risk
according to Lanfranchi, because “inadequate
levels of the pregnancy hormones” during an
abnormal pregnancy do not stimulate breast growth
and “leave the mother’s breasts
unchanged.” Lanfranchi also points out that
among women experiencing breast cancer during
pregnancy, those who had FTPs had the longest
survival rate in comparison to women who
miscarried and had “slightly shorter
survivals,” and those who chose abortion and
had the “shortest survivals.” However,
“There is data that suggests that a woman
who has a complete pregnancy and lactates within
five years of an abortion has a lower risk of
breast cancer than if a woman waits more than ten
years before her first child is born.” In
addition, hormonal contraceptives containing
“estrogen- progestin combination drugs
prescribed in any manner of delivery: orally,
transdermally, vaginally, or intrauterine,
increase risk.” On the other hand,
breastfeeding reduces risk “in proportion to
the length of breastfeeding.” Lanfranchi
concludes: “There is a well-known and
documented physiology supporting both induced
abortion and hormonal contraceptives as risk
factors for breast cancer. Yet these risks are
largely unknown to women seeking family planning
services. Without this knowledge, women cannot
make informed choices when they are faced with
the choice of an induced abortion or life for
their child and the use of hormonal
contraceptives.””Women suffer
tremendously when ‘breast cancer awareness
groups’ keep us in the dark about breast
physiology, especially when millions unwittingly
damage their health by choosing abortion and
combined hormone replacement therapy,” said
Karen Malec, president of the Coalition on
Abortion/Breast Cancer, about Lanfranchi’s
findings. “We encourage the public to send
Dr. Lanfranchi’s paper to the American Cancer
Society and Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Ask them
if they can find any inaccuracies concerning the
physiology presented in her paper. Challenge them
to defend their position in the customary way –
before their peers – by stating their objections
in a letter to the editor of the medical
journal.” Lanfranchi’s paper is entitled,
“Normal breast physiology: The reasons
hormonal contraceptives and induced abortion
increase breast cancer risk,” and is
available here.


“Safe
Sex” with Condoms Bad for Mental Health,
Psych Researcher Finds

PAISLEY,
Scotland, August 4, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) –
Research from Scotland finding that heterosexual
sex without using condoms is more likely to make
people happy than “safe sex” with
condoms, has stirred controversy among
“sexual health” campaigners. The lead
researcher wrote of the survey respondents,
“The more often they have sex without
condoms, the better their mental health.” In
the study, titled, “Condom Use for
Penile-Vaginal Intercourse is Associated with
Immature Psychological Defense Mechanisms,”
Professor Stuart Brody of the University of the
West of Scotland in Paisley gave questionnaires
to 111 Portuguese men and 99 women asking
questions about their sex lives and their state
of mind over a period of one month. The findings
are to be published in the journal Archives of
Sexual Behaviour. The study’s abstract gives the
purpose as the examination of a hypothesis put
forward by Sigmund Freud, “that use of
immature psychological defense mechanisms
correlates directly with frequency of condom use
during PVI, but inversely with frequency of PVI
[penile-vaginal intercourse] without
condoms.” The survey found that
“frequency of PVI with condoms correlated
directly with use of immature defenses,”
according to a standard test of psychological
reactions. It also found that “immature
defenses” were associated with masturbation
in both sexes. In general, the study concluded
that condom use during PVI is associated with
“psychological immaturity and predisposition
to poorer mental health,” including
depression and suicidal tendencies. Brody wrote,
“The more often they have sex without
condoms, the better their mental health.”
His findings suggest that condom use negates the
mental health benefits of what he called
“evolutionarily relevant sex.” He
theorized that there is a direct biochemical
response in natural heterosexual relations that
is blocked by condoms. Brody wrote in the study,
“Possible explanations for the interference
of condoms with the health benefits of PVI
include blocking of antidepressant and
immunological agents in semen and genital
secretions, reduced sexual satisfaction and
intimacy, and psychopathology-prone persons who
are more psychologically immature and/or
heterosocially anxious being more likely to use
condoms for PVI.” In an interview with the
UK’s Independent newspaper, Brody responded to
criticisms from sex-campaigners at the Family
Planning Association that his findings, if they
were acted upon, would result in increases in
sexually transmitted diseases and unplanned
pregnancies. “I have an interest in the best
possible science,” he said. “I don’t
want to let anything get in the way, whether its
political correctness, or religion. I have
deliberately not used the term ‘heterosexual
sex’,” he said. “Evolution is not
politically correct, so of the very broad range
of potential sexual behaviour, there is actually
only one that is consistently associated with
better physical and mental health and that is the
one sexual behaviour that would be favoured by
evolution. That is not accidental.” In 2007,
Brody angered homosexualist activists in the UK
when he published research that found intercourse
between men and women is the only form of sexual
behaviour that improves “psychological and
physiological function.” He found that
levels of prolactin, the hormone that provides
the body with sexual gratification, were 400
percent higher among male and female couples who
had heterosexual intercourse than those engaging
in other forms of sex. Peter Tatchell, one of
Britain’s leading homosexualist spokesmen, called
the research “unscientific and extreme”
and said it contradicted other studies by the US
sex researchers Masters and Johnson. Tatchell
said, “Brody’s is an extreme and disparaging
stance to adopt and he seems to have an
ideological agenda to promote conventional
heterosexual intercourse.” Brody responded
at the time, “The radical left wants sex
research done, but only if the results are
politically acceptable to them.” Brody’s
previous work has also criticized the
disinformation commonly promulgated in the media
about the transmission of AIDS among the general
population and warned that political correctness
has seriously muddied the issues. His 1997 book
“Sex at Risk: Lifetime number of partners,
frequency of intercourse and low AIDS risk of
vaginal intercourse,” concluded that
“ideological knowledge” about AIDS,
that asserts that heterosexuals are at equal risk
of contracting the disease as active homosexuals,
is more prevalent in society than evidence-based
scientific knowledge gained from objective
research. One reviewer called the book a
“succinct indictment of people who have
conflated politics and science in setting AIDS
policy over the past 15 years.”


Shanghai
Starts Backpedaling One-Child Policy in Face of
Demographic Implosion

SHANGHAI,
July 24, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) –
Although 2009 marks the thirtieth anniversary of
the one-child policy, China’s second largest city
is not celebrating. Far from it. The Times Online
reports that far from fearing overpopulation, the
city of Shanghai has pleaded with married couples
to help them stave off the looming crisis of
demographic implosion by having a second child.
Shanghai has announced pro-procreation policy,
that contrasts sharply with the rest of the
nation’s strict enforcement of the “one
couple, one child” policy that has inflicted
forced abortions, involuntary sterilizations, and
catastrophic fines inflicted on the local
population to limit the growth of its 1.3 billion
persons. Yet the fewer numbers are exactly what
has Shanghai worried, because the city is faced
with not enough young men and women to sustain
its aging population. “We advocate eligible
couples to have two kids, because it can help to
reduce the proportion of the aging people and
alleviate a workforce shortage in the
future,” Xie Linli, director of the Shanghai
Population and Family Planning Commission, told
the Times. Zhang Meixin, a spokesman for the
commission, also told the Times that more than
three million people over the age of 60
constitute the population of Shanghai. That makes
this age cohort 21.6 percent of Shanghai’s
population, which as Zhang stated, “That is
already near the average figure of developed
countries and is still rising quickly.” If
the rate of demographic decline continues, they
project that by 2020, the number of elderly will
make up 34 percent of the city’s population. The
Times reports that a similar phenomenon is
happening throughout all of China, and by 2015
the working-age population will begin to decline,
and begin to increase the pressure on the social
system to support the aging group of pensioners.
According to the Times, the US-based Centre for
Strategic and International Studies released
statistics earlier in April that presaged the
Chinese fears. The group predicted that by 2050
China will have just 1.6 working-age adults to
support every person aged 60 and above, a steep
decline from the 7.7 adults per pensioner back in
1975, just a few years before China instituted
the one-child policy. By 2050, over 438 million
Chinese will be over the age of 60. Zhang
emphasized to the Times, “The current
average number of children born to a woman over
her lifetime is lower than one. If all couples
have children according to the policy, it would
definitely help relieve pressure in the long
term.” Yet according to the Times, more than
7300 couples from one-child households are
already eligible to have two children, but many
of them decide instead to have either one or none
at all. The Times analysis seems to indicate that
the one-child policy may have also effected a
material-driven youth culture that views children
as necessary to carry on the family name, but
otherwise an obstacle to having a good time found
in frequenting clubs, restaurants, shopping
malls, and traveling. If true, the phenomenon
would exhibit characteristics similar to the
attitude of “youth culture” in Europe,
which also faces the specter of catastrophic
demographic decline. Many Europeans delay having
a child well into their late-thirties or forties,
fearful that the responsibilities of parenthood
would put constraints on a life of leisure. In
one chat-room debate observed by the Times,
participants expressed fear that very soon
children will no knowledge of “uncles”
or “aunts,” and that the cost of living
and education have made having children a
prohibitive cost for even couples who want
children. Another online poster remarked upon the
stark difference between the China of Chairman
Mao, who appealed for Chinese to have large
families of five or six children with China’s
situation today saying, “In the future we
may not be willing even to have one and it will
be like the West with a falling population.
Terrible!” However Population Research
Institute, a non-profit educational organization
focused on exposing human-rights abuses committed
in the name of population-control, says that
while small moves toward relaxing the policy are
beneficial, they fear that official action has
come as too little and too late, “because
their demography has been so altered by the
policy.” PRI Media Director Colin Mason told
LifeSiteNews.com that he and PRI President
Stephen Mosher – Mosher was responsible for
documenting and exposing the ruthless enforcement
of the one-child policy for the first time to the
West – both had recently visited China and found
that most of the people with whom they came into
contact expressed a desire to have more children,
which was stifled by the fines and punishments of
the one-child policy. “There is no consensus
among the Chinese people that [the one-child
policy] has been good for their nation,”
said Mason. He also pointed out that the
government also faces an enormous burden with its
aging pensioners, because the one-child policy
severely damaged a tradition in Chinese society
where children acted as a social security net or
parents in their old age. In many ways, that
responsibility has shifted to the government,
which now carries with it severe economic
consequences. “Our message is pretty
consistent: we hold that overpopulation has never
been a problem and never will be,” Mason
told LSN. “Western nations should take the
cue from China, now that even China is
begrudgingly accepting the fact that it is not
overpopulated. Mason cautioned, “These
nations that think that they are overpopulated
should look at themselves and their own policies,
and make sure that they are promoting bigger
families and basically greater population
growth.”


New
Documentary Exposes Link Between Failing Global
Economy and Demographic Winter

WASHINGTON,
D.C., June 30, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A newly
released documentary claims that the current
global economic crisis is in part symptomatic of
a global population crisis that the
documentarians call a “demographic
winter.” SRB Documentaries has announced the
release of “Demographic Bomb: demography is
destiny,” the sequel to 2008 documentary
“Demographic Winter: the decline of the
human family.” (see coverage here) The
phrase “demographic winter” refers to
the contemporary phenomenon of a worldwide rapid
decline in birthrates. The new documentary makes
a forceful case that the loss of millions due to
population control efforts has meant an
irreplaceable loss of millions of producers and
consumers who otherwise would be participating
and supporting today’s global economy. “Like
‘Demographic Winter,’ ‘The Demographic Bomb’
deals with rapidly falling birth rates and their
consequences for humanity in the 21st
century,” said Barry McLerran, producer of
both documentaries. McLerran pointed out that
demographic winter in turn has economic
ramifications, as fewer and fewer workers will be
available to support massive populations of the
elderly. “‘Demographic Winter’ predicted the
financial crash of 2008 to within 12 months.
‘Demographic Bomb’ reveals how this is just the
beginning,” warned McLerran.
“‘Demographic Bomb’ shows what happens when
countries comprising 80 percent of the world’s
economy have plummeting numbers of workers,
consumers and innovators – leading to falling
consumer spending, and too few workers to support
the elderly.” The documentary interviews
demographers, sociologists, economists, and
historians that make clear the reasons why the
demographic decline and economic decline are
related. The film begins with an interview with
Paul Ehrlich of Stanford University, the 1968
author of “The Population Bomb,” which
convinced the popular mind that overpopulation
was the world’s greatest threat. Ehrlich has also
gone on record as saying that two billion persons
is the Earth’s optimal population limit. The
documentary also features Mathew Connelly of
Columbia University, author of “Fatal
Misconception: The Struggle To Control World
Population,” who explains how a coalition of
organizations, institutions, governments, and the
United Nations have manipulated families and
violated basic human rights in the process to
achieve their goals of population reduction. Also
featured are former Yale Professor of Economics
Jennifer Roback Morse, USC Professor of Urban
Planning and Demography Dowell Myers, Harvard PhD
Nick Eberstadt, Harvard MBA Harry Dent, the
author of “The Great Depression Ahead,”
and Nobel Prize winning economist Gary Becker.
For more information on the documentaries
“Demographic Winter” and
“Demographic Bomb” click here.


Famed
Fr. Corapi Calls Canadian Bishops’ Dissent from
Humanae Vitae “Catastrophic”

“The
majority of Canadian bishops signed the infamous
Winnipeg Statement that just categorically
rejected Humane Vitae. That kind of rebellion is
catastrophic.”

June
30, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In
an interview with Legatus
Magazine
, to be published in the July/August
issue, Fr. John Corapi criticizes the Canadian
bishops for their rejection of Pope Paul VI’s
1968 encyclical Humanae Vitae in their signing of
the “infamous Winnipeg Statement.” The
statement, released shortly after the release of
the pope’s encylical, undercut Paul
VI’s unambiguous denunciation of all use of
artificial contraception, indicating that
Catholic couples might be able to use
contraception in good conscience. “One can
recall what happened during the tenure of Pope
Paul VI,” says Fr. Corapi in the interview,
“when he came out with his landmark and
prophetic encyclical Humanae Vitae. Significant
numbers of bishops, priests, theologians and
others rejected it. They absolutely rejected it.
The majority of Canadian bishops signed the
infamous Winnipeg Statement that just
categorically rejected Humanae Vitae. That kind
of rebellion is catastrophic.” On September
27th, 1968, two months after Humanae Vitae was
put out, the Canadian Catholic Bishops released
their controversial Winnipeg
Statement
.  The most infamous
passage, paragraph 26, opens the door for the
moral use of contraception, in contradiction to
the pope’s encyclical, saying that if a couple
has “tried sincerely but without success to
pursue a line of conduct in keeping with the
given directives, they may be safely assured
that, whoever honestly chooses that course which
seems right to him does so in good
conscience.” Last September, at their annual
Plenary Assembly, the Canadian Bishops released a
pastoral letter entitled Liberating Potential,
encouraging faithfulness to Humanae
Vitae. This letter appeared to reverse the
former position of the bishops, as some critics
of the Winnipeg Statement have said; however, it
makes no mention of the statement, and the
bishops have never officially retracted the
document. The long-term effects of rejecting the
papal encyclical are “profound,” says
Fr. Corapi.  “The argument can be
strongly made that the proliferation of abortion
can pretty much be traced to artificial
contraception,” he said.  “It’s
almost a cause-and-effect kind of thing, and Paul
VI warned about that. But large numbers [of]
Church leaders rejected it and were so bold as to
even reject it in writing, and that’s not without
consequences. There were profound consequences
not only in the Church but in the United States,
Canada and the whole world. It’s had a profound
effect on de-Christianizing the culture.” In
the interview, Fr. Corapi says he blames the
leadership of the Church, namely the bishops,
priests, and theologians, for the large numbers
of Catholics currently not attending Mass.
“You have to ask yourself why people have
drifted away,” he says.  “We have
control over the reasons inside the Church. You
can start with the top.” He says that he
traces the problem to unfaithfulness. In the Old
Testament, he says, “leadership was removed
from the people of God, the chosen people,
because of infidelity to the
covenant.”

To see the
full interview
click here:

For related LifeSiteNews.com coverage:

Canadian
Bishops Issue Pastoral Letter Encouraging
Faithfulness to Anti-Contraception Encyclical
Humanae Vitae

Canadian
Catholics Ask Bishops to Retract Winnipeg
Statement – Recommit to Humanae Vitae

Ottawa
Archbishop Thanks Canadian Catholics who Promoted
Humanae Vitae in the Last 40 Years


New
Evangelical Documentary Exposes Abortifacient
Qualities of the Birth Control Pill, Promotes NFP

May 27,
2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A
documentary called “28 Days on
the Pill
” has been released that seeks
expose the abortifacient properties of the birth
control pill.  The documentary explains that
many forms of birth control pills contain
progestins, which thin the endometrium, the walls
of the uterus, which in turn causes it to become
inhospitable to a conceived ovum.  This
inhospitality may cause a newly conceived human
being not to implant in the endometrium and cause
an abortion. The documentary instead promotes the
use of Natural Family Planning, which is the use
of natural periods of infertility to regulate the
number of children a family will have.
“Modern, scientific, Natural Family Planning
in every study published today is more effective
than the pill, and it doesn’t cause
abortions,” said Dr. W. Larimore, who was
interviewed in the documentary. Larimore told the
interviewer that the pill has “unnatural,
high doses of steroids, has potential side
effects including a potential breast cancer side
effect, and may cause an abortion that you won’t
even know about until you’re in heaven.”
“On the other side, is modern scientific
Natural Family Planning – some call it fertility
awareness – that’s more effective than the pill,
doesn’t have the side effects of the pill,”
Dr. Larimore said. NFP, he said, “it
involves the man and the woman, they have to talk
together, they have to pray together, they have
to learn together, they have to become one
together. No wonder that studies have implied
that people who practice NFP have higher
satisfaction with marriage, they have more
frequent sex, they have more satisfying sex, they
have a lower divorce rate.”  “It’s
because the whole issue of birth spacing becomes
a couples issue.” The documentary does state
that barrier methods, such as condoms, are truly
contraceptive, but that there are differing
opinions surrounding the morality of them. The
documentary also explores the use of
contraception in the Catholic Church.
“One Roman Catholic doctor we talked to said
he knew of no Roman Catholic hospital in the
United States that did not prescribe [the
pill],” said the documentary.
“Tremendous pressure can be placed on Roman
Catholic doctors to conform.  So what the
official teaching is and what is done in practice
can be two different things.” The Catechism
of the Catholic Church clearly states in
paragraph 2399 that “Legitimate intentions
on the part of the spouses do not justify
recourse to morally unacceptable means (for
example, direct sterilization or
contraception).”  However, the Catholic
Church does allow the use of NFP, provided that
the couple is open to becoming pregnant. The
Catholic Church also says that couples may only
use NFP to intentionally refrain from having a
child for a “grave” reason. Dr.
Harnisch, another doctor interviewed in “28
Days on the Pill,” said about the pill:
“I believe that any time there is a doubt
with something as precious life that we should
always err on the side of protecting life, rather
than saying ‘prove to me that that wasn’t alive,
so it’s dead, so what?  How do you know it
ever happened?’ ” Dr. Larimore said that he
used to think that birth control had no
abortifacient properties, saying it was “a
bunch of rubbish.”  Dr. J. Stanford,
who first informed Dr. Larimore about this aspect
of the pill, persisted, asking him to prove that
the pill was not an abortifacient.  The
result was a study called “Postfertilization
Effects of Oral Contraceptives and Their
Relationship to Informed Consent.”
This study showed how birth control pills can
cause abortions. The study caused a stir among
Christian medical groups, such as the Christian
Medical and Dental Association, Focus on the
Family’s Physicians Research Group, and the
Catholic Medical Association. Dr. A. Moell, who
was also interviewed, said that when she was
taught about contraceptives in medical school,
birth control pills were “just another
contraceptive, meaning that they prevented
conception.”  She was not informed of
any abortifacient properties the pill may have.
According to “28 Days on the Pill,” the
abortifacient qualities of the pill have been
hushed up. The film cites the opposition to the
study written by Dr Larimore and Stanford.
Dr. Stanford said that “the pro-choice
physicians have no problem” with the
abortifacient aspects of the pill because they
are “comfortable with prescribing the pill
and they don’t want to reconsider that.”
While the thinning of the endometrium is
explained to physicians in textbooks and manuals,
one of the authors of the documentary who went to
a health-unit seeking information on the birth
control pill received a fact sheet that neglected
to mention the thinning of the endometrium of the
uterus as an effect of the pill. According to the
documentary, the Compendium of Pharmaceuticals
and Specialties (CPS), the Canadian Pharmacists
Association’s drug information resource, and the
Physicians Desk Reference, the American standard,
mentioned the abortifacient qualities of the
pill. But the majority of information given to
patients fails to mention it. Dr. Albert Mohler,
president of The Southern Baptist Theological
Seminary, said that doctors shy away from telling
their patients about the abortifacient aspects of
the pill because “it could lead to awkward
questions and lifestyle changes, and it could
also put persons in the position of very deep
moral reconsideration of what they’ve taken for
granted since the early 1960s”. However, he
said that “it is ethically wrong to withhold
that information.” “I am always careful
to say that I’m not a medical doctor or
pharmacist, I’m a theologian and a pastor, and as
a pastor, I would never counsel a couple to use
the pill,” Dr. Mohler continued.
Furthermore, the documentary claims that
“much of the medical community has changed
its definition for when pregnancy begins, which
means any hindering of implantation would not be
considered an abortion.” According to L.
Powell, a Registered Nurse from London, Ontario,
the moment of conception is at implantation of
the fertilized ovum in the endometrium.
“I think that is the general
consensus,” she said, “It varies from
person to person on what conception is.”
“28 Days on the Pill” Website:
http://28daysonthepill.com/


Spain’s
“Disastrous” Contraceptive Policies
have Resulted in the Oldest European Population

May
22, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A
report by Spain’s Institute for Family Policy
says that Spain, with one of the western world’s
lowest birth rates and a high average life
expectancy, is now the most rapidly aging country
in the European Union. The Institute’s head,
Eduardo Hertfelder, told media that the
government’s “dreadful” contraceptive
policies are having a “catastrophic
effect.” The report says that the Spanish
youth population has dropped from 10 million in
1981 to 6.6 million in 2008. The process of
population aging follows Spain’s precipitous drop
in birth rates. In 2000, a UN report found that
the Spanish birth rate was the lowest in the
world with 1.07 children per woman. Hertfelder
stressed that the Spanish population is being
bolstered now only by increases in immigration.
In Spain, the median age of women is 42.5 years;
most physicians say that conception becomes
increasingly less likely after age 35. While the
country’s fertility rate remains one of the
lowest in the world at 1.31 children per woman,
the socialist Spanish government announced
earlier this year its plans to loosen the law to
allow abortion on demand during the first twelve
weeks of pregnancy. The loss of young people,
aging of the population and impending impact of
this demographic implosion on the economy, is not
limited to Spain. A report published in April by
the European Commission said that the working-age
population of Europe will peak next year and
begin to decline. The EC report said that by 2060
Europe will have 2 people of working age for
every person aged over 65, compared to 4 people
of working age currently. Europe now has some of
the world’s most generous government-sponsored
pension and welfare plans that will be directly
affected by the anticipated drop in population.
Referring to it as the “inverted
pyramid” effect, demographers believe that a
1.3 fertility rate is all but impossible to
correct and inevitably leads to a drop in
population. With below-replacement fertility –
that is, with two sets of parents producing only
one child each generation – the number of
children born is halved in each successive
generation, resulting in dramatic decreases in
the working-age population in twenty five years.
It has been widely noted that many of Europe’s
predominantly Catholic nations seem to be
particularly hard-hit by the demographic plunge.
According to statistics available from the CIA
World Fact Book, Portugal, with a Catholic
population of 84.5 percent, has a birth rate of
1.49 children born per woman and a median female
age of 41.6 years. Italy’s birth rate is 1.31
children per woman with a median female age of
44.8 years and the population is 90 percent
Catholic. Poland’s birth rate stands at 1.28
children per woman and the median female age is
39.7 years. Around the world, the industrialised
nations are all conforming to this pattern to
varying degrees, with only the US currently
maintaining close to a replacement-level birth
rate of 2.05 children born per woman. Outside
Europe, at 1.8 children per woman Australia has
one of the highest birth rates, with China
(1.79), Canada (1.58), Japan (1.21), South Korea
(1.21) lagging far behind. In many cases, the
trend of falling birth rates and aging
populations is not a new phenomenon. In Japan,
now with one of the world’s lowest birth rates,
following its post-war baby boom the birth rate
had fallen 50 percent by 1960. In 2008, the UN
Development Programme called the continued
depopulation of Russia one of the country’s
“most severe challenges” that had been
ongoing for forty years. The report said,
“Beginning from 1992, mortality in Russia
has consistently exceeded fertility.”With
the median ages of women in these countries
rising, continued promotion by many national
governments of population control measures such
as free abortion and contraceptives, demographers
are increasingly warning that the prospect of
population recovery is remote.


Study:
Women Who Use Birth Control Pill 1.5 Times More
Likely to Develop Bowel Disease

LONDON,
UK, March 13, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A study
on the role of oral contraceptives in the cause
of inflammatory bowel disease, published in the
American Journal of Gastroenterology, found that
women who use the pill are one and a half times
more likely to develop Crohn’s disease (CD) or
ulcerative colitis (UC) than women who have not
used oral contraceptives. The research by doctors
at the Gastroenterology Unit of St. Mary’s
Hospital, Imperial College, and the Department of
Surgery of St. Mark’s Hospital, London, reported
that a total of 75,815 patients were involved in
the study of the etiology of UC and CD between
1983 and 2007. Of these women, 36,797 used the
oral contraceptive pill (OCP) and 39,018 did not.
The report stated that the relative risk of
developing Crohn’s disease increased with a
prolonged exposure to the OCP. Whereas the
overall average of increased risk was 1 1/2
times, the relative risk of developing CD for a
woman who has used the pill for three years
increases to almost 3.5 times. This study has
also shown that the risk associated with OCP
exposure was reversed to that of the non-exposed
population after stopping the use of the drug.
The adjustment of the results for smoking was an
important aspect of this analysis, since it was
found that smokers are more likely to take the
OCP, and oral contraceptive users have been
reported as more likely to smoke. The adjustments
for smoking increased the relative risk of CD and
decreased the risk of UC. The study also
suggested that a reduction in the estrogen and
progesterone dosages in OCPs over the last two
decades has not reduced the relative risk of
inflammatory bowel disease in women who use the
contraceptive pill.


Studies
Find Contraception Makes Women Obese and Newborns
Too Thin

OTTAWA,
March 9, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) –
University of Ottawa researchers have found that
women who conceive within a month of taking
birth-control pills tend to have premature babies
or babies with a low birth weight. At the same
time, another study from the University of Texas
has revealed that users of the contraceptive
“shot” are significantly more likely
than other women to become obese. Xi-Kuan Chen,
an epidemiologist and senior analyst with the
Canadian Institute for Health Information at the
University of Ottawa said doctors should
inform patients of the link between chemical
contraceptives and low birth weight, which is a
growing problem in Canada, because children born
too thin are likely to suffer health problems
later in life. “Doctors should be bringing
this to the attention of patients,” said Dr.
Chen in a National Post report. “When they
consult with some patients, they should suggest
there might be some effect for them.” The
study used the singularly comprehensive database
of the Saskatchewan drug and medicare plans to
look at 1,500 women, divided into three groups,
who had taken contraceptive drugs within 30 days,
31-60 days and 61-90 days of their last period
before becoming pregnant. They then compared the
birth weight of their children with 6,100 women
who had not used birth-control pills for at least
a year before they gave birth. Analysis of the
data showed that women who had taken the pill
within 30 days of getting pregnant were more than
three times as likely to have a very low-weight
newborn (under 3.3 lbs) and twice as likely to
have a child born weighing less than 5.5 pounds
or to deliver the child six weeks prematurely.
The report also showed that the longer the
abstention from contraceptive drugs before
conceiving, the closer the newborns birth weight
would be to those women who had not used
birth-control pills. Dr. Chen said that although
the study does not definitively prove a
cause-and-effect relationship and needs to be
confirmed by more research because it did not
take into account factors such as smoking, which
also contribute to low birth weight and
prematurity, the results of the study should not
be ignored. At the same time as the findings of
Dr. Chen’s study are being reported, Dr. Abbey
Berenson at the University of Texas Medical
Branch has revealed that the use of certain
contraceptive drugs causes significant weight
gain and an increase in body fat, according to a
study published in the current issue of the
American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.
Dr. Berenson and her team of researchers studied
the use of the contraceptive drug depot
medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA), commercially
known as Depo-Provera, which is delivered in the
form of a shot, and found that DMPA users were
more than twice as likely to become obese as
women who did not use that contraceptive drug.
“Women and their doctors should factor in
this new data when choosing the most appropriate
birth control method,” said Berenson.
“One concern is DMPA’s link to increased
abdominal fat, a known component of metabolic
syndrome, which increases the risk of
cardiovascular disease, stroke and
diabetes.”


Swiss
Women Abandoning the Pill Due to Adverse Health
Effects

PARIS,
February 26, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The use
of the contraceptive pill is plummeting among
younger women, in response to growing awareness
of its destructive health effects, reports a
French bioethics site. According to the site
“Genetique,” the use of “the
pill” among women aged 15 to 24 years old
dropped from 43% in 2003 to 26% in
2007.   The rate of childbirth among
the same group increased at the same time.
“The principal reason for this decrease is
the attention paid by women to their
health,” says Genetique. “It is now
proven that the pill suppresses libido and causes
weight gain.  The fear of cancer and
sterility are equally responsible.”
According to numerous studies on the effects of
the contraceptive pill, its use is also linked to
increased risk of heart disease, hypertension,
and stroke.


Life
Issues Television Series Starts Today on
LifeSiteNews.com

February
6, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) –
Recently, Niagara Region Right to Life contracted
LifeSiteNews to host a series of on line, half
hour videos of a television program on life
issues produced by the Life Issues Institute in
Cincinnati, Ohio. The series, with host Brad
Mattes, has been praised for its high quality,
compelling and accurate productions on these
crucial matters. Today, the series begins with
“The Surprising Link”, a convincing and
moving investigation of the link between abortion
and breast cancer. Charnette Messe, a 35-year-old
mother of two, was living the American dream
until she learned she had breast cancer, and then
the very next day, found out she was pregnant.
Fighting for her life and that of her baby,
Charnette wanted answers, and, now, she wants to
tell other women the truth she discovered about
the abortion she kept a secret for 15 years and
why it may have caused her cancer. Dr. Angela
Lanfranchi, a New Jersey breast surgeon and
co-founder of the Breast Cancer Prevention
Institute, provides a medical explanation of why
abortion is the single, most avoidable risk
factor for breast cancer. LifeSiteNews highly
recommends this video to all its readers. We have
no doubt that most viewers will be impressed and
moved by the personal witness of Charnette Messe
and impressed by the evidence presented by Dr.
Lanfranchi and Breast Cancer Institute co-founder
Dr. Joel Brind. Readers are encouraged to tell
others about the “The Surprising Link”.
The lives of many young women are at stake. This
first video is presented in three parts and in
both Windows Media and Quicktime formats. Some
viewers may find that one or other of the formats
will function better in their particular browser.
** See “The Surprising Link” **
http://www.lifesitenews.com/video/facinglifeheadon/thesurpri…


Demographic
Winter: “Schools will be turned into nursing
homes. Playgrounds will become graveyards.”

WASHINGTON,
DC, January 26, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) –
Celebrated columnist and pro-family leader Don
Feder gave a jaw-dropping presentation on the
coming ‘Demographic Winter’ at the Rose Dinner
which closes the official March for Life
festivities every year. Speaking to hundreds of
attendees, Feder suggested that the demographic
problem of worldwide declining birthrates
“could result in the greatest crisis
humanity will confront in this century” as
“all over the world, children are
disappearing.” “In the Western world,
birthrates are falling and populations are
aging,” said Feder. “The consequences
for your children and grandchildren could well be
catastrophic.” Feder noted, “In 30
years, worldwide, birth rates have fallen by more
than 50%. In 1979, the average woman on this
planet had 6 children. Today, the average is 2.9
children, and falling.” He explained the
situation noting, “demographers tell us that
with a birthrate of 1.3, everything else being
equal, a nation will lose half of its population
every 45 years.” Beyond an inability to pay
for pensions, it is likely that euthanasia will
be one looked-to solution to the aging crisis, he
said. “Demographic Winter is the terminal
stage in the suicide of the West – the
culmination of a century of evil ideas and
poisonous policies,'” he said. Among them he
listed: “Abortion – As I mentioned a moment
ago, worldwide, we’re killing 42 million people a
year. It’s as if an invading army killed every
man woman and child in Italy – then repeated the
process every year. “Contraception – For the
first time in history, just under half the
world’s population of childbearing age uses some
form of birth control. Some of us remember when
births weren’t controlled and pregnancies weren’t
planned. With all the wailing about man-made
Global Warming, carbon footprints and the ozone
layer, wouldn’t it be ironic if what did us in
wasn’t the SUV but the IUD? “Delayed
marriage. People are marrying later and later.
After 35, it becomes progressively harder for a
woman to have children. “The decline of
marriage and the rise of cohabitation. Not
surprisingly, in relationships without
commitment, people have fewer children. By the
way, the left’s contribution to the coming
population crisis is to push the one type of
‘marriage’ (and I use the term
advisedly) that can’t conceivably produce
children. “But perhaps,” he concluded,
“the most important factor is a culture
(including Hollywood, the news media and
academia) that tells people that children are a
burden, rather than a joy; that pushes an
ego-driven, live-for-the-moment ethic; a culture
that tells us that contentment comes from
careers, love, friendship, pets, possessions,
travel, personal growth – anything and everything
except family and children. It’s a culture that
can look at Sarah Palin and her beautiful family
and ask why she had to have 5 children and why
she didn’t abort her child with Downs
syndrome.” For more see the first
documentary on the plummeting birth rate:
“Demographic Winter: the decline of the
human family”
http://www.demographicwinter.com


Study
Links Water Pollution from Contraceptives,
Chemicals with Declining Male Fertility

January
19, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – New
research strengthens the link between water
pollution and rising male fertility problems. The
study, by Brunel University, the Universities of
Exeter and Reading and the Centre for Ecology
& Hydrology, shows for the first time how a
group of testosterone-blocking chemicals is
finding its way into UK rivers, affecting
wildlife and potentially humans. The research was
supported by the Natural Environment Research
Council and is now published in the journal
Environmental Health Perspectives. The study
identified a new group of chemicals that act as
‘anti-androgens.’ This means that they
inhibit the function of the male hormone,
testosterone, reducing male fertility. Some of
these are contained in medicines, including
cancer treatments, pharmaceutical treatments, and
pesticides used in agriculture. The research
suggests that when they get into the water
system, these chemicals may play a pivotal role
in causing feminising effects in male fish.
Earlier research by Brunel University and the
University of Exeter has shown how female sex
hormones (estrogens), and chemicals that mimic
estrogens, are leading to
‘feminisation’ of male fish. Found in
some industrial chemicals and the contraceptive
pill, they enter rivers via sewage treatment
works. This causes reproductive problems by
reducing fish breeding capability and in some
cases can lead to male fish changing sex. Other
studies have also suggested that there may be a
link between this phenomenon and the increase in
human male fertility problems caused by
testicular dysgenesis syndrome. Until now, this
link lacked credence because the list of suspects
causing effects in fish was limited to estrogenic
chemicals whilst testicular dysgenesis is known
to be caused by exposure to a range of
anti-androgens. Lead author on the research
paper, Dr Susan Jobling at Brunel
University’s Institute for the Environment,
said of the study’s findings: “We have been
working intensively in this field for over ten
years. The new research findings illustrate the
complexities in unravelling chemical causation of
adverse health effects in wildlife populations
and re-open the possibility of a
human–wildlife connection in which effects
seen in wild fish and in humans are caused by
similar combinations of chemicals. “We have
identified a new group of chemicals in our study
on fish, but do not know where they are coming
from. A principal aim of our work is now to
identify the source of these pollutants and work
with regulators and relevant industry to test the
effects of a mixture of these chemicals and the
already known environmental estrogens and help
protect environmental health.” Senior author
Professor Charles Tyler of the University of
Exeter said: “Our research shows that a much
wider range of chemicals than we previously
thought is leading to hormone disruption in fish.
This means that the pollutants causing these
problems are likely to be coming from a wide
variety of sources. Our findings also strengthen
the argument for the cocktail of chemicals in our
water leading to hormone disruption in fish, and
contributing to the rise in male reproductive
problems. There are likely to be many reasons
behind the rise in male fertility problems in
humans, but these findings could reveal one,
previously unknown, factor.” In making their
findings the scientists studied over 1000 fish
sampled from 30 rivers in various parts of
England. The research took more than three years
to complete and was conducted by the University
of Exeter, Brunel University, University of
Reading and the Centre for Ecology &
Hydrology. The research team is now focusing on
identifying the source of anti-androgenic
chemicals, as well as continuing to study their
impact on reproductive health in wildlife and
humans.


Co-Creator
of the Pill Laments Resulting Demographic
“Horror Scenario”

VIENNA,
January 8, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – An
Austrian chemist who helped spearhead the
creation of the earliest contraceptive pill has
expressed dismay at the severance of sexuality
and reproduction made possible by widespread use
of the pill, and has warned against the impending
demographic disaster from plummeting birth rates.
Carl Djerassi wrote of his concern in a
commentary appearing in the December issue of
Austria’s Der Standard, where he described
couples who regularly contracept as “wanting
to enjoy their schnitzels while leaving the rest
of the world to get on with it.” Djerassi,
who is a chemist, novelist, and playwright, is
best known for helping create the synthetic
hormone progestin norethindrone in 1951, together
with Mexican Luis E. Miramontes and Hungarian
George Rosenkranz.  The far more potent
synthetic hormone was soon used for contraceptive
purposes as it remains effective when taken
orally, unlike natural female hormones. At the
time, Djerassi had said that “not in our
wildest dreams” had he expected the chemical
to be used for contraception.  Now, he
writes, “My contribution is to help these
people wake up,” referring to Austrian
couples who freely contracept. Lamenting that
there is now “no connection at all between
sexuality and reproduction,” Djerassi said,
“This divide in Catholic Austria, a country
which has on average 1.4 children per family, is
now complete.  Most Austrians enjoy sexual
intercourse without thereby wanting or begetting
a child.” Djerassi explained that Austria,
which is now home to more seniors over 65 than
children under 15, would soon enter “an
impossible situation” as the lopsided
population would result in a working class too
small to support the needs of elderly
pensioners.  Therefore, he urged, Austrians
would have to quickly adopt an immigration policy
designed to counteract the effects of widespread
contraception lest the population commit
“national suicide.”


Medical
Expert Says that Contraceptive Pill is Causing
Global Rise in Male Infertility

VATICAN
CITY, January 7, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – An
eminent doctor writing for the Vatican newspaper
L’Osservatore Romano has stated that hormones
from the contraceptive pill are causing a
significant rise in male infertility in western
nations. Pedro Jose Maria Simon Castellvi,
President of the International Federation of
Catholic Medical Associations (FIAMC), writes
that “we have sufficient data to affirm that
one of the reasons for the not insignificant rise
in male infertility in the west (due to
increasingly fewer sperm in men), is the
environmental contamination caused by ‘the
pill’.” “We are confronted with a clear
anti-ecological effect that demands further
explanation from the manufacturers,”
continued Castellvi, who also noted that the
abortifacient and carcinogenic effects of the
contraceptive pill are also well known (see
LifeSiteNews coverage at http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/jan/09010504.html).
Castellvi’s statements echo similar utterances
made by numerous other medical and scientific
experts since 2004.  Female hormones from
birth control pills, which enter the water supply
through urination, are being blamed for declining
sperm counts in human and animal populations, the
growth of female sex organs in male fish, breast
growth in young men, and early onset of puberty
in young girls. In September of last year, a
scientist at the University of Montreal’s
Department of Chemistry announced the discovery
that Montreal’s water treatment plant was dumping
estrogen products into rivers at a level 90 times
the critical amount, a level far beyond the
minimum for disrupting the fertility of fish.
Last week, Mexico’s Secretariat of Health issued
a warning that use of the contraceptive pill
during pregnancy could raise the risk of
“genital ambiguity,” also known as
hermaphrodism, in newborns. “The sad thing
about this is that, if we are talking about the
regulation of fertility, these products are not
necessary,” writes Castellvi, noting that
Natural Family Planning methods, which involve
abstaining from sexual intercourse during the
fertile period of a woman’s monthly cycle,
“are just as effective and furthermore they
respect the nature of the person.” Despite
mounting evidence indicating the harmful effects
of artificial hormones on the environment, the
French Press Agency reported that Castellvi’s
statements were “promptly dismissed by
several organizations,” which claimed that
female hormones are present
“everywhere” and change once they are
digested.  Castellvi’s statements are
supported by a report recently issued by FIAMC,
which he says contains more than 300 source
citations, the majority of which are from medical
publications. His article appeared in the January
4th issue of L’Osservatore Romano.


Vatican
Newspaper Publishes Article Detailing Birth
Control Pill as Cause of Abortion and Cancer

ROME,
January 5, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) –
The Vatican’s official newspaper has caused
a media storm in the European press with an
article asserting the abortifacient and
carcinogenic effects of hormonal contraceptives.
The Italian edition of L’Osservatore Romano
carries an article this week on a report by the
International Federation of Catholic Medical
Associations (FIAMC) that was created to
commemorate the fortieth anniversary of the
encyclical Humanae Vitae, the document by Pope
John Paul VI that reiterated the Catholic
Church’s teaching on artificial birth
control. Pedro José María Simón Castelví, the
president of FIAMC, wrote that “the means of
contraception violate at least five important
rights: the right to life, the right to health,
the right to education, all right to information
(their spread is at the expense of information on
natural resources) and the right to equality
between the sexes (the burden of contraception
falls mostly on women).”
“Curiously”, Castelvi wrote, this
information on the abortifacient effect of the
Pill “does not reach the general
public,” despite being well-known to
researchers. The hundred-page report, published
in German, is an analysis of scientific data on
the effects of the Pill and includes three
hundred bibliographic citations, mostly from
specialized medical journals. The report
“clearly demonstrates” that anovulant,
low-dose hormonal birth control pills work not
only by preventing ovulation but also by causing
the death of an already existing child in the
uterine wall. This embryonic person, Castellvi
wrote, “even in its early days, is something
other than an egg or female germ cell.” From
the embryonic stage, the child grows in a
coordinated way and this development, unless
prevented, “ends with its exit from the womb
in nine months, ready to devour a litre of
milk.”The report also notes that the
International Agency for Research of Cancer, an
agency of the World Health Organization, reported
in July 2005 that the oral preparations of
combined estrogen-progestogens common in birth
control pills are classified in a group of
carcinogenic agents. “The sad thing in all
this,” Castelvi wrote, “is that if it
is to regulate fertility, these are not the
products required. The natural means of
regulating fertility, ‘NFP’ or Natural
Family Planning, are equally effective and also
respect the person.”


2008


Even
With More Women on Birth Control, Many Don’t
Hear About the Variety of Side Effects

A
new pilot program in London will make the birth
control pill available next month, through
pharmacists, without a prescription. It’s a
big shift from December 1955, when scientists
made the first presentation that progesterone can
stop women from ovulating, and many states had
laws banning the use of contraception. Despite
nearly 50 years of access to the pill, some women
are clueless about side effects that doctors
might not bother sharing, and some that are just
being discovered. “Doctors in general tend
to hesitate to suggest things to the
patient,” said Dr. Nanette Santoro, director
of reproductive endocrinology at the Albert
Einstein College of Medicine in New York City and
a member of The Endocrine Society. “These
are things that wouldn’t have a major health
impact.” Santoro said, with limited time in
appointments, doctors focus on the major side
effects that can pose a health risk: the risk of
blood clots among smokers, high blood pressure,
and stroke with some migraine headaches, for
example. But Santoro knows of many less-pressing
and idiosyncratic side effects from the pill that
don’t always make it into the doctor’s
talk. Women on the pill may suffer a lackluster
sex drive, mood swings, or even extra sinus
pressure, she said. “Some women may notice
their sinuses are a little stuffier,”
Santoro explained. “It speaks to the bigger
point that pills do affect the mucus production
of the body.” That means mucus, whether on
the cervix or in the nose, can become thicker.
This August, research began to confirm another
strange connection between the birth control pill
and a woman’s nose. In a study of about 100
college students in the U.K., scientists found
that the pill may change how women find a
man’s scent sexually attractive. The study
collected body odor from volunteers and put it in
jars for the ladies to smell. Among the 200-300
different chemical compounds in sweat,
researchers tried to draw a connection to the
woman’s reaction to the sweat and a
by-product in the sweat from the major
histocompatibility complex (MHC) genes, which
contribute to the body’s immune system.
Since the late 1990s, research has shown that
women find the scent of a man more attractive if
he has MHC genes that are different from their
own, and less attractive if he has similar MHC
genes. But that all may change two months after a
woman goes on the pill. The Pill May Change How
You Choose a Man

“In the pill-using group, there was a
significant shift in their preference for men who
had more similar odors,” said Craig Roberts,
a co-author of the August MHC study appearing in
the “Proceedings of the Royal Society
B,” and a lecturer at the University of
Liverpool in the U.K. Roberts said the women in
the control group who didn’t take the pill
only started to find men with different MHC genes
more attractive in the second round of body odor
sniff tests. “It’s an odd thing to do,
smell odors in jars,” Roberts said. “We
don’t know the effects in the real world,
but it does carry implications for women who are
using the pill, and you can extrapolate from this
very artificial laboratory study quite a long
way.” For example, “They may choose
someone they may not choose otherwise,” he
said. In theory, Roberts said a woman may choose
a man while she’s on the pill and feel fine,
but subconsciously find her mate less attractive
if she goes off the pill. “There is evidence
that couples that are more MCH similar to each
other have more difficulty conceiving, and they
have more miscarriages,” added Roberts, who
has also cited research that women who marry men
with similar MCH genes are more likely to have an
affair. Aside from chemical conjectures,
Einstein’s Santoro has heard straight from
her patients that the pill can affect one’s
sex life. “Clearly, pills suppress androgen
production in the ovary, so, to the extent that
androgen levels drive sex drive in women, it
could affect them,” said Santoro, who is
also a doctor with the Montefiore Medical Center
in New York City. “It’s also possible
for some women, especially if they’re
Catholics, to have a libido problem. … Once
they start on the pill, it may reduce their
enjoyment in some way out of guilt,” she
said. Santoro said many of her patients tend to
think of the pill as an off-switch for hormones,
but in truth, the pill exposes women to higher
levels of hormones to overcome their own cycle.
Other Strange Side Effects From the Pill
“Because the pill in a lot of ways produces
a pseudo-pregnant state, some of the side effects
of pregnancy are noticed in the pill,”
Santoro said. That means women on the pill may
experience heartburn, or constipation, or sleep
disturbances, either as insomnia or extra
sleepiness. Santoro said doctors are also less
likely to get into great detail about weight
changes. “We tell our patients that weight
doesn’t change if you take the pill …
but among the individual women, there may be some
who gain and some who lose,” said Santoro,
who added that large studies on the subject might
cancel out the average weight changes experienced
by women on the pill. Overall, Santoro said
she’d spend more time talking about the
pill’s more serious health risks and side
effects with a patient. “Women over 35 who
smoke more than 10 cigarettes a day — they
shouldn’t be taking the pill at all,”
she said. For patients who have migraines with
aura, which refers to feelings and symptoms
noticed shortly before the headache begins,
“they should not take pills without making
sure everybody’s on board.” Santoro
said although research hasn’t drawn any
hard-and-fast conclusions about side effects from
taking the pill for an extended period of time,
many of her patients have decided to give the
hormones a break. “It’s outdated, but
some women feel better if they take a little
‘pill holiday’ now and then,” she
said. (Source)


American
Society of Reproductive Medicine Statement
Confirms the Pill Causes Abortion

December 12, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Amidst
an ongoing debate among prolife advocates about
whether to classify the Pill as an abortifacient
or a prophylactic, pro-abortion advocates have
published an authoritative statement declaring
that the Pill prevents implantation of embryos,
thereby causing an abortion.  In a
supplement to its November 2008 issue, top
reproductive health journal Fertility and
Sterility published the American Society for
Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) statement,
“Hormonal contraception: recent advances and
controversies.”  In a summary of the
development of contraception in the United States
the statement called oral contraceptives the
“most widely used” reversible
method.  In the “wide variety” of
oral contraceptives that are available, the
“mechanisms of action” are the same,
said the statement: “inhibition of
ovulation, alteration in the cervical mucus,
and/or modification of the endometrium, thus
preventing implantation.”
Pro-life advocates who oppose abortion, but not
contraception, have long considered the Pill as
an ethical contraceptive option, as opposed to
the IUD, which causes abortions by preventing
implantation.  However, the statement by the
ASRM clearly indicates that the pill is medically
classified as a drug that acts by
“preventing implantation,” thereby
causing the death of a fertilized embryo – a
unique and living human being.
A large body of literature supports this
statement, including articles from Fertility and
Sterility.  The most significant of these is
a 1996 study by a group of OB/GYNs from the
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, that
concluded that “impaired uterine
receptivity” is “one mechanism by which
OCs exert their contraceptive
actions.”


Ottawa
Archbishop Thanks Canadian Catholics who Promoted
Humanae Vitae in the Last 40 Years

TORONTO, November 17, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The
Humanae Vitae conference which took place this
Saturday at St. Michael’s College in
Toronto, attracting an overflow crowd, was a
great success according to organizers and
participants.  The conference was organized
to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Pope Paul
VI’s 1968 encyclical Humanae Vitae (On Human
Life), which reaffirmed Church teaching against
contraception in the wake of the advent of the
birth control pill. At the time of its
publication, Humanae Vitae was rejected by many
Catholics, clergy and bishops included.
Even the Canadian bishops’ conference at the
time issued what is known as The Winnipeg
Statement, which was interpreted by most as
absolving Catholics should they dissent from the
teaching against contraception. “The time at
which it appeared,” said Ottawa Archbishop
Terrence Prendergast, SJ, speaking of the
encyclical during this weekend’s conference,
“was one of great discontinuity … not
only in public life but also for the
church.”  The Archbishop recalled the
Winnipeg Statement and a follow-up statement that
sought to clarify it.  “Many felt, and
some still feel, that the bishops’ first
message was confusing and ambiguous, and that the
follow up statement was too weak to correct
mistaken notions communicated earlier,” he
said. He added, however, that now was the time
for the faithful in Canada to move forward with
promoting the teaching rather than looking back
to the past. “At this point in the history
of the Canadian Church we could look backwards
and try to change the past such as the baggage
that came with the so-called Winnipeg
Statement,” said the Archbishop.
“We can’t really change that but we can
work for a better future by putting our energy to
moving ahead, and bringing our healing vision to
our culture …  ”We need to go
back and embrace or re-embrace the prophetic
encyclical Humanae Vitae given through the
Theology of the Body,” he said.
“There is no doubt that we need to do more
to promote the teaching of Humanae Vitae,”
he added.  “Many in our time do not
understand the evil of the contraceptive
act.” The Archbishop urged the faithful
“to read the encyclical, to study it and
embrace it.”  He noted that the
“prophetic” encyclical which “time
has shown … to be a gift from Christ to men
and women everywhere,” is “just as
important today as it was in 1968.”
Prendergast quoted Cardinal Edward Gagnon as
saying that Humanae Vitae is “one of the
most important documents in the history of the
church.”  He also prayed “for the
conversion of those who are still resisting”
the teaching of the encyclical. The archbishop of
Canada’s national capital stressed the
importance of a new document from the Canadian
Conference of Catholic Bishops, released this
year.  That document, called
“Liberating Potential,” was released in
September and contained nothing but praise for
and faithful adherence to Humanae Vitae.
LifeSiteNews.com coverage noted that the new CCCB
document contained not a mention of the Winnipeg
Statement or a hint of its dissenting slant on
contraception (see coverage: http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2008/sep/08092909.html). The
archbishop urged faithful Catholics to “work
for a better future by moving ahead and leaving
the past in the Lord’s hands.”
Concluding, he said, “I want to thank all of
you who over the past 40 years have kept the
truths of HV before us. I know that God will
bless you for your efforts and your suffering and
I ask that we all go forward now with the task of
building the culture of life and love here in
Canada.” The conference was sponsored by
Campaign Life Coalition, Priests for Life Canada,
the Natural Family Planning Association, the
Catholic Doctors Guild and
LifeSiteNews.com.  Jim Hughes of Campaign
Life Coalition told LifeSiteNews.com that he was
thrilled with the conference and that the
sold-out crowd was very enthusiastic.
“To see that there are bishops willing to
speak out on this prophetic document bodes well
for the future,” said Hughes.


Canada’s
Health Care System heading for “Demographic
Blowout” with Aging Population: Study

OTTAWA, November 14, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A
new study has revealed that the Canadian
government will spend $171.9-billion this year on
health care, or $5,170 per person. At this rate
“health care spending is expected to grow
faster than Canada’s economy, outpacing
inflation and population
growth,” according to Glenda
Yeates, President and CEO of the Canadian
Institute for Health Information (CIHI), which
released the study yesterday. Demographers
have warned that the aging and slow growth of the
Canadian population is a direct threat to the
long-term prognosis of its raft of expensive,
publicly funded social services, including its
health care system. Brian Day, past president of
the Canadian Medical Association, told the Globe
and Mail that with the Baby Boom generation
growing older, the system is headed for a
“demographic blowout.” The CIHI study
found that government expenditure on health will
reach 10.7 per cent of the country’s gross
domestic product. Yeates said the study’s
results are “going to raise questions for
Canada and other countries as to how much do we
really want to spend on health care.” The
organization’s findings may prove especially
significant and timely given
US president-elect Barack Obama’s stated
plans to move the US towards socialized
healthcare. At the same time that the Canadian
government is paying record sums to keep its
socialized medical services afloat, which
includes government-funded abortion-on-demand,
the population of Canada continues to age and its
birth rate remains one of the lowest in the
western world. The median age for women in Canada
is 41.2 years, over the age at which women easily
conceive children. Recently the total fertility
rate has risen only slightly to 1.57 children
born per woman. To maintain a steady population,
however, a country must have 2.1 children born
per woman. Despite massive immigration,
Canada’s population, currently 33,399,600,
has grown by only 276,780 since last year. With
most new residents being adults, the problem of
the aging of the population is not addressed by
the government’s open-door policy, aimed at
bringing workers into the country. The average
Canadian life expectancy is 81.16 years.
Combined, these statistics paint a grim picture
of the future of Canada’s health services,
with fewer and fewer young people to pay for the
health care of a rapidly aging population. The
2006 census showed that the country’s
population is aging at an alarming rate. The
report from Statistics Canada said that the
number of people over age 64 has increased by
11.5 per cent in the last 5 years. Of the total
32,973,546 Canadians, “the number of people
aged 55 to 64, many of whom are workers
approaching retirement, has never been so high in
Canada, at close to 3.7 million in 2006.”
Meanwhile, Canada continues to be one of the most
abortion-friendly countries in the world, with a
total of 96,815 abortions committed in 2005,
equalling 28.3 abortions for every 100 live
births.


Toronto
Humanae Vitae Conference Completely Sold Out –
Demand Overwhelmed Organizers

TORONTO, November 12, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A
conference on the prophetic document by Pope Paul
VI, regarding contraception and called Humanae
Vitae, has completely sold out a week in advance.
This has stunned some organizers who were
initially concerned that there would not be
enough interest to fill the 400-seat hall where
the conference will take place this
Saturday.  The conference is sponsored by
Campaign Life Coalition, Priests for Life Canada,
the Natural Family Planning Association, the
Catholic Doctors Guild and
LifeSiteNews.com.  Speakers include Ottawa
Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, Musician and
speaker Mark Mallet, the leader of Priests for
Life Canada Fr. Tom Lynch, Dr. Maria Kraw,
Toronto Archbishop Thomas Collins, as well as
Theology of the Body speaker Cale Clarke.
“I’m thrilled at the interest in the
conference,” Jim Hughes of Campaign Life
Coalition told LifeSiteNews.com, “it shows
that there is an awakening in Canada of the
importance of that 1968 document which if
embraced at the time it was released would have
led to a massive resurgence of respect for
life.” Organizers are warning that not even
one more space is available and therefore anyone
arriving at the door will unfortunately not be
able to be admitted. However, they say, DVD’s and
CDs of all the talks will be made available for
order through LifeSiteNews.com and other venues.


Canadian
Bishops Issue Pastoral Letter Encouraging
Faithfulness to Anti-Contraception Encyclical
Humanae Vitae

Say sterilization and contraception are against
God’s plan for sexuality

OTTAWA,
September 29, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – At the
close of their 2008 Plenary Assembly which met in
Cornwall, September 22-26, the Bishops of Canada
issued a pastoral letter, titled “Liberating
Potential,” which invites all the faithful
“to discover or rediscover,” the
message of the Encyclical Humanae Vitae, issued
by Pope Paul VI in 1968.  Although the
Bishops’ statement did not address the infamous
Winnipeg Statement – a document dissenting from
Humanae Vitae which was issued by the Canadian
bishops on September 27, 1968 and never recanted
– the present document is in full conformity with
Humanae Vitae. “Abortion, sterilization and
contraception are in opposition to the Creator’s
intention at the heart of sexual intercourse,
preventing, if God so desires, the creation of a
unique soul for the unique body that the spouses
help to form,” says Liberating Potential.
The Plenary Assembly described the 1968
encyclical as a “prophetic document,”
especially in view of “the troubling
evolution of two fundamental human institutions,
marriage and the family.” The message of the
Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB)
goes on to say that the family and marriage
“continue to be affected by the
contraceptive mentality feared and rejected in
the encyclical of Pope Paul VI.” The Bishops
of Canada point out what they say is an important
link between Humanae Vitae and the “theology
of the body,” developed by Pope John Paul II
between 1979 and 1984. Their pastoral letter is
in fact as much a discourse on theology of the
body as on Humanae Vitae.”In short,”
they say, “Pope Paul Vl’s encyclical Humanae
Vitae and the subsequent ‘theology of the body’
developed by Pope John Paul II issue an immense
challenge to a world that is too often occupied
with protecting itself against the extraordinary
life potential of sexuality.” In their
message, the Bishops of Canada also call for a
more profound reflection on married life and on
the meaning of sexual intercourse.
“Catholics and all men and women of good
will” are encouraged to reflect on both in
the light of Humanae Vitae and the “theology
of the body.”  “Sexuality is a
friend, a gift of God,” they state. “It
is revealed to us by the Trinitarian God”
who invites Christians and others “to reveal
it in turn in all its grandeur and dignity to our
contemporaries at this start of the third
millennium.” The Bishops concluded, “In
continuity with Paul VI and John Paul II and
under the teachings of Benedict XVI, we invite
Catholics and all men and women of good will to
promote and defend life and the family.”
John Pacheco, a director of The Rosarium, a
Catholic group which has sought to have the
Winnipeg Statement overturned, praised the new
statement in an interview with LifeSiteNews.com.
“It’s a solid document and I think that it
will go a long way to addressing a lot of
concerns and fears of faithful Catholics,”
said Pacheco.  “It effectively
supersedes the Winnipeg statement,” he
said.  Regarding the Winnipeg Statement
Pacheco said it’s “no longer the official
position of the Canadian bishops.”
While he maintains the Winnipeg statement should
be formally retracted, Pacheco suggested that
with the current document, the Winnipeg Statement
is “de facto retracted.”  Pacheco
said, however, that the new push for faithfulness
to Humanae Vitae must go beyond the paper to
application. There has to be a vigorous
application of what’s in the document at the
parish level which would impact counseling to
married couples, teaching them the ‘why’,”
he said.  Bishops have to commit themselves
to teaching since there has been a vacuum in
their teaching on the matter for forty
years.”


Canadian
Bishops issue pastoral message to mark 40th
anniversary of Humanae Vitae

26 September 2008 (CCCB-Ottawa)… At
the close of their 2008 Plenary Assembly which
met in Cornwall, 22-26 September, the Bishops of
Canada issued a pastoral letter, titled
“Liberating Potential”, which invites
all the faithful “to discover or
rediscover,” the message of the Encyclical
Humanae Vitae, issued by Pope Paul VI in 1968.
The Plenary Assembly described the encyclical as
a “prophetic document,” especially in
view of “the troubling evolution of two
fundamental human institutions, marriage and the
family.” The message of the Canadian
Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) goes on to
say that the family and marriage “continue
to be affected by the contraceptive mentality
feared and rejected in the encyclical of Pope
Paul VI.” “Nevertheless, Humanae Vitae
is much more than a ‘no to
contraception,’” the Bishops insist.
Citing the encyclical, they point out that
“It proposes a vision of the whole person
and the whole mission to which each person is
called.” The CCCB message describes the
encyclical as “an invitation to be open to
the grandeur, beauty and dignity of the
Creator’s call to the vocation of
marriage.” The Bishops of Canada point out
what they say is an important link between
Humanae Vitae and the “theology of the
body,” developed by Pope John Paul II
between 1979 and 1984. These reflections of John
Paul II are a “pedagogy” to help
appreciate the theological and pastoral
significance of Humanae Vitae, they say. The
Bishops observe that in marriage, the “act
of flesh, the gift of bodies,” expresses
“the totality of the gift of the persons,
the one to the other,” by which “the
man and the woman are, in the flesh, the image of
the divine Trinity.” The CCCB pastoral
letter points out that in the words of Pope John
Paul II, “by means of its visible
masculinity and femininity, the body, and it
alone, is capable of making visible what is
invisible: the spiritual and the divine.” In
their message, the Bishops of Canada also call
for a more profound reflection on married life
and on the meaning of sexual intercourse.
“Catholics and all men and women of good
will” are encouraged to reflect on both in
the light of Humanae Vitae and the “theology
of the body.” “Sexuality is a friend, a
gift of God,” they state. “It is
revealed to us by the Trinitarian God” who
invites Christians and others “to reveal it
in turn in all its grandeur and dignity to our
contemporaries at this start of the third
millennium.”


Contraceptive
Hormones Mutating Fish in St. Lawrence River

MONTREAL,
September 18, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) –
Estrogen from birth control pills in highly
populated areas of Canada is washing into the
water table and flooding the St. Lawrence River,
a new study has found. University of Montreal
researchers said that the St. Lawrence River near
Montreal has an alarmingly high level of
estrogens that are mutating male fish. Downstream
from the island of Montreal, one of Canada’s most
densely populated urban areas, estrogen levels in
the water are “about 100 times more than the
level known to have significant
endocrine-disrupting effects,” Sebastien
Sauve, a professor of environmental chemistry,
told the CBC. The primary source of the estrogens
is the contraceptive pill and other artificial
hormones, said the researchers. “They’re
really pharmaceuticals, which are used either as
contraceptives or in hormone replacement
therapy,” Sauve said. Scientists have
regularly reported in recent years that the
excess of artificial hormones in the water system
has caused lack of sexual differentiation among
fish and other wildlife and a loss of their
capacity to procreate. Excess drugs that the body
does not metabolise are excreted and flushed into
sewage treatment plants, and then into streams
and lakes, where they can be taken up by wildlife
and drinking water supplies. Scientists are
growing increasingly concerned about the
long-term impact of estrogens, called
“endocrine disruptors”, and their
impact on the development of fish, amphibians and
reptiles. The CBC reports that other research at
Quebec’s National Institute for Science Research
has found ovaries in the testes of one-third of
the males of a species of minnow in the same part
of the river that the new study examined. In
2006, the United States Geological Survey
undertook the first nation-wide study of
estrogens as a water pollutant and found a
dramatic upsurge in the number of male fish
growing female reproductive parts. A survey of
bass in the Potomac River found almost 100
percent of the smallmouth bass species were
feminized, or had eggs in their testes. In 2001
and 2003, a group led by University of New
Brunswick ecotoxicologist Karen Kidd spiked the
water of a Canadian lake with the type of
estrogen found in birth control pills, to find
out how the hormone might impact the aquatic
animals. They added the hormone at a level of six
parts per trillion, which is similar to levels
that have been found in treated sewage water. The
most alarming finding was that the lake’s
population of the common Fathead minnow plummeted
from thousands to almost zero, because estrogen
so thoroughly disrupted the minnow’s reproductive
abilities.


Michigan
Pharmacy Owner Explains Refusal to Sell Birth
Control, Condoms Despite Aggressive Heckling

GRAND
RAPIDS, MICHIGAN, September 18th, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) –
Although he is the third-generation owner of his
family-run pharmacy, pharmacist Mike Koelzer runs
the business somewhat differently than his
forefathers. In 2002, Kay Pharmacy in Grand
Rapids, Michigan made a public decision to
no longer sell any form of contraceptives,
including birth control and condoms.Koelzer told
Faithandconscience.com that his reasons for
eliminating birth control can be traced directly
to the literature found on the insert in most
oral contraceptive boxes. “It came down to
God’s teaching through the Catholic Church on the
sanctity of all human life and on contraception.
The Church teaches that all contraception is
intrinsically evil. But, there is yet a further
problem with hormonal contraceptives in how they
work, which is sometimes killing a newly formed
life,” Koelzer related. “It is the
third mechanism of action (the alteration in the
endometrium which reduces the likelihood of
implantation), which can kill a newly formed
member of the human family by not allowing the
new life to attach to the mother’s uterus.”
Upon finalizing his decision after “many
months of prayer”, Koelzer notified his
employees and his clientele with a letter simply
stating that the pharmacy would no longer be
selling any form of contraceptives. “Staying
close to my focus, I did not go into reasons in
the letter but welcomed any questions they may
have regarding the new policy,” Koelzer
explained. Critics have been quick to question
Koelzer’s decision to eliminate all forms of
birth control but to continue to dispense Viagra
and other prescription drugs for erectile
dysfunction. To these, however, Mr. Koelzer has
replied:”The answer is pretty simple in my
mind. [Viagra and other such drugs] help a
natural process – they increase a natural
process, whereas the birth control pill and other
forms of contraception stop a natural process
from happening.” Although in the past
individual pharmacists in the US have refused to
dispense birth control personally, Kay Pharmacy
was among the first of privately-owned pharmacies
to completely pull-out of the birth control
business. While Michigan has no law barring the
refusal to dispense birth control as of yet,
already California, New Jersey and Illinois have
developed legislation making it mandatory for all
pharmacies to fill all birth control
prescriptions.Mr. Koelzer stated that his
decision was a long time in the making and that
despite the negative reactions outweighing the
positive ones, he said that God was asking Him
“to take His hand and jump.” “I
had to get a clear picture of just what I thought
God wanted me to accomplish. I had many options
here. I could have chosen to convince everyone to
be pro-life, I could have chosen to try to get
every customer to agree with my decision, I could
have chosen to teach every customer about the
beauty of natural law, I could have chosen to
convince everyone about the infallibility of the
Catholic Church when it teaches on morality, but
what I found I really needed to do was to stop
selling the contraceptives.”


Contraception,
Abortion ‘Intimate Partners’ Says Filipino
Archbishop

MANILA,
Philippines, September 12, 2008 (LIfeSiteNews.com) –
“Contraception and abortion are intimate
partners to the extent of being twins at
times,” wrote Archbishop Oscar Cruz of the
Lingayen-Dagupan diocese in a recent posting on
his blog. The Archbishop, addressing the upcoming
debate in Congress of the controversial
Reproductive Health Bill, warned that not only
will the proposed legislation ruin the health of
the people but that the bill is immoral.
“The bill will lead to the implementation of
an immoral policy – the proposed synthetic
artificial contraceptives, eventually designed to
ruin health as it slants the idea of responsible
parenthood to issues of depopulation, which
proponents claim will result in progress among
underdeveloped countries like ours,” he
said. The bill, entitled, “An Act Providing
for a National Policy on Reproductive Health,
Responsible Parenthood and Population
Development, and for other Purposes,” is
intrinsically harmful to life, family and
society, warned Archbishop Cruz. “What is
the use of mandating a contraception bill when
abortion is already prevalent? Can the
pro-contraception bill actually eradicate
abortion?” the Archbishop asked, apparently
pointing to the fact that in any place where
contraception has been actively promoted as an
answer to high abortion rates, the abortion rates
have done anything but decrease. Archbishop Cruz
bemoaned the fact that, “There has been
already more than enough immorality in the
country such as adultery, rape, prostitution,
unwanted pregnancies and forced marriages, so
much so that HIV AIDS infections, together with
other sexually transmitted diseases, are on the
rise.” And in like manner, “There has
been more than enough criminality than police
authority can handle – such as murders committed
during daylight as well as night time, not to
mention those that come in the form of hideous
abortions.” “This is why fetuses are
disturbingly found here and there, some of them
shamefully thrown at garbage dumps or simply left
behind in different unlikely places.”
“Given the situation, some legislators, who
claim to be ‘concerned’ about the skyrocketing
immorality rates and its risks, push for a
‘Contraception Bill’ to address this and to help
depopulate the Nation through all conceivable
means and gadgets,” the Archbishop said.
Commenting on the lucrative profits to be made
from the sale of contraceptives, Archbishop Cruz
said, “As the legislature deliberates and
the concerned citizens debate on the issue, the
multi-national companies manufacturing
contraceptive drugs and devices must be looking
forward to the passage of the bill. This is
apparently because such approval will see for
themselves a brisk sale of their products, a
joyful raking in of profits.” “It is
rather difficult to assume that these big
corporations are moved by their concern for the
poor. Neither are they really motivated by their
desire to promote national development, nor are
they fundamentally concerned with the health of
people. Instead, it is ‘business as usual.'”
Catholic Church authorities across the nation are
spearheading advocacy movements against the
passage of the bill, including an effort to
gather a million signatures opposing it.


Bishops
working on marriage, family statement

TORONTO
– Forty years after the release of the encyclical
Humanae Vitae, Canada’s bishops are working
on a new document on marriage and family that
will try to bring together the Catholic
Church’s teaching in this area. Winnipeg
Archbishop James Weisgerber, president of the
Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, told The
Catholic Register in late August that the bishops
have asked the conference’s Theological
Commission to draft a statement. He added that
the statement is expected to be ready for review
by the end of the year. “The Catholic
bishops of Canada have always been faithful to
the teaching of the church,” he said.
“But there continue to be people who doubt
that.” Besides reassuring doubting Thomases,
Weisgerber pointed out that none of today’s
bishops were bishops in 1968 when Pope Paul VI
touched off a storm of controversy with his
encyclical, which reaffirmed traditional Catholic
opposition to artificial contraception. They
would like to reassert Catholic teaching in a
manner that would reach today’s Catholics.
“People are asking us questions about this,
so we’re going to look at it,” he said.
Humanae Vitae was issued on July 25, 1968. Its
reaffirmation of the ban on contraception was
largely unexpected and the encyclical was
severely criticized in some church quarters. Two
months later, at their annual plenary, the
Canadian bishops issued a statement of support
for the encyclical. Known as the Winnipeg
Statement, because the plenary was held in
Winnipeg, the statement itself was criticized
because of one paragraph on the primacy of
conscience. Critics argued that this paragraph
gave dissenters the permission they desired to
ignore church teaching. Over the decades, some
Catholics have continued to call upon the bishops
to revoke the Winnipeg Statement. One such group,
called the Rosarium, conducted a petition last
spring in which it again called on the bishops to
revoke their statement. It gathered about 1,750
individual signatures, according to John Pacheco,
one of the two men who lead the group. Pacheco
said he has sent letters to every bishop who
leads a Latin rite parish in the country,
informing them of his request. At their annual
plenary, to be held in late September in
Cornwall, Ont., the bishops will participate in a
private discussion of all church teaching on the
issue since the Second Vatican Council,
Weisgerber said. (Source)


Contraception,
Abortion and Sterilisation “Attack the Very
Foundations of the Human World”: Lancaster
UK Bishop

LANCASTER,
UK, August 19, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Bishop
Patrick O’Donoghue of the northern English
diocese of Lancaster, has blasted the
contraceptive mentality that has resulted, he
said, in the dissolution of marriage as an
institution, endlessly rising abortion and
divorce rates, depressed and even suicidal
children, and ultimately the degradation of an
entire society. “I am convinced that there
must be profoundly damaging consequences for the
family in a country where contraception and
abortion are so wide-spread,” he writes in a
soon-to-be released document. Artificial
contraception, abortion, in vitro fertilisation,
sterilisation and sex outside marriage, are
contradictions to the very core of what it means
to be human, Bishop O’Donoghue argues. The
attempt to demote sexuality to a mere recreation
activity, removed from marriage, has degraded
what he has called “the Law of Self
Gift” – the “total physical self-giving
which is only possible for a man and a woman who
have committed themselves to one another until
death, as husband and wife.” This Law of
Self Gift is, he writes, the “reason why the
Church is so adamantly against sterilisation,
contraception, abortion and sex outside
marriage.” “These acts, because they
contradict and negate the God given meaning of
the human person, attack the very foundations of
the human world.” In his lengthy and
comprehensive document that is due for
publication next week, “Fit for Mission?
Church”, Bishop O’Donoghue writes that
sexuality is “not purely biological, but
concerns the innermost being of each
person.” He warns that the Church needs to
return to the truth of its teaching on sexuality
and traces the increase in abortion and divorce,
as well as depression and mental illness among
young people, to the denial of the truth about
contraception. “These statistics,” he
says, “reveal the shocking depth and extent
of the suffering and impoverishment of so many
families and children due to the separation of
the unitive and procreative nature of sexual
love, and the wide-spread practice of pre-marital
sexual behaviour.” Citing official 2006
statistics, Bishop O’Donoghue deplores the
193,700 unborn children killed through abortion
that year, including the 2000 children killed who
“may” have suffered some kind of
disability and the 3,990 abortions carried out on
girls under age 16 – the age of consent. Fewer
marriages, fewer children, and children raised in
families without the inherent stability afforded
by true marriage has undermined the happiness of
children and ultimately of the whole nation, the
bishop says. He notes the spiritual and emotional
malaise of a society without strong families.
More than one quarter of all children under 16 in
Britain, he writes, “regularly feel
depressed” and between 2006-2007, 4,241
children under 14 attempted to commit suicide.
“No wonder so many children are suffering
depression and mental illness in a country that
is such a hostile environment for human life. No
wonder divorce is so prevalent when family life
is so often characterised by a lack of generosity
or self-giving love.” The bishop has called
on both clergy and laity, especially at the
parish level, to defend and promote the Church’s
teaching against artificial contraception and the
meaning of sexuality. “We, the Catholic
Church, must be more confident and proactive in
presenting our rich and fulfilling understanding
of marriage, sexual love and the family.” In
the larger context of the 92 page document,
Bishop O’Donoghue has asked Catholics for
input on what they hope to see in the future of
the Catholic Church in the Lancaster diocese and
in England overall. Bishop O’Donoghue
received widespread plaudits from parents and
other Catholics concerned by the erosion of
Catholic teaching on diocesan schools earlier
this year when he released his previous document
“Fit for Mission? Schools.” In that
document he called for all the schools of his
diocese to re-commit themselves to the teachings
of the Catholic Church, especially on marriage,
family and life issues. He asked for crucifixes
to be placed in every classroom, for
“sex-education” to be based exclusively
on the principles of chastity and the sanctity of
marriage, that schools do no fundraising for
anti-life groups and religious education be based
firmly in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
This document resulted in his being hauled before
a Parliamentary committee, secularist members of
which demanded to know if the Catholic Church
were returning to a previous
“doctrinaire” or
“fundamentalist” attitude towards its
education system. Bishop O’Donoghue
responded that teaching Catholicism in a Catholic
school, their “prime duty”, constituted
neither “fundamentalism” nor
“proselytism.”


Birth
Rates Continue to Plunge: US Census Bureau

WASHINGTON,
August 19, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The
percentage of childless women who have reached
the end of their child-bearing years in the
United States has doubled from 10% to 20% in the
last 30 years, reported the US Census Bureau on
Monday. The survey also found that, “Women
40 to 44 years old will end their childbearing
years with an average of 1.9 children each, a
number below replacement-level fertility.”
This is markedly fewer children than in 1976,
when 3.1 children was the national average. 36%
of the women who gave birth in 2006 were
separated, widowed, divorced or never married.
Five percent were living with a partner. The
survey also revealed that most women who go on to
post-secondary education wait until they are
between 30 and 34 to have children. 27% of those
women with undergraduate degrees and upwards are
childless. Only the Hispanic and Black
populations in the US are replacing themselves
with an average of 2.3 and 2.0 children born per
woman respectively, making them the only
stabilizing force in the American population. At
this rate, experts say, whites will be the
minority in America by 2042. Andrew Cherlin, a
sociology professor at John Hopkins University
whose specialties are family and public policy
commented on the newly released numbers,
observing that fewer children forebodes a future
demographic crisis. “It means that 25 years
from now, there’ll be many elderly people who are
childless and who may not have anybody to care
for them,” he said. In a 2006 message to the
Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences Pope
Benedict XVI, whose own native land of Germany
has seen massive declines in birthrates, remarked
that children are too often looked upon in terms
of their economic cost and not as gifts from God.
This mentality, he says, is not only causing a
decline in birth rates, but it is also
detrimental to children already born. “It is
children and young people,” he said,
“who are often the first to experience the
consequences of this eclipse of love and
hope.”  “Often, instead of feeling
loved and cherished, they appear to be merely
tolerated.”  It is not only the United
States that is experiencing drastic population
decline. Last year, surveys revealed that the
Canadian birthrates have also hit an all time
low, clocking in at an average of 1.5 children
per woman, while the European Union’s statistics
agency, Eurostat, has predicted an overall drop
in Europe’s population of 7 million people by
2050.


The
Prophesy Unfolds

Pope
Paul VI’s encyclical Humanae Vitae shocked
Catholics and non-Catholics alike with its
continuation of long-standing Church opposition
to artificial birth control. But on its 40th
anniversary, the encyclical is widely seen as
prophetic and worth a second look. “I think
people are beginning to realize Paul VI was onto
something,” said Ottawa Archbishop Terrence
Prendergast. “I think oftentimes we don’t
realize what happens when changes are
proposed.” Prendergast noted, for example,
that supporters of Canada’s 2005 decision to
legalize same-sex marriage say the sky has not
fallen. “It takes time for consequences to
work their way through.” In Humanae Vitae
(Of Human Life), Paul VI warned artificial
contraception would lead to a breakdown in moral
standards and a lowering of respect for women,
saying they would be reduced to instruments for
satisfying men’s sexual desires. Social science
surveys provide ample evidence of marriage and
family breakdown over the past 40 years,
including rising rates of children born out of
wedlock, high rates of abortion and sexually
transmitted diseases. The encyclical was released
July 25, 1968 and immediately was the subject of
a storm of controversy. But in 1968, the West was
in the throes of the sexual revolution,
especially the freedom offered by the birth
control pill. Ethicist Margaret Somerville
recalled the shock that greeted Humanae Vitae 40
years ago. “We all thought the pill was
going to be allowed,” she said. The founding
director of McGill University’s Centre for
Medicine, Ethics and Law said the invention of
the birth control pill 50 years ago was as
significant an event in human history as the
discovery of electricity. “I understand now
what the Church may have intuited in terms of its
profound and wide-reaching impact,” she
said. “The pill was a radical dividing line
between the past and how society developed from
then on, for good or ill.” Crossing the
threshold of artificial contraception opened up a
line of events that fundamentally altered the
concept of human sexuality and the passing on of
life, and the relationship between men and women,
she said. Prendergast, who was studying at the
University of Ottawa in 1968, also said the
encyclical surprised many because the reforms of
the Second Vatican Council were in the air and
many interpreted the council as a rupture from
previous Church teaching. “What Paul VI did
was say, ‘No, this teaching is valid for all
times; it’s not going to be changed,'” he
said. He described Paul VI as prophetic but also
lonely, as someone who became deeply discouraged
in his ministry after trying to do
“something good for the Church.”
Prendergast said he has encouraged priests both
in Ottawa and in Halifax to teach on Humanae
Vitae and make it part of marriage preparation
and family life courses. Prendergast said the
encyclical is more about the “beauty of
following the natural law that God has prescribed
in our nature” than it is about
contraception. Whatever the culture says about
human sexuality, “Christ has called us to be
faithful,” he said. Prendergast is only one
of several Canadian bishops speaking favorably of
Humanae Vitae this year. Cardinal Marc Ouellet,
archbishop of Quebec, told LifeSiteNews.com in
June the document should be reread because it is
a “beautiful” description of human
love. “Openness to life is the key of the
document, that the act of mutual gift of the
spouses must remain open to life,” he said.
Bishop Ronald Fabbro of London, Ont., praised
Humanae Vitae following a seminar the Catholic
Organization for Life and Family (COLF) held in
March. Seminar participants spoke of young people
“being inundated” with a view of
sexuality “that doesn’t respect them as
persons,” Fabbro said. “Our young
people are hungering for an alternative and for a
vision for something they can believe in that
they are not getting from the society that they
live in.” Somerville said the Church aspires
to teach that sex is not just a recreational
pursuit, or a casual event, but something that
needs to be surrounded with meaning, respect and
sacredness. “This still needs to be taught,
even if the teachings cannot be lived up to, at
least all the time.” But Humanae Vitae’s
insistence on never separating the unitive and
procreative aspects of “the marriage
act” also has raised questions about the
direction of reproductive technology. Somerville
noted an in vitro fertilization specialist said
recently that in the future people will have sex
for fun, but when they want to reproduce they
will use IVF to control all the variables. This
has implications on whether parents will be
expected to love their children unconditionally
regardless of their sex, or their physical
characteristics, she said. Somerville calls for a
“presumption in favour of the natural.”
“The most fundamental human right of all is
to come from natural human origins,” she
said. That means from “one natural ovum from
an identified, living adult woman and one natural
sperm from an identified living adult man.”
Another issue that birth-control proponents 40
years ago failed to see was the onset of
demographic winter in the West. Prendergast notes
that concerns 40 years ago about a population
explosion have proven to be “nonsense,”
because aging populations in Canada and other
Western countries have birth rates too low to
replace them. “Many children do not know
what it is like to have a brother or
sister,” he said. Paul VI also warned that
governments could start to impose contraceptive
measures on citizens, violating their personal
responsibilities. While China’s one-child policy
is one example, McGill associate professor of
Christian Thought Douglas Farrow said Canada’s
mandatory sex education policies are another.
“The Canadian bishops never imagined
mandatory programs teaching Catholic children how
to experiment in all manner of ‘sterile’ sex,
including sodomy, or how to appreciate the fact
that ‘families’ come in all sizes and
shapes,” Farrow wrote for the National
Post’s Full Comment section July 31. (Source)


Australian
Woman Dies from Taking Birth Control Pill

MELBOURNE,
August 20, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A 24 year
old Australian woman’s death has been blamed on
her use of oral contraceptive pills, which she
was taking them as part of her acne
treatment.Tanya Hayes died on Monday from a
pulmonary embolism – a blood clot in her lungs.
Having ignored symptoms, including
“breathlessness” and “a nasty,
hard cough” for about two weeks, she
collapsed on Sunday night in a parking lot and
was rushed to Angliss Hospital in Melbourne were
she died five hours later. The hospital’s
director of emergency medicine, Associate
Professor Graeme Thomson, said Tanya’s death had
been “caused by blood clotting caused by
factors related to taking the oral contraceptive
pill”, according to a report by Adelaide
Now. Hayes had been taking Yasmin, an oral
contraceptive recommended for patients using the
acne medication Roaccutane. Women using
Roaccutane have an “extremely high risk of
having a baby that is severely deformed” if
they become pregnant said Dr. Stephen Shumack,
secretary of the Australasian College of
Dermatologists. The contraceptives also boost the
effectiveness of the acne medication, Dr. Shumack
added that deaths linked to hormonal
contraception were “certainly a recognised
event, but it’s extraordinarily rare.”
According to the Therapeutic Goods Administration
(TGA), oral contraceptives have been linked to
three deaths in Australia since 1973. There have
been 56 TGA reports of “suspected adverse
events” linked to Yasmin since 2003, but no
fatalities. The package warnings of the
contraceptive medication Tanya had been taking
lists “breathlessness” as a “very
rare…very serious side effect.” Similar
incidents of sudden death attributed to use of
oral contraceptives have been reported by
LifeSiteNews.com. In 2006, 31-year-old Julie
Hennessy of Dublin was found dead on the floor of
her living room. An otherwise healthy woman, she
had been taking the contraceptive drug Mercilon
for a number of years. This resulted in her
developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a
condition in which blood clots form in a deep
vein usually in one of the appendages. In the
case of Miss Hennessy, a DVT broke off and lodged
in her lungs, causing death. Speaking before the
Dublin County Coroner’s Court, pathologist Peter
Szontagh-Kishazi emphasized that the
contraceptive pill had caused Julie Hennessy’s
DVT. “The only important factor was the oral
contraceptive pill. Clotting is a well-known risk
of using the contraceptive pill. There is no
other medication that has such a big risk as the
oral contraceptive pill,” said Dr
Szontagh-Kishazi. Another highly publicized case
involved an 18 year old student in New York who
died as a result her use of a hormonal
birth-control patch. Zakiya Kennedy, an aspiring
model, approached a policeman in a New York Upper
West side subway station. She complained of a
severe pain in her head and leg and then
collapsed. She died an hour later in hospital.
New York medical examiners determined that the
cause was blood clots. Kennedy had switched from
oral contraceptives to the patch about three
weeks before her death and had not complained of
any difficulties before calling on the policeman
for help. The clots formed without her knowledge
and she died when one entered her lungs.


New
Study: Oral Contraceptives Disrupt Ability to
Choose Genetically Favorable Mate

LIVERPOOL,
United Kingdom, August 12, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A
recent study by the University of Liverpool found
that the contraceptive pill may adversely affect
a woman’s natural ability to choose a
genetically favorable mate.  The ability to
choose a genetically favorable mate is ascribed
in part to pheromones, chemicals that can cause
behavioral changes in the opposite
sex. These chemicals also contain the genes
involved in immunity response.  When these
genes interact with normal skin bacteria, they
influence an individual’s particular body
odor.  Research has indicated that women
tend to be more attracted to the odors of men
whose genes are more unlike their own; this
instinctive attraction is key in helping ensure a
match that is genetically advantageous to a
couple’s offspring.  If a couple’s
genes are too similar, they are at an increased
risk of miscarriage and difficulty conceiving,
and if they do conceive, the child may have a
weakened immune system. Yet this natural sense
may be endangered by the use of oral
contraceptives.  The research team
conducting the study asked women to indicate
their preferences of six male body odors before
and after initiating use of oral
contraceptives.  According to Craig Roberts,
a Lecturer in Evolutionary Psychology and one of
the researchers in this study, women taking the
pill began to prefer men with more genetically
similar odors.  Addressing the implications
of such a disruption, he states: “Not only
could [gene] similarity in couples lead to
fertility problems, but it could ultimately lead
to the breakdown of relationships when women stop
using the contraceptive pill, as odour perception
plays a significant role in maintaining
attraction to partners.” These claims are
not the first to question the pill’s impact
on hormone activity and sexuality.  Dr.
David Brownstein, commenting on a study linking
oral contraceptives to increased arterial plaque,
emphasized the precarious balance of hormones
needed for good health, a balance disrupted de
facto in pill users: “Oral contraceptives
totally disrupt the normal hormonal cascade. When
the hormonal system is disrupted, cardiovascular
disease, cancer, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue
syndrome and other serious illnesses will
increase.  My clinical experience has
clearly shown that it is impossible to adequately
treat these illnesses if there is an imbalanced
hormonal system.”


Humane
Vitae: Memories of an Encyclical

By Bishop Peter J Elliott

In
the wake of Humanae Vitae, aggressive dissent
seemed to freeze many Catholic leaders, to an
extent even the Pope himself. Acts of discipline
against vocal priests, for example in Melbourne,
only made media martyrs. Charles Curran cut a
figure in the US, but Kung, Rahner and Haering
made dissent respectable. Kung went on to attack
infallibility. He understood the authority of the
papal teaching. The Pope was not only attacked in
the secular press. Under Paul Burns, the London
Tablet dissented from Humanae Vitae. A later
Tablet editor censored a letter of mine
contradicting another dissenter, Dr Jack
Dominian. I told readers that Mother
Teresa’s sisters teach natural family
planning in India. You could not even make
fidelity to Humanae Vitae look good! Then
came the most tragic part of the saga. Notwithstanding
the compassionate pastoral tone of the
encyclical, “Pastoral statements” from
some Episcopal Conferences modified the
Pope’s teaching in a slippery way.
Canada was perhaps the worst, but in 1974
Australia finally followed. What was a
young priest to think when a senior bishop
apologized to him for losing the vote that let
the Australian statement appear? After complaints
to Rome it was later corrected, but the damage
was already done. Through the media, Catholics
heard “follow your conscience”, a green
light for birth control and sterilization. Pope
Paul, a Prophet Paul VI was described as a
prophet. At the time he seemed to be a martyr His
letter on the transmission of human life was his
finest hour. It did have an uncanny accuracy in
light of the past forty years. He said that
contraception harmed women (Humanae Vitae 17).
People laughed at him. Forty years down the track
various feminists agree with him. He argued that
artificial birth control can be used by
governments to impose population control. Vatican
led struggles against population control at the
UN Conference in the1990’s vindicated his
stand. He was criticized for linking
sterilization and abortion to contraception. But
recent decades have revealed these three ugly
sisters of a “culture of death” are
inseparable. His teaching that the love-giving
and life-giving dimensions of the marriage act
must never be separated has been vindicated by
manipulation of human life – IVF, surrogacy,
embryo experimentation, cloning, etc.
Human-animal hybrids were recently approved by
the “Mother of Parliaments”, which
first legalized abortion in 1967. He argued that
that love, not just life, is disrupted by
anti-natal practices. People who actually read
his encyclical find a rich doctrine of married
love. But the creative development of that
dimension had to wait for another Pope. …(Source)


You’ve
already heard about the pregnant man. But what
about the she-man fish? “Intersex”
freshwater fish are all the rage. But unlike the
pregnant man, these scaly androgynes didn’t
ask to take on the sexual characteristics of both
genders: humans are doing it to them.
(Where’s the freedom to choose?!) And the
reason these fish are doubling up could make hash
of orthodoxies dating back to the sexual
revolution….Estrogen pollution from
contraceptive and abortion pills could be the
culprit behind these piscine switcheroos. And
thus the two holiest of holies for the left may
be on a collision course. It promises to be quite
the show. In his book “The Really
Inconvenient Truths: Seven Environmental
Catastrophes Liberals Don’t Want You to Know
About — Because They Helped Cause Them”
(Regnery, 2008), Iain Murray writes: “Why
don’t we have more outcries about hormones,
and campaigns to save the fish populations? Why
aren’t environmentalists lobbying on Capitol
Hill to keep these chemicals from being dumped
into our rivers?” He answers his own
question: “Maybe because the source of these
chemicals is not some corporate polluter, but
something a little more dear to the Left: human
birth-control pills, morning-after pills, and
abortion pills.”…The turnaround
won’t come, however, without some whiplash.
Ironically, the environmental groups have long
been on the same page as the abortion-industry
foot soldiers, embracing anything that assuages
fears of overpopulation (no longer a worry, as
Western countries, particularly in Europe, face
plummeting birth rates). “The protection of
the quality of our environment is impossible in
the face of the present rate of population
growth,” and therefore, “Laws,
policies, and attitudes that foster population
growth or big families, or that restrict abortion
and contraception … should be abandoned;
[and] comprehensive and realistic birth control
programs should be available to every member of
our society.” That’s not from Planned
Parenthood; it’s a Sierra Club resolution
from 1970. This is from Planned Parenthood:
“Prominent women in the global environmental
movement … believe there are strong links
between the health of the environment, the
ability of women to engage and lead their
communities, and their ability to exercise their
inherent reproductive rights. Women have a stake
in a clean environment because they are often the
main providers of food and water, and their
reproductive health can be adversely affected by
environmental degradation.” But, Murray
writes, “By any standard typically used by
environmentalists, the pill is a pollutant. It
does the same thing, just worse, as other
chemicals they call pollutants.” So what
does that mean for us and the fish? Nothing
straight away, Murray tells me. There’s more
than pollution at stake here for the left, so,
expect “outright denial at there being a
problem, obfuscation of the science when strong
arguments are presented, attempts to deflect
attention onto much rarer and less harmful
industrial estrogen, and ad hominem accusations,
in this case an allegation of religious
zealotry/being in the pay of the ‘very
well-funded pro-life industry’ I imagine.
The effort will be based on making it
unacceptable to bring up the issue in polite
conversation, such that anyone who does so will
end up stigmatized (astonishing how often the
left resorts to shame, rather than thinking about
guilt). Some radical Greens may actually be
honest enough to admit there is a problem. They
will be marginalized by the
environmental-industrial-entertainment complex
(to paraphrase Fox Mulder).” With the
science out there, Murray argues solving the
problem wouldn’t be out of the realm of
possibility if we could all be adult about it.
“The EPA and FDA (ought) to have the courage
to do what their counterparts in the U.K. had the
courage to do and label the pill as the pollutant
it is. (Source)


Cardinal
Speaks on Humanae Vitae and the
“Civilization of Love”

QUEBEC
CITY, August 6, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) –
Yesterday, Quebec City Cardinal Marc Ouellet gave
the opening homily for the 126th Supreme
Convention of the Knights of Columbus in Quebec
City, addressing the “prophetic”
teachings of Humane Vitae and calling for a
“civilization of love.” Promulgated in
1968 by Pope Paul VI, the Papal Encyclical Humane
Vitae proclaimed the paramount necessity of
protecting life and family. Most famously and
controversially, it condemned all forms of
artificial contraception as being intrinsically
evil. “At forty years of the Encyclical
Humanae Vitae and despite the cultural opposition
to this Church teaching, we are called to revisit
this document and to realize how prophetic it was
and still is. It speaks of human love and
openness to life.”May we continue to grow in
holiness on the personal level and to be present
as a social body on the public scene,
particularly by promoting the values of the
family,” said Cardinal Ouellet, highlighting
in particular “the sacredness of human life
from the moment of conception to the last breath
of natural death.” The Encyclical also
warned of the consequences society would suffer
if offenses against life were permitted – a
warning that has not been heeded by all.
“[Humanae Vitae] discards contraception as a
threat for human love and a slippery slope
towards demoralization of our society,” said
Cardinal Ouellet.  “The message has not
yet been truly received despite the confirmation
that came from the evolution of the culture
towards divorce, abortion, homosexuality and
destruction of marriage and family. These sad
consequences were foretold to some extent in the
message of Humanae Vitae.” The Cardinal then
spoke about the difficulties Canadians face in
attempting to authentically live out the message
of Humane Vitae, referring to the Governor
General’s polarizing decision to award Dr. Henry
Morgentaler with the Order of Canada: “It is
not easy to embody those values in today’s
context, especially in Canada where the culture
of death is making further steps of domination by
rewarding publicly an activist of abortion.”
The Primate of Canada concluded by calling for a
renewal of faith in the face of the culture of
death and a civilization founded on love.
“May our reaction to the sad events in the
world not be of little faith but of a new faith
commitment to hold firmly the Church’s teaching
on human life and love and to engage with courage
the cultural challenges by promoting more
strongly a culture of life and a civilization of
love,” said Cardinal Ouellet


Unearthed:
1968 Vatican Letter to Bishops Sent with
Pre-Release Copy of Humanae Vitae called for
Unity

OTTAWA,
July 29, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – During the
tumultuous years of the 1960’s Pope Paul VI
published a controversial encyclical, Humanae
Vitae, which addressed the issue of birth control
in light of the arrival of the birth control
pill. Today LifeSiteNews.com is publishing a
recently unearthed letter which was sent to
Bishops with a pre-release copy of the
encyclical.  The letter, dated July 19,
1968, is signed by the late Amleto Giovanni
Cardinal Cicognani, who was then-Secretary of the
Vatican Secretariat of State.  The outright
defiance of many priests and even bishops to Pope
Paul VI’s encyclical – which restated and
reinforced the Church’s long-time opposition to
artificial birth control – is even graver in
light of the carefully worded letter the bishops
received specifically pointing to the urgent need
for unity on the matter.  The letter begins:
“When directing me to transmit to Your
Excellency the enclosed document, publication of
which is imminent, His Holiness strongly
recommended that I draw your attention to its
importance, and to the necessity of a concerted
effort on the part of the entire Catholic
Episcopate.” In the letter the Pope can be
seen to plead for the world’s bishops to stand
with him on the matter, which is described as
“one of the most delicate questions of
Catholic morals.”  Regarding the Pope,
the letter says, “And now He turns to His
Brothers, the Bishops of the Catholic world,
asking them to stand beside Him more firmly than
ever in this circumstance, and to help Him
present this delicate point of the Church’s
teaching to the Christian people, to explain and
justify its profound reasons.”  The
letter adds, “The Pope counts upon the
attachment of His Brothers in the Episcopate to
the Chair of Peter, upon their love for the
Church, upon their concern for the true good of
souls.” Beyond the disunity amongst many of
the hierarchy over the encyclical, the most
glaring failure of the Catholic Episcopate was
their unwillingness to transmit the teaching to
the Catholic faithful.  Yet in the letter a
specific request to do so was made of the
bishops. “Finally,” concluded the
letter, “it is necessary that both in the
confessional and in the pulpit, in the press and
by other means of social communication, every
necessary pastoral effort be made that no
ambiguity exists among the faithful or in public
opinion concerning the Church’s position in this
serious matter.” In many cases the Catholic
hierarchy has completely ignored this
instruction, with the result that many, if not a
large majority, of today’s Catholics have not
been instructed on the Church’s longtime teaching
on the grave immorality and practical negative
consequences of the use of artificial
contraception. However, with the 40th
anniversary of Humanae Vitae this past Friday,
has increased hopes that a renewed effort will
finally begin to instruct Catholics in the true
teaching and benefits of the encyclical.


15
Filipino Bishops Lead 12,000 in Prayer Rally
Celebrating 40th Anniversary of Controversial
Humanae Vitae Encyclical

MANILA,
Philippines, July 28, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A
Mass and vigil was held on Friday at the
University of Santo Tomas to mark the 40th
anniversary of the encyclical letter of Pope John
Paul VI on human life, Humanae Vitae. One goal of
the rally was to pressure lawmakers into
abandoning the proposed Reproductive Health and
Population Development Act, which has passed the
committee level in the Philippine House of
Representatives. The Act would create a new
agency called the Commission on Population
(POPCOM) which would “encourage”
families to have only two children, and promote
the use of a variety of abortifacient drugs,
including the IUD and the pill. In a massive
gathering of pro-life supporters, leaders from
the Catholic Bishops Conference of the
Philippines (CBCP), members of the Christian
charismatic group El Shaddai, politicians,
personalities, students, professionals and
laborers massed at the university parade grounds
to the peel of hundreds of church bells
throughout the city. “This will express the
Catholics’ firm belief in life and their
commitment to stand up for life,” Manila
Auxiliary Bishop Bernardino Cortez said. The
prayer rally carried the theme “Biyaya ng
Buhay, Biyaya ng Pamilya (Blessing of Life,
Blessing of the Family),” and was aimed at
convincing lawmakers, especially those still
undecided on what stance to take regarding the
Reproductive Health (RH) bill, that it was
unnecessary and would harm Philippine society in
the long run. Archbishop Paciano Aniceto of San
Fernando said, “We pray that they change
their minds. They are also trying to weigh
matters. The first-termers, for example, they
don’t have much lawmaking experience and they are
not really aware of the backgrounds and certain
issues in Congress, like this [RH bill]. This is
destroying the family, which is the foundation of
all government and civilization.” Archbishop
Angel Lagdameo, President of the Catholic Bishops
Conference of the Philippines, said there was
hope that legislators would not let the bill pass
the House after the prayer rally. “I hope
they don’t rush it. There’s still a chance that
they will have a change of heart,” he said.
In his homily, Archbishop Lagdameo called for a
“change in attitude” in society and
stressed the Church’s stand against
contraceptives. “We need a change of
attitude. The attitude of ‘what is mine is mine
absolutely and I can do with it as I wish,’ or
the belief that ‘my money entitles me to consume
or control on my own terms as much as my money
will buy’ is not permissible anymore,” he
said. “We in the Catholic Church…advocate
only natural family planning methods as the only
morally acceptable way of practicing responsible
parenthood.” He said the Church does not
forbid the advocacy of the increase or decrease
of population provided that the religious beliefs
of the couple on sexual and family morality are
respected, and warned that the family as an
institution is being threatened by the
Reproductive Health bill. “The subtle
attacks on family and conjugal morality through
legislations that promote artificial methods of
birth control are couched in attractive but
deceptive terminologies like Reproductive Health
Care, population management, anti-discrimination
of women and children, reproductive rights and
patients’ rights,” he said. The Archbishop
said that poverty is not caused by overpopulation
but by misuse of public funds. “If all the
money that goes to graft and corruption of
government or is used for the wrong reasons were
spent for our increasingly poor population, we
will have indeed both population and true
progress, a population that is the resource and
object of development,” he said. “If
only government would be really pro-poor, there
would be less and less poor people,” the
prelate added. Manila Archbishop Gaudencio
Cardinal Rosales told married couples that if
they conduct themselves with discipline and
self-control, they would be “in possession
of true values of life.” “If there is
discipline in the marital bed, then there is
discipline in the streets, there is discipline in
schools, there is discipline in the
government,” Archbishop Rosales proclaimed.
He then compared the act of ending the life of an
unborn child to King Herod’s order to slaughter
the infants of Bethlehem after Christ was born.
“Wherever this happens, in the clinics,
health centers, or hospitals, ending the life of
a child inside a mother’s womb is a repeat of
Herod’s massacre of the innocents … and a
Herod could be your neighbor,” he said. Pat
Buckley of the European Life Network and a
pro-life lobbyist at the UN and the Human Rights
Council in Geneva, said of the Philippines
Reproductive Health bill: “The act not only
sets the scene for the introduction of abortion,
it is also aimed at substantially reducing the
population by various means including
abortifacient birth control and
sterilisation.” “While some of the
language is about choice there is also coercion.
Medical personnel will be forced either to comply
or to refer people to someone who will. This is a
direct attack on conscientious objection.”
“There are also a range of penalties if
various people do not comply, from dismissal to
fines and imprisonment. There is also a provision
that says any person who maliciously engages in
disinformation about the intent or provisions of
this Act shall be subject to penalties. This is a
grave attack on freedom of speech and is aimed at
the pro-life community and the Church.”


Vatican
Cardinal: Damage to the Church from the Dissent
on Paul VI Contraception Doc Continues Today

VATICAN,
July 25, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Today, on the
40th anniversary of the signing of Pope Paul VI’s
encyclical Humanae Vitae (HV), one of the highest
ranking Americans in the Vatican has written an
eye-opening and deeply personal retrospective on
the world-shaking events which took place in the
wake of the document’s publication. The deadliest
thing to hit the Catholic in the last 40 years,
he says, was not the encyclical which reiterated
the Church’s stand against contraception – but
the dissent from it.  Cardinal James F.
Stafford, Major Penitentiary of the Apostolic
Penitentiary – the head of the Vatican arm that
deals with indulgences – writes in the Vatican’s
official newspaper that he was a priest in the
Archdiocese of Baltimore at the time HV was
published.  Stafford, who hosted World Youth
Day in Denver in 1993 as the then-Archbishop,
recounts, “The summer of 1968 is a record of
God’s hottest hour.”  “The
memories are not forgotten; they are painful . .
. They inhabit the whirlwind where God’s wrath
dwells. In 1968 something terrible happened in
the Church. Within the ministerial priesthood
ruptures developed everywhere among friends which
never healed. And the wounds continue to affect
the whole Church. The dissent, together with the
leaders’ manipulation of the anger they fomented,
became a supreme test. It changed fundamental
relationships within the Church.” The
Cardinal explains that dissident theologians, led
by Charles Curran and other dissident clergy,
attempted to bully their fellow priests into
signing on to documents of formal dissent. He
relates a length his own experiences of being
bullied, on August 4, 1968, when a meeting of
Baltimore priests was convened, with the
intention of pressing them into signing the
Washington “Statement of
Dissent.”  That abusive pressure on
priests loyal to Rome and the fractionization of
unity resulting from large numbers of openly
dissenting clergy has remained problematic to
this day.  “Abusive, coercive dissent
has become a reality in the Church and subjects
her to violent, debilitating, unproductive,
chronic controversies,” writes Cardinal
Stafford.  “Diocesan presbyterates have
not recovered from the July/August nights in
1968.” One key area which Cardinal Stafford
highlights as having sustained “a direct
hit” was the friendship among the faithful
and the clergy. “The violence of the
initial disobedience was only a prelude to
further and more pervasive violence,” he
writes. “Priests wept at meetings over the
manipulation of their brothers. Contempt for the
truth, whether aggressive or passive, has become
common in Church life.  Dissenting priests,
theologians and laypeople have continued their
coercive techniques.  From the beginning the
press has used them to further its own serpentine
agenda.”


One
Last Time – Canada’s Greatest Defender of Humanae
Vitae Calls on Bishops to Reject Dissenting
Document

TORONTO,
July 25, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In the
upcoming edition of Catholic Insight magazine,
Canada’s greatest defender of the Pope Paul VI’s
encyclical Humanae Vitae – 92-year-old Monsignor
Vincent Foy – concludes his lifelong championship
of the papal position on birth control.
Released today, on the 40th anniversary of the
encyclical, Monsignor Foy calls on the Bishops of
Canada to revoke their “Winnipeg
Statement”, which he says is an unacceptable
document of dissent. Humanae Vitae presents the
teaching against contraception as stemming from
the law of God, not the Church, and thus as
universally applicable not merely to
Catholics.  However, Msgr. Foy points to a
devastating letter sent by the Canadian
Conference of Catholic Bishops to politicians
which permits even Catholic legislators to
support the legalization of contraception. Msgr.
Foy writes: “On Sept. 9, 1966, the CCCB
addressed a document To the House of Commons
Standing Committee on Health and Welfare: on
Change in the Law of Contraception. The bishops
said in part: ‘We consider Article 150, which
forbids giving information about contraception,
as well as the sale or distribution of
contraception an inadequate law today…A
large number of our fellow citizens believe that
this law violates their rights to be informed and
helped towards responsible parenthood in
accordance with their personal beliefs.'”
The CCCB letter added: “We do not conceive
it our duty to oppose appropriate changes in
Article 150 of the Criminal Code. Indeed, we
could easily envisage an active co-operation and
even leadership on the part of lay Catholics to
change a law which under present conditions they
might well judge to be harmful to public order
and the common good.” Msgr Foy commnets:
“This incredible betrayal of Catholic
teaching on the intrinsic evil of contraception
was a factor in the passing of a bill by the
Liberal government under Pierre Trudeau,
legalizing contraception (June 27, 1969).”
But that was only a lead-up to what Foy calls,
“the Winnipeg disaster of Friday Sept. 27th,
1968.”   On that date, he recalls,
“the Canadian bishops, gathered in Winnipeg
for their annual meeting and published a
Statement on Humanae vitae. After denying the
sufficiency of grace for some (n.17) the bishops
embraced the error of allowing married couples to
break God’s law by the subterfuge of the
subjective conscience. They said there were
circumstances in which the couples ‘may be safely
assured that whoever honestly chooses that course
which seems right to him does so in good
conscience’ (n.26).” (see the full Winnipeg
statement here: http://www.catholic-legate.com/articles/winnipeg.html ) In his
article Foy names some of the most prominent
players orchestrating the original dissent from
Humanae Vitae in Canada, including: Cardinal
Emile Leger, Cardinal Leo Suenens, Archbishop
Aurèle Plourde of Ottawa, Edward Schillebeeckx,
OP, Karl Rahner, SJ, Bernard Häring, CSsR,
Bernard Lonergan, SJ, Enda McDonagh, Gregory
Baum, OSA, Stanley Kutz, CSB, and Leslie Dewart.
Neither the letter to politicians nor the
Winnipeg Statement has ever been revoked by the
Bishops of Canada.  “For forty years
rebellion has been widespread in Canada,”
says Foy.  “For forty years we have
experienced the deadly fruit of turning away from
Christ in the most critical area of life and
marital love . . . Pope John Paul II called
dissent from Humanae vitae the ‘Great Lie.’ This
lie remains in Canada like a festering, cancerous
wound.” Despite over 40 years of struggle
against the dissent, the 92-year-old prelate
still sees hope.  “Yet there is hope on
this 40th Anniversary of Humanae vitae,”
writes Foy. “God’s grace, always sufficient,
will be given mercifully and generously if there
are faithful bishops, priests, religious, and
laity prayerful and ready to make the sacrifices
required.” “It is a most urgent
responsibility of our Canadian bishops to seek to
undo the betrayal of the Winnipeg
Statement,” concludes Foy. “Canadian
Catholics have a right to ask their bishops for a
revocation of that Statement . . . In concrete
terms it is not defiance of our bishops but love
of the episcopacy which leads Catholics to ask
our bishops to restore orthodoxy.”


“Heaps
of Empirical Evidence” Vindicate Pope Paul
VI’s Dire Warnings 40 Years Ago About
Contraceptive Culture

July
25, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A lengthy article
appearing in the most recent edition of First
Things, reevaluates Pope Paul VI’s controversial
encyclical Humanae Vitae (the 40th
anniversary of the publication of which takes
place today) in terms of the empirical evidence
supporting the Pontiff’s prophetic predictions
about the consequences of the widespread
acceptance of artificial contraception. “To
many people,” writes author Mary Eberstadt,
the idea of opposing the use of contraception,
“simply defies understanding. Consenting
adults, told not to use birth control?
Preposterous. Third World parents deprived access
to contraception and abortion? Positively
criminal. A ban on condoms when there’s a risk of
contracting AIDS? Beneath contempt.” Indeed,
“if there’s anything on earth that unites
the Church’s adversaries…the teaching
against contraception is probably it.” And
yet, writes Eberstadt, for all of the contempt
that is poured upon Humanae Vitae and the
Church’s continued official defense of Paul VI’s
teaching, the 40 intervening years since its
publication have done nothing if not provided
heaps of empirical data validating the Pope’s
dire warnings about a contraceptive culture.
“Four decades later, not only have the
document’s signature predictions been ratified in
empirical force,” says Eberstadt, “but
they have been ratified as few predictions ever
are: in ways its authors could not possibly have
foreseen, including by information that did not
exist when the document was written, by scholars
and others with no interest whatever in its
teaching, and indeed even inadvertently, and in
more ways than one, by many proud public
adversaries of the Church.” This is the
great irony, says Eberstadt – that the evidence
marshaled forth in condemnation of a
contraceptive culture has been provided almost
entirely by secular or explicitly anti-Catholic
researchers, men and women who are “honest
social scientists willing to follow the data
wherever it may lead.” Consider, she
suggests, the work of Nobel Prize-winning
economist Geroge Akerlof, who, in a well-known
1996 article, “explained in the language of
modern economics why the sexual
revolution…had led to an increase in both
illegitimacy and abortion.” Then there is
the work of “maverick sociobiologist”
Lionel Tiger, who has in the past described
religion as “a toxic issue.” And yet,
for all of that, Tiger has shown his ability to
honestly “follow the data,” linking
“contraception to the breakdown of families,
female impoverishment, trouble in the
relationship between the sexes, and single
motherhood.” “Tiger has further argued
– as Humanae Vitae did not explicitly, though
other works of Catholic theology have – for a
causal link between contraception and abortion,
stating outright that ‘with effective
contraception controlled by women, there are
still more abortions than ever….Contraception
causes abortion.'” And the list goes on.
Eberstadt provides numerous examples of secular
researchers who have followed the data,
vindicating each and every one of Paul VI’s four
primary predictions about the consequences of
contraception: “a general lowering of moral
standards throughout society; a rise in
infidelity; a lessening of respect for women by
men; and the coercive use of reproductive
technologies by governments.” The evidence
proving that each of these predictions has come
to pass is so obvious as to be common sense. For
instance, on the question of the “coercive
use of reproductive technologies by
governments,” one need only consider the
well-known forced-abortion and
forced-sterilization practices of the Chinese
government. Eberstadt also points to lesser-known
examples of similar coercion that have taken
place in India and Indonesia. And there are many
other examples besides. What about this matter of
the deforming of the relations between the sexes,
and the “general lowering of moral
standards”? “Today,” responds
Eberstadt, “when advertisements for sex
scream from every billboard and webpage, and
every teen idol is sooner or later revealed
topless or worse online, some might wonder what
further proof could possibly be offered.”
However Eberstadt searches for and finds even
further concrete proof of the devolving of
male/female relations right in the heart of the
feminist movement, that great champion of
contraception as the great liberator. Since 1968,
she observes, “feminist literature has been
a remarkably consistent and uninterrupted
cacophony of grievance, recrimination, and sexual
discontent. In that forty-year record, we find,
as nowhere else, personal testimony of what the
sexual revolution has done to womankind.”
“The signature metaphors of feminism say
everything we need to know about how happy
liberation has been making these women: the
suburban home as concentration camp, men as
rapists, children as intolerable burdens, fetuses
as parasites, and so on. These are the sounds of
liberation? Even the vaunted right to abortion,
both claimed and exercised at extraordinary
rates, did not seem to mitigate the misery of
millions of these women after the sexual
revolution.” The author then turns her
attention to the proliferation of pornography,
which one social observer wrote, “is
responsible for deadening male libido in relation
to real women, and leading men to see fewer and
fewer women as ‘porn-worthy.”’ The fact is,
Eberstadt writes, Archbishop Chaput of Denver was
correct when he wrote that, rather than freeing
women, “Contraception has released males –
to a historically unprecedented degree – from
responsibility for their sexual aggression.”
Perhaps the most damning indictment of
contraception in Eberstadt’s piece comes
when she quotes from philosopher G.E.M. Anscombe,
who wrote about the inevitable slippery slope
that would follow the acceptance of
contraception: “If contraceptive intercourse
is permissible, then what objection could there
be after all to mutual masturbation, or
copulation in vase indebito, sodomy, buggery (I
should perhaps remark that I am using a legal
term here-not indulging in bad language), when
normal copulation is impossible or inadvisable
(or in any case, according to taste)?”
“It can’t be the mere pattern of bodily
behavior in which the stimulation is procured
that makes all the difference! But if such things
are all right, it becomes perfectly impossible to
see anything wrong with homosexual intercourse,
for example. I am not saying: if you think
contraception all right you will do these other
things; not at all. The habit of respectability
persists and old prejudices die hard. But I am
saying: you will have no solid reason against
these things. You will have no answer to someone
who proclaims as many do that they are good too.
You cannot point to the known fact that
Christianity drew people out of the pagan world,
always saying no to these things. Because, if you
are defending contraception, you will have
rejected Christian tradition.” Eberstadt
goes on to make several more observations about
the link between contraception, adultery, and
prematerital sex. She also observes that the
shortage of priests in the Church, and the clergy
sex-abuse scandals, are deeply related to the
widespread dissent by Catholic faithful and
clergy against Humanae Vitae. The
author concludes by once again quoting
Archbishop Chaput, who said ten years ago,
“If Paul VI was right about so many of the
consequences deriving from contraception, it is
because he was right about contraception
itself.” “This,” says Eberstadt,
“is exactly the connection few people in
2008 want to make, because contraceptive
sex…is the fundamental social fact of our
time….Despite an empirical record that is
unmistakably on Paul VI’s side by now, there is
extraordinary resistance to crediting Catholic
moral teaching with having been right about
anything, no matter how detailed the
record.” Yet, for all of that, she
concludes, “instead of vindication for the
Church, there is demoralization; instead of
clarity, mass confusion; instead of more
obedience, ever less. Really, the perversity is,
well, perverse. In what other area does humanity
operate at this level of extreme, daily, constant
contradiction?”


Cardinal
Ouellet Praises Humanae Vitae – Abortion the
Consequence of the ‘Culture of Contraception’

Says controversial encyclical “was not
taught enough” and because “we have not
followed it, we have seen the consequences.”

QUEBEC
CITY, June 19, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Quebec
City Cardinal Marc Ouellet, the Primate of
Canada, is in the midst of hosting a massive
international gathering of Catholics that was
five years in the making – the International
Eucharistic Congress.  The Cardinal
nevertheless took time to sit down with
LifeSiteNews.com for an interview. In keeping
with the theme of the Congress, Ouellet spoke of
the link he sees between the Eucharist and
respect for human life, noting the fact that the
Eucharistic Congress occurs just a month before
the 40th anniversary of Pope Paul VI’s encyclical
“Humane Vitae” (“On Human
Life”). The controversial 1968 document was
a restatement of the Church’s official opposition
to contraception, and a call for married couples
to remain open to life.  The document is now
regarded as prophetic, having predicted with
uncanny accuracy the progress of the Culture of
Death and the devaluation of women that would
follow the widespread acceptance of
contraception. Cardinal Ouellet said,
“Humanae Vitae was a great
document…People should reread it carefully
and see how beautiful the description of human
love is in this document.” “Openness to
life,” he said, “is the key of the
document, that the act of mutual gift of the
spouses must remain open to life.” The
Primate of Canada told LifeSiteNews.com,
“This message was not properly received by
the population,” adding, “it was also
not taught enough.”  “The
consequences of the culture of
contraception,” he said, “are visible
in the culture with abortion and with the
question of marriage.” “I think we have
to revisit it (Humanae Vitae) and reopen our
hearts to the wisdom of this document.”
Ouellet noted that Pope John Paul II, with the
development and preaching of his theology of the
body, “further developed the inner
logic” of Humanae Vitae. Tying the issue
back to the Eucharist, the highest ranking
Canadian prelate said, “Obviously the
welcoming of the Risen Lord and the Gift of His
Body calls for the respect of human life, and I
think it will foster in the future more
commitment for the respect of human life.”
He concluded: “The anniversary of Humanae
Vitae is an opportunity to discover that the
Church was wise to reaffirm the value of human
love and its openness to life. We have not
followed it, we have seen the consequences, but
there is still time to recapture the fruit.”
With this interview Cardinal Ouellet is the
second major Canadian prelate to speak out
forcefully in support of Humanae Vitae, on this
40th anniversary year.  The first was Ottawa
Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, who said,
“The encyclical (Humanae Vitae) gives the
Church a deeper understanding into the beauty of
married love and responsible parenthood. It
offers a clearer understanding of the harm of
contraception and the great value of Natural
Family Planning (NFP). Further, it challenges
married couples, healthcare professionals and
clergy to live and teach these profound truths
about human sexuality and dignity.”


Archbishop:
For the Clergy, Obedience to Church
“Requires Preaching About the Moral Evil of
Contraception”

BARRYS
BAY, May 13, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The
Archbishop of the Canadian capital city of Ottawa
addressed the convocation of Our Lady Seat of
Wisdom Academy in Barrys Bay Ontario last week,
leaving attendees awestruck.  The speech
focused on Pope Paul VI’s encyclical Humanae
Vitae. Faithful Catholics leaving the event told
LifeSiteNews.com “I’ve been waiting 35 years
to hear that from a Canadian bishop.”
Archbishop Terrence Prendergast described for the
graduates and their families the tumultuous times
of the 60’s when Humanae Vitae was published
(July 25, 1968).  He recalled that many
expected a “green light” on
contraception from the Vatican and were
“thunderstruck” when the encyclical was
published. “In the midst of the chaos caused
by the sexual revolution and the arrival of the
birth control pill, many Catholics felt unsure of
the Church’s position on artificial
contraception,” said Archbishop Prendergast.
“The Church responded to this urgent need
for clear teaching and sound pastoral guidance
when Pope Paul VI released his encyclical,
Humanae Vitae (Of Human Life) in 1968.”
“We celebrate this year the 40th anniversary
of that prophetic document,” said
Prendergast.  “Time has shown it to be
a gift from Christ to men and women everywhere.
The late Edouard Cardinal Gagnon, former
President of the Pontifical Council for the
Family and one of Canada’s great churchmen,
called Humanae Vitae ‘one of the most important
documents in the history of the Church.'” He
explained: “The encyclical gives the Church
a deeper understanding into the beauty of married
love and responsible parenthood. It offers a
clearer understanding of the harm of
contraception and the great value of Natural
Family Planning (NFP). Further, it challenges
married couples, healthcare professionals and
clergy to live and teach these profound truths
about human sexuality and dignity.”
Archbishop Prendergast’s approach to the matter
was refreshing and new, while he did not shy away
from the fact that Catholics must obey Christ on
the matter, he pointed out that embracing the
teaching had tremendous benefits.
“Should Catholics embrace this teaching just
because the Church tells them they must? While
obedience is a necessary virtue, the benefits of
learning and living Humanae Vitae should convince
couples of its wisdom,” he said. One of the
many blessings he listed as coming from couples
embracing the teaching was, “Having happier
children within stronger families.”
Moreover, he said that obedience to Humanae
Vitae’s teaching fell not only on married couples
but also the clergy. “For the clergy,”
he said, “this same obedience and submission
of will and intellect requires preaching about
the moral evil of contraception and how it
violates God’s plan for marriage, human
happiness, and the dignity each person.”


Canadian
Catholics Ask Bishops to Retract Winnipeg
Statement – Recommit to Humanae Vitae

OTTAWA,
March 18, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – As the 40th
anniversary of the publication of Pope Paul VI’s
July 25, 1968 encyclical Humanae Vitae
approaches, a group of Catholics is challenging
Canada’s Catholic bishops to revisit their
official position on the document as it pertains
to contraception.   The encyclical,
which wrote of the Church’s prohibition on
contraception, predicting accurately that it
would lead to treatment of women as objects of
use, was at the time rejected by many within the
Catholic Church.  In 1990 the Philippine
Bishops issued an apology to the nation’s
Catholics for having failed to encourage their
flock to adhere to Humanae Vitae.  They
wrote: “Afflicted with doubts about
alternatives to contraceptive technology, we
abandoned you to your confused and lonely
consciences with a lame excuse: ‘follow what your
conscience tells you.’ How little we realized
that it was our consciences that needed to be
formed first.” The Rosarium of the Blessed
Virgin Mary has collected approximately 1000
signatures on a petition to formally ask the
Canadian Catholic Bishops to retract the pastoral
document written nearly 40 years ago on September
27, 1968 – the Winnipeg Statement.  The
letter accompanying the petition challenges the
bishops to reflect on their own role in the
complete moral and social collapse that has
befallen Canada. It states in part: “Once
contraceptive sex was accepted in principle, it
led the way to all of the other sexual
abominations our country is currently
experiencing, not the least of which is same-sex
‘marriage’ – which, at its core, is merely
contraception in its final form. Contraception
blurred the distinction between men and women by
robbing women of their femininity and subverting
their fertility. The psychological effects of
this over 40 years came to fruition with the
normalization of same-sex unions. A sterilized
woman is, in one fundamental respect, another
man.” The letter adds: “We can no
longer sit idly by as a Church and pretend that
our actions – or lack of them – in word or in
deed have not contributed to this situation. For
forty years we have walked the desert of this
culture of death because for forty years, we have
refused to submit to the entire truth of Humanae
Vitae. As faithful Catholics, therefore, we are
humbly asking the bishops of Canada to reflect on
how their teaching (or lack thereof) regarding
contraception these past 40 years has contributed
to Canada’s social and moral collapse. In
particular, we are once again drawing your
attention to the Winnipeg Statement, one of the
most destructive documents ever to be released on
the subject of contraception.” The
controversial document in question, commonly
referred to as the Winnipeg Statement, has been
long considered a dissent against Rome’s absolute
prohibition on contraceptive acts.  The most
controversial section of the document states:
“Counsellors may meet others who, accepting
the teaching of the Holy Father, find that
because of particular circumstances they are
involved in what seems to them a clear conflict
of duties, e.g., the reconciling of conjugal love
and responsible parenthood with the education of
children already born or with the health of the
mother. In accord with the accepted principles of
moral theology, if these persons have tried
sincerely but without success to pursue a line of
conduct in keeping with the given directives,
they may be safely assured that, whoever honestly
chooses that course which seems right to him does
so in good conscience.” John Pacheco, a
director of The Rosarium and a Catholic political
and social activist, remarked that the time has
come for the Bishops to reconsider the Winnipeg
Statement. “We are approaching the 40 year
anniversary of the legalization of both
contraception and abortion in Canada in
2009,” Pacheco told LifeSiteNews.com.
“We can no longer fool ourselves into
thinking that contraception has not played an
enormous role in the break down of the family
unit these past forty years.  It’s not a
coincidence that once contraception was legalized
with abortion in May 1969, the precipitous fall
of the family followed thereafter.  It’s
time for all Catholics to reflect on how the
Church was right and the Culture was wrong.
For lay Catholics, that means tossing the condoms
and the pills and for the Canadian bishops it
means repenting of a treacherous document.”
In addition to calling for the retraction of the
Winnipeg Statement, the group is asking the
Bishops to strongly re-affirm Humanae Vitae, the
papal encyclical prohibiting abortion and
contraception, on the 40th anniversary of its
publication on July 27.  It is also
encouraging the bishops to become more involved
in active opposition to abortion. “We will
never defeat abortion in Canada until the
question of contraception is addressed.  And
contraception in Canada will never be addressed
sufficiently until the bishops acknowledge the
great harm that the Winnipeg Statement has
caused. It’s time for all of us to repent and
move on.  Canada needs a new beginning. That
starts with the retraction of the Winnipeg
Statement”, Pacheco said. To sign the
petition, click here: http://www.gopetition.com/online/12799.html | Source


Study
Confirms Estrogen in Water from the Pill
Devastating to Fish Populations

ST.
JOHN, New Brunswick, February 18, 2008
(LifeSiteNews.com) – A study by Dr. Karen Kidd,
of the University of New Brunswick and the
Canadian Rivers Institute, found that estrogen
from birth control pills flooding into the water
system through sewage adversely affects fish
populations. The researchers added estrogen to an
experimental lake at a level commonly found in
the treated wastewater from cities with about
200,000 people. The researchers discovered that
one consequence is that exposed male fish become
feminized, producing a protein normally found in
females. Chronic exposure to estrogen led to the
near extinction of the lake’s fathead minnow
population, as well as significant declines in
larger fish, such as pearl dace and lake trout.
“We’ve known for some time that estrogen can
adversely affect the reproductive health of fish,
but ours was the first study to show the
long-term impact on the sustainability of wild
fish populations,” explains Kidd. “What
we demonstrated is that estrogen can wipe out
entire populations of small fish – a key food
source for larger fish whose survival could in
turn be threatened over the longer term.”
Kidd also noted that once the estrogen levels in
the water were lowered, fish populations
rebounded after three years. “Once you take
the stressor out the system, we now have ample
evidence that suggests affected fish populations
will recover,” she said. Kidd is preparing a
report for the American Association for the
Advancement of Science (AAAS) titled, “From
Kitchen Sinks to Ocean Basins: Emerging Chemical
Contaminants and Human Health”. In the
1980’s and 90’s, municipalities in Canada and
elsewhere began stencilling pictures of fish next
to storm drains to remind citizens that toxic
chemicals – such as paint and motor oil – poured
into the sewers would harm the environment and
wildlife. In 1998, a trendy industrial designer
in San Francisco won an award for creating storm
drain grates shaped like fish. Health authorities
estimate that 100 million women worldwide take
some form of hormonal contraceptives; but there
is still little media attention given to the
growing concerns of scientists about its
environmental impact. However, studies are
leaking out into the mainstream press more
frequently as public interest in the environment
grows. The Pill, along with numerous other
commonly used chemicals, end up in the water
system as estrogen. At a conference on breast
cancer in Toronto in 1998, author and cancer
surgeon Dr. Susan Love said, “Pollutants are
metabolized in our bodies as estrogen. And it is
lifetime exposure to estrogen that has increased
world cancer rates by 26% since 1980….We live
in a toxic soup of chemicals”. Studies are
also showing significant evidence for a link
between environmental estrogens and estrogen-like
chemical pollutants and the earlier onset of
puberty in girls. The phenomenon of early-onset
puberty in American girls is so pervasive, that
the Lawson Wilkins Pediatric Endocrine Society
urged changing the definition of abnormal
development. Ten years ago, breast development at
age 8 was considered abnormally early, but a
study in 1997 said that among 17,000 girls in
North Carolina, almost half of blacks and 15
percent of whites had begun breast development by
age 8. Studies from the United Kingdom, Canada,
and New Zealand have shown similar results. The
new definition for abnormally early breast
development ought to be, the society says, 7 for
white girls and 6 for black girls. Marcia
Herman-Giddens, adjunct professor at the School
of Public Health at the University of North
Carolina, said, “My fear is that medical
groups could take the data and say ‘This is
normal. We don’t have to worry about it.’ My
feeling is that it is not normal. It’s a response
to an abnormal environment.” Conclusive
studies are difficult to conduct, however,
because of the all-pervasive nature of the
environmental contamination. With all the
estrogen-like elements in the environment,
Herman-Giddens said, “it’s virtually
impossible to study. There’s no place to find an
unexposed population.”


Condom
Debate “Hijacked” and Drifting from
“Evidence Based” Science

EDMONTON,
January 25, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The British
Medical Journal is running a pair of articles
this week offering two opposed views on the
question, “Are condoms the answer to rising
rates of non-HIV sexually transmitted
infections?” Drs. Markus J Steiner and
Willard Cates, of Family Health International, of
North Carolina and Dr. Stephen Genuis, associate
clinical professor at the University of Alberta,
have written on either side of the issue. The
former, Drs. Steiner and Cates argue that condoms
“can and should play a central role in
halting the rising rates of sexually transmitted
infection other than HIV”. Dr. Stephen
Genuis, however, warns that the debate has been
“highjacked” by an argument between two
“mutually exclusive perspectives on sexual
morality” and has moved away from
“evidence based” science. On the one
hand, Genuis writes, those promoting “safe
sex (or safer sex) are accused of corrupting
youth with amoral values”, while their
“opponents are perceived as zealots who
disregard scientific fact in imposing their
fanaticism on society”. The idea that
condoms are the first, last and usually only
recommended protection against sexually
transmitted diseases (STDs) is one of the most
widely accepted in the field of public health.
But the message of the life and family movement
that abstinence before marriage and chaste
fidelity within are the only sure means of
avoiding STDs is starting to be heard. Cates and
Steiner argue that “strong evidence from
laboratory studies and mounting clinical
studies” show that condoms reduce the risk
of infections including HIV, gonorrhoea,
chlamydia, trichomoniasis, and hepatitis B.
Condoms also reduce the risk of infections that
are transmitted primarily through skin such as
genital herpes, syphilis, chancroid, and human
papillomavirus infection. They admit, however,
that clinical studies have shown
“inconsistent protective effects for most
sexually transmitted infections other than
HIV.” But they attribute this to
“limitations in study design”. They
also admit that their studies did not measure
“critical factors such as exposure to
infected partners, consistent and correct condom
use, or incident infection”. They dismissed
the promotion of abstinence as “difficult to
achieve”.  Dr. Genuis answered that it
is consistent use of condoms that has proved
“difficult to achieve” and calls for a
more “comprehensive” approach than
simply encouraging those “who choose to be
sexually active” to use a condom. He says
that condoms cannot be “the definitive
answer” to STDs because they “provide
insufficient protection” against many common
diseases transmitted through “‘skin to skin’
and ‘skin to sore'” contact. These include
human papillomavirus, herpes simplex virus, and
syphilis, which, he says, are often transmitted
despite condom use. But the greatest problem with
condoms, he writes, is that people, particularly
“aroused youth,” do not use them
consistently, “regardless of knowledge or
education”. “In theory, condoms offer
some protection against sexually transmitted
infection; practically, however, epidemiological
research repeatedly shows that condom familiarity
and risk awareness do not result in sustained
safer sex choices in real life.” The use of
condoms has been adopted as the central pillar of
the fight against STDs in general, and HIV in
particular, by most international health
organizations. In recent years the slogan,
“Abstinence, be faithful, use a
condom,” also known as the “ABC
strategy”, has been adopted as a means of
appeasing “faith-based” organisations
such as the UK’s Catholic overseas aid agency
CAFOD that has adopted condoms as a key part of
its programmes. Dr. Genuis writes, “The
relentless rise of sexually transmitted infection
in the face of unprecedented education about and
promotion of condoms is testament to the lack of
success of this approach”. He cites numerous
large studies that have shown this failure even
in countries such as Canada, Sweden and
Switzerland that have “advanced sex
education programmes.” “The ongoing
assertion that condoms are ‘the’ answer to this
escalating pandemic reminds me of Einstein’s
words, ‘The definition of insanity is doing the
same thing over and over again and expecting
different results’.”


Two
Canadian Women Die from Use of Contraceptive
Patch; Sixteen More Suffer Blood Clots

TORONTO,
January 11, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Two
Canadian women have died and sixteen more have
reported serious blood clotting in connection
with the use of Evra, a hormonal contraceptive
patch that releases estrogen directly into the
bloodstream through the skin. Health Canada
released safety information for the drug in late
2006, but the warnings about increased
possibility of blood clots in the legs and lungs
have not been enough to prevent women from using
the patch. Two Canadian women who used the drug
died from complications induced by the patch in
2006. One of the deaths was caused by a heart
attack, which the manufacturers blamed the
woman’s smoking habit for. Multiple other women,
however, have complained of dangerous blood
clotting caused by the patch, conditions that may
lead to a stroke or even death. Siskinds, an
Ontario-based law firm specializing in business
law and class actions, has filed a class suit
against Janssen-Ortho Inc., the manufacturers of
the patch. A hearing has been scheduled in
Toronto to determine whether the case can
continue through the court system as a class
action suit. The patch, controversial since its
release to the market, has faced class action in
the United States, where women suffered from
blood clotting in their lungs after using the
patch. While some of those women have asserted
that the drug is not worth the risk, advocates of
the patch claim that there is no problem, since
women are warned of possible blood clotting on
the patch’s label.”Everybody who you start
on this product – whether it’s a pill or a patch
or a ring – gets the same warning,” said Dr.
Melissa Mirosh, former fellow of the
contraception research fellowship program at
Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.
“What I tell people is that any
estrogen-containing birth control product will
slightly raise your risk of having a blood clot
in your leg or in your lung. But it does not
raise it nearly as much as being pregnant or
having a baby. And that risk is a very small
increase.” Some doctors refused to prescribe
the patch after its bad publicity, and the U.S.
Food and Drug Administration required
Janssen-Ortho to include the warnings about blood
clots and possible stroke on the product’s label.


The
Homily that Caused an Outcry and the Priest to be
Dismissed: Homily on NFP provokes congregation
member to stand up and shout at priest “When
are you going to stop?”

ROCKFORD,
Illinois, January 7, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) –
This past December 9, at St. James’ parish in
Rockford Illinois, a very normal Mass suddenly
became a very unusual Mass when a parishioner
stood up in the middle of the homily, interrupted
the priest, shouting at him “When are you
going to stop?”, and then left, with her
homosexual partner in tow.  A few other
parishioners also stood up and left the
church.  A few days later, the priest was
dismissed from his duties at the parish by his
bishop. Catholics know that there are some things
that you just don’t hear preached from the pulpit
any more. The most conspicuous of these
unpreachables is sexual ethics, especially the
idea that using contraception might be immoral,
and contrary to a Culture of Life.  Most
priests know that these are unpopular subjects,
and emphatically avoid them. But Fr. Tom
Bartolomeo, who until several weeks ago was the
associate pastor at St. James parish, is not your
typical priest. To begin with, Fr. Bartolomeo was
ordained only just over a year ago. This, of
course, is not exactly extraordinary in itself,
except for the fact that he is now seventy years
old. At an age when many other priests are
retiring, therefore, he is only getting his feet
wet. Perhaps, says the elderly priest in an
interview with LifeSiteNews.com, his newness to
the ministry and late vocation explains his
almost youth-like zeal for his priestly duties.
“I’m going to die with my boots on,” he
says. “Who knows how many years I have left?
That kind of puts pressure on me to preach the
Gospel message. My days are numbered.” About
a month ago, however, Fr. Bartolomeo’s enthusiasm
for the Gospel message brought an unexpected turn
into his life, when he gave what he thought was a
normal Advent homily. The homily was the second
of a projected series of four homilies dealing
with life and family issues, designed to coincide
with the four Sundays of Advent – the season
leading up to the birth of Jesus. This particular
homily had to do with contraception and natural
family planning. The Catholic Church teaches that
the use of contraception is intrinsically and
gravely immoral. Church teaching does, however,
allow married couples to use the natural rhythms
of the female body to knowingly space children,
if there is a sufficiently grave reason to do so.
These fundamental moral teachings formed the
basis of Fr. Bartolomeo’s homily. “New
births, anniversaries and funerals, separations
of any kind, a photograph from the past – give us
pause and remind us whom we are bound to,”
he said in his homily, a copy of which he
provided for LifeSiteNews. “Our human
sexuality – father, mother, brother, sister –
reveals our deepest relationships. We call God
our father, and his Son our brother.”
“Contraception, contra-conception,
trivializes the sacred value of human sexuality –
a danger humanity did not have to face a century
ago before the advent of modern chemistry and
technology, the pill (before or after) and a host
of plastic devices.” “Contracept, take
God’s plan off the table, and you have
mayhem,” he said. “The most important
thing in your lives, bearing children, is no
longer discussed. It has been permanently removed
from the conversation. Done deal. The
pill, the IUD, the diaphragm, the sponge, the
condom – who is making money here? – have shut
down not only the body but the brain. And wives
and husbands wonder why they grow apart? When a
man and woman, a husband and wife, share daily
this most wonderful mystery of their human
sexuality they are bonding as nature and God
intended.” In the middle of this homily
however, say witnesses, one congregation member
stood up and began to argue with the priest,
yelling “When are you going to
stop?”  Gerald Weber, who has been a
parishioner at St. James for 47 years, was at
that Mass. “It was embarrassing, the
noticeable argumentative tone with which she
stopped him in his homily,” he told
LifeSiteNews. “Father treated her
nicely for the way she was acting, but she
continued yelling. She finally sat down, but then
stood up again, and took her friend with her and
made a show of leaving the church. With that
there were some other people who objected to the
subject matter.”  While Weber suggests
that the homily may have been somewhat
“graphic” for a Sunday Mass, insofar as
it touched on some of the science of NFP,
he points out that nothing in the
homily was contrary to Catholic teaching. The
fact that Fr. Bartolomeo was dismissed from the
parish Weber calls “drastic.”
“I think it’s rather drastic, without
knowing all the facts, to come down on a man in
this way.”  Another parishioner, Heidi
Martinez, who was also at the Mass in question,
disagrees that the homily was graphic, saying
that she can’t even recall what might have been
considered objectionable in that way.
Martinez says she distinctly remembers the date
and time of the homily, because she gave birth to
her first-born child that same day, shortly after
she left the church; she calls her new-born child
her “miracle baby,” since she had
previously gone through three miscarriages.
She also says that she has something of a
different perspective on the homily, being as she
is recently married. The message that Fr.
Bartolomeo preached was extremely pertinent and
necessary, she says. “The Catholic Church
pushes all the time–don’t use contraceptives,
use NFP, and all that, but a lot of people don’t
know why. And if you don’t hear it from the
Church that pushes it, where are you going to get
it from?” “You’re certainly not going
to get it in the Catholic schools.” Weber
also revealed to Fr. Bartolomeo, and
LifeSiteNews, that the parishioner who had
created the scene was a publicly practicing
lesbian. She and her partner had recently
been told that they could no longer lector or
distribute Communion at the parish. “They
[the lesbian couple] may have had an edge,”
says Weber, “because they have recently been
kind of, not reprimanded, but not allowed to
participate like they had been
participating.” The priest, however, is
quick to defend his bishop. “Bishop Doran’s
orthodox Catholic reputation is well
established,” he points out. “Our
diocesan Respect Life Office under the leadership
of Bishop Doran is continuously advancing the
pro-life cause.” “I’m not being
punished,” Fr. Bartolomeo clarifies,
pointing out that Bishop Doran agreed that his
homily was perfectly in keeping with Catholic
teaching. “I wasn’t accused of doing
anything wrong. I think the implication was that
I was imprudent.” The Rockford Diocese’s
media relations official, Penny Wiegert, told
LifeSiteNews that the diocese would not comment
on Fr. Bartolomeo’s dismissal,
saying “The reasons for these moves are
between the individual priest and his bishop and
is considered a personnel issue that our diocese
does not discuss in the press out of respect for
both the individual priest and his bishop.”
Wiegert also defended the Rockford Diocese’s
pro-NFP stance, saying “The Rockford
Diocese is in the forefront of supporting Natural
Family Planning and educating the faithful on its
physical and spiritual benefits especially in its
marriage preparation programs, seminars for
married couples and in informational
classes….The aforementioned forums are
considered to be the most appropriate for
educating and promoting the benefits and details
of NFP.” Fr. Bartolomeo, however, clearly
does not agree that he was imprudent. “The
Church is really under attack, and I think we
flinch at the slight objections and I don’t think
that’s the proper way to react to our
enemies,” he says. “Rather than
dissuading me, all of this is drawing me more and
more into that truth, into the Gospel. I have no
idea where this is going to take me.” He
says that now he is beginning to read everything
he can get on the life and family issues, and is
looking into the possibility of pursuing advocacy
in those areas.  He also disagrees that his
homily was “graphic,” observing that
even the youngest children routinely encounter
much more explicit material in their day-to-day
encounters with television, the internet, and
sex-ed at school. The priest says that he was
surprised at the adverse reactions to his homily,
but is also learning that many of the Church’s
teachings on sexuality are not well-known, and
are often considered optional by some Catholics.
“The fact is, I suspect that most Catholics
do not practice NFP,” he says. “I think
for many people there’s a visceral reaction to
that, particularly if they haven’t heard it
before. And tweaking of consciences can be
painful.” But, he adds, “There’s
nothing more central to the malaise and disease
in the church than contracepting Catholic
couples, and not realizing the wonderful
strengthening of faith that can be found in NFP.
All you have to do is meet a family and their
children to see that they have found the proper
way to relate to each other. It’s so demonstrably
wonderful to see this natural, loving union of
children. You don’t ordinarily see that in
families.”

2007


The
Actuary: Breast Cancer Epidemic’s Impact from
Abortion on Insurance, Health Care Through 2029
is Serious

MEDIA
ADVISORY, Nov. 7 /Standard
Newswire
/ — The Actuary, a professional
magazine for actuaries in the U.K., published the
article, “The Breast Cancer Epidemic,”
[1] discussing the impact of the epidemic in
England and Wales for the life and health
insurance and health care industries through
2029. The article was based on forecasts of
breast cancer rates originally published last
month in the Journal of American Physicians and
Surgeons. [2,3] The forecasts can be used to plan
treatment facilities and calculate insurance
premiums and reserves, as more insurance claims
and litigation are expected. Patrick Carroll, a
statistician and actuary, showed that abortion is
the “best predictor” of breast cancer
trends, and fertility is also a useful predictor.
Carroll applied national data to a mathematical
model that he has used in the past to
successfully forecast breast cancer incidence. He
expects an overall increase of 50.9% in the
cancer rate in England and Wales by 2029.

Other highlights include:

  1. The
    increasing rates of abortion and breast
    cancer run parallel and are highly
    correlated.
  1. The
    impact on insurers is more serious
    because women in the age group 45+ are
    claiming more highly paid posts.
  1. Abortion
    before first full term birth is
    “highly carcinogenic.”
  1. “Oestrogen
    (estrogen), progestin and other female
    hormones, whether naturally produced or
    administered medically, fuel breast
    cancer development,” said Carroll.
  1. Carroll
    observed a reverse gradient. Upper class
    women have higher mortality and morbidity
    rates than do lower class women because
    they are more likely to choose abortion
    before a first birth in order to pursue
    higher educations and careers.

“Breast
cancer fundraising is likely to be very
profitable for the American Cancer Society, Susan
G. Komen for the Cure and others that continue to
knowingly mislead women by denying the
abortion-breast cancer link,” declared Karen
Malec, president of the Coalition on
Abortion/Breast Cancer. “But, the epidemic
will be costly for the insurance industry and
consumers, not to mention the cancer patients who
will suffer because of the cancer fundraising
industry’s misconduct.”

The Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer is an
international women’s organization founded to
protect the health and save the lives of women by
educating and providing information on abortion
as a risk factor for breast cancer. (Source)


New
Study Shows Double Cervical Cancer Risk for Oral
Contraceptive Users

November 14,
2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A new study shows a
strong correlation between the use of “the
pill” and an increased cervical cancer risk.
The study, which was conducted by researchers at
Oxford University and appears in the current
edition of The Lancet, reviewed twenty-four
studies examining the cases of more than 50,000
women. It concluded that women using oral
contraceptives double their risk of cervical
cancer, and that the increased risk lasts for ten
years after cessation of use. The study also
found that the longer the pill is used, the
greater the risk. The results of the study match
others that have found an increased risk of both
cervical cancer and breast cancer in women who
use oral contraceptives, including several that
have appeared in The Lancet.  A European
study earlier this year also found an increased
risk for heart disease, even after women stop
taking the medication. However, the authors of
the study were quick to emphasize that the main
cause of cervical cancer is the Human Papiloma
Virus (HPV), a sexually-transmitted pathogen
common among promiscuous people in western
countries. They also claimed that the increased
risk of cervical and breast cancer are more than
offset by reductions in ovarian and endometrial
cancers in women who use the drug.


New
Study Shows Abortion is ‘Best Predictor of Breast
Cancer’

WASHINGTON,
DC, October 3, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The
Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons
published a study yesterday entitled, “The
Breast Cancer Epidemic.” It showed
that, among seven risk factors, abortion is the
“best predictor of breast cancer,” and
fertility is also a useful predictor.  The
study by Patrick Carroll of PAPRI in London
showed that countries with higher abortion rates,
such as England & Wales, could expect a
substantial increase in breast cancer incidence.
Where abortion rates are low (i.e., Northern
Ireland and the Irish Republic) a smaller
increase is expected. Where a decline in abortion
has taken place, (i.e., Denmark and Finland) a
decline in breast cancer is anticipated. Carroll
used the same mathematical model for a previous
forecast of numbers of breast cancers in future
years for England & Wales based on cancer
data up to 1997 that has proved quite accurate
for predicting cancers observed in years 1998 to
2004. In four countries – England & Wales,
Scotland, Finland and Denmark – a social gradient
has been discovered (unlike that for other
cancers) whereby upper class and upwardly mobile
women have more breast cancer than lower class
women. This was studied in Finland and Denmark
and the influence of known risk factors other
than abortion was examined, but the gradient was
not explained. Carroll suggests that the known
preference for abortion in this class might
explain the phenomenon. Women pursuing higher
educations and professional careers often delay
marriage and childbearing. Abortions before the
birth of a first child are highly carcinogenic.
Carroll used national data from nations believed
to have “nearly complete abortion
counts.” Therefore, his study is not
affected by recall bias. Karen Malec, president
of the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer
commented on the latest findings stating:
“It’s time for scientists to admit publicly
what they already acknowledge privately among
themselves – that abortion raises breast cancer
risk – and to stop conducting flawed research to
protect the medical establishment from massive
medical practice lawsuits.” See report here.


Continuous-Use
Contraceptives to be Introduced in Britain Within
Months

LONDON,
September 27, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The
first contraceptive pill that provides a dose of
active hormones every day that would halt
menstruation, could be in use in Britain within a
few months, according to the New Scientist. The
drug, called Lybrel, is lauded for its ability to
interrupt a woman’s normal fertility cycle
and entirely stop her menstruation, potentially
permanently. Its supporters say that once freed
from their normal biological functions, women
will be better able to compete with men in the
workplace. The US Food and Drug Administration
(FDA), approved the drug in May based on the
results of two studies. It comes in a 28 day-pill
pack containing 90 micrograms each of a
progestin, levonorgestrel, and 20 micrograms of
an estrogen, ethinyl estradiol. Traditional
hormonal contraceptive drugs include placebo or
pill-free intervals lasting four to seven days
that stimulate a menstrual cycle. Lybrel is
designed to be taken without the placebo or
pill-free time interval. Women who use Lybrel
would not have a scheduled menstrual period, but,
the FDA notes, will most likely have unplanned,
breakthrough, unscheduled bleeding or spotting.
Some studies have shown side effects associated
with Lybrel, as with most hormonal
contraceptives, can include blood clots in the
legs or lungs, gallbladder inflammation, ectopic
pregnancy, stoppage or rupture of a blood vessel
in the brain (stroke), heart attack, angina,
liver tumours and high blood pressure. Some
studies have shown association with cervical
cancer. Lybrel’s supporters say the drug,
because it entirely halts menstruation, will
“end the misery” and inconvenience
involved and reduce the symptoms of premenstrual
syndrome.  In the Daily Mail’s Thursday
print edition Jill Parkin, a columnist on
women’s issues, decries the value
system that pits women against men in the
workforce at the cost of the “basic biology
that makes us female”. “[I]magne
filling yourself with chemicals every single day,
taken orally and so exposing your entire system
to their effect. Imagine pushing doubts about
whether or not you’re pregnant to the back
of your mind as you check your Blackberry for
messages on the train every morning.”
“Compromise is inevitable, but actually
shoehorning women in to a man-shaped space is
wrong…Scientists have pointed out that we
weren’t designed to have decades of periods
but to have prolonged breaks for pregnancy and
lengthy breastfeeding. But certainly evolution
intended that we menstruate.” The Mail also
quotes Dr. Marilyn Glenville, a specialist at the
Women’s Healthcare Centre, St John’s Wood,
London, saying that there is no way of telling
what the long-term consequences will be of the
new drug and worries that the effects “could
be more damaging than the traditional 21-day
Pill.” She cites particularly the possible
connections of the pill with cervical cancer.
“Countless women will jump at the chance to
take Lybrel, not for its contraceptive properties
but simply as a lifestyle choice…Ultimately,
women will be continuously dosing their body with
artificial hormones while suppressing the body’s
own, without so much as the seven-day break that
the body gets when taking the ordinary
Pill.”


China:
Projected Number of Men without Wives Massively
Increased By 2020, 37 million Chinese men would
be unable to find wives if trends continue

BEIJING,
China, August 27, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) –
Recent demographic reports are showing that the
ratio of males to females in China is spiraling
out of control. If the increasing imbalance,
caused primarily by sex-selected abortions and
infanticide, is not remedied, it will lead to
increased crimes against women and the threat of
an aggressively militant state. In January
Chinese media reports said that by 2020, 30
million Chinese men would be unable to find wives
(See http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2007/jan/07011510.html). Since
then, however, recent reports indicate that the
numbers have dramatically risen. According to
these findings, the imbalance will increase to 37
million more marriageable Chinese men than
marriageable women by 2020, the Guardian
Unlimited reports. Nationwide there are 119
Chinese males for every 100 females, rather than
the average 105 males for every 100 females in
the Western developed nations, ABC News reports.
In some regions, however, there is an even
greater divide with 130 males to 100 females. The
city of Lianyungang in Jiangsu province has the
most marked difference of 163.5 boys to 100 girls
among children aged one to four. According to a
recent report by the China Family Planning
Association (CFPA), 99 cities in China have sex
ratios above 125 boys per 100 girls. Although
there are two Chinese laws preventing sex-based
abortion, this is ignored in many places
throughout China. In some cases, the doctor gives
a thumbs up to the parents if their unborn child
is a boy and a thumbs down if it is a girl.
People often abort their baby girls, especially
in rural areas, because they want a son to
support themselves and the grandparents in their
old age. Within the past few years, the Chinese
government has offered various attempts to remedy
the skewed male to female ratio. In 2003 a
“Care for Girls” policy was introduced
which gave financial benefits to parents with
female children, as well as a pro-female child
slogan campaign. Such efforts have not affected
the situation, however, which are a direct
result of the government’s one-child policy and
its forced methods of population control. In
order to stem the problem, China is planning to
crack down on medical institutions that tell
parents the sex of their child. In light of the
recent population reports, the government
announced that it would draft new legislation to
punish sex-selected abortions. If the lopsided
ratio does not improve, Chinese society will
suffer a rise in prostitution, wife kidnapping
and other forms of sexual violence against women,
abuses that have already grown within the
country. Some predict that the situation will
also lead to increased militancy and terrorism in
China (See http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2005/dec/05120602.html).


China’s
One-Child Policy Burdens Younger Generation
Within next few decades, China will be taking
care of 400 million elderly people

BEIJING,
August 27, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – China’s one
child policy, which has heavily skewed the ratio
of young people to retirees, is placing an
increasingly heavy burden on the next generation
of workers, the BBC reports. In the State’s
“ideal” family, the only son will have
to support six people in his adult years: his own
parents, his mother’s parents and his father’s
parents. As the traditional family structure
begins to suffer, the number of people in the
work force is decreasing. “It’s very
difficult,” factory manager William Wang
told the BBC, “and it’s getting more and
more difficult. Now there are a lot more
factories and fewer workers because of the
one-child policy. Costs are going up. It’s not
looking good.” The ranks of elderly people
are steadily increasing, however, and within the
next few decades, China will be taking care of
400 million elderly people, the BBC reports. As a
result, elderly care businesses and senior homes
are having a steady influx of clients. The San He
Home in Beijing, for example, used to be a
primary school, but was remodeled to accommodate
senior citizens. The manager of the home, Wang
Shuyuan, stated, “I used to work as the head
teacher of the kindergarten, and now I’m in
charge of the old people’s home. He said,
“Because of the one-child policy there are
fewer children in China. So, many schools are
changing into old people’s homes. It’s very
common now.” According to the Guardian
Unlimited, the State claimed that its population
control policies have prevented 400 million
births since the 1979 when the restrictions were
first introduced into the country. The
government’s one-child policy, oftentimes
implemented through forced sterilization and
abortion, has created an unprecedented problem in
the work force that is causing more and more
concern in society. In 2004 Zhang Weiqing,
National Population and Family Planning
Commission Minister, predicted that the
increasing disproportion between seniors and
working people would eventually have serious
effects on China’s retirement system. He noted,
“The aging problem is much more severe in
the country’s rural areas than in urban areas,
which challenges the establishment of a health
insurance system and social security system for
the elderly.” In 1999 there were 10 workers
for every senior in China. The number is
predicted to drop sharply to six workers per
retiree by 2020 and fall again to three workers
for every retired person by 2050 (See http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2004/may/04051107.html).


Oral
Contraceptives Decrease Bone Density

NEW
YORK, August 27, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A
study of female military cadets has shown that
the use of oral contraceptives is linked with
loss of bone density in women. The study examined
the effects of lifestyle, diet, and exercise on
bone health of 107 white female cadets at
the United States Military Academy in West Point,
New York, and found that irregular menstruation
and oral contraceptives had a negative impact on
bone density. The study bolsters earlier work
showing that hormonal contraceptives negatively
affect bone density. Estrogen plays an important
role in the development and maintenance of bone
mass and hormonal contraceptives decrease the
amount of estrogen a woman’s body produces. In
November 2004, the United States Food and Drug
Administration and the United Kingdom Committee
on the Safety of Medicines cited bone mineral
density loss when they issued warnings on the use
of the progestin-only injectable contraceptives.
In 2005, a group of women launched a $700-million
class-action lawsuit against the drug company
Pfizer, which produces Depo-Provera, saying
the hormonal abortifacient drug had caused
massive bone density loss. Three lawsuits in
Canada are pending against the company alleging
bone density loss.


Birth
Control Pill Creates Blood Clot Causing Death of
Irish Woman Family warns others to beware of the
health risks of the pill

DUBLIN,
August 17, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – An Irish
woman has died of a blood clot after taking the
birth control pill for several years. Her family
and an investigating doctor have publicly
attributed her death to the use of the
contraceptive. On March 22 of last year,
31-year-old Julie Hennessy was found dead on the
floor of her living room, Ireland Independent
reports. Although she was a non-smoker of healthy
weight, the woman had been taking the drug
Mercilon for a number of years. This resulted in
her developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a
condition in which a blood clot forms in a deep
vein usually in one of the appendages. As in the
case of Miss Hennessy, a DVT can break off and
lodge in the lungs, causing death. After her
inquest on Tuesday, Julie’s father Ray, speaking
on behalf of his family his wife Angela and their
two daughters-drew special attention to the fact
that the pill was the main factor in the death of
his daughter. “The Pill was the major cause
of our daughter’s death and we want to put it on
record that other young women should be aware of
these dangers,” said Mr. Hennessy.
“Doctors are aware of the risks but I want
to warn young women of the possible consequences
of taking it. I wouldn’t like this to happen to
another family.” Speaking before the Dublin
County Coroner’s Court, pathologist Peter
Szontagh-Kishazi emphasized that the
contraceptive pill had caused Julie Hennessy’s
DVT. “The only important factor was the oral
contraceptive pill,” he said. “Clotting
is a well-known risk of using the contraceptive
pill. There is no other medication that has such
a big risk as the oral contraceptive pill,”
said Dr Szontagh-Kishazi.” Some
investigators attempted to blame the condition on
the air travel that Julie went on for her work.
Nevertheless, Szontagh-Kishazi said that although
flying, especially economy class, has caused
blood clots before, this was not the reason for
her death because in such a case the clot would
have happened in the plane. In this case, her
condition was “a recent complication”.
Blood clotting is only one of the many medical
risks of taking the contraceptive pill. According
to noted endocrinologist (hormone doctor) Dr.
Maria Kraw, studies have shown that taking oral
contraceptives increases a woman’s risk of breast
cancer by 24%. Hormonal contraceptives also make
the body much more susceptible to the Sexually
Transmitted Infection (STI) known as the Human
Pampilloma Virus (HPV). Other STI’s such as,
Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, Chancroid and Syphilis are
also more common in people who take the pill. In
addition, the pill has been known to cause
osteoporosis and reduce milk production in
lactating mothers (Read full report on talk by
Dr. Maria Kraw: http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2007/aug/07080903.html). Studies
have also shown that the pill likely causes a
decreased sex-drive, and one particular report
showed that the drug raises the risk of heart
attack by 100% (Read http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2005/jul/05071207.html). In
addition, the birth control pill has been proved
to cause frequent medical abortions by making the
wall of a woman’s uterus hostile to a newly
conceived person. The resulting condition in the
womb can cause problems later on when the woman
wants to conceive a child. In fact, women who
take birth control have a 26% lower fertility
rate (Read full report on talk by Dr. Maria Kraw:
http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2007/aug/07080303.html).
Referring to trial runs of the pill in Latin
America, Kraw stated, “They started off
using ten times the amount of estrogen – ‘We’re
really going to shut down that brain’ – Well,
what happened? Women died in the first phase
trial of these medications, but they were in
Puerto Rico so, (the attitude was) ‘well….
we didn’t really have medical ethics, so we’ll
just keep going and trying.'” These risks
are present, however, even in the regular,
low-dose contraceptive pill. As Kraw pointed out,
“The problem is that this (death) is still
occurring even as the dose of estrogen has
lowered itself to only about 4 times with the
low-dose pills.”


Online
Video: Noted Endocrinologist Explains How the
Birth Control Pill Causes Abortion

OTTAWA,
August 3, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – During the
Humanae Vitae Conference “A New
Beginning” last year, noted endocrinologist
Dr. Maria Kraw explained how many so-called
contraceptives actually result in fertilization
and end in the abortion of a new human person
during its early development. Introducing her
topic, the “Medical Consequences of
Contraception,” Dr. Kraw began by stating
that she refrains from using the word
“contraception.” This is because it
implies solely the “prevention of
conception,” whereas in reality many
so-called contraceptives result in a myriad of
other harms, including abortion. As a practicing
endocrinologist (hormone doctor) at St. Michael’s
Hospital in Toronto, Kraw focused mainly on the
effects of hormonal birth control. Artificial
hormonal birth control works by introducing
artificial estrogen and artificial progesterone
(progestins), at 4 to 10 times the dosage
naturally produced by the body. These dangerously
high levels trick the brain into thinking that
the person may be pregnant and cause ovulation to
stop. The pill also prevents conception by
thickening the cervical mucous so that the sperm
can’t reach the egg. If this doesn’t work, the
pill prevents the implantation of an already
fertilized egg. This occurs when a new human
person has already been conceived, Kraw stated,
but after the artificial hormones have thinned
the uterus lining. “So rather than sort of
snuggling into a nice nourishing uterus to
continue development,” she explained,
“the uterus is hostile and the embryo is
discarded.” Most pills are combined hormonal
pills with both artificial estrogen and
artificial progesterone. The progesterone-only
pills, however, don’t prevent fertilization, but
work primarily by thinning the uterus lining.
Depo-provera, for example, is a progestin that is
injected every three months and strips down the
lining of the uterus. Similarly, the
intra-uterine device (IUD) causes
“inflammation and scarring of uterine
lining,” thereby preventing implantation.
Barrier methods such as condoms, sterilization,
diaphragm and spermicides work by aiming “to
prevent a meeting of the sperm and the egg.”
Nevertheless, statistics published by Family
Planning Perspectives note an extremely high
percentage of “reproductive failures”,
i.e. pregnancy. The birth control pill has a
12.9% pregnancy rate; condoms have an incredibly
high 23.1% pregnancy rate, diaphragm 20%,
depo-provera 4.2% and spermicide 25%. “Given
on average the amount of months that a woman uses
artificial birth control during her reproductive
years,” said Kraw, “which is a majority
in the reality of North America, there will be
1.8 ‘reproductive failures’ per woman’s
reproductive life.” According to previous
studies, only about 50% of pregnancies in the US
are intended, Kraw stated. “Among those that
reported unintended pregnancies, 50% said they
were using a form of artificial birth control
properly at the time of the conception. So it’s
not like, ‘Oh I was on the pill, but I missed it
for a week’ because that wouldn’t be considered
being on the pill.” Finally, 50% of those
“reproductive failures” end in
abortion. If abortion is defined as “any
interruption in the normal development of the
embryo,” methods that “prevent
implantation” are abortive. Breakthrough
ovulation rates (fertilization occurs, but
implantation fails), for example, can happen in
up to one third of cycles on the pill. In
combined hormonal birth control pills, this
occurs from 1.7% to 28.6% per cycle, whereas with
progestin-only pills, fertilization rates are
from 33% to 65% per cycle. These are relatively
high rates, Kraw noted, considering that 80% of
North American women have used a hormonal method
for birth control by the time they finish their
reproductive years. Tragically, after
discontinuing birth control, women also
experience high infertility rates. Fertility
rates are 26% lower after using birth control,
and 29% lower after using the IUD. In addition,
even the so-called “low-dose” pills
cause a 2 to 6 times increased risk of blood
clots throughout the body. Kraw stated,
“They started off using ten times the amount
of estrogen-‘We’re really going to shut down that
brain’-Well, what happened? Women died in the
first phase trial of these medications, but they
were in Puerto Rico so, (the attitude was)
‘well…. we didn’t really have medical
ethics, so we’ll just keep going and
trying.'”She concluded, “The problem is
that this is still occurring even as the dose of
estrogen has lowered itself to only about 4 times
with the low-dose pills.”


Aging
Global Population is “Profound” and
“Irreversible”: UN Report States that
lowered fertility is the cause, but fails to
mention birth control, again

NEW
YORK CITY, August 16, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) –
The United Nations recently released its global
population estimates, revealing an alarming
population shift that will have serious worldwide
consequences within the near future. While
blaming the problem on lowered fertility and
increased longevity, the report fails to make the
connection with contraception, abortion and
sterilization. The report is a 2007 updated
version of the 2002 “World Population
Aging” report that was published during the
Second World Assembly on Aging. Following the
demographic trends from 1950 to 2005, the report
notes that the population aging is
“unprecedented, a process without parallel
in the history of humanity.” The report
indicates that people above 60 years old are
starting to outnumber children, those under age
15. By 2047 old people will outnumber children on
a global scale, the report states, although
developed countries already reached this mark in
1998. The report projects that by 2050, those
aged 60 and over will comprise one third of the
population in developed regions. In the
developing nations, however, they will account
for only one fifth of the population, a ratio at
which the wealthier countries have already
arrived. The population trend profoundly affects
every area of human life-economic, political and
social-and is “irreversible”, the
report claims. In addition, the issue has been
intensifying for decades; older people comprised
8% of the population in 1950, and this number
increased to 11% by 2007. The UN predicts that
the number will rise to 22% by 2050. By the year
2000 the number of old people had tripled in the
world since 1950. Only six year later, they had
increased by another 100 million. The rate of
their increase is 2.6% per year versus the 1.1%
increase of the rest of the population. In
addition, even those over 60 years are aging, and
the number of people aged 80+ is most rapidly
increasing. At present the median age worldwide
is 28 years, a number that is expected to rise to
38 by 2050. The oldest country is Japan, with a
median age of 43, while the youngest is Uganda,
with a median age of 15. These numbers will have
a serious effect on the working population, which
will be forced to bear an increasingly heavy
burden of retirees. By 2050 the ratio of workers
between 15 and 64 to older persons will have
decreased from 12 to 1 in 1950 to a mere 4 to 1.
The report notes that the problem of population
aging is a “pervasive,” worldwide
issue. This is due to the fact that people’s
fertility is reduced, as well as the fact that
the aged are living longer. As the document
states, “The resulting slowdown in the
growth of the number of children coupled with the
steady increase in the number of older
persons” has deeply impacted the balance of
society. This “unprecedented change, which
started in the developed world in the nineteenth
century and is more recent in developing
countries” is right now “transforming
many societies.” The report blames the
skewed population ratios on the rapid switch from
high to low fertility levels and increased life
expectancy. Nevertheless, once again a major
population report fails characteristically to
mention any connection between these alarming
population rates and the rapid spread of
abortion, contraception and sterilization in the
past century.


Canada’s
Population is Aging at an Alarming Rate: 2006
Census Abortion a key factor in the demographic
shift

OTTAWA,
ON, July 26, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – According
to the most recent 2006 Census, Canada’s
population is aging rapidly, presenting serious
concerns both economically and about the
sustainability of the national health system.
Released on July 17 by Statistics Canada, the
2006 Census states that the number of people over
age 64 has increased by 11.5% in the last 5
years. Of the total 32,973,546 Canadians,
“the number of people aged 55 to 64, many of
whom are workers approaching retirement, has
never been so high in Canada, at close to 3.7
million in 2006.” At the same time, those
younger than 15 years old make up only 17.7% of
the population, another record-breaking low for
Canadians. By 2022 it is predicted that
“seniors will outnumber children in every
province”, and by 2031 the median age will
be 44. At present the Territories have the
youngest population in Canada with one in four
people being younger than 15. The report states,
“The territories’ relative ‘youth’ is
attributable to the high fertility rate,
particularly among the Inuit population, and
lower life expectancy than in the
provinces.” The four Atlantic provinces, on
the other hand, are the “oldest”
provinces in the nation. The census calls this a
“sharp contrast” from 50 years ago when
Atlantic women were having more children than the
rest of the country, and seniors made up only
7.8% of the population. Similarly, in Quebec the
number of seniors has more than quadrupled in the
past 50 years, and in the entire province, there
are only 1.3 million people under the age of 15.
Quebec also has one of the highest abortion and
contraception rates in the Western World (see http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2005/oct/05102501.html).
Referring to the recent “large-scale changes
in the age distribution” of the population,
Statistics Canada Daily notes, “The two main
factors behind the population aging are the
nation’s low fertility rate and increasing life
expectancy.” At present, the average birth
rate is at a low of 1.53 children per woman.
Abortion figures are key to understanding this
startling demographic shift. According to the
most-recent statistics (2004), the number of
abortions is 11.4 for every 1,000 women below the
age of 20. There are also 14.6 abortions for
every 1,000 women aged 15 to 44, a number which
has dropped slightly from 15.1 in 2003.
Nevertheless, in 2004 a total of 100,039 babies
were aborted in Canada. Commenting on the number
of annual abortions, a Campaign Life Coalition
news article stated, “We estimate the total
number of babies slaughtered in the womb since
abortion on demand was permitted in 1969 to be
more than 3 million. That’s roughly equivalent to
the population of Toronto permanently lost.
That’s about a million fewer university and
college graduates in the workforce and more than
2 million missing elementary, high school and
post-secondary students.” The report
continued, “The future of our country is
literally being destroyed and there is no great
public outcry (other than by the pro-life
movement) or political will to do anything about
the means being used to do so. The magnitude of
this atrocity is lost on the average Canadian and
I dare say even on most of our religious leaders
who still don’t seem to comprehend the very high
priority and bold actions that should be given to
the issue. As Stalin said, ‘one death is a
tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic.'”
The historical ratios between young and old would
not have been thrown into flux if it were not for
abortion, birth control and a materialistic
philosophy that favors small families of one or
two children (with increasing numbers of couples
avoiding children altogether). In fact, the
policies of government and many other Canadian
institutions have for decades strongly
discouraged having more than one or two
children.” Studies predict that the rapidly
changing demographics within the nation will take
a large toll on the economy and burden the health
care system. As a result, the situation has
become a cause for major concern throughout
Canada. The change will also place a heavy burden
on the labor force and all taxpayers, who will be
forced to support the aging generation.
Nevertheless, any proposed solutions continue to
avoid the key issues of contraception or abortion
(see http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2007/jun/07061804.html).


Contracepting
the Environment: Environmentalists Mum on
Poisoned Streams

When
EPA-funded scientists at the University of
Colorado studied fish in a pristine mountain
stream known as Boulder Creek two years ago, they
were shocked. Randomly netting 123 trout and
other fish downstream from the city’s sewer
plant, they found that 101 were female, 12 were
male, and 10 were strange “intersex”
fish with male and female features. It’s
“the first thing that I’ve seen as a
scientist that really scared me,” said then
59-year-old University of Colorado biologist John
Woodling, speaking to the Denver Post in 2005.
They studied the fish and decided the main
culprits were estrogens and other steroid
hormones from birth control pills and patches,
excreted in urine into the city’s sewage
system and then into the creek….Since their
findings, stories have been emerging everywhere.
Scientists in western Washington found that
synthetic estrogen — a common ingredient in
oral contraceptives — drastically reduces
the fertility of male rainbow
trout….“It’s going to start
looking funny,” Harden said. “The
radical environmentalist won’t eat a corn
chip if the corn contacted a pesticide. But they
view it a sacred right and obligation to consume
synthetic chemicals that alter a woman’s
natural biological functions, even if this
practice threatens innocent aquatic life
downstream.” (Source)


Hormonal
Contraceptives Pollute Drinking Water –
Environmentalists Turn a Blind Eye

July
11, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – For some years now,
reports have been growing from around the world
that the massive amounts of synthetic birth
control hormones being pumped into the water
systems through sewage outflow is changing the
sex of fish stocks. Recently, scientists have
also begun to warn of the possible
carcinogenic effects of the build-up of
estrogenic chemicals in drinking water. As early
as 2002, the UK Environment Agency warned that
fish stocks in British rivers were showing signs
of gender ambiguity as a result of high levels of
estrogen in the water. A survey of 1,500 fish at
50 river sites found more than a third of males
also displayed female characteristics.
Research by Dr Jayne Brian and Professor John
Sumpter at Brunel University’s Institute for the
Environment, showed estrogenic chemicals are
affecting the reproduction and gender of aquatic
life and warned of the affect on the reproductive
ability of humans. The two researchers are
calling for a reassessment of EU legislation
regulating chemicals. “There is a cocktail
of chemicals in our fresh water. We need to
consider tougher safety margins to fully protect
wildlife and humans.” Two years ago,
University of Colorado scientists, sponsored by
the Environmental Protection Agency, found that
of 123 fish caught in Boulder Creek downstream
from the Boulder sewage treatment plant, 101 were
female, 12 were male, and 10 had both male and
female characteristics. The strange case of the
trans-gendered fish is “the first thing that
I’ve seen as a scientist that really scared
me,” University of Colorado biologist John
Woodling told the Denver Post at the time. More
recently, in June this year, scientists from the
University of Pittsburgh investigated the fish
populations in the Allegheny River near storm
sewer outflow pipes and discovered the same
deformations. The region is dependent on the
Allegheny system for drinking water. Dr. Conrad
Daniel Volz from the University of Pittsburgh
Center for Environmental Oncology, warned that
the rise in steroid hormones in the drinking
water in the Pittsburgh area is a threat to
health. Numerous studies have shown a link
between contraceptive estrogen and hormone
problems and some cancers, including testicular
cancer. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that
other study results have shown ambiguous gender
in 85 per cent of the catfish caught on the
Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio rivers. Chemicals
extracted from 25 randomly sampled fish caused
growth of estrogen-sensitive breast cancer cells
cultured in a laboratory, eleven of which
“produced very aggressive cancer
growth”. But scientists and environmental
groups are careful to avoid recommending
restrictions on artificial contraceptives. The
National Catholic Register, reporting on the
issue, quotes George Harden, a board member of
the Society of Catholic Social Scientists, saying
“If you’re killing mosquitoes to save people
from the West Nile virus, you can count on
secular environmentalists to lay down in front of
the vapour truck, claiming some potential side
effect that might result from the spray,”
Harden said. “But if birth control deforms
fish – backed by the proof of an EPA study – and
threatens the drinking supply, mum will be the
word.” Curt Cunningham, water quality issues
chairman for the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Sierra
Club International, told the Register that people
“would not take kindly” to the
suggestion of banning or restricting hormonal
contraceptives. “For many people it’s an
economic necessity. It’s also a personal freedom
issue,” Cunningham said.


Men
Conceived Through Fertility Treatment Have a
Sperm Count Half the Normal, Danish Study Reports

COPENHAGEN,
Denmark June 19, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A
study conducted in Denmark found that the sperm
count of men who are conceived by fertility
treatments is up to 50 percent lower than normal.
Published in March 1 by the American Journal of
Epidemiology (AJE), the study was entitled,
“The Fertility Treatment and Reproductive
Health of Male Offspring: A Study of 1,925 Young
Men from the General Population.” The AJE
explains that all 1,925 Danish participants were
undergoing compulsory medical testing at the time
for army fitness requirements. The volunteers
were required to give both a semen sample and a
blood sample and then answer a questionnaire. At
the same time, their mothers were asked whether
they had received fertility treatment, and 47
responded in the affirmative. The AJE reports
that men whose mothers had received fertility
treatments had a “46% lower sperm
concentration” and a “45% lower total
sperm count”. They had fewer “motile
sperm,” and a higher level of deformed
sperm. Their testis size was also smaller on
average by 0.9 millimeters. The study involved
many possible confounding factors, especially the
possibility that these men had inherited an
infertility problem. Nevertheless, the New York
Times reports that the differences between men
whose mothers had received fertility treatment
and those who had not were significant. In fact,
it was more marked that the difference between
men whose parents had smoked versus those whose
parents remained smoke-free. One drawback in the
study was that although the mothers claimed to
have received hormonal fertility treatment, the
type of treatment remained uncertain. For this
reason, the Times reports, Dr. Tina Kold Jensen,
one of the report’s lead authors and a professor
at the University of Southern Denmark commented,
“At this point we don’t know what fertility
treatment the mothers of these men received, and
we are not prepared to make any
recommendations.”  The AJE review
concludes, “These findings should be viewed
in light of the increasing use of fertility
treatments. Although the cause of these findings
is unknown, they raise concern about possible
late effects of fertility treatment.”
According to the World Health Organization, male
sperm count should not drop beneath 20 million
sperm per milliliter, reports the News.com.au. In
the Danish study, the normal median sperm
concentration was 48 million per millilitre
whereas sons of fertility treatment mothers had
only 33 million. In total, 30% of the first group
was below 20 million, whereas only 20% of the
second group was below this number. Overall, the
sperm count of males conceived through fertility
treament was 46% lower. These findings are
consistent with other reports on fertility
treatment. A US study, for example, revealed that
storing embryos cause serious genetic defects.
The largest Canadian study of its kind also
discovered that fertility-treatment children have
a 58% higher risk of being born with birth
defects. These defects include problems in the
digestive tract, bones and heart. Another study
in 2005 revealed that twins who are conceived
through in-vitro fertilization (IVF) are 50
percent more likely to be born prematurely than
through natural conception. (see http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2005/jul/05072906.html). Women
also frequently endure significant side effects
from the hormonal infertility treatments. One
33-year-old woman, quoted in The Daily Mail,
described them, saying, “the drugs give me
banging headaches, hot flushes and temper
tantrums,” she said. “If they make me
feel like this, what are they doing to my
eggs?”


Aging
Population, Low Birth Rate Will Place Massive
Economic Burden on Younger Canadians: Report
Report fails to mention demographic effects of
abortion and contraception

OTTAWA,
June 18, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A report
released on Friday in the Canadian Economic
Observer by Statistics Canada states that the
increasing number of aging baby boomers will
cause a major decline in overall worker
participation within Canada. The recent
demographic study reveals that the labor force,
that is, the number of workers aged 15 and over,
will continue to increase over the next few
decades. The labor participation, however – that
is, the proportion of labor workers to retired
persons – will experience a drastic decline. The
study predicts four possible future scenarios in
which the labor force increases significantly
over the next 24 years as the population
increases. According to the most positive
scenario, by 2031 the labor force will increase
by 22.9% from 2005, to 21.8 million in total.
Regardless of all four situations, however, a
sharp decline in labor participation is
inevitable after the year 2031, the report
concludes. Even with increased immigration and a
higher birth rate within Canada, the proportion
of workers to retired persons will change
dramatically. At present, there is a ratio of
approximately 4 workers aged 15 and over to every
retired person. By 2031, however, the ratio will
have declined to approximately 2 to one. In just
over two decades, the report continues, the labor
force may only include 58% of the population. In
Labrador and Newfoundland, it could be as low as
45%.  This is down from 67% of the total
population in 2005. Laurent Martel, population
analyst for Statistics Canada and co-writer of
the report, told LifeSiteNews.com that the study
shows a change in demographics only and makes no
specific predictions about future effects on the
individual or the family. As the baby boomers
start hitting retirement age, logically more and
more people will be relying on the Canadian
Pension Plan. The ratio of workers to retired
people is decreasing, and soon a relatively small
number of people will be forced to carry a heavy
economic burden. This will make it increasingly
difficult for families to survive financially and
may influence future ethical decisions regarding
issues like euthanasia and suitable old age
care.The report also failed to mention that
abortion and contraception, and the consequent
dearth of population, are the most fundamental
reasons for the current economic crisis. In
Quebec, for example, the province with one of the
highest abortion and contraception rates, the
real growth rate of the GDP will shrink to half
its current level within the next ten years (see http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2005/oct/05102501.html).
Likewise, any proposed solutions habitually fail
to address the issues of abortion, contraception,
and the dangerously low birthrate, and little
mention is ever made about the possibility of
exploring means of encouraging families to have
more children. Laurent Martel proposed one
possible economic solution to the current crisis,
telling LifeSiteNews.com that, “In the
forthcoming decades, the Canadian economy will
have to rely more on productivity gains rather
than employment gains. The overall participation
rate will decrease in the forthcoming decades
despite higher levels of immigration and despite
higher participation rates among older
workers.” These words paralleled the
comments of David Dodge, President of the Bank of
Montreal, who discussed similar facts in a speech
to the St. John’s Board of Trade last week. He
commented that the economy has grown in recent
decades as the working-age population increased
and more women entered the work force. Now as the
trend reverses and numbers are declining,
population productivity must increase. People are
encouraged to work more years, rather than
retiring at the mandatory age of 65. Already
several provinces have discarded the retirement
age regulation. Rates of decline may slow down,
said Dodge, because “the nature of work is
changing: it’s becoming less physical and more
service-oriented. And people are remaining
healthier later in life.” “As life
expectancy increases, people may want to remain
in the workforce longer. In addition, strong
demand for labour in the economy might make it
more attractive for older workers to remain in
the labour force.” Agreeing with past
studies of population trends, the report clearly
shows that economic growth must be based upon
productivity rather than sheer numbers. Forced to
work harder and longer, people will have less
recompense in both time and money.


Estrogen overload:
Widespread use of birth control pills harming the
environment (Apr.17.07)

Millions of women in the
United States ingest excess estrogen every day in
the form of birth control pills. Within 24 hours,
the effluent from those 12 million doses ends up
in our sewage systems. And then? The April 17
Scientific American reported results of a study
warning that “many streams, rivers and lakes
already bear warning signs that the fish caught
within them may also be carrying enough chemicals
that mimic the female hormone estrogen to cause
breast cancer cells to grow.” “Fish are
really a sentinel, just like canaries in the coal
mine 100 years ago,” says Conrad Volz,
co-director of exposure assessment at the
University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute’s
Center for Environmental Ecology. “We need
to pay attention to chemicals that are estrogenic
in nature, because they find their way back into
the water we all use.” According to the
Freshwater Institute’s Fisheries and Oceans
section, “The potent synthetic estrogens
excreted by women taking hormone replacement
therapy or birth control pills are not completely
broken down in the sewage treatment process and
are discharged into waterways.” While
cautioning that the exact process of hormonal
confusion is not yet clear, the Scientific
American article continued, “But the
[estrogenic] effects on the fish themselves were
clear: the gender of nine of the fish [tested]
could not be determined.” “Increased
estrogenic active substances in the water are
changing males so that they are indistinguishable
from females,” Volz found. “There are
eggs in male gonads as well as males are
secreting a yolk sac protein. Males aren’t
supposed to be making egg stuff.” (Source)


Museum
of Abortion and Contraception Makes Debut in
Austria

VIENNA,
March 19, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A new
museum dedicated to abortion and contraception
opened this week in Vienna, cataloguing a history
of human effort through the ages devoted to
suppressing or destroying the next generation of
human life in the womb. According to
Deutsch-Welle, abortionist Dr. Christian Fiala,
chairman of the International Association of
Abortion and Contraception Specialists, conceived
the idea of building a museum dedicated to the
history of his profession in the city where he
has directed an abortion/family planning clinic
for the previous 10 years. Fiala’s museum is
divided into two separate rooms that are linked
together just like contraception and abortion. In
order to get to the abortion room, visitors must
first pass through the contraception room, where
they can see exhibits such as the first birth
control pill juxtaposed with old-fashioned
condoms made of pig bladders. If the
contraception exhibit fails to satisfy, visitors
may choose to enter into the abortion room by
passing through a doorway of hanging pregnancy
test kits from the 1960s. “Until about
1900,” Deutsch-Welle reports,
“abortions were so dangerous that it was
safer for women to carry the child to term and
then kill it after it was born.” However,
visitors can listen to recordings of abortionists
discussing how killing a child before birth was
“still a life-threatening procedure” 30
years ago – for the mother, not just the
child. “Today we believe that if we discuss
abortions or the laws that govern them that it is
solely about the rights of the fetus,” said
Fiala. “But we forget that a fetus cannot
live unless it inside a healthy woman. And that
there is no one other than the woman herself of
[sic] can or should make any decisions about her
pregnancy.” Conservatives may see the Museum
of Contraception and Abortion as a memorial
befitting Europe’s aging native societies,
which due to their preference for a
contraception/abortion mentality over families
and fecundity have produced an unprecedented
demographic crisis. The United Nations 2006
Revision to World Population Prospects reports
that by 2050, Europe will experience a
demographic meltdown with countries such as
Ukraine losing 33% of its population, Russia 25%,
Poland 20.5%, and Germany 10.3% by 2050. Canadian
conservative columnist Mark Steyn has observed
repeatedly that burgeoning immigrant Islamic
populations, who in most part don’t identify
themselves with the culture of their
well-advanced European neighbors, are already in
a position to soon take over management of a
barren Europe that has contracepted itself out of
the future.


Chastity
and Fidelity Proving More Effective

ROME,
MARCH 18, 2007 (Zenit.org).- Once
more the Catholic Church is under fire for its
opposition to condoms. Brazil’s president, Luiz
Inácio Lula da Silva, recently accused the
Church of hypocrisy on the issue of condoms at an
event organized by the country’s health ministry,
Reuters reported March 12. The agency also
reported the response of Cardinal Eugênio de
Araújo Sales, retired archbishop of Rio de
Janeiro, in which he criticized the government’s
condom program in a newspaper article. The policy
of mass condom distribution, he wrote, promotes a
culture of sexual promiscuity. A statement issued
by Brazil’s episcopal commission on family and
life also rejected Silva’s accusation. The
commission insisted on the need to educate
adolescents in good moral principles. Governments
in many countries increasingly favor the
wholesale distribution of condoms in an attempt
to reduce teenage pregnancies and the spread of
sexual diseases. Earlier this year in Scotland,
condoms were being distributed to children as
young as 13, Edinburgh’s Evening News reported
Jan. 16. The newspaper reported that data
obtained under the Freedom of Information Act
revealed that in 2005 a total of 53,638 free
condoms were issued to children 13-15 in
Edinburgh and surrounding areas. Simon Dames, a
spokesman for the Catholic Church in Scotland,
commented on the program, noting the
inconsistency of a government policy that bans
smoking for those under 18, yet promotes sexual
activity by distributing condoms to those still
under the legal age of consent — 16 — for
sexual relations. In the United States, a joint
statement by Cardinal Edward Egan of New York,
and Bishop Nicholas Di Marzio of Brooklyn
criticized the city’s government for distributing
free condoms on Valentine’s Day, the Associated
Press reported Feb. 16. The bishops’ statement
said that the only way to protect against
sexually transmitted diseases is through
abstinence before marriage and fidelity after.
Health authorities in Washington, D.C., also gave
away 250,000 condoms in the weeks preceding
Valentine’s Day, the Washington Post reported
Feb. 16. Church’s stance vindicated According to
Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragán, president of
the Pontifical Council for Health Care Ministry,
premarital abstinence, as well as fidelity
between spouses, are far more effective means to
prevent AIDS. The cardinal made these remarks at
a conference in Rome on AIDS, reported the
Associated Press on Dec. 20. A growing body of
evidence backs up the cardinal’s statement. On
March 2 the Washington Post published a lengthy
article examining the experience of Botswana in
dealing with AIDS. The newspaper noted that a
number of studies single out the practice of
having sex with multiple partners “as the
most powerful force propelling a killer disease
through a vulnerable continent.” The
Washington Post cited a July report by southern
African AIDS experts and officials that put
“reducing multiple and concurrent
partnerships” as their first priority for
preventing the spread of HIV. The region accounts
for 38% of total HIV infections in the world. The
article described how Botswana has followed for
many years the policy recommended by
international experts of promoting condoms and
distributing antiretroviral drugs. All to no
avail. The contagion rate for HIV in the country
is the among the fastest growing in the world.
Around 25% of the population is currently
infected. Fidelity campaigns were never seriously
promoted in Botswana, the Washington Post
observed, but condoms were. A $13.5 million
campaign for condom promotion was launched in the
country, thanks to the financial support of the
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Merck
pharmaceutical company. The amount spent on
promoting condoms was 25 times more than what was
spent on abstinence programs. “Soaring rates
of condom use have not brought down high HIV
rates,” the article concluded.
“Instead, they rose together, until both
were among the highest in Africa.” Changing
behavior The importance of modifying the way
people act, instead of programs based on condom
distribution, is increasingly being recognized by
medical experts. On March 11, 2006, the British
Medical Journal published an article entitled
“Risk Compensation: The Achilles’ Heel of
Innovations in HIV Prevention?” Authored by
a team of writers headed by Michael Cassell, the
article observed that while pharmaceuticals and
other measures can help reduce the spread of HIV,
they may also inhibit the change to safer
behaviors by diminishing people’s perceptions of
risks. Condom promotion campaigns, combined with
a reduction in risk perception, “may have
contributed to increases in inconsistent use,
which has minimal protective effect, as well as
to a possible neglect of the risks of having
multiple sexual partners,” the article
commented. The authors also noted that studies in
a number of Western countries show that the
promise of increased access to antiretroviral
treatment “has been associated with
significant increases in risky behavior.”
Prior to this confirmation of the need to change
sexual behavior, came from a study carried out in
Zimbabwe’s rural population between 1998 and
2003. An article entitled “Understanding HIV
Epidemic Trends in Africa,” published Feb.
3, 2006, in Science magazine, reported on the
study’s findings. Authors Richard Hayes and Helen
Weiss wrote that a reduction in HIV prevalence
was achieved due to changes in sexual behavior.
The changes involved delaying the onset of sexual
activity by adolescents and a reduction in the
number of casual sexual partners. A related theme
in the debate is the question of promoting
abstinence. The negative consequences of
initiating sexual relations at an early age was
highlighted in an article published in the
February issue of the Journal of Youth and
Adolescence. The article, “Adolescent Sexual
Debut and Later Delinquency,” by Stacy
Armour and Dana Haynie, observed that the
question of ill effects resulting from sex
outside marriage is a controversial point in the
debate over whether to promote abstinence. Up
until now, however, there has been little
research on the topic. Armour and Haynie used
data from the National Longitudinal Survey of
Adolescent Health to examine interconnections
between the age of sexual debut and subsequent
delinquency problems. The study covered some
12,000 students and the findings were controlled
for variables such as age, race and family
structure. Among the conclusions from the study
was the finding that premature initiation of
sexual activity increases the risks of
delinquency. Similarly, delaying sexual activity
later than one’s peers “offers a protective
effect and reduces the risks of engaging in
subsequent delinquency.” The corresponding
negative and positive effects go beyond
adolescence and persist until early adulthood. A
sustainable solution

The importance of a solution based on a complete
vision of the human person was the theme of a
message published by African bishops for the last
World AIDS Day, observed Dec. 1. The document was
published by the Catholic Information Service for
Africa on Nov. 21, and signed by Archbishop John
Onaiyekan of Abuja, Nigeria, president of the
Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and
Madagascar. “We Catholic bishops of Africa
encourage everyone to consider the deeper causes
of the pandemic,” it declared. The problem
is not just medical or technical, but involves
deeper moral issues. In addition to committing
the Church in providing health care for those who
are sick, the statement pointed out the need to
preach the Gospel message. “As the Church’s
mission is to address the whole person in all
dimensions of life, we feel the special
responsibility to revitalize the strong moral
values in our societies,” the document
added. “That is what will lead to a true,
sustainable solution to AIDS in Africa.”


On
Fox News Fearless HLI Priest Takes on Sean
Hannity over Contraception, Hannity ‘Loses
it’

NEW
YORK, March 13, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Last
Friday, the President of Human Life
International, Fr. Tom Euteneuer used his weekly
column to point out the hypocrisy of Catholic
celebrity Sean Hannity, one of the stars of Fox
News’ Hannity and Colmes show. Hannity had, on a
show the week before, made a big deal of
apologizing for having inadvertently eaten a
couple of bites of a meat sandwich on a Friday
during Lent.  In his column, Fr. Euteneuer
pointed out that the meat incident was not sinful
at all, and “If apologies are the order of
the day, then the repentance I would like to hear
out of Sean Hannity’s mouth is for his
shameless-even scandalous-promotion of birth
control. Yes, I have heard him personally say, ‘I
have no problem with birth control. It’s a good
thing.'” Explaining the gravity of the
situation, Fr. Euteneuer noted, “Given the
size of his audience and the importance of his
status in pop culture, Hannity’s anti-witness to
a fundamental tenet of Catholic moral doctrine is
just devastating for the faith of others who may
be weak or vacillating in this area.”
In his concluding remarks he stated: “The
moral of the story is that Catholic men and women
in the media need to be truly Catholic or at
least stop being hypocrites.” (see the full
column here: http://www.hli.org/sl_2007-03-09.html )
Hannity’s dissent from Church teaching on
contraception is long-standing and very
public.  In fact, in 2004, his public stand
in favor of contraception made it into a
commentary in the oldest Catholic newspaper in
the United States, the Wanderer.  On a show
in 2004, Hannity was explaining his opposition to
withholding Communion from Catholic politicians
who support legal abortion.  At the time he
pointed out that should Communion be withheld
from liberals it could also be withheld from
conservatives such as he since, he said, he had
no problem with contraception. Hannity’s press
handlers called the HLI leader the day his column
was published to have him address Hannity live on
the program.  Fr. Euteneuer obliged and
began a reasoned, calm presentation of his case.
“One is simply obliged not to be a heretic
in public. That’s the point,” said Fr.
Euteneuer in response to an initial question from
Colmes. “If (Hannity) doesn’t agree with his
Church on that matter he should not be
pronouncing on the matter as if he was the
authority on that matter. He’s not.” However
rather than argue for his case on contraception
or even address the points made in Fr.
Euteneuer’s article Hannity immediately jumped to
the offensive.  “Reverend. Let me, let
me just say… You call me a hypocrite. You
question the depth of my faith. Do you know
anything about me and my religious beliefs? And
my background religion? do you know anything
about me?” “I only see the evidence
Sean. I see the evidence of a superficial
presentation of one aspect of the faith. I see
the…,” replied Fr. Euteneuer just
before he was cut off by Hannity’s attack on the
Catholic Church via the sex abuse scandals.
“Judge not lest you be judged,
Reverend”, interrupted Hannity.
“Maybe you ought to spend a little more time
that our Church covered up one of the worst sex
scandals and I wasn’t involved in it. And the
fact that public people after that are willing to
still be Catholic is something you should be
applauding. Considering the levels of corruption
at the highest levels of the Church was frankly
embarrassing to every person.” Many
commenting on Hannity, have said that he ‘lost
it’ with the priest.  “Do you know that
I went to a seminary? Do you know that I studied
Latin? Do you know that I studied
theology?,” said Hannity at one point just
before repeating charges about corruption and sex
scandals in the church. The only time Hannity
seemed especially affected by the priest came
right at the end of the segment when Hannity
demanded, “Wait, would you deny me
communion?”  Fr. Euteneuer replied,
“I would.”  Hannity, visibly
moved, replied, “Wow, wow.” (See the
segment on vido here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f50fD5elrcg ) Despite
his courage and fidelity, Fr. Euteneuer has
received criticism for his stand even from some
Catholics who, despite decades of persistent,
public and very damaging scandal to the faith by
prominent individuals, still insist that
behind-the-scenes, personal dialogue is the only
acceptable response.  It has been suggested
that the HLI leader should have approached
Hannity privately.  However, in 2004, after
Hannity ‘s scandalous remarks about contraception
Fr. Euteneuer did attempt to personally contact
Hannity with his concerns but to no avail. The
broadcast is being praised for having raised
publicly that contraception leads to abortion and
is contrary to the Catholic faith.  It has
also shown that the Catholic Church is impartial
in its estimation of liberals and conservatives,
and must correct equally all those who reject the
Church’s authoritative teachings on faith and
morals. Probably the saddest chapter of the event
was Fox News publishing an open letter to Sean
Hannity by Father Jonathan Morris, a regular news
contributor for the fox News Channel.  Fr.
Morris, vice rector for the Legionnaries of
Christ seminary in Rome, wrote that when he saw
the program, “I hung my head in shame and
sadness.”   Fr. Morris continued,
“My colleague in religion (whom I’ve never
met) used the public airways and Internet to call
you a heretic and hypocrite. Because he chose to
do this in a public forum, I want you and your
viewers to know, publicly, that as an analyst of
this television network, I believe this good
priest, who does great work, exercised, on this
occasion, shockingly poor judgment. I consider
his willingness to give his personal opinion
about your status within the Church inappropriate
and ill-considered, to say the least.” In an
open letter responding to Fr. Morris, Fr.
Euteneuer wrote: “Your letter to Sean
Hannity indicates that you did not know that I
asked to speak to him in private about this
matter in 2004 otherwise you may have tempered
your remarks about my supposed lack of charity in
dealing with a high profile Catholic who dissents
from clearly-defined and reiterated Church
teachings.” “May I also point
out,” added Fr. Euteneuer, “that you
did not employ with me the same standard of
“fraternal correction” that you
expected me to employ with Mr. Hannity. I at
least made the attempt to speak to him about this
issue in private without success; you, in
contrast, went immediately to the internet to
take me to task.”  (See both Fr.
Morris’ letter and Fr. Euteneuer’s response: http://www.hli.org/article_open_letter_to_fr_morris.html ) As a man
who has defended the Catholic position on the
right to life for the unborn, on traditional
marriage, and against the euthanasia of Terri
Schiavo, Sean Hannity has come to grips with many
of the hard teachings of the faith.  Some
observers are suggesting that his encounter with
the Church’s position on contraception, was an
eye-opener and may in fact lead Hannity to a
fuller adherence to what he professes to
believe.  To this priest, who so perturbed
him, Hannity may one day find himself grateful,
perhaps eternally so.


Canadian
National Paper Editorial Warns of
“Full-Blown Fertility Crisis” Editorial
says, “start making babies”

TORONTO,
March 14, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) –
Canadians are more materialistic, career-oriented
and irreligious than Americans, which is why
women have no more than one or two children; an
article by the Canadian Press explains the
reasons for the low Canadian birth rate. The 2006
census data were released Tuesday by Statistics
Canada showing the Canadian birth rate at 1.5
children per woman. 2.1 is necessary to maintain
a stable population with no growth. An editorial
in today’s National Post proposes a solution
that is getting little mention in the mainstream
press: “start making babies.” The Post
points to the example of France with its generous
tax subsidies for couples with children that have
“spurred a mini-renaissance in the country’s
birth rate.” Sally Ritchie, a Toronto career
woman told CP reporter Sheryl Ubelacker, that
though she was the youngest of a family of eight
siblings, she herself only wanted one child.
“Nowadays, it’s very, very difficult to have
more than one child and be sure that you’re going
to be able to put them through university and
provide them with the home you want to provide
them with,” Ritchie said. She adds:
“And, frankly, you want to do better for
your kids than was done for you . . . and I
couldn’t afford to do that if we continued with
growing the family.” “And it’s vitally
important to me that I have a career.” The
CP article cites “better
contraception,” higher average age at the
time of marriage, a 50 per cent divorce rate and
“career women who delay marriage and babies
as they establish themselves in the
workplace.” But the real difference between
the US and Canada, Ubelacker writes, is what
demographers are calling “religiosity,”
defined as the tendency to adhere “to a
traditional family structure, with men as the
breadwinning head of household and women
primarily as nurturers of children.” Amelie
Quesnel-Vallee, a social demographer at McGill
University in Montreal, was quick to point out
that just being willing to give children life is
no indication of US superiority. She said,
“Definitely [Americans are] having more
children, but they’re not necessarily giving them
the same life conditions that Canadians
would.” The Post points out that while
Canada has one of the highest growth rates of the
G8 nations, about 5.4 per cent, the increase is
due exclusively to massive and unprecedented
levels of immigration. Shifts in economics and
demographics are creating a difficult choice for
the future: “limit our intake of immigrants,
or lower our immigration criteria to sustain the
current high numbers.” In either scenario,
says the Post, the population will drop or
“our economy will be saddled with waves of
poor performers who burden our social- welfare
systems and contribute little to the public
fisc.” “Either way, there will be no
one to pay the bills when the current crop of
middle-aged Canadians retire.”


Early-Onset
Dementia May be Linked to Vasectomy, Study
Suggests

CHICAGO,
Illinois, March 1, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) –
Researchers at Northwestern University have
discovered a link between vasectomy surgery and a
form of dementia that usually strikes men in
their 40’s and 50’s. Known as Primary
Progressive Aphasia (PPA), the disease targets
the language center of the brain, causing victims
to have difficulty remembering and understanding
words. People afflicted with PPA lose the ability
to talk and understand speech, and gradually
deteriorate in other areas of function until they
are fully incapacitated. Lead researcher Dr.
Sandra Weintraub, professor of psychiatry and
behavioral sciences and or neurology at
Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine,
discovered a potential  link between the
disease and vasectomy surgery during a regular
support meeting for PPA patients. One man who had
developed language problems at age 43 referenced
the start of his difficulty to the period
following his surgery for vasectomy. He asked the
nine men in the group who were suffering from PPA
how many had undergone a vasectomy, and eight of
the nine said they had. Weintraub led a team of
researchers who surveyed 47 men aged 55 to 80
with language-based dementia and found that 40
percent had undergone vasectomies, compared to 16
percent of the control group who did not have
cognitive impairment. “That’s a huge
difference,” Weintraub said. “It
doesn’t mean having a vasectomy will give
you this disease, but it may be a risk factor to
increase your chance of getting it.” Men who
had a vasectomy and developed the disease showed
symptoms at a younger age (58 years) than men who
developed PPA without having the surgery (62
years). A second form of early-onset dementia
also seemed to be linked to vasectomy surgery,
the study found, with preliminary results showing
37 percent of men with frontotemporal dementia
had undergone a vasectomy. The results were taken
from a small group of 30 men and require further
research to confirm a link. Weintraub speculated
that the disease may be triggered in part by
antibodies formed in the blood of men who have
vasectomies–during surgery the natural barrier
designed to keep blood-born pathogens away from
semen is breached, and sperm can enter the blood
system. In 60 to 70 percent of cases, the body
will react to the sperm as invasive and produce
antibodies against it, which may then breach the
blood-brain barrier and lead to the onset of PPA.
Weintraub plans to launch a national study to
show if her preliminary results will be
consistent in a larger population. In a study
released last June, a team of Thai researchers
found a rate of severe chromosomal abnormality 10
times higher than normal in sperm taken from men
with vasectomies. Sperm production continues
after the surgery, leading to a build up of old,
disintegrating sperm within the epididymus.
Scarring and occasional rupture of the epididymus
frequently occur, with further sperm breakdown.
While chromosomal abnormality rates did improve
somewhat over time when the man under went a
vasectomy reversal, researchers found chromosomal
malformation rates remained abnormally high.


Students
Oppose Contraception Campaign on Campus

By
Hilary White

FREDERICKSBURG, Virginia, February 26, 2007
(LifeSiteNews.com) – On one snowy Wednesday
this month, a student at the University of Mary
Washington was manning a table giving out
chocolate bars and a message unlike most seen
that day at contemporary university campuses. On
St. Valentine’s Day at the small
Fredericksburg, Virginia liberal arts college, a
new student group, “Project Plus,”
handed out bars of Hershey’s chocolate
wrapped in an educational flyer that read,
“True Love is worth more than
Contraception.” The other side of the
wrapper/flyer read, “It makes sense that
condoms are handed out today with nothing more
than a tiny chocolate kiss. This reflects how
little love you can express while using one.
Using contraception tells your lover, ‘I
don’t want to share every part of myself with
you.’” The student-led and originated
campaign was a response to the annual nation-wide
“condom and a kiss” campaign in which
college campuses give away a Hershey’s Kiss
chocolate and a condom and, in some cases, a
“healthy hook-up” kit instructing
students to practice “safe sex.” The
group’s message and the full-sized chocolate
bar emphasized that non-contraceptive sex offers
“so much more.” Although the school had
shut down classes due to heavy snowfall, all 360
chocolate bars were handed out. One of the
project’s participants wrote on the weblog
“No Room for Contraception,” ‘The
Great Chocolate Giveaway was a complete success!
The Eagle’s Nest’ Cafe was buzzing with talk
about contraception, and we had several people
sign up for our (soon to come) newsletter, even
people who didn’t agree with our message.”
In addition to the chocolate, Project Plus
students put up posters and wrote articles in the
student newspaper refuting the doctrine of sexual
promiscuity and contraceptives and offering an
alternative. Project Plus also operates a website
and weblog providing more information and links
to scientific articles. The Project Plus weblog
explains, “Too often our generation is told
that this little pill or device is the
‘wonder pill’ to cure all ills.
Advertisements, companies and even our physicians
are stuffing the meds down our throats and most
of us don’t think twice about just what it is we
are putting into our bodies.” The
group’s interest is not limited to hormonal
contraceptive and abortifacient drugs, but
extends to the dangers of condom use with regards
to the spread of sexually transmitted diseases
and the effects of widespread contraceptive use
on marriage. The group’s efforts were met
with the hostility commonly met at contemporary
university campuses. “Our classmates who
opposed us, did so violently and loudly. Nearly
all of our posters were torn down within 24 hours
of being put up!” For several weeks, the
student newspaper carried editorials condemning
the action, but with little direct refutation or
discussion of the group’s assertions about
the medical and psychological and social dangers
of birth control. While opposition continued and
was vocal, the publicity garnered the interest of
students at other universities who are expanding
the project to the University of Kentucky, South
Dakota State University and Virginia Polytechnic
University. “All of us feel that the
widespread use of such a potent drug in so many
women will have, and is already having, a drastic
effect on our generation and our world,”
reads the group’s online introduction.


Vasectomy may put men at
risk for type of dementia

CHICAGO
— Feb.12.07 Northwestern University researchers
have discovered men with an unusual form of
dementia have a higher rate of vasectomy than men
the same age who are cognitively normal. The
dementia is Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA), a
neurological disease in which people have trouble
recalling and understanding words. In PPA, people
lose the ability to express themselves and
understand speech. It differs from typical
Alzheimer’s disease in which a person’s memory
becomes impaired. Sandra Weintraub, principal
investigator and professor of psychiatry and
behavioral sciences and of neurology at
Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine, began
investigating a possible link between the surgery
and PPA when one of her male patients connected
the onset of his language problem at age 43 to
the period after his vasectomy. At a twice-yearly
Chicago support group for PPA patients Weintraub
sees from around the country, the male patient
rushed into the room and asked the men sitting
there, “OK, guys, how many of you have
PPA?” Nine hands went up. “How many of
you had a vasectomy?” he demanded next.
Eight hands shot up. Weintraub and her team of
researchers surveyed 47 men with PPA who were
being treated at Northwestern’s Cognitive
Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center and 57
men with no cognitive impairment who were
community volunteers. They ranged from 55 to 80
years old.Of the non-impaired men, 16 percent had
undergone a vasectomy. In contrast, 40 percent of
the men with PPA had had the surgery.
“That’s a huge difference,” said
Weintraub, director of neuropsychology in the
Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease
Center. “It doesn’t mean having a vasectomy
will give you this disease, but it may be a risk
factor to increase your chance of getting
it.” In addition, the men who had undergone
a vasectomy developed PPA at a younger age (58
years) than men with PPA who hadn’t had one (62
years.) While PPA robs people of their ability to
speak and understand language, an unusual twist
of the disease is patients are still able to
maintain their hobbies and perform other
complicated tasks for a number of years before
other symptoms develop. Some people garden, build
cabinets and even navigate a city subway system.
By contrast, Alzheimer’s patients lose interest
in their hobbies, family life and may become
idle. As PPA progresses over a number of years,
however, patients eventually lose their ability
to function independently. Preliminary evidence
from the study also seemed to connect another
form of dementia to a vasectomy. In a smaller
group of 30 men with a dementia called
frontotemporal dementia (FTD,) 37 percent had
undergone a vasectomy. The earliest symptoms of
FTD are personality changes, lack of judgment and
bizarre behavior. As in PPA, FTD usually starts
at an earlier age, in the 40s and 50s. One of
Weintraub’s patients with FTD was eating lunch in
a restaurant with his family and excused himself
to go to the bathroom. When he hadn’t returned
after 10 minutes, his sons went to investigate.
They found him doing pushups on the bathroom
floor. Other FTD patients begin shoplifting,
compulsively gambling, misspending large amounts
of money or become sexually demanding. The most
common form of dementia caused by brain
deterioration in individuals over age 65 is
Alzheimer’s disease. Weintraub did not find an
increased rate of vasectomy in patients with
Alzheimer’s. Many patients with FTD and PPA share
a common brain disease that is completely
different from Alzheimer’s. Whether a patient
will get the behavioral or language problems
depends on where the disease causes the most
destruction in the brain. In FTD, most of the
damage is in the frontal lobes; in PPA, it’s in
the language centers of the left hemisphere of
the brain. Weintraub theorizes a vasectomy may
raise the risk of PPA (and possibly FTD) because
the surgery breeches the protective barrier
between the blood and the testes, called the
blood-testis barrier. Certain organs –
including the testes and the brain – exist
in what is the equivalent of a gated community in
the body. Tiny tubes within the testes (in which
sperm are produced) are protected by a physical
barrier of Sertoli cells. The tight connections
between these cells prevent blood-borne
infections and poisonous molecules from entering
the semen. After a vasectomy, however, the
protective barrier is broken and semen mixes into
the blood. The immune system recognizes the sperm
as invading foreign agents and produces
anti-sperm antibodies in 60 to 70 percent of
men.Weintraub said these antibodies might cross
the blood-brain-barrier and cause damage
resulting in dementia. “There are other
neurological models of disease which you can use
as a parallel,” Weintraub said. Certain
malignant tumors produce antibodies that reach
the brain and cause an illness similar to
encephalitis, she noted.The next step in
Weintraub’s research will be to launch a national
study to see if her results will be confirmed in
a larger population. “I don’t want to scare
anyone away from getting a vasectomy,”
Weintraub stressed. “It’s obviously a major
birth control alternative. This is just a
correlational observation,” she said of the
dementia connection. “We need to do more
research to find out.” The research was
conducted as part of an Alzheimer’s Disease Core
Center Grant from the National Institute on
Aging. (Source)


International
Right to Life Leaders Call World Leaders to
Revisit “Prophetic” Warnings of Humanae
Vitae

MANILA,
January 8, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) –
International Right to Life Federation (IRLF)
leaders meeting in Manila have issued a statement
calling on “citizens throughout the world to
study the prophetic message of Humanae
Vitae”, Catholic church teaching on the
regulation of births published in 1968. The
document published under Pope Paul VI, warns of
dire consequences which would stem from
artificial methods of birth regulation.
“Careful consideration should be given to
the danger of this power passing into the hands
of those public authorities who care little for
the precepts of the moral law,” warned the
encyclical.  “Should they regard this
as necessary, they may even impose their use on
everyone,” it added. Dr Jack Willke,
President of International Right to Life
Federation, said: “Worldwide, we are
witnessing the sexualization of our children – in
particular, the sexual indoctrination of children
with a view to subsequent provision of abortion
and birth control drugs and devices to them
without parental knowledge and consent, including
in faith schools.  We are also witnessing
growing pressure from United Nations bodies on
developing countries to legalise abortion.”
The IRLF statement says: “We call on
citizens throughout the world to demand that
innocent human life, from conception until
natural death, be protected from intentional
killing in their nations’ laws; we call on
citizens throughout the world to demand that only
marriage between a man and a woman be recognized
in their nations’ laws; we call on citizens
throughout the world to demand that the
inalienable rights of parents as primary
educators and protectors be respected in their
nations’ laws.” The statement from the
pro-life leaders concluded: “We consider
that the depth of the crisis is so great we call
on government leaders, politicians and citizens
throughout the world to study the prophetic
message of Humanae Vitae, as its 40th anniversary
approaches in July 2008, in the light of
worldwide experience”. International Right
to Life is meeting at the Shangri-la Hotel in
Manila and their board members are also speaking
at the international conference on bioethics and
the family, addressed by Bishop Sgreccia,
President of the Pontifical Academy for life, and
organized by the Catholic bishops’ conference of
the Philippines on 9th and 10th January.


The
New Global Leader in Demographic Decline – South
Korea South Korea’s total fertility rate has
reached an unprecedentedly dismal 1.08

By
Joseph A. D’Agostino

FRONT ROYAL, Virginia, January 5, 2007
(pop.org/LifeSiteNews.com) – In the race to
the birthrate bottom, it’s always
neck-and-neck.  The anti-child behaviors of
Western and Westernized societies have been
worsening so quickly that new lows get set all
the time.  In their quest for
self-destruction, Italy, Spain, and Japan have
often competed for first place.  But there
could be a new winner in town.  According to
her government, South Korea’s total
fertility rate has reached an unprecedentedly
dismal 1.08.  Replacement rate is 2.1.
Yes, South Koreans are halving their numbers with
each generation, for now.  What’s to
prevent that 1.08 turning into 0.9 in a few
years, especially as the population’s rapid
aging continues and a greater and greater
proportion of South Korea’s women are past
child-bearing age? So after decades of trying to
coerce women into having fewer children, the
government is doing an about-face.  In 1961,
with the encouragement of our government, South
Korea established a rigid population control
program. Government employees with more than two
children were denied promotions.  Third and
younger children were denied many benefits, and
small families received preference in housing
allotments.  The birthrate plummeted to 1.7
by the ‘90s, and South Korea finally
abandoned her population control program in
1996.  But it was too late.  Cultural
attitudes and economic realities had changed. The
government hopes that soap operas may help.
It works closely with the local Planned
Parenthood affiliate, which is now talking about
raising the birthrate (seeing is believing: http://www.ppfk.or.kr/eng/index.asp).  Is
this credible?  “Faced with a tumbling
birthrate and women souring on the idea of
marriage and family, the South Korean government
is reaching out to a small group of people
believed to have the power to avert a demographic
catastrophe: prime-time drama writers,”
reported the Los Angeles Times on December
10.  “Last month, the Planned
Population Federation of Korea held a two-day
seminar for writers of TV soaps and dramas and
urged them to create more situations that show
happy mothers with their children.  The aim
is to counter an anti-baby mood that is leading
South Korea down the path to being, well, a
smaller country.” “The idea of leaning
on TV writers for social engineering followed the
release of a government study of 50 South Korean
dramas that shows a television landscape in which
single life is portrayed as cool, children as a
burden, and love as something that does not
always have to lead to marriage and a
family,” said the Times.  “And
that’s important in a country where the audience
of potential mothers–women in their 20s and
30s–is known to be heavily influenced by TV
dramas.” How influenced?  Go Bong-hwan,
a female screenwriter, said, “They tend to
see the TV character’s problem as their problem,
to the point that some Korean husbands worry that
their wife might have an extramarital affair just
because her favorite character in a drama is
having an affair.” Unfortunately, the South
Korean government plans to embark on a course
that may have some short-term benefits but will,
in the long-term, encourage the very trends that
are exterminating its people, as well as all the
other peoples of the Westernized world.  The
Yonhap News Agency reported today that South
Korea’s sinister-sounding Minister for
Gender Equality and Family wants to move more
women into the workforce. Of course, working
mothers, on average, have fewer children than
traditional mothers, and most women who place
career first don’t want to “waste”
time and money on more than one child, if
that.  Jang Ha-jin also wants to increase
government funding for child care, including
infant care, further fraying the bonds between
parents and their children.  Instead of
making it easier for men and women to form
traditional families, the government is using
taxpayer dollars to promote the opposite. South
Korea’s demographic situation is dire.
Between 2000 and 2005, the proportion of women 25
to 34 who were single rose 12.4 points to 37.9%
while the proportion who were married dropped
12.7 points to 60.3%.  In the same time
period, the number of single-person households
rose by 42.5%.  Even among married women,
over a third say that having children is not a
priority.  Marriage, family, and children
are going out the cultural door as fast as Hello
Kitty dolls go out the toy store’s. Just
after Christmas, Finance Minister Kwon O-kyu said
that mounting debt and slowing export growth were
threatening South Korea’s economy.
What else?  “A low fertility rate and
the aging of society are among major factors that
weaken the country’s growth potential,” he
said. South Korean medical students are even
using robot mothers and babies to practice
assisting at childbirth because there aren’t
enough real ones. Homogeneous, disciplined,
top-down Asian societies can sometimes change
direction quickly.  If the government stops
consulting Planned Parenthood and ever looks at
what has actually worked to sustain societies
over millennia, perhaps South Korea can be saved.

2006


Major
U.S. Study Shows Oral Contraceptives Increase
Breast Cancer Risk 44 %

By
Gudrun Schultz

PITTSBURGH,
Pennsylvania, October 25, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com)
– Oral contraceptives increase the risk of breast
cancer by an average of 44 percent, a
comprehensive analysis of world studies on the
link between breast cancer and contraceptives has
found. Published in the journal of the Mayo
Clinic this month, the key article examines
findings from a careful analysis of international
studies conducted between 1980-2002. Entitled
“Oral Contraceptive Use as a Risk Factor for
Pre-menopausal Breast Cancer: A Meta-analysis,
the article finds an increased risk for breast
cancer of 44 percent, in pre-menopausal women who
took or were taking oral contraceptives prior to
their first pregnancy, compared to women who had
not used oral contraceptives. Of the twenty-three
studies examined, twenty-one showed an increased
risk of breast cancer with oral contraceptive use
prior to a first pregnancy in pre-menopausal
women. The combined results showed an over-all
risk increase for breast cancer of 44 percent.
Dr. Chris Kahlenborn, lead author of the report,
said his entire team believes the standards of
informed consent demand that women must be warned
of the potential risk of pre-menopausal breast
cancer before they take oral contraceptives, in a
press release from the Polycarp Research
Institute. Breast cancer is the leading cause of
cancer in women worldwide and the most common
cause of cancer death in US women between age 20
and 59, the report stated, pointing out the
breast cancer rates have risen steadily over the
past four decades worldwide, and have risen even
faster in developed countries, especially among
young women. The study re-enforces the 2005
classification of oral contraception as a Type 1
carcinogen (cancer-causing agent) to humans by
the International Agency for Cancer Research.
Researchers have increasingly warned about an
additional link between breast cancer and
abortion, found to be significant in multiple
studies throughout the world. The abortion/breast
cancer link has been consistently ignored or
denied, however, by leading cancer institutes in
Europe and North America.


Bishops
call for greater knowledge, use of natural family
planning

By Nancy Frazier O’Brien Catholic
News Service

BALTIMORE (CNS) — The U.S. bishops Nov. 14
overwhelmingly approved a document that
encourages married couples who use artificial
contraception to return to church teaching and
learn how natural family planning can benefit the
marital relationship. “Our goal has been to
produce a document especially for engaged and
young married couples, presenting the church’s
teaching on respect for the gift of procreation
in the context of their hopes for a happy and
fulfilled married life,” said Cardinal
William H. Keeler of Baltimore as he introduced
the document Nov. 13 as chairman of the bishops’
Committee on Pro-Life Activities.

Titled “Married Love and the Gift of
Life,” the document was approved on a 220-11
vote, with one abstention.Contraception
introduces “a false note” that disturbs
marital intimacy and contributes to a decline in
society’s respect for marriage and for life, said
the document, written in question-and-answer form
and intended for use as a brochure. Natural
family planning — which describes several
methods of family planning based on the woman’s
menstrual cycle — “enables couples to
cooperate with the body as God designed it,”
the bishops said. On the other hand,
“suppressing fertility by using
contraception denies part of the inherent meaning
of married sexuality and does harm to the
couple’s unity,” they added. Cardinal Keeler
said the document was developed in collaboration
with the bishops’ committees on Doctrine and on
Marriage and Family Life and had received
positive feedback from the National Advisory
Council, natural family planning instructors and
participants in marriage preparation programs in
four U.S. dioceses. “This is the first
document in many years in which the U.S. bishops
are collectively addressing a message on
contraception directly to engaged and married
couples,” the cardinal said, adding that
“this is our first word on the subject in a
long time and not our last word.” In the
document, the bishops disputed the view that the
church’s opposition to contraception means that
Catholic couples must “leave their family
size entirely to chance.” “In married
life, serious circumstances — financial,
physical, psychological or those involving
responsibilities to other family members — may
arise to make an increase in family size
untimely,” they said. “The church
understands this, while encouraging couples to
take a generous view of children.” That’s
where natural family planning comes in, the
bishops said. The method helps couples avoid
pregnancy by refraining from intercourse for the
few fertile days around the time of the woman’s
ovulation. “A couple need not desire or seek
to have a child in each and every act of
intercourse,” the document said. “And
it is not wrong for couples to have intercourse
even when they know the wife is naturally
infertile. …”But they should never act to
suppress or curtail the life-giving power given
by God that is an integral part of what they
pledged to each other in their marriage
vows,” the bishops added. Recalling warnings
from Popes Paul VI and John Paul II that a
“contraceptive mentality” would lead to
more abortions and other evils, the bishops said,
“These predictions have come true.
“Today we see a pandemic of sexually
transmitted diseases, an enormous rise in
cohabitation, one in three children born outside
of marriage, and abortion used by many when
contraception fails,” the document said.
“A failure to respect married love’s power
to help create new life has eroded respect for
life and for the sanctity of marriage.” The
bishops also cautioned Catholics that newer forms
of contraception, such as the “morning-after
pill,” may cause an abortion if taken after
a sperm and egg have joined.


German
Population Plunge “Irreversible,”
Federal Stats Office Admits Expected that one
third of all European children will be born to
Muslim families by 2025

By
Gudrun Schultz

BERLIN,
Germany, November 9, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) –
Germany’s downward spiral in population is
no longer reversible, the country’s federal
statistics office said Tuesday. The birthrate has
dropped so low that immigration numbers cannot
compensate. “The fall in the population can
no longer be stopped,” vice-president Walter
Rademacher with the Federal Statistics Office
said, reported Agence France-Presse. Germany has
the lowest birthrate in Europe, with an average
of 1.36 children per woman. Despite government
incentives to encourage larger families, the
population is dropping rapidly and that trend
will continue, with an expected loss of as much
as 12 million by 2050. That would mean about a 15
percent drop from the  country’s
current population of 82.4 million, the German
news source Deutsche Welle reported today. The
low birthrate will cause the German population to
age dramatically over the next 40 years–last
year there were 144,000 more deaths than births,
and that number could increase to 600,000 by
2050, the FSO forecast stated. With a 22 percent
reduction in the workforce and increasing costs
for senior assistance and medical care, the drop
in population is expected to have a radical
impact on the nation’s economy, along with
the welfare budget. “I wouldn’t like to
use the word ‘bankrupt’ because
it’s a major challenge for the social
insurance systems, that’s for certain,”
Radermacher said in an interview with DW-Radio.
“But the first thing is to reform the social
insurance systems…We can learn from other
countries…In every case, you need someone
who has to work and give you some earnings.”
“The projections tell us the development of
demographic trends will be even more dramatic in
the eastern part of Germany,” Radermacher
said . “This is because of the fertility
rates in the eastern part of Germany, because of
internal migration with the borders of Germany
and many other demographic factors.” While
immigrants are increasingly relied upon to
compensate for low birth rates in European
countries, Radermacher said even factoring in a
projected annual influx of 100,000-200,000
migrants won’t prevent the population
plunge. “Even those people who are
immigrants adopt after a couple years the
lifestyle and the number of children per family.
So the assumption that immigrants will stick to
their habits is simply not true.” Germany
has one of the largest populations of Muslim
immigrants in Western Europe, with a Muslim
community of over 3 million. That trend is
expected to continue, leading some demographic
trend-watchers to warn that the country is well
on the way to becoming a Muslim state by 2050,
Deutsche Welle reported. The Brussels Journal
reported last month that one third of all
European children will be born to Muslim families
by 2025. There are an estimated 50 million
Muslims living in Europe today–that number is
expected to double over the next twenty years.
The population losses faced by Germany reflect a
trend occurring across Europe–The European
Union’s statistics agency Eurostat has
predicted an overall drop in Europe’s
population of 7 million people by 2050. The
demographic decline coincides with a dramatic
drop in Christian religious belief and a
consequent rejection of Christian morality and
emphasis on the benefits of family life and
children.


Evangelical
Leader: Young Protestant Couples Rejecting
“Contraception Revolution”

LOUISVILLE,
Kentucky, November 3, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) –
Young Christian couples are re-thinking
contraceptive use and biblical teaching on human
sexuality, in response to a growing awareness of
the social damage caused by the sexual
revolution, a foremost leader in the U.S
evangelical community told Christianity Today
last month. Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr., is a
theologian and ordained minister, serving as
president of The Southern Baptist Theological
Seminary, the leading educational institution of
the Southern Baptist Convention. He said
Christian evangelicals are questioning the
effects  widespread reliance on birth
control has had on society. “In the first
place, this generation has now come to adulthood
at a time when we can take some stock of the
impact represented by the sexual revolution and
by the easy access to effective contraception and
birth control,” Dr. Mohler said. “And
the burden now seems to be, ‘What did all of
this mean? What was the affect of the birth
control revolution? What kind of changes in human
institutions and relationships came as a result
of the Pill? What about the missing generation
among us of children who would otherwise be
present were it not for the easy availability of
effective birth control?’” The previous
generation’s acceptance of a secular
understanding of sexuality and marriage is no
longer satisfactory to young people, Dr. Mohler
said, who are challenging the separation between
fertility and sexuality in the popular mindset.
“The second issue is, in this postmodern
time, a recovery, among the young, of a biblical
ideal of marriage. They are doing their very best
to rethink the basic questions and, in doing so,
they are embarrassed by the easy, rather
unreflective embrace of the contraception culture
that marked evangelicalism in the 1960s and 70s.
So they want to rethink all this. “The third
thing is, I think, a deep embrace of a biblical
notion of sexuality, post-the sexual revolution,
has led many younger evangelicals to think
seriously about this question, and all this adds
up to giant question mark in the minds of many
young Christians. Can we join the contraceptive
revolution? And, if not, how do we think about
these things in a way that will strengthen our
marriages and be most pleasing to God.” Dr.
Mohler said survey indications showing almost
half of pro-life Americans support easy access to
the abortifacient morning-after pill reveals the
lack of consistent thinking among evangelicals on
the issue. “What we face are many
evangelicals whose understanding of these things
is rather superficial at best and largely
influenced by the culture. And so they know how
to answer the question about the sanctity of
human life correctly, in the main, but they do
not know how to apply that to the question of
birth control.”


Major
U.S. Study Shows Oral Contraceptives Increase
Breast Cancer Risk 44 %

PITTSBURGH,
Pennsylvania, October 25, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com)
– Oral contraceptives increase the risk of breast
cancer by an average of 44 percent, a
comprehensive analysis of world studies on the
link between breast cancer and contraceptives has
found. Published in the journal of the Mayo
Clinic this month, the key article examines
findings from a careful analysis of international
studies conducted between 1980-2002. Entitled
“Oral Contraceptive Use as a Risk Factor for
Pre-menopausal Breast Cancer: A Meta-analysis,
the article finds an increased risk for breast
cancer of 44 percent, in pre-menopausal women who
took or were taking oral contraceptives prior to
their first pregnancy, compared to women who had
not used oral contraceptives. Of the twenty-three
studies examined, twenty-one showed an increased
risk of breast cancer with oral contraceptive use
prior to a first pregnancy in pre-menopausal
women. The combined results showed an over-all
risk increase for breast cancer of 44 percent.
Dr. Chris Kahlenborn, lead author of the report,
said his entire team believes the standards of
informed consent demand that women must be warned
of the potential risk of pre-menopausal breast
cancer before they take oral contraceptives, in a
press release from the Polycarp Research
Institute. Breast cancer is the leading cause of
cancer in women worldwide and the most common
cause of cancer death in US women between age 20
and 59, the report stated, pointing out the
breast cancer rates have risen steadily over the
past four decades worldwide, and have risen even
faster in developed countries, especially among
young women. The study re-enforces the 2005
classification of oral contraception as a Type 1
carcinogen (cancer-causing agent) to humans by
the International Agency for Cancer Research.
Researchers have increasingly warned about an
additional link between breast cancer and
abortion, found to be significant in multiple
studies throughout the world. The abortion/breast
cancer link has been consistently ignored or
denied, however, by leading cancer institutes in
Europe and North America.


US
Bishops Conference Set to Release Document on
Contraception and the Culture of Life

WASHINGTON,
October 4, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) – At the fall
meeting of the United Stated Conference of
Catholic Bishops (USCCB), which will take place
November 13-16, the Bishops will be asked to give
final approval to a document on
contraception.  A media advisory from the
USCCB notes that the bishops will vote on
approval of “a document from the Pro-Life
Committee offering pastoral guidance on the
Church’s teaching concerning contraception,
linked with a culture of life.”The issue of
contraception has launched back onto the public
scene in recent months with the attempt of
pro-abortion forces to drive a wedge
within the pro-life movement.  The most
notable move has come from pro-abortion activist
Senator Hilary Clinton who spoke of reducing
abortion by turning to contraception,
abortifacient contraception included. Fr. Frank
Pavone of Priests for Life told LifeSiteNews.com
that he was “very much looking forward to
the document on contraception”.  He
noted that the concern over contraception has
been recognized by the whole pro-life movement,
not only Catholics.  “Many groups that
I work with both Catholic and Protestant alike
are discovering the importance of working on this
problem which is at the heart of the culture of
death,” he said. Fr. Pavone added that the
real test will be in applying the teachings on
contraception both in our personal lives and by
priests in parishes.  “Will the
priests, will the people use them, is the real
question,” he told LifeSiteNews.com. Other
documents of interest are up for approval at the
bishops’ fall meeting.  Two documents from
their Doctrine Committee are also on the agenda
for approval.  One is a proposed statement
on receiving the sacrament of the Eucharist
worthily (which might be applied to the situation
of persistently pro-abortion Catholic
politicians), and the other, proposed guidelines
for ministry to persons with a homosexual
inclination.


2004
“Greatest Canadian” and Father of
Medicare was “Merciless” Eugenicist

CALGARY,
June 23, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Recently,
Canadians voted in a nationwide contest for who
they thought was the “Greatest
Canadian” of all time. They chose socialist
icon, Tommy Douglas, the “father of
medicare,” and founder of the extreme left
party, the New Democrats. The 2004 “Greatest
Canadian”, however, held views on the poor
and disabled that his zealous fans on the left
would like to keep quiet. In the July 3 edition
of the Western Standard, John Robson quotes
Douglas’ 1933 master’s thesis, where
he argued that “The subnormal
family presents the most appalling of all family
problems.” “Because this class tend[s]
to intermarry…the second and third
generations are nearly always worse than the
first. The result is an ever increasing number of
morons and imbeciles who continue to be a charge
upon society.” In his thesis, titled The
Problems of the Subnormal Family, Douglas went
on, “This does not include the generally low
tone of morality among these people, which cannot
be shown by statistics, but which is very
low.” Robson says that Douglas, as a man of
the rapidly advancing left in the early 20th
century, joined his like-minded peers in the US
and Europe early on, before his political career,
in adhering to the eugenics philosophy. And, as
Robson says, he was a proponent “in the most
merciless terms.” Douglas advocated
sterilization for the morally, physically and
mentally “unfit,” using terms such as
“defective” and “moron,” to
describe those who, he said, should not be
allowed into the mainstream of Canadian society.
The “subnormal,” he said, should merely
be educated in effective methods of contraception
once a predetermined family size had been
reached. His thesis recommended compulsory
certificates of “mental and physical
fitness” saying, “Society does not
hesitate to segregate criminals, lepers or any
others that threaten the well-being of
society.” It recommended that the state
should operate “farms” or “a
colony where decisions could be made for them by
a competent supervisor.” Although Robson
goes on to say that Douglas appears to have later
abandoned his early devotion to the eugenics
philosophy, he points out, “One cannot
simply dismiss these views as youthful folly;
when he wrote it, he was nearly 30 years
old.” Robson suggests that a visit in 1938
to Hitler’s Germany, where eugenics was
being violently implemented on real people, was
the “eye-opening” that ended his
“flirtation” with the philosophy. In
its declaration of Douglas as the “Greatest
Canadian of all time,” the CBC said,
“From his first foray into public office
politics in 1934 to his post-retirement years in
the 1970s, Canada’s ‘father of Medicare’ stayed
true to his socialist beliefs — often at the
cost of his own political fortune — and earned
himself the respect of millions of Canadians in
the process.” Historically, eugenics has
been a popular and integral element of leftist
ideology that holds the good of the state above
that of individuals. Prominent statists in the
United States in the early 20th century advocated
Margaret Sanger’s birth control program as a
means of ridding society of mentally or morally
undesirable people, poor immigrants, and for
controlling the black population. Sanger’s
theories were taken up by many who remain
influential in international politics and who
promote the organization Planned Parenthood,
which she founded. The Western Standard, in a
sidebar article, points out some others among
liberal icons of Canadian mythology who were also
supporters of racial eugenics. Emily Murphy, the
subject of a loving government-funded TV spot as
the hero of the early Canadian women’s
movement, wrote, “It sometimes seems as if
the white race lacks both the physical and moral
stamina to protect itself, and that maybe the
black and yellow races may yet obtain the
ascendancy.” Mrs. Murphy was included in the
recently minted Canadian fifty-dollar bill along
with the other members of the so-called
“famous five” – women widely
credited with beginning the movement for
‘women’s rights’ in Canada and to
whom a statue is erected on Parliament Hill. The
famous five were all signatories of the infamous
Albertan Sterilization Act, which victimized
nearly 3000 “mental defectives” between
1928 and 1972.


Woman
Surgeon Stresses Abortion/Breast Cancer Link at
Ottawa Press Conference

OTTAWA,
May 16, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) – An expert
in the field of breast cancer presented strong
evidence linking breast cancer to abortion, in a
press conference held by members of the
Parliamentary Pro-Life Caucus last Thursday. Dr.
Angela Lanfranchi is clinical assistant professor
of surgery at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
in New Jersey and co-founder of the Breast Cancer
Prevention Institute. “The link between
abortion and breast cancer is simply the result
of a woman’s biology,” said Dr.
Lanfranchi, citing multiple scientific studies
that link induced abortion with a significant
increase in breast cancer rates. Breast cancer
rates have increased by 40% over the 30 years
since abortion was legalized. “It’s the
women of the Roe v. Wade generation that account
for most of this increase. Dramatic lifestyle
changes brought about by the sexual revolution
and the women’s liberation movement are
largely responsible for the rampant breast cancer
we see today,” she said, reported the Globe
and Mail. Liberal MP Paul Steckle and
Conservative MP Maurice Vellacott invited Dr.
Lanfranchi to speak in an effort to raise
awareness of the dangerous effects of abortion on
women’s health. “Breast cancer is the
most common cancer among Canadian women,
according to the Canadian Cancer Society, yet
that organization is not telling women about a
well-documented preventable risk-factor,”
said Mr. Vellacott, Conservative co-chair of the
PPLC, in a press release. “Women have a
right to be told about this increased risk.”
Since 1957, over 40 studies worldwide have shown
a link between induced abortion and breast
cancer. A 1996 meta-analysis conducted by Dr.
Joel Brind, professor of endocrinology at Baruch
College, City University of New York, established
abortion as a significant independent risk factor
for developing breast cancer. (See Dr.
Brind’s review of studies conducted over the
last 9 years at: http://www.jpands.org/vol10no4/brind.pdf) According
to the Canadian Cancer Society, 102 Canadian
women will die of breast cancer every week.
“Withholding from women information about
this preventable risk factor could literally be a
matter of life and death,” said Steckle.
“This is an important women’s health
issue,” said MP Paul Steckle, Liberal
co-chair of the PPLC. “We are doing women a
disservice by ignoring the epidemiological and
biological evidence that shows women who have had
abortions are at an increased risk for developing
breast cancer.” Despite mounting
well-documented evidence, leading cancer research
centres such as the Society of Obstetricians and
Gynaecologists of Canada, the Canadian Cancer
Society and the Canadian Breast Cancer Network,
(along with their U.S. counterparts), have
refused to acknowledge a connection between the
effects of abortion on women’s bodies and
their subsequent development of breast cancer.


Family
Planning Law Pushed Through in Guatemala

GUATEMALA
CITY, Guatemala, February 3, 2006
(LifeSiteNews.com) – A law forcing the
government to promote contraception and offer sex
education classes has been pushed through by
congress in Guatemala, despite opposition by the
country’s president. President Oscar Berger
vetoed the family planning bill when it was
initially presented. A vote in congress did not
produce sufficient support for the bill to
overturn the president’s veto—only 80
legislators voted against the veto, out of 106
needed. Despite the results, congress went ahead
with revoking the presidential veto and enacted
the law. President Berger said that process was
“irregular,” and he would appeal the
decision before the Constitutional Court,
reported the BBC. Catholic Church representatives
will join him in that appeal. Archbishop Rodolfo
Quezada Toruno of Guatemala City said the family
planning bill would be the first step towards
legalizing abortion in the country by opening the
door to the culture of death. Contraceptives, he
said, would have the same effect as bullets.
Guatemala has one of the highest birth rates in
Central America. It has therefore not been
experiencing the birth collapse and subsequent
demographic crisis of all nations that have
adopted de-population measures. Only 40% of
Guatemalan women use some method of birth
control. Guatemala has been under pressure from
the UN and other western agencies to legalize
abortion.


New
Research Supports Abortion-Mental Health Risk
Claims

CHRISTCHURCH,
New Zealand, January 4, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com)
– New research from New Zealand has
confirmed that abortion substantially increases
the risk for mental health problems such as
anxiety and depression in young women. Lead
investigator, psychology professor David
Fergussen, along with colleagues John Horwood and
Elizabeth Ridder from Christchurch School of
Medicine, found a relative rate of mental
health-related concerns such as depression,
anxiety, a tendency to suicide, and drug and
alcohol abuse were all significantly increased in
women with a past history of abortion. The group
examined mental health records for women who had
abortions between the age of 15 and 25,
concluding that 42 percent of these women had
experienced major depression during the previous
four years – almost twice as often as those
who had never been pregnant, and 35 percent more
likely than in women who had been pregnant but
carried their children to term. The increased
prevalence persisted despite adjusting for
“confounding factors,” such as family
problems or a history of mental illness. The
School of Medicine study also found that women
who had previously had abortions were twice as
likely to suffer with anxiety and be addicted to
alcohol, as well as three times more likely to be
addicted to illegal drugs. Dr. Fergussen, who
describes himself as “pro-choice,” told
Australia’s ABC News that, although abortion
is the most common surgery in young women, its
long-term effects have rarely been researched. He
confirmed the bias against such research,
admitting he had trouble getting his findings
published, particularly in the US. “Journals
we would normally have expected to publish them
just declined the papers, and I think it’s .
. . because the debate is so very hot, and I
think this is particularly so in the US of A
(United States of America), and it’s notable
that our paper was published in a British
journal,” he told ABC reporter Tom Iggulden.
Related US research last year found that women
who had abortions had higher subsequent substance
use rates than both women who had never been
pregnant and women who carried their unintended
pregnancies to term. The researchers report that
the elevated rates of substance use among women
who had abortions might be linked to higher
levels of anxiety, depression, and unresolved
grief which have been measured in other studies
of women with a history of abortion. “It
seems most likely that we are looking at a
cluster of interrelated reactions, not a
simplistic, isolated, cause and effect
reaction,” said researcher David Reardon.


2005


Abstinence
Includes Sexual Activity Says Maryland Middle
School

POTOMAC,
November 24, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The
Maryland Gazette reports today that the
eighth-grade health class at Herbert Hoover
Middle School identifies two types of sexual
intercourse as “abstinence.” It would
seem that even after decades of sex ed,
saturation of sexual imagery in the media and the
virtual abolition of sexual mores since the
1960’s that educators still cannot
effectively identify the sexual act.
Webster’s College dictionary defines the
verb “to abstain” as “to refrain
voluntarily, especially from something regarded
as improper or unhealthy.” A chart showing
different forms of contraception in the Herbert
Hoover health class, however, includes three
types of “abstinence” : “no
intercourse,” “withdrawal”
(ejaculation outside of the body) and
“rhythm” (no intercourse during
ovulation). Parents have complained to the school
saying that their children were being put at risk
by the misinformation. Cindy Richards said,
“Since when did the term abstinence change
to include the two most ineffective forms of
birth control possible?” “Here we have
been teaching our kids that abstinence means not
having sex, period. What kind of message is this
sending?” Richards added. Another mother,
after complaining to her child’s sex
education teacher, was told that the definition
applied because the couple is “refraining
from what they want to do.” To those who
have been studying the advance of the sexual
revolution, this confusion of terms and meaning
does not come as a surprise. The redefinition of
pregnancy by the American College of Obstetrics
and Gynecology to mean the moment of implantation
instead of fertilization in order to legitimize
the Pill, is a case in point. The manipulation of
language and deliberate obfuscation of
definitions has been a key tool in the hands of
the social revolutionaries. The eradication of
normal sexual rules since the 1960’s has led
to many young people living in situations or
profound confusion and internal contradiction.
Researchers have found real links between the
collapse of traditional sexual mores and the
social, psychological and economic failure of
many young people. Widespread divorce, sexual
license and the breakdown of family bonds have
created a chaotic social environment that has had
long-term repercussions for all of society. Mary
Beth Bonacci, the well-known writer and lecturer
on sexual morality said in an interview on
Ignatius Insight, the website of Ignatius
Publishing, that the mass confusion has led to
great difficulties for young people today. When
asked what is the biggest problem facing them,
Bonacci said succinctly, “Popular
culture.” Bonacci said, “The messages
bombarding teens every hour of every day from
music, television, movies and the Internet all
glamorize values that are absolutely antithetical
to the Christian message.” Bonacci warned
parents to be vigilant in the schools saying,
“Parents of kids in public schools need to
keep close tabs on what their kids are learning,
and be ready to pull them out if the school is
doing things that are objectionable.”


Chinese
Government Forbids Catholic Seminaries to Teach
against Abortion Says Congressional Report
Blocked Internet Discussion of New Pope

WASHINGTON,
October 19, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The
Congressional-Executive Commission on China
released its 2005 Annual Report last week, which
detailed a myriad of deplorable human rights
abuses routinely committed by the Chinese
regime.  The Commission, created by Congress
in October 2000 with the legislative mandate to
monitor human rights and the development of the
rule of law in China, reports that “The
Chinese government monitors and inspects
registered seminaries, where it is forbidden to
teach anything contrary to Party policy,
including Catholic moral teaching on abortion,
euthanasia, contraception, and divorce.”
Released on October 11, the report notes that the
Chinese government interferes in the selection of
Catholic bishops, a prerogative reserved to the
Pope.  The Commission, consisting of nine
Senators, nine members of the House of
Representatives, and five senior Administration
officials appointed by the President, reports
that the transition between Pope John Paul II and
Pope Benedict XVI was granted
“perfunctory  recognition by granting
the events minimal media coverage,” but
added that “public security officials also
increased harassment of Catholics, detaining 13
clerics.”   Moreover, the report
indicates that “Chinese authorities also
blocked discussion of the transition (between
Popes) on domestic and international Web
sites.”The Congressional report also notes
that “The Chinese government continues to
maintain a coercive population control policy
that violates internationally recognized human
rights standards in three ways. First, the
Population and Family Planning Law limits the
number of children that women may bear.
Second, this law coerces compliance by penalizing
women who illegally bear a child with a ”social
compensation fee,” a fine that often exceeds an
average family’s annual income.  Third,
although physical coercion to ensure compliance
with population control requirements is illegal
in China, reports persist of local officials
using physical coercion to ensure compliance, and
in one case Chinese officials attempted to
physically coerce a visiting Hong Kong woman to
have an abortion.” Those local officials are
encouraged in their extremism by the fact that
“Local officials who fail to meet provincial
and central government birth rate targets face
loss of bonuses and denial of promotions.”
After finding these and a host of other abuses,
the commission found “no improvement overall
in human rights conditions in China over the past
year, and increased government restrictions on
Chinese citizens who worship in state-controlled
venues or write for state-controlled
publications.”  However the commission
was not apologetic for its report noting that it
is for the good of China and its inhabitants that
the truth come out and the needed reforms take
place. “This is an honest report that takes
a comprehensive look at human rights and rule of
law in China,” said Senator Chuck Hagel
(R-NE), the Commission’s Chairman. “China’s
leaders will not achieve their long-term goal of
social stability and continued economic
development without building a future that
includes human rights for all Chinese citizens.
China’s development will impact all of Asia, and
the world. Respect for human rights must be part
of that future,” Hagel said.


Abortion
on the Rise in England and Wales

LONDON,
July 27, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The rising
abortion rate in the UK has not deterred family
planning lobbyists from insisting on more sex
education in schools and public campaigns for
“safe sex.” Girls in the UK are at the
highest risk ever of aborting their children.
After decades of explicit sex education in
schools, publicly funded condom programmes and
abortion on demand, the results are a steadily
rising abortion rate in the early weeks of
pregnancy, widespread incidence of sexually
transmitted diseases, a plummeting birth rate and
aging population. The abortion rate in 2004 was
highest for women in the 18-19 and 20-24 age
groups. Among those under 14 the rate rose by 6%.
88% of abortions were carried out at less than 13
weeks of the pregnancy. A Health Department
spokesman said that they hope to reduce the
abortion rate by the same methods that have
helped it to rise: by providing more
contraception and more condom campaigns. The
government has allotted £40 million to
“improve access to contraceptive
services.” The spokesman said, “We will
also shortly be launching a major public
information campaign – educating young people on
the importance of safer sex.” Anne Weyman,
chief executive of the Family Planning
Association, said, “These figures highlight
the urgent need to improve NHS contraceptive
services.” The Society for the Protection of
Unborn Children, (SPUC) said that the effort to
fight abortion with contraception is like
fighting fire with gasoline. Anthony Ozimic, SPUC
political secretary, commented, “It is
policy, not legislation, that the government
should change. It should stop its ruthless
attempt to rush women as quickly as possible
through the abortion mill, in its frenzy to cut
waiting times. It should end its policy of
promoting secret abortions on teenagers without
telling their parents, and it should stop the
counter-productive sex-education programmes that
the pro-abortion lobby promotes widely.”


2004


Abstinence
Education Works – New Report Offers More Evidence
Contraception educators have been lying to kids
for decades says leader

SIOUX
FALLS, SD, December 10, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) –
Amidst cries for scientific proof and medical
accuracy the National Center for Health
Statistics (CDC) released two reports today
offering more evidence that abstinence education
works. According to one of the reports,
“Teenagers in the United States: Sexual
Activity, Contraceptive Use, and Childbearing,
2002”, fewer teens are having sex. Declines
were particularly large among males age 15-19.
That correlates with the finding that the
majority of teens reported receiving formal
instruction on how to refuse sexual advances. The
report also found that adolescents who chose to
engage in sexual activity did so at older ages
compared with a similar 1995 review. The findings
of this report reveal the total number of teens
abstaining from sex before marriage nearly
achieves the Healthy People 2010 targets, six
years early. Abstinence target rates of 90
percent for teens under age 15 and 75 percent for
teens among 15-17 were set as a first wave goal.
“It’s hard to argue with numbers. Abstinence
education is reaching kids where they’re at and
helping them to make healthy choices for their
futures,” said Leslee J. Unruh, president of
the Abstinence Clearinghouse. “Kids want the
truth. Contraception educators have been lying to
them for decades, saying that sex outside of
marriage can be casual and safe. That’s just not
true and kids have learned it the hard way, by
watching their friends get pregnant or contract
an STD. They want something better. That’s why
they’re choosing abstinence.” The report did
contain some bad news. An estimated 9 percent of
sexually active females age 18-24 reported that
their first intercourse was non-voluntary.
“This number is, by anyone’s standard,
simply unacceptable and underscores the need for
age-appropriate discussion about good touch/bad
touch and the need for teaching refusal skills to
young girls,” said Christina Espenscheid,
Educational Programs Director for the Abstinence
Clearinghouse. A second report released today,
“Use of Contraception and the Use of Family
Planning Services in the United States: 1982 –
2002”, also revealed bad news for
contraception education proponents. More women
are relying on family planning services than ever
before and yet the outcomes of the studies
released today reveal a declining situation
related to birth spacing and pregnancy prevention
education. “Contraception pushers wanted
studies and in-depth analysis of sex education
programs,” said Unruh. “Well, they got
them. I hope they’re ready. They’ve got some
explaining to do.”


Abortion-Pushing
UN Committee Must be Held Accountable Local
political action encouraged in nations to halt
nationals from participating in UN bullying

GENEVA,
November 10, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Pro-life
leaders worldwide are saying, “enough is
enough” regarding the abortion push and
other radical social engineering being imposed on
the world via the United Nations.
LifeSiteNews.com spoke with pro-life leaders in
various countries today, all of whom were
outraged that the United Nations Human Rights
Committee (UNHRC) urged Poland to liberalize
abortion laws, and implement sex-ed,
contraception and gay rights programs. (see
LifeSiteNews.com coverage http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2004/nov/041109a.html ) The same
committee also urged Morocco to decriminalize
abortion last week. Moreover the UNHRC has a
history of promoting abortion and acting as an
unofficial implementing agent for the nefarious
anti-people and racist International Planned
Parenthood. Some pro-life leaders are encouraging
citizens of the countries represented on the
UNHRC to engage in local political actions to
stop any of these unaccountable nationals from
participating in United Nation’s attempts to
force sovereign nations to accept abortion and
gay rights.


New
Brunswick Parents Incensed with Sex Ed for Kids

MARYSVILLE,
New Brunswick, November 10, 2004
(LifeSiteNews.com) – Parents of grade 6 to 8
schoolchildren being subjected to explicit sexual
education curricula attended a church hall
meeting Monday night to express their concerns
over the program. According to a Daily Gleaner
report, seventy-five parents attended the forum,
upset that the curriculum will arguably stimulate
greater interest in sex among their children,
rather than the intended consequence of reducing
teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases
through so-called safe-sex education. Christian
Action Federation of New Brunswick executive
director Mary Thurrott made a presentation,
emphasizing that the curriculum needs to discuss
abstinence. “There is no idea of restraint
taught to children,” Thurrott said, as
reported by The Daily Gleaner. “It creates
unhealthy curiosity. It is over-exposure. Too
much too soon.” Thurrott described how sex
education for young children was an idea that
sprung from notorious sex researcher Alfred
Kinsey’s 1940s and 50s substandard research, in
which he claimed that “children are sexual
beings.” She also blamed Planned Parenthood
founder Margaret Sanger’s ideas, who promoted
so-called sexual health by advocating for
abortion and contraception among schoolchildren.
“We are concerned about the safety of
children,” Thurrott said. She said the new
sex ed program aims to recreate the child’s
belief structure around sexual intercourse,
rather than simply presenting the facts of life.
The province claims the program resulted from a
survey of 4,000 parents who said they wanted
expanded sexual education for their children.
Thurrott said the survey’s definitions of
abstinence and sexual education were vague and
misleading. “We question the bias of that
survey,” she said.


African
Doctor Says USAID Finally Allowing Funds to be
Used for Food, Health Care and Abstinence
Positive impact of Bush Administration on African
health structures to be felt for many years

TORONTO,
October 29, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In recent
months there has been a “dramatic”
change in policy in Africa by many western aid
agencies that are for the first time in decades
allowing Africans to decide to use aid funds for
nutrition, basic health care and abstinence
programs instead of the usual population control.
Kenyan pediatrician Dr. Margaret Ogola related
this development to LifeSiteNews.com in an
October 19 interview in Toronto where Ogola had
come to speak and meet old friends. Dr. Ogola is
the medical director of the Cottolengo Hospice in
Nairobi, Kenya for HIV-positive orphans and heads
the Commission for Health and Family Life for the
Kenyan bishops’ conference. She has spent the 10
years treating numerous AIDS infected children,
most of whom acquired AIDS from their mothers,
either in utero, or as a result of drinking their
mothers’ HIV infected breast milk. AIDS has
become a women’s disease in Africa, says Ogola,
with HIV infected women outnumbering men 3 to 1
because of poverty and resulting transactional
sex and because of the breakdown of family
structures as a result of 2 million AIDS deaths.
In her Toronto talks Dr. Ogolo related the joys
and many sorrows of her work with these young
children, many of whom have died, not directly
from the disease, but from other conditions that
had nothing to do with AIDS and which might have
been successfully treated with basic health care
and nutrition which were often not available to
their poor families. Ogola told LifeSiteNews.com
that in the early 80’s and 90’s, when there were
huge numbers of young people dying of AIDS,
“the aid agencies did not want to have
anything to do with treatment”, infant
nutrition or prevention strategies, such as
abstinence programs, which she says are natural
to African culture. She emphasized that
aggressive western promotion of the condom by the
aid agencies were “very destructive for
Africans”, weakened their natural African
moral fibre and made them more prone to acquiring
AIDS. However, Dr. Ogala related, in the last
year and especially in the last few months, there
has been a ‘dramatic change’ in the situation.
“It’s truly encouraging”, she says,
“that finally USAID American money can be
used for abstinence campaigns”. Regarding
the U.S. Bush administration, Dr. Ogola stated,
“they have removed the massive amounts of
funding that was going to contraception and are
actively moving towards health care and this was
one of my problems for many years as a health
professional that I could not treat ordinary
illnesses while we had massive contraceptive
technology as part of the aid given to
Africans.” “So”, she continued,
“this government (Bush), whatever other
difficulties it may have, the impact of the Bush
Administration on the health structures in Africa
is going to be felt for many years down the line
positively.” Ogola stated the same dramatic
change is happening in several other African
countries. “We are now allowed to use
American money to treat tuberculosis, malaria and
AIDS with large sums coming in.” “This
year alone” she said, “we will have
sums coming in to put 45,000 of the 200,000
Kenyans with AIDS who require anti retro viral
drugs on treatment.” Only 5,000 Kenyans are
currently receiving such life sustaining
treatment which will add about 10 years to their
lifespans while the search for better treatment
is underway. This also allows many AIDs infected
parents to continue to care for and instruct
their children who would otherwise be orphaned at
an early age and possibly also acquire AIDS
without the guidance and support of their
parents. With the new influx of funding for
abstinence programs, Ogola said that teens are
being attracted to abstinence and it has become
fashionable. “They are being taught it is
fashionable to wait” she said, and
“it’s a major 360 degree turn.”
“Kenyans have suffered massively”,
Ogola said, and that, she says, is why they are
now demanding their government insist on and
implement far more effective uses of foreign aid
funds. “It has been a hard lesson”, she
says. Ogola says the changed aid conditions and
constant public education at all levels
“tackles all the issues that the condom
debate simply covered.” This is also hugely
helping Kenyans, she emphasized, to deal with the
massive orphan crisis they will have over the
next 10 years as a result of the 2 million deaths
of young parents.


US
Supreme Court Refuses Appeal of Catholic
Charities on Employee Contraceptive Coverage

WASHINGTON,
October 7, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In a
decision handed down Monday, October 4th, the US
Supreme Court is allowing to stand a March ruling
by the California Supreme Court that Catholic
Charities of Sacramento does not qualify as a
religious organization according to the legal
definition and must include prescription
contraceptives in its employee health insurance.
Catholic Charities is the official charitable arm
of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of
California. When the Women’s Contraceptive Equity
Act (WCEA), was passed in 2000, it was over the
objections of the Catholic bishops’ conference of
California who said the definition of ‘religious
employer’ was so narrow that Catholic hospitals
and universities would not be included in its
exemption clause. To qualify for the exemption,
Catholic Charities must exist for the purpose of
the “inculcation of religious values,”
it must primarily employ Catholics who share the
religious tenets of the organization and it must
primarily serve Catholics and be a non-profit
organization. The law was praised by a who’s who
list of dissident Catholic and anti-Catholic
abortion advocate groups including, NARAL,
Planned Parenthood, California Catholics for a
Free Choice, Dignity/USA, and the Women’s
Ordination Conference. Kathy Kneer of Planned
Parenthood admitted June 30, 1999, in public
hearings that the purpose of the bill was to
force religious organizations to provide
contraceptive coverage in contravention of their
religious precepts. The Supreme Court decision
said that Catholic Charities “does not meet
any of the definition’s four criteria.” In
recent decades, many Catholic charities have
rejected any specifically religious purpose in
their mission. Catholics have for many years
complained that charitable organizations calling
themselves Catholic have effectively abandoned
their religious character and adopted instead a
distinctly secular leftist agenda. This time the
Catholic abandonment of a specifically religious
mission has backfired on Catholic Charities. The
Court remarked their own declarations
“[raise] the question whether Catholic
Charities’ beliefs about the requirements of
‘justice and charity’ are necessarily equivalent
to religious beliefs.”


Russian
Orthodox Church Condemns Contraception, Abortion,
Promiscuity as Reasons for Population Crisis

MOSCOW,
October 7, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Assembly
of Hierarchs of the Russian Orthodox Church
condemned abortion, contraception, pre and
extra-marital sexual activity as reasons for the
collapse of the Russian population Wednesday.
Church leaders said the pervasive use of
so-called “family planning” by women —
contraception, sterilization, and abortion — is
“a pernicious practice that leads not only
to the reduction of the country’s population but
also to its moral degradation,” according to
an Information Telegraph Agency of Russia report.
Orthodox officials also met with Russian
President Vladimir Putin to discuss the issues.
When asked about Russia’s most severe population
decline, as experienced in the Trans-Baikal
region, Putin said, “Siberia and the Far
East are experiencing depopulation, and although
this process has slightly slowed down lately,
this is a very acute problem.” Putin
maintained that the population problem is chiefly
an economic one. While admitting that economics
plays a factor, Church delegates said “the
main cause” of the demographic crisis
“is in the field of morals.”


Scotland’s
Cardinal Criticizes School Sex Ed Programs as
“State-Sponsored Sexual Abuse”

EDINBURGH,
September 2, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Scotland’s
prelate, Cardinal Keith O’Brien, has lashed out
at lawmakers for their public school sex
education program, calling it
“state-sponsored sexual abuse.” He
described the new sexual health strategy as
“one of the biggest challenges to the
morality of our nation in a generation.”
Included in a critique published in the Sunday
Times, Cardinal O’Brien said the new guidelines
would mean sex education would now be taught to
children three and four years old, while
contraceptives and abortion would be available to
teenage girls without the knowledge or consent of
their parents. Cardinal O’Brien predicts that the
unveiling of the government’s sex-ed proposal in
October will ignite a backlash from parents
unlike any before. “I fear the passions
ignited by the section 28 debate [backlash by
parents against the overt promotion of
homosexuality in public education] could be a
mere flicker compared with the protests of
parents determined to preserve their children’s
innocence and protect their childhood,” the
Cardinal wrote, as reported by The Guardian.
“Parents are rightly appalled at the idea of
prepubescent, far less pre-school children, being
provided with graphic and intimate sexual
instruction.” A government executive group
has been working on a national sexual health
strategy since 2002 to address skyrocketing
teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted
disease rates – one of the highest in Europe.
Scotland’s First Minister, Jack McConnell, has
already promised the measures in question would
not be implemented: “He mentions the
morning-after pill being given to teenagers. But
we have made it absolutely clear that must not
happen in schools to those who are under the age
of 16 and that is a policy that is being properly
administered across Scotland. He also suggests we
are going to have sex education for under-fives
which I can absolutely guarantee is not going to
happen.” The Moslem Association of Britain
Saturday expressed their support for the
Cardinals’s position. In May, as many as four
hundred girls, some as young as 14, were
sterilized by doctors in Scotland at public
expense, without their parents’ knowledge. The
program was part of an effort by public health
officials to stem the growing number of teenage
pregnancies.


American
Bar Association Attacks Conscience Rights

WASHINGTON,
August 10, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) – This week
the American Bar Association (ABA) will vote on a
proposed resolution that would strip
“conscience” protection from healthcare
providers who make medical judgments on issues
including abortion and contraception based upon
their religious beliefs. This proposal comes just
days after Family Research Council (FRC) filed an
amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court
arguing to overturn a California Supreme Court
decision which requires Catholic Charities of
Sacramento to offer contraception prescriptions
for its employees. FRC’s President Tony Perkins
commented saying, “At its core this proposal
is a direct attempt to discriminate against
faith-based medical facilities and professionals
who hold the belief that abortion, assisted
suicide and contraception are morally wrong. This
is just another example of the judicial activism
sweeping our country’s legal establishment.”
FRC’s Senior Legal Advisor Pat Trueman added,
“Hiding behind the face of ‘patients
rights,’ the American Bar Association’s proposal
flies in the face of its purpose to advance
individual rights and responsibilities by
stifling a doctor’s constitutional right to
listen to his or her own conscience when it comes
to performing an abortion.”


The
Link between Abortion & Contraception

Toronto,
July 16, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) –
“Contraception” is NOT a solution to
abortion, but rather part of the problem”
says Toronto RTL Executive Director Natalie
Hudson in an article in the summer 2004 issue of
Right to Life News Canada. In her educational
report on this issue Hudson lays out the factual
and statistical case indicating an historically
strong Link between abortion and the availability
and promotion of contraception. In Canada, she
notes, the legalization of both the birth control
pill and abortion in 1969 was followed by an
almost immediate huge increase in the number of
abortions. Hudson continues that “There is
no culture or subculture in the world that has
permitted contraception and then has not gone on
to permit abortion”. Even the United States
Supreme Court, in the Planned Parenthood vs.
Casey decision, is quoted as stating “. . .
in some critical respects abortion is of the same
character as the decision to use
contraception”. Hudson also reports that a
study in the September 1997 in the Journal of the
American Medical Association found that promoting
birth control had the unintended consequence of
encouraging teen sex which in turn caused
dramatic increases in sexually transmitted
diseases among youths. A major solution to the
problem, says Hudson, has proven to be
much-maligned, but nevertheless statistically
effective abstinence education programs. The
proportion of teens choosing abstinence has been
growing and, surprisingly, the majority of that
growth has been among teenage males.


Sri
Lanka Women’s Bill Promotes Contraception and
Abortion

SRI LANKA,
June 2, 2004 (LifesiteNews.com) – Sri Lankans
have expressed serious concerns with a February
2004 draft Bill on Women’s Rights. The bill,
introduced by the Sri Lankan National Committee
on Women, employs ambiguous and misleading
terminology that allows for the promotion of
contraception and abortion. Clauses in the bill
use popular abortion and contraceptives rights
terminology, including stating that women
“shall enjoy. . . the right to control their
bodies, and rights in relating to child
birth.” The Bill comes in the wake of calls
by the Family Planning Association of Sri Lanka
(FPASL), an active wing of the International
Planned Parenthood Federation, for legalization
of abortion. The Sri Lankan government, which
subsidizes all contraceptives, has worked closely
with the FPSAL and other groups on population
control efforts. The Health Ministry chose FPSAL
to implement a 2002 plan to popularize the use of
condoms. The Ministry of Education worked closely
with the FPSA to implement a sex education and
‘reproductive health’ program in schools. Dr.
Sriani Basnayake, a longtime medical director of
FPASL, founded and directed the program. She is
currently a member of the National Committee on
Women.


Planned
Parenthood’s Triumph: UN Reports 61% of Planet’s
Reproductive Age Women Using Contraception With
133 Million Permanently Sterilized

NEW YORK,
April 22, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The United
Nations Department of Economic and Social
Affairs’ (DESA) Population Division, has issued a
report on April 20 showing the statistics around
the world for women’s use of artificial methods
of contraception among those aged 15-49 “who
are married or in union.” The United Nations
has been working for decades, with a core group
of other organizations to promote or coerce a
massive campaign of contraception, sterilization
and abortion; the report gives a concrete
appraisal of their success. In a press release
the DESA boasts that 90% of women using
contraception are using “modern
methods,” the most common of which is mostly
irreversible female sterilization. The report
also states that 7 percent of the world’s
childbearing-age women are using contraceptive
pills which have been shown to be abortifacient.
Of the approximately 6 billion people in the
world, only one billion are women capable of
bearing children. Of these, 635 million are
contracepting with 133,350,000 being permanently
sterilized. No statistics are given for the
number of men who have been surgically
sterilized. The influence of the eugenic policies
of Margaret Sanger’s Planned Parenthood is
exposed when the report clarifies that the
“longer acting,” that is permanent,
“clinical contraceptive methods” are
more commonly used in developing countries. Such
“clinical” methods can include surgical
or, more commonly chemical sterilization. Some of
these methods, which involve the use of dangerous
chemicals to burn away reproductive organs, are
banned in the developed nations as being too
dangerous for women. No mention is made of
international anxiety over the demographic plunge
most countries are entered into since the global
introduction of artificial contraception. On the
contrary, the report complains that in developing
countries even more “family planning”
needs to be made available. This despite dire
warnings of a multitude of organizations and
nations that are watching their populations age
and birth rates plummet.


Pro-lifers
Say Bishops of California Have Moral Duty to
Oppose Unjust Supreme Court Ruling on
Contraception

WASHINGTON,
March 2, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Joseph M.
Starrs, director of American Life League’s
Crusade for the Defense of our Catholic Church,
reacted to the decision by the California Supreme
Court that Catholic Charities must provide access
to contraception as part of its employee
healthcare benefits. It called on Catholic
bishops to defend the faithful. “The state’s
Catholic bishops have a moral responsibility to
courageously speak out against this ruling. A
tepid or lackluster response will only serve to
further erode the rights of the Catholic Church
and all religious institutions in the state. We
call on all the Catholic bishops in California to
stand firm against this unjust and immoral
ruling,” said Starrs. Starrs suggested,
“There are many ways the bishops can oppose
the law which this ruling upholds. They could
simply ignore it as an act of civil disobedience;
they could counter this act by withholding the
countless services they offer to state residents
or they could simply stop offering any
prescription medical benefit to their
employees.” Starrs said the state supreme
court must realize “it has no right to force
its morality of secular humanism onto the
Catholic Church.”


Scotland’s
Bishops Vigorously Support the Sanctity of
Marriage; Condemn Artificial Contraception

Scotland,
January 30, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In a media
release dated January 28, 2004, the office of the
Catholic bishops conference of Scotland has given
a clear and unflinching exposition of the
Catholic teaching on the sanctity of marriage, of
its indissolubility and of the sinfulness of any
sexual activity outside the marriage bond. It
left no room for equivocation on the Catholic
teaching on artificial contraception or so-called
“gay” marriage. A quarter of million
leaflets containing the bishops’ statement will
be distributed to Scottish Catholic schools and
Scotland’s 450 parishes this weekend. Cardinal
O’Brien, the Archbishop of St. Andrews and
Edinburgh said, “It is in the best interests
of Scottish society, and is therefore a duty
incumbent on all who are active in public life,
to respect and foster family life. All
legislative and fiscal policy must take account
of the effect that it will have on this core
institution of our society and ensure that it is
strengthened and not undermined.” In a few
compact words, the statement made clear that
sexuality is seen as a sacred gift from God,
“In the Apostolic Tradition any use of the
sexual faculty outside marriage is sinful and
dishonest, for of its nature it can only find
true expression within the covenant of
marriage.” Calling marriage, “a sign of
the love between Christ and the Church,” the
statement made clear the Catholic teaching on the
indissolubility of marriage, saying that it
exists only between a man and a woman, and that
the “union cannot be dissolved by any purely
human authority.” Condemning not only the
use of contraception but the intention behind it,
the statement said, “The contraceptive
mentality prevents the gift of love between
husband and wife from being true and complete by
deliberately seeking to exclude conception.”
Cardinal O’Brien added, “I hope you will use
this material as the focal point of debate,
discussion and initiatives in your homes,
parishes, schools and workplaces, aimed at
supporting marriage and the family and building a
Culture of Life”.


Parents
Overwhelmingly Prefer Their Kids Be Taught
Abstinence New poll also shows mums and dads
strongly oppose condom-based sex education

COLORADO
SPRINGS, January 29, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) –
The vast majority of American parents want their
children’s sex education classes to emphasize
abstinence until marriage, according to a new
poll released today. The survey, conducted by
Zogby International for Focus on the Family, also
found that parents strongly oppose the values and
messages of comprehensive sex education, a
training model that assumes teens will become
sexually active and, therefore, must be given
easy access to condoms. The survey of 1,008
parents of children under 17 found that
sixty-eight percent of parents want schools to
teach teens that individuals who remain abstinent
until marriage have the best chances of marital
stability and happiness. Ninety-one percent want
their children to be taught that sex should be
linked to the type of love and commitment found
in marriage. More than 56 percent said that
information about contraception should either not
be taught as a subject or taught in a class
separate from abstinence, such as a health or
biology class. Dr. Wade Horn, assistant secretary
for children and families at the U.S. Department
of Health and Human Services, commented on the
findings saying, “It is gratifying to learn
that parents agree with the President that the
primary message we should give our children when
it comes to sexual behavior is abstinence until
marriage.” However, a recent Heritage
Foundation report found that $4.50 was spent on
comprehensive sex education for every $1 spent on
abstinence education. Abstinence programs were
shunned by the former administration, but have
received funding under the Bush administration.
Linda Klepacki, manager of the abstinence
department at Focus on the Family said,
“This poll illustrates that the people most
concerned about the health and emotional
well-being of America’s children — their mums
and dads — recognize that abstinence is the only
surefire way to protect their kids.”


Pope
Warns Parents of Grave Responsibility to Protect
Children from Harmful Media

VATICAN
CITY, January 29, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In
his message for the May 23 World Communications
Day, which was released last week, Pope John Paul
II warned that the media “have the capacity
to do grave harm to families.” The Pope said
the theme chosen for the Day is “The Media
and the Family: A Risk and a Richness”
invites, “sober reflection on the use which
families make of the media and, in turn, on the
way that families and family concerns are treated
by the media.” The Pope reminded both media
communicators and consumers that “all
communication has a moral dimension. He stated
that media has the “power either to
reinforce or override traditional values like
religion, culture, and family.” It has
“the capacity to do grave harm to families
by presenting an inadequate or even deformed
outlook on life, on the family, on religion and
on morality,” he said. “The stakes are
high, since every attack on the fundamental value
of the family is an attack on the true good of
humanity.” Explaining both the good and the
bad of media, the Pope said: “On the one
hand, marriage and family life are frequently
depicted in a sensitive manner, realistic but
also sympathetic, that celebrates virtues like
love, fidelity, forgiveness, and generous
self-giving for others. This is true also of
media presentations which recognize the failures
and disappointments inevitably experienced by
married couples and families – tensions,
conflicts, setbacks, evil choices and hurtful
deeds – yet at the same time make an effort to
separate right from wrong, to distinguish true
love from its counterfeits, and to show the
irreplaceable importance of the family as the
fundamental unit of society. “On the other
hand, the family and family life are all too
often inadequately portrayed in the media.
Infidelity, sexual activity outside of marriage,
and the absence of a moral and spiritual vision
of the marriage covenant are depicted
uncritically, while positive support is at times
given to divorce, contraception, abortion and
homosexuality. Such portrayals, by promoting
causes inimical to marriage and the family, are
detrimental to the common good of society.”
The Pope stressed, “Parents also need to
regulate the use of media in the home. This would
include planning and scheduling media use,
strictly limiting the time children devote to
media, making entertainment a family experience,
putting some media entirely off limits and
periodically excluding all of them for the sake
of other family activities. Above all, parents
should give good example to children by their own
thoughtful and selective use of media.”
Finally he encouraged families to be
“outspoken in telling producers,
advertisers, and public authorities what they
like and dislike.”


School
Sex-Ed Policy to “Promote Abstinence Until
Marriage as the Expected Standard”

WAKE
COUNTY, NC, January 7, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) –
Wake county school board members voted Tuesday to
revise the current sex-education policy there.
“Comprehensive” sex-ed electives were
dropped from the curriculum of high schools in
the district, in favour of a revised
“abstinence until marriage” message.
The revision is a mandatory requirement for all
teachers to “promote abstinence until
marriage as the expected standard for all
students.” Supporters of the new policy say
that the new message is about more than just
saying no to sex. It also educates students about
sexually transmitted diseases and the
“effectiveness and failure rates of
contraceptives.” Commenting on the
“massive” increase in sexually
transmitted diseases and unplanned pregnancies
among adolescents in the UK, Dr. Trevor Stammers,
a professor in general practice and commentator
on sexual health, wrote in the British Medical
Journal: “Contraception as the cornerstone
of sexual health promotion for adolescents has
manifestly failed. In almost 15 years of general
practice I have never seen a single case of
unplanned pregnancy resulting from ignorance
about or unavailability of contraception.”
He cites studies indicating that “up to 80%
of unplanned pregnancies result from failed
contraception” and “data from 1975-91
show a positive correlation between increasing
rates of use of condoms at first intercourse and
higher rates of teenage conceptions.” He
warns that “oral contraceptives, while
providing the greatest protection from unplanned
pregnancy, offer no protection against sexually
transmitted diseases.” Stammers cites
American studies proving that abstinence
education works. The Wake County vote also threw
out mandatory education promoting tolerance
towards homosexual lifestyles for grade-schoolers
from grades six through nine.


2003


Billionaire
Soros Overthrows Georgian Gov’t – Sets Sights on
Bush & Croatia

NEW YORK,
December 8, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A revealing
report by Zenit news service over the weekend
details the central role that billionaire George
Soros played in overthrowing the President of
Geogia, Eduard Shevardnadze. Soros, known as one
of the world’s foremost funders of abortion,
homosexuality, contraception, feminism,
euthanasia, and legalized soft-drug use, has also
announced his aim to topple U.S. President Bush.
With massive funding from Soros, the government
of the former Russian province’s republic was
toppled. Reports revealed that in addition to
funding an anti-government television station,
the meddling billionaire funded training of 1000
students by street demonstrators who helped
topple the government of Slobodan Milosevic.
Moreover, the heavily funded publicity campaign
will see a Soros flunky ‘elected’ next month. The
Globe and Mail reports that “Mikhail
Saakashvili, a New York-educated lawyer who is
expected to win the presidency in an election
scheduled for Jan. 4,” was presented an
award by Soros last year, via Soros’ Open Society
Institute. While much has been made of Soros’
plans to topple President Bush, LifeSite sources
in Croatia report Soros has been visiting the
country and showed interest in purchasing
substantial amounts of property in the country.
There are serious concerns about these
developments in the country made up of a vast
majority of faithful Catholics, with legislation
protecting life and family. Sources told LifeSite
that European Union and globalist forces are
attempting to influence Croatia through economic
control and the media. Croatians have good reason
to be concerned. Soros’ Open Society Institute
report for 2002, says Zenit, “lamented
pro-life successes in countries such as Croatia,
Latvia, Lithuania and Slovakia.”


Condoms
Condoned by Dissenting Priests, Argue That it is
to “Keep Your Family Together”

LONDON, UK,
December 4, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A recent,
informal poll of 14 priests conducted by the UK’s
Sunday Times found that eight of the priests were
willing to advocate artificial contraception use
as a means to avoid pregnancy. The Sunday Times
reporters posed as parents of large families
seeking advice on how to support their growing
broods. Justification by the priests ranged from
“Your marriage comes before birth control or
no birth control,” as told by one priest to
an “undercover” Sunday Times reporter,
to another priest who said “I can’t find
anything in the 10 commandments or the beatitudes
. . . where God has said, ‘If you dare to use a
contraceptive you will be damned’.” The
dissenting priests interviewed hold these
opinions despite Pope John Paul II’s reiteration
of the millennial Catholic tradition of
opposition to artificial contraception. Pope John
Paul II has said “No personal or social
circumstances could ever, can now or will ever
render such an act (using contraception) lawful
in itself.” Pope Paul VI’s Humanae Vitae and
Pope John Paul II’s Evangelium Vitae have both
criticized the idea that artificial contraception
is good for families. They point out that, in
fact, artificial contraception has an opposite
effect, namely it’s use increases the incidence
of divorce.


Prof
Links Euthanasia, Eugenics, Sex Education,
Population Control, Gay Rights and Abortion
Movements

TORONTO,
November 17, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Three
experts in their fields addressed the Euthanasia
Prevention Coalition symposium in Toronto on Oct.
25. They examined the philosophical underpinning
of the euthanasia movement and two notable
“no right-to-life” cases — the murder
of Tracey Latimer and attempted murder of Terri
Schiavo. Internationally famous speaker and
writer Wesley Smith, who was not scheduled to
talk about Terri Schiavo, addressed the
particulars of the case and the issues that
surround it. An expert on bioethics, he said that
it is morally obscene to make judgements about
what lives are worth living because it is
“nothing less than bigotry.” He also
said that if the courts and society allow Schiavo
to be starved to death, it opens the door to full
blown euthanasia. He described how one suffers
through starvation and dehydration and that the
next logical step would be to ask that Terri or
others like her be euthanized. He added that
while Terri gets all the publicity, there are
literally hundreds and thousands of similar cases
in Canada and the United States. Professor Ian
Dowbiggin, author of “A Merciful End”
outlined the connections between the euthanasia
and eugenics movements in both Canada and the
United States. Both are rooted in philosophy that
it is better for society if certain people did
not exist. But the connections, the philosophical
roots go deeper than that he said, noting that
the movements advocating euthanasia, eugenics,
sex education, population control, gay rights and
abortion all have something in common: they are
connected by their “fervent dedication to
over-turning centuries-old conceptions of life
and death.” That is, they are united in
their hatred of Christian moral teaching and
their hope to throw it into the trash bin of
history. Ruth Enns, author of “A Voice
Unheard” about the Tracey Latimer case, gave
a disabled person’s perspective on the murder of
the 12-year-old Saskatchewan girl 10 years ago by
her father Robert. Enns said that the media, the
courts and the public generally sympathized with
the father because they cannot relate to Tracey’s
experiences as a person with disabilities. The
tragic result is the diminution of Tracey and the
belittling of the crime of murder against her.


FDA
Approved Spearmint-Flavour Chewable Contraceptive
Pills Aimed at Young Girls

WASHINGTON,
November 17, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com) – On Friday,
the U.S. Federal Drug Administration (FDA)
approved Ovcon 35, an oral, spearmint-flavoured
contraceptive tablet that can be chewed and
swallowed. Ovcon 35 contains a progestin
(norethindrone) and an estrogen (ethinyl
estradiol) found in products that are already
marketed, and thus carries the same dangerous
side-effects as other birth control pills
including an increased risk of blood clots, heart
attack, and stroke. Like other oral
contraceptives Ovcon 35 is abortifacient when
there is a ‘breakthrough’ ovulation. The
directions for use tell women that the pill may
be swallowed whole or chewed and swallowed. If
the pill is chewed and then swallowed, the woman
should drink a full glass (8 ounces) of liquid
immediately afterwards so that the full dose of
medication reaches the stomach and no residue is
left in the mouth. The product is manufactured by
Bristol Myers Squibb Company, Princeton, N.J.,
and will be marketed by Warner Chilcott, Inc.,
Rockaway, N.J. Gillian Long, the Youth Director
of Campaign Life Coalition objected strenuously
to the new drug since the new chewable versions
are obviously aimed at youth the same way
chewable multi-vitamins are geared to increase
the likelihood of ingestion of vitamins by
children. Long told LifeSiteNews.com, “This
is shocking. We know that estrogen, the active
ingredient in oral contraceptives, causes breast
and cervical cancer, as well as blood clots,
weight gain and a host of other side effects and
complications. And here we are, marketing it to
young girls and handing it out as though it were,
literally, candy. It may prove to be the most
dangerous candy ever.”


Denver
Archbishop Chaput Rebukes Secular Feminism which
“Hates Fertility”

DENVER,
October 24, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In an
address to the Catholic Daughters of the Americas
last week, Denver Archbishop Charles Caput argued
for the equality of men and women but noted the
unhealthy result of seeking uniformity. The
archbishop said that secular feminists take the
wrong approach in seeking a “false
equality” denying femininity and trying to
be like men in everything. They deny the
“feminine genius” he said, and he
discussed the great cost to society that that
denial entails. “The price tag of this kind
of ‘equality’ too often means denying the
differences between women and men. It can mean
being just as competitive and aggressive as men.
It can mean putting career first. It can mean
fearing the things that make up the feminine
genius — the acts that make women, women,”
he said. He continued, “That’s why so much
of today’s secular feminism hates fertility.
That’s why abortion and contraception are such
important secular icons, even though they attack
human sexuality at its roots. Fertility is seen
as a weakness. Children mean taking
responsibility for somebody else. Children mean
— or should mean – that a woman will depend on
the love of a husband. And that’s frightening,
because too many men today never learned how to
be men.” Archbishop Chaput stressed,
“First, no movement, ideology, political
party or institution anywhere, in any country,
can match the Christian faith in promoting the
dignity of women. And second, women should always
turn to the Church as their mother and defender,
because in her arms, in her strength, they can
begin to re-humanize the world.”


Belgian
Cardinal Holds Press Conference to Slam Curial
Cardinal over Statements Against Condoms

MECHELEN,
Belgium, October 17, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com) –
Belgian Cardinal Godfried Danneels, 70, the
left-leaning media favorite to become the next
pope, held a press conference at his residence
Wednesday, in which he publicly belittled fellow
Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo. Cardinal
Trujillo, head of the Pontifical Council for the
Family, repeated the Church’s teaching against
contraception to a BBC program, and also noted
the scientific evidence showing that condoms are
not fail-safe protection against AIDS. He
suggested that rather than allow the false image
of ‘safe sex’ with condoms, condom packages
should warn consumers that they are not reliable
protection against the deadly disease. Cardinal
Daneels, was quoted by Reuters saying of Cardinal
Trujillo’s comments, “I deplore that comment
the way it was received. It does not befit a
cardinal to deal with the virtue of a product …
I don’t know if what he said is reliable.”
Beyond the obvious fact that condoms often break,
Cardinal Trujillo pointed to scientific evidence
that the rubber used in condoms has tiny holes
through which the microscopic AIDS virus can
easily pass. “The AIDS virus is roughly 450
times smaller than the spermatozoon,” he
said. “The spermatozoon can easily pass
through the ‘net’ formed by the condom.”


Eugenics
was Common Cause Between Nazis and the Modern
Left

WASHINGTON,
September 29, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Eugenics
was an integral part of National Socialism, but
in the modern United States, most supporters of
eugenics were “Progressives,” recalls a
September 25 feature in FrontPage Magazine. David
Starr Jordan, Robert Latham Owen, William Allen
Wilson, Harry Emerson Fosdick, Robert Latou
Dickinson, Katherine Bement Davis, and Virginia
Gildersleeve, are among the Progressive figures
associated with the eugenics movement in the U.S.
Similarly, British leftists such as Bertrand
Russell were “outspokenly in favour of
eugenics,” says FrontPage. FrontPage notes
that many of the eugenics “true
believers” in the post-war era campaigned
for legalized abortion, contraception and
population control.


Canadian
Bishop Does Not Object to Priest’s Published
Homily Criticizing Vatican Document on Homosexual
Unions

THUNDER
BAY, ON, August 25, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com) –
Bishop Fred Colli, of Thunder Bay Diocese in
Ontario has elected not to criticize a homily
given by a priest in his diocese which objected
to the church’s teaching on homosexual unions.
The homily by Rev. Scott Gale, pastor of St.
Andrew’s Roman Catholic Church in Thunder Bay,
appeared prominently in Canada’s largest
circulation and pro-gay, pro-abortion paper, the
Toronto Star, after appearing in the local
Thunder Bay paper, the Chronicle Journal. In his
homily, Fr. Gale called the language the Vatican
used in its most recent teaching on homosexual
unions “harsh.” He also said he hoped
for a “re-examination of the Church’s
attitudes regarding homosexuality and those
persons with a homosexual orientation.” The
priest objected in the article to the Vatican’s
telling Catholic politicians they have a moral
duty to vote against same-sex civil union
legislation giving the Church liberals’ argument
of how, “do we reconcile this statement with
what the Second Vatican Council teaches about the
dignity of one’s own moral conscience.” In
an interview with LifeSite, Fr. Gale spoke of the
“primacy of conscience” implying
incorrectly that Catholics, even after being
informed by the teaching of the Church on the
matter, could object to that teaching if they
felt they were following their consciences. The
priest, who seemed quite confused about actual
church teaching, told LifeSite that as a priest
he could not perform homosexual marriage, but
“as an individual I support societal
recognition of same sex marriage.” He said
however, that he was “open to dialogue on
conscience and that I might not have the right
take on it.” Bishop Colli told the Chronicle
Journal that he only had a cordial discussion
with Fr. Gale and expressed a few concerns. The
Bishop and Gale talked about the sermon during a
telephone conversation yesterday, which Gale
described as cordial. “He wasn’t out to
malign the church but wanted people to make a
decision based on a well-informed conscience and
that’s what the church expects everyone to
do,” said the Bishop. The Bishop and Gale
appeared to be reflecting the theology of the
Canadian bishops’ original Winnipeg statement
which has for decades been used by many clergy
and laity to justify their dissent from the
church’s teaching on contraception and other
moral issues. The Journal reports that Bishop
Colli said he had not had complaints from
parishioners and the matter was closed. “I’m
not a controversial bishop, I try to see the good
in others. I’m not going to overreact.”
Hilary White of Campaign Life Coalition Catholic
reacted with dismay to Bishop Colli’s statements.
“It was distressing that Bishop Colli did
not see fit to redress these misrepresentations
on the stance of the Church,” said White.
She explained that the Church’s teaching on
following conscience “does not support the
false belief that anyone can do anything as long
as they do so in ‘good conscience’, because
conscience – to be truly good – is informed by
objective moral norms which everyone can
understand according to natural law.”


California
School District Requires Parental Notice of
Medical Appointments

SACRAMENTO,
August 7, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The board of
Roseville Joint Union High School District has
voted to require parental notification of student
medical appointments. The move upset liberals
because it overturned a policy allowing
confidential medical visits, including
“reproductive health” such as
contraception and abortion, during school hours.
Trustee Dean Forman, who supported the change,
said allowing students to obtain medical
treatment without their parents knowledge is a
“crime against families. Let’s get rid of
[the state] being in our business and tend to our
own business as parents in our local
jurisdiction,” he said. Many parents were
relieved. “I don’t want my role usurped just
because some parents aren’t caring for their
children,” said Karen England, a mother of
two alumni of Granite Bay High School.


Short-term
exposure to estrogen cuts fish fertility

RICHLAND,
Wash. June 03, 2003 — While several studies
have focused on how estrogen from contraceptives
may alter sex organs of juvenile fish, few
studies have analyzed how exposure to estrogen
affects adult fish as they make their way through
rivers, lakes and streams to spawn. Now, a study
by scientists at the Department of Energy’s
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory suggests
that when adult male fish are exposed to
short-term and low concentrations of a synthetic
estrogen, their fertility can drop by as much as
50 percent. The study, conducted with the
University of Idaho, appears in the June issue of
Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.
Previous research reported that high
concentrations of estrogen could change sex
organs, causing juvenile male fish to develop
female organs. Estrogen is an active ingredient
in most oral contraceptives and often finds it
way into surface waters through sewer systems.
The PNNL study looked at the impact of a
synthetic estrogen called ethynylestradiol, which
is the chemical in oral contraceptives.Irvin
Schultz, PNNL toxicologist who led the study,
said the research reinforces that impacts
aren’t limited to juvenile fish. “We
can see that adult fish aren’t immune to the
effects of estrogen in waterways. Even short-term
exposure to low levels of synthetic estrogen can
impact their fertility,” Schultz noted.
“Our results indicate that the fertility of
a healthy male trout that has developed normally
still can be affected, if that exposure takes
place during a critical sexual maturation stage
before spawning.” In a controlled laboratory
experiment, PNNL scientists from the lab’s
Marine Sciences Laboratory in Sequim, Wash.,
exposed adult male rainbow trout for 62 days to
three different concentrations of
ethynylestradiol — 10, 100 and 1,000
nanograms per liter of water. The sperm of
exposed fish were harvested then used in a
controlled in-vitro fertilization process with
eggs from a healthy female rainbow trout. After
28 days, a measurable decrease in fertilization
was observed in the treated trout compared with a
control group. In some experiments, a 50 percent
decrease in sperm fertilization capacity was
noted in semen collected from the trout exposed
to 10 nanograms of ethynylestradiol per liter.
For example, in an experiment using 50,000 sperm
for one egg, the exposed fish had 22 percent
fertilization compared with 45 percent
fertilization of control fish. That impact is
important, say researchers, because 10 nanograms
per liter is a level found in some surface water
samples. Schultz and his colleagues, including
co-author Jim Nagler of the University of Idaho,
studied the possible mechanisms for reduced
fertility, specifically sperm motility and
decreased hormone levels. While they were able to
rule out sperm motility as the mechanism, their
research revealed increased — not decreased
— hormone levels in the blood plasma of fish
exposed to 10 nanograms per liter of
ethynylestradiol. But hormone levels did decrease
in fish exposed to the larger concentration of
100 nanograms of ethynylestradiol. “While
other research has shown the visible change that
can take place when young male fish are exposed
to high levels of estrogen, we’re suggesting
that low and short-term exposure can have just as
significant — but not physically observable
— effects,” Schultz said. Business
inquiries on this or other areas of research at
PNNL should be directed to 888-375-PNNL or inquiry@pnl.gov. Pacific
Northwest National Laboratory is a DOE Office of
Science research facility and delivers
breakthrough science and technology in the areas
of environment, energy, health, fundamental
sciences and national security. Battelle, based
in Columbus, Ohio, has operated the laboratory
for DOE since 1965.


Catholic
Georgetown University Upset with Commencement
Speech on Catholic Moral Doctrine by Senior
Vatican Cardinal Zero tolerance expressed for
Cardinal Arinze’s teaching on homosexuality

Washington,
May 22, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com) – On Saturday May
17 Nigerian Cardinal Francis Arinze gave a
commencement address at Washington’s prestigious
Catholic, but notably liberal, Georgetown
University. One of the University’s most
illustrious graduates is former president Bill
Clinton. Students and faculty received more than
they bargained for as Arinze — president of the
Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Interreligious
Dialogue and who is often spoken of as a possible
successor to John Paul II, gave a blunt talk on
the importance of Catholic moral and spiritual
doctrine. He had been invited to give an address
on Christian-Muslim Relations. Today’s Atlanta
Journal-Constitution (AJC) reports the Cardinal
told the assembly “that happiness is found
not in the pursuit of material wealth or
pleasures of the flesh, but by fervently adhering
to religious beliefs.” Arinze continued,
“In many parts of the world, the family is
under siege…It is opposed by an anti-life
mentality as is seen in contraception, abortion,
infanticide and euthanasia. It is scorned and
banalized by pornography, desecrated by
fornication and adultery, mocked by
homosexuality, sabotaged by irregular unions and
cut in two by divorce.” The AJC article
reported that theology professor Theresa Sanders
left the stage while Arinze was speaking and
other students left “according to e-mails on
a subscription list used by many of the
university’s gay and lesbian students.” 70
faculty members signed a letter protesting the
speech and submitted the letter this week to Jane
McAuliffe, dean of the university’s school of
arts and sciences.


NEW
REPORT CATALOGUES 26 YEARS OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD
ABUSES Abortion Income Reaches Nearly $1 Billion,
Abortions Top Three Million

WASHINGTON,
May 21, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com) – STOPP
International, a project of American Life League
that is dedicated to stopping Planned Parenthood
and its anti-life activities, has just released
its annual Ryan Report Special Edition 2003.
“This special annual report-which uses
information from Planned Parenthood’s own annual
reports along with exclusive research that has
been conducted by STOPP International-exposes
Planned Parenthood’s gross abuse of women and
pre-born children through its taxpayer funded
activities,” said Jim Sedlak, founder and
executive director of STOPP International.
“Since 1977, Planned Parenthood has brought
in almost $1 billion in income from abortion,
while receiving almost $2.5 billion in government
money (since 1987).” STOPP has found that
since 1977, Planned Parenthood has performed
3,019,559 abortions while bringing in an
estimated $894 million in income from those
abortions. In 2001, Planned Parenthood (PPFA)
performed 16.4% of all abortions in the United
States, which accounted for nearly one-third of
PPFA’s clinic income. “Planned Parenthood
continues its eugenics-based attack on life
through the widespread use of contraception and
abortion,” stated Ed Szymkowiak, STOPP’s
national director. “Its own financial data
shows an organization that clearly operates on
the back of the American taxpayer. It is time the
American public is given the truth about Planned
Parenthood’s operation.” “It is a
disgrace that the American taxpayer is forced to
fund an organization that has nothing to do with
mainstream American values,” continued
Sedlak. “Our special edition shows that
there is declining support from the American
people. It is time for the government to defund
Planned Parenthood immediately.” A copy of
the Ryan Report Special Edition 2003 can be found
at http://www.all.org/stopp/rr0304.htm


MEXICAN
BISHOPS SAY “ENOUGH WITH ALL THIS
DESTRUCTION OF OUR FAMILIES!”

MONTERREY,
May 7, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A recent plenary
assembly of the Catholic Bishops of Mexico issued
a “Message to Mexican Families”. The
document issued May 2 notes reasons for the
dissolution of many families including
disregarding of the permanence of marriage.
Fides, the Vatican news agency which covered the
document, reports causes for the disintegration
of families listed by the Prelates: a present day
trivial attitude to human sexuality seen simply
as a means of pleasure which uses people;
widespread use of means of contraception,
abortion etc. to avoid having children and on the
other hand the fashion of assisted procreation,
having a child “made to measure”.
“God wanted the family to be the sanctuary
of life” – the Bishops say, adding that this
means that any form of manipulation which attacks
life, whether to avoid having a child or
procreating with unnatural means is particularly
grave. In the document the Bishops encourage
Catholic educators at all levels to educate their
pupils to a correct moral conscience on matters
such as human sexuality, marriage, the family,
life and to work in scientific research in
communion and fidelity to the Church’s Teaching.
They also called on media and lawmakers to work
toward a society which respects marriage, family
and life.


CULTURE
OF DEATH KILLING JAPAN WITH NO. OF CHILDREN
DROPING 22 YEARS IN A ROW

TOKYO, May
6, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Statistics released
by the Japanese Home Affairs Ministry reveals
that the number of children in Japan has dropped
for the 22nd year in a row. The number of
children under 15 as of April 1 was 18 million,
down 170,000 from last year and representing only
14.1 per cent of the population. By comparison
children under 15 represent 21.1 per cent of the
population in the United States. Experts are
predicting that the ageing demographic will cause
havoc with the country’s economy and pension
systems. A September 2002 report showed the
population over age 65 at 23.62 million or 18.5
per cent of the population. Evidence from the
survey also suggests the problem is not getting
better since the fewest children are in the
newborn to two-year-old age group. Abortion and
contraception remain rampant in the country with
women tending to delay marriage till later
adulthood. The country’s current birth rate is
below 1.5, whereas a 2.1 birth rate is required
to maintain a population.


2002


NUMBER
OF ABORTIONS PER LIVE BIRTHS DECLINING IN UNITED
STATES But abortion rate remains steady at 17 per
1,000 women

WASHINGTON,
December 4, 2002 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The number
of abortions in the U.S. fell below 862,000 in
1999, continuing a steady decline that started in
1991, according to the latest surveillance report
form the Centers for Disease Control. The
abortion ratio (number of abortions per 1,000
live births) reached the lowest level since 1975
— a total of 256 abortions per 1,000 live
births, a 3.2 percent decline from 1998. However,
the abortion rate remained at 17 abortions per
1,000 women as in 1997 and 1998. Pro-abortionists
credit more widespread use of contraception and
“emergency contraception,” leading to
fewer “unwanted” pregnancies and
abortions, according to Vicki Saporta of the
National Abortion Federation. But pro-lifers like
Laura Echevarria of the National Right to Life
Committee prefer to believe it is a result of
more widespread knowledge about pre-born life.
Other highlights are that 137,396 abortions were
performed on teens, 60 percent of them 18- and
19-year-olds. 57% percent of abortions were
performed at 8 weeks or less and 20 percent were
performed between nine and 10 weeks gestation,
while 9,643 abortions (1.5% of the total) were
performed later than 21 weeks (5 months)
gestation.


CONTRACEPTION/BREAST
CANCER LINK FOUND IN CERTAIN CASES

WASHINGTON,
December 4, 2002 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A new study
has found that women who used the contraceptive
pill at a young age, or before 1975, when hormone
doses were at more dangerous levels, face a
higher risk of breast cancer if they are
genetically predisposed. A study in the Journal
of the National Cancer Institute, based on a
study of more than 2,600 women in 11 countries,
found that women with the BRCA1 gene mutation who
took oral contraceptives 25 years ago faced an
increased lifetime risk of breast cancer by 33
percent to 42 percent when compared with carriers
of the gene mutation who did not take the pill.
Dr. Steven A. Narod, chairman of breast cancer
research at the Centre for Research on Women’s
Health at the University of Toronto, and other
pro-contraception doctors were quick to say that
more recent generations of the pill are
“safe” because of the lower doses of
hormones now used. To visit the Journal of the
National Cancer Institute:

http://jncicancerspectrum.oupjournals.org/

http://www.newsday.com/news/politics/wire/sns-ap-breast-canc…


PRO-LIFE
GROUP PLEADS WITH BISHOPS AND PRIESTS OVER
ABORTION POLITICS “Bishops and priests must
examine the harm … pro-abortion elected
officials are doing”

WASHINGTON,
October 21, 2002 (LSN.ca) – American Life League,
one of the largest pro-life groups in the United
States, has issued a public plea to the nation’s
Catholic leaders to “expose pro-abortion
Catholics to the truth!” The national
campaign, the Crusade for the Defense of Our
Catholic Church, aims to support Catholic clergy
in reasserting their position of moral authority.
The campaign includes a petition addressed to
Bishop Wilton Gregory, president of the U.S.
Conference of Catholic Bishops. “The
despicable practice of tolerating pro-abortion
Catholics has gone unchecked long enough,”
said Judie Brown, president of American Life
League. “When an allegedly Catholic senator
like Tom Daschle can use his powerful position to
stop pro-life initiatives — while insisting that
his Catholicism should not be challenged —
something is dreadfully wrong.” The petition
calls on Catholic clergymen to proclaim their
absolute opposition to abortion, contraception
and euthanasia. They are asked to eliminate all
associations between Planned Parenthood and the
Church, including associations in partnerships
such as United Way. Additionally, bishops and
priests are asked to deny the Eucharist to
professed Catholics known to support abortion,
contraception and euthanasia. “Canon Law
clearly states that Catholics in grave sin are
not to receive Holy Communion,” said Mrs.
Brown, a member of the Pontifical Academy for
Life in Rome. “Many pro-abortion politicians
continue receiving the Eucharist. I have to
wonder why.” Mrs. Brown identified senators
Daschle, Kennedy, Leahy, Biden, Kerry and many
others as “misguided Catholics who need to
understand the seriousness of their error,”
she said. “Bishops and priests must examine
the harm these pro-abortion elected officials are
doing by persisting in the grave sin of
consistently supporting the act of abortion.
Tolerance of this continued scandal is simply not
healthy for the Church and most especially for
the souls of those who are so very
misguided.”


NORPLANT
CONTRACEPTIVE FINALLY BEING TAKEN OFF THE MARKET
Company still maintains serious concerns are
‘unfounded’

COLLEGEVILLE,
Pennsylvania, August 29, 2002 (LSN.ca) – Wyeth
Pharmaceuticals, which two years ago temporarily
suspended U.S. distribution of Norplant after
complaints of its ineffectiveness, quietly
decided recently to withdraw its contraceptive
implants. Norplant involves six matchstick-size
silicone rods which are inserted under the skin
of the upper arm and then release the hormone
levonorgestrel. But from its launch in 1990,
Norplant faced complaints of causing menstrual
irregularities, headaches and nausea — leading
to hundreds of lawsuits. Others said they were
scarred when doctors botched insertion or
removal, but the company still says concerns are
“unfounded.” Still, contraception
fanatics are undeterred. “We think it’s a
shame Norplant won’t be available to women in the
United States any more,” said Melissa May, a
spokeswoman for the Population Council, the
organization funded by big business that
developed Norplant. “We think it’s a real
loss.” Meanwhile new chemical concoctions
are on the way. Organon International, a Dutch
multinational, is expected to seek U.S. approval
to market Implanon later this year. Implanon is a
single rod that contains desogestrel, another
hormone that “could have fewer side
effects,” a report says.


YOUNGER
GENERATION NON-CATHOLIC CHRISTIANS REJECTING
BIRTH CONTROL

WASHINGTON,
July 12, 2002 (LSN.ca) A young Protestant couple
has issued a book about the Biblical basis for
rejecting artificial contraception. The couple is
part of a growing trend of non-Catholic
Christians who have embraced the gift of large
families as a blessing. The Washington Times
reports that in their new book, “Open
Embrace: A Protestant Couple Rethinks
Contraception,” Sam and Bethany Torode note
that it was not until the 20th century that
Protestant churches endorsed birth control. Prior
to that, “They believed contraception would
increase promiscuity and encourage adultery by
separating sex from procreation.” Martin
Luther and other early Protestant founders
condemned artificial birth control teaching that
God’s command to Adam and Eve in Genesis “be
fruitful and multiply” was meant for us as
well. The Torodes base their opposition to
artificial birth control on Genesis 2:24:
“Therefore, shall a man leave his father and
his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and
they shall be one flesh.” Mr. Torode
explained: “There’s the concept of the
husband and wife becoming one flesh. And children
are a gift that God bestows on that union.
Contraception puts up a barrier in the middle of
the union.” Other Christian groups such as
the Internet site http://www.quiverfull.com advocate
large families based on Psalm 127:5: “As
arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are
children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath
his quiver full of them.” See the Washington
Times coverage at: http://www.washingtontimes.com/culture/20020711-95707368.htm


“WITHOUT
THE FAMILY THERE CAN BE NO FUTURE” SAYS
CARDINAL

Laments
“Poor Europe With Its Demographic
Winter”

VATICAN, July 9, 2002 (LSN.ca) – In an interview
with the Vatican official news agency Fides, the
President of the Pontifical Council for the
Family, Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, warned
that “Everyone, believers or non, have the
moral duty to support the family if humanity is
to have a future”. The interview touched on
United Nations population control efforts.
Recalling the United Nations Special Session on
Children, the Cardinal fondly remembered the
motto of various youth at the conference:
“We are not the source of the problems, we
are the resources… to solve them.” The
Cardinal suggested that UNICEF did not expect
such a motto and explained that “children
are not an insupportable weight, are not the
cause of nature’s pollution, but are instead a
great resource for the family and society.”
“Poor are the nations that attack the source
of life with contraception and sterilization, or
attack the same life with the crime of abortion
(as if it were a ‘right’). Poor Europe with its
demographic winter!” When asked to expand on
his concerns the Cardinal said, “If children
are avoided at all costs, as if they were an
insupportable weight, and if the pregnancy is
seen as a disease, Europe will inevitably arrive
at a demographic winter.”


HYPOCRITICAL
GROUP “WARNS” YOUTH DAY ORGANIZERS

TORONTO,
June 14, 2002 (LSN.ca) – A so-called “church
reform group” says World Youth Day
organizers are not doing enough to protect youth
from predatory clergy travelling to the upcoming
event. The group, with an undisclosed number of
members, calls itself “Challenge the
Church” and supports abortion,
contraception, homosexual “rights” and
dissent on a range of basic church teachings.
World Youth Day spokesman Paul Kilbertus
responded “No matter what you do, there are
always going to be risks,… we’ve done
everything we can . . . to avoid any type of
risks, be it physical harm, theft or sexual
abuse.” Kilbertus failed to expose the
group’s hypocrisy: in fact, active homosexuals in
church institutions, together with a significant
number of protectors in the hierarchy, are
responsible for creating the sexual abuse
scandals. Active homosexual priests are almost
always dissidents from Church teaching and tend
to be harsh critics of the pope – just like
“Challenge the Church”. The group
appears to be demanding that the youth be
protected from a situation that it has created
and is wanting to further legitimize.


CEDAW
COMMITTEE CONFRONTS SURINAME ON CONTRACEPTION AND
ABORTION

NEW YORK,
June 11, 2002 (LSN.ca) – The United Nations
Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination
against Women took up the report of Suriname
Friday. Joella-Sewnundun, Suriname’s Minister for
Home Affairs, presented her report to the
committee noting that abortion is illegal in her
country as is advertising of contraceptives. One
of the UN “experts” at the meeting
demanded to know “if there were any plans to
abolish the laws punishing the display and
offering of contraceptives.” Another
committee member commented on the abortion
question noting that the Minister indicated that
although abortions were a crime, it was believed
that illegal abortions were done safely. The UN
report quotes a committee expert, “It is not
enough to have laws on the books and then turn a
blind eye to the implementation or effectiveness
of those laws, particularly with reference to
abortion.”


29
MEMBERS OF EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT SIGN ON TO
ANTI-CATHOLIC CAMPAIGN

BRUSSELS,
May 1, 2002 (LSN.ca) – Political leaders from
Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany,
Greece, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands,
Portugal, Scotland, Spain and the United Kingdom
have given their support to a campaign by the
anti-Catholic group “Catholics for a Free
Choice” (CFFC). In an advertisement
appearing April 25th in the European Voice
newspaper, 29 of the more than 600 Members of the
European Parliament (MEPs) signed their support
for the condoms4life campaign. The advertisement
states, “Catholic bishops preach sanctity of
life. But their ban on condoms contributes to the
tragedy of AIDS and death around the world. Most
Catholics disagree with this policy. Yet the
Catholic bishops who control 100,000 hospitals
and 200,000 other social services worldwide ban
both education about and the provision of condoms
in their institutions.” The advertising
campaign is part of an unprecedented worldwide
attack by the militant pro-abortion organization
against the Church and its traditional Christian
moral teachings. Roadside panels stating,
“Catholic People Care-Do The Bishops?
Banning Condoms Kills” are now up in
prominent locations throughout Brussels. Similar
ads appeared as billboards or newspaper
advertisements in Bolivia, Chile, Mexico,
Nicaragua, the Philippines, Kenya, South Africa,
Zimbabwe, the United States and Canada. The CFFC
says the ads will be in a dozen countries over
the course of 2002. CFFC describes its
“education effort” as the “first
phase of a sustained mobilizing effort to change
the Vatican’s policy against availability and
access to condoms.” The following quotes
from the CFFC release on the campaign,
demonstrate the disrespect for Catholicism held
by some of the MEPs who signed on to the campaign
as well as UN leaders who are involved in the
issue: Ulla Sandbaek, MEP for Denmark, stated:
“As a Lutheran pastor, I find it in complete
contradiction to the Gospel to pursue a policy
which is killing people. Making any kind of law
and order out of the Gospel is perverting it and
a very illuminating example of that is the
Vatican’s policy on condoms. Christ’s only
concern was compassion and love, and I believe he
would be horrified about the position of a church
that says it is acting in his name today.”-
Lissy Gröner, German MEP, said, “I think it
is appalling that the bishops abandon their
faithful and expose them to the risk of dying
from AIDS.”- UNAIDS Director Peter Piot
stated in June 2001, “When priests preach
against using contraception, they are committing
a serious mistake which is costing human lives.
We do not ask the church to promote
contraception, but merely to stop banning its
use.” The MEPs listed as having signed on to
the campaign include: Ms. Ann Van Lancker
(BELGIUM, PES), Ms. Ulla Sandbaek (DENMARK, EDD),
Ms. Heidi Amelie Hautala (FINLAND, Verts/ALE),
Ms. Geneviève Fraisse (FRANCE, GUE/NGL), Ms.
Danielle Auroi (FRANCE, Verts/ALE), Ms. Lissy
Gröner (GERMANY, PES), Ms. Karin Junker
(GERMANY, PES), Mr. Alexandros Alavanos (GREECE,
GUE/NGL), Ms. Anna Karamanou (GREECE, PES), Ms.
Mary Banotti (IRELAND, EPP), Ms. Fiorella
Ghilardotti (ITALY, PES), Ms. Marieke
Sanders-Ten-Holte (NETHERLANDS, ELDR), Ms.
Lousewies Van der Laan (NETHERLANDS, ELDR), Ms.
Dorette Corbey (NETHERLANDS, PES), Ms. Joke
Swiebel (NETHERLANDS, PES), Mr. Joaquim Miranda
(PORTUGAL, GUE/NGL), Ms. Catherine Stihler
(SCOTLAND, PES), Mr. Fernando Fernández
Martínez (SPAIN, EPP), Ms. Rosa Miguélez Ramos
(SPAIN, PES), Ms. Francisca Sauquillo (SPAIN,
PES), Ms. Maria Sornosa Martínez (SPAIN, PES),
Ms. Anna Terrón i Cusí (SPAIN, PES), Ms. María
Valenciano Martínez-Orozco (SPAIN, PES),
Baronness Sarah Ludford (UNITED KINGDOM, ELDR),
Mr. David Bowe (UNITED! KINGDOM, PES), Mr. Robert
Evans (UNITED KINGDOM, PES), Mr. Richard Howitt
(UNITED KINGDOM, PES), Ms. Glenys Kinnock (UNITED
KINGDOM, PES) and Mr. Terence Wynn (UNITED
KINGDOM, PES).


ABORTION
IS BIG BUSINESS FOR PLANNED PARENTHOOD

$815
Million since 1977

WASHINGTON, April 15, 2002 (LSN.ca) –
“Abortion and contraception mean big
business for Planned Parenthood,” says Ed
Szymkowiak, national director of STOPP
International. The division of American Life
League which is dedicated to fighting Planned
Parenthood’s anti-life agenda, has produced a
report detailing Planned Parenthoods financial
activities. “Planned Parenthood’s entire
business relies upon sex education, which
corrupts young minds and increases youth
promiscuity,” says Szymkowiak. “This in
turn establishes a customer base of contraception
users, and eventually abortion clients.”
This month’s issue of the Ryan Report, STOPP
International’s newsletter, contains detailed
information about Planned Parenthood’s business,
including individual affiliate income and service
reports, along with financial data for the last
five reported years. Highlights of this special
edition include the following:

— Since
1977 Planned Parenthood has made $815 million
from abortion procedures

— In 2000 alone, Planned Parenthood made over
$68 million from abortion procedures

— Abortion procedures account for 29 percent of
Planned Parenthood’s clinic income

— For fiscal year ending June 30, 2001, 30
percent of Planned Parenthood’s income came from
U.S. taxpayers

— Planned Parenthood has made a profit each year
for the past 15 years

— Planned Parenthood’s yearly abortion numbers
have increased each year since 1994

— Planned Parenthood’s profits over the past 15
years total over $454 million

— In 2000, Planned Parenthood accounted for
approximately 15 percent of all U.S. abortions

— Planned Parenthood has performed over 3
million abortions since 1977 — Planned
Parenthood’s yearly abortion rate increased 7.8
percent from 1999 to 2000

View the April 2002 edition of the Ryan Report:
Summary and analysis of Planned Parenthood’s
operations in the U.S. at

http://www.all.org/stopp/rr0204.pdf


2001


DOCTOR
CHARGES UN WITH IGNORING WOMEN’S NEEDS FOR BASIC
MEDICAL CARE

ST JOHN’S,
NF, November, 23, 2001 (C-Fam.org/LSN.ca) – The
medical director of a Catholic relief agency
charges that UN officials in some of the poorest
countries in the world reject the assistance of
obstetricians and gynecologists if they do not
offer reproductive services. Dr. Robert Walley,
medical director of MaterCare International
(MCI), charges he has been routinely ignored by
UN officials once they learned that he was
Catholic and pro-life, even though pregnant women
desperately needed medical attention. Walley
believes these actions show the UN is more
interested in stopping births through
contraception and abortion than helping women who
suffer complications in childbirth. Walley
believes that funding patterns prove where UN
interests lie, arguing that, “While billions
of dollars have been spent on abortion and birth
control programs, only a small fraction is
focused on providing emergency obstetric
services.” Walley’s group, MCI, was
established in 1995 to provide women in the
developing world with basic maternal care. The
organization is comprised of Catholic
obstetricians, gynecologists, midwives and
general practioners. MCI is active mainly in
western Africa, where it seeks to reduce the
world’s worst maternal mortality and morbidity
rates. (Reprinted with permission from Catholic
Family and Human Rights Institute)


BILLIONAIRE’S
MONEY HELPS CULL POPULATIONS

NEBRASKA,
Apr 2, 2001 (LSN.ca) – Although he doesn’t hand
out as much money as fellow billionaire Bill
Gates, investment expert Warren Buffett is coming
under harsh criticism again for the money he
gives away to fund abortion and population
control agendas. In fact, Population Research
Institute president Steven Mosher, reported
Friday that “Buffet eclipses Gates in his
fanatical commitment to population control”
with a foundation “known for funding
projects that other foundations, even those
similarly inclined to limit human numbers, will
not touch.” For example, Mosher notes,
“RU-486 was in part funded by Buffet, who
provided $2 million to the Population Council,
the chief U.S. promoter of the deadly drug’s
legalization.” Buffet also gave $2 million
to “Family Health International for the
development of quinacrine hydrochloride pills,
which once inserted into a woman’s uterus causes
a severe chemical burn that scars shut her
fallopian tubes, thus rendering her sterile.
Quinacrine sterilization has become a favored
method of sterilizing minorities by the
Vietnamese government, not known for its strict
observance of human rights.” Putting the
issue in perspective, and raising questions about
the motives behind such funding, Mosher says,
“some of the wealthiest men in the world
descend like avenging angels on the populations
of the developing world. They seek to decimate
their numbers, to foist upon vulnerable people
abortion, sterilization and contraception. The
real needs of these people, for clean water, good
seed, and a safe homeland, are ignored.”


FAMED
US PRO-LIFE PRIEST DIES

NEW YORK,
Jan 2, 2001 (LSN.ca) – Rev. John Hardon, a very
well known US Catholic priest – a champion for
pro-lifers and homeschoolers – died Saturday
December 30. In an article soon to appear in the
Wanderer, Thomas Droleskey describes Fr. Hardon
as “on the front lines of the pro-life
movement” and one who “spoke out
against the evils of contraception without
compromise, understanding that the denial of the
Sovereignty of God over the sanctity of marital
relations is what led directly to the killing of
innocent babies in their mothers’ wombs under
cover of civil law.” Renowned for his
kindness and patience, Fr. Hardon was totally
opposed to sex education in the classroom.
Moreover he was an untiring proponent of
homeschooling.


2000


DISTURBING
DEVELOPMENTS OVER US CATHOLIC HEALTH DIRECTIVES

WASHINGTON,
Nov 30, 2000 (LSN.ca) – Catholic bishops in the
US were urged by the Vatican to tighten
regulations governing Catholic hospitals. This
followed after several acquisitions and mergers
in the US led to Catholic and Catholic-affiliated
hospitals providing sterilization, abortifacient
contraception and morning-after pills.* However,
the November 15 discussion of the Ethical and
Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care
Services (ERDs) document seems to have weakened
the directives rather than strengthened them.
Tragically, the Catholic Health Association (CHA)
in the US has been at loggerheads with the
Vatican over the directives. The CHA, under
president and CEO Rev. Michael Place, is claiming
that a tightening of the directives, to allow
them to reflect authentic Catholicism, would
result in the loss of Catholic health care
altogether, which at least rules out surgical
abortions. It appears that the CHA and the vocal
Catholics For a Free Choice have won out over
Vatican concerns. The Miami Herald reported
Tuesday that the new revisions deleted
descriptions of sterilization as “evil”
and a declaration that contraception is
“absolutely forbidden.” The Catholic
News Service reported Nov. 21 that Archbishop
Daniel E. Pilarczyk of Cincinnati said, in
stating the case for revisions: “New
situations have arisen, in the already complex
world of health care, to which earlier
expressions of traditional moral principles seem
no longer wholly adequate.” The revised
directives delete an appendix concerning
cooperation that appeared in the 1995 edition.
“It is difficult to find an articulation of
the principles governing cooperation that enjoys
a consensus among theologians,” explained
Abp. Pilarczyk. In its place is a new directive:
“Catholic health care organizations are not
permitted to engage in immediate material
cooperation in wrongdoing” and that is to be
subject to “pastoral judgment.” In a
response to a query about the possibility of
scandal resulting from different dioceses making
different judgments involving seemingly similar
circumstances, Abp. Pilarczyk said,
“Prudential judgment by definition cannot be
standardized. Circumstances vary because no two
Catholic-secular health care alliances are the
same….We cannot guarantee virtue.” Frances
Kissling, director of the pro-abortion Catholics
for a Free Choice, claimed partial credit for the
newest revisions. She said, “this is a sign
that both the Catholic bishops and the Catholic
health systems want to negotiate with the Vatican
behind the scenes. They are hopeful they can
soften the language and get that accepted.”
Her advice to have the watered-down directives
accepted was to delay it until the pope dies.
“Unless this pope dies before this issue is
settled, there is very little chance that the
Vatican is going to back down. I think we will
see as much stalling as the bishops can
muster.”


POPULATION
CONTROL IS MAIN EMPHASIS IN CANADIAN AID

Family
planning considered most beneficial
“health” aid for poor nations

OTTAWA, Sept 8, 2000 (LSN.ca) – On Tuesday,
Canadian International Cooperation Minister Maria
Minna, unveiled a $2.8 billion five-year plan to
promote population control, abortion under the
terminology of reproductive health services,
abortifacient contraception, homosexuality and
sex education targeted at poor nations. The
program purports to address “four key areas
of social development in developing
countries,” namely, “health and
nutrition, basic education, HIV/AIDS, and child
protection.” Backgrounders supplied with the
Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
press release on the subject indicate that, by
“health”, the government means
primarily “reproductive health”, which
includes abortion, sterilization and
contraceptive services. The reason for such heavy
emphasis on “reproductive health” is
clearly laid out in the background info on
health: “Experts believe that family
planning practices would probably bring more
benefits to more people at a lower cost than any
other single health initiative currently
available.”( http://www.acdi-cida.gc.ca/cida_ind.nsf/b2a5f300880e71928525…/a7
52afa53f23abf18525686b006cc1e0?OpenDocument) Even
the goal of providing “basic education”
is motivated by population control. The
government’s own background information papers on
providing “basic education” state the
rationale as: “While high-quality basic
education is important for everyone, supporting
girls’ education is the single highest-yielding
investment that a developing country can make.
Studies show that girls who are educated marry
later, have fewer children.”(http://www.acdi-cida.gc.ca/education-e) Under the
heading of AIDS, CIDA is again donating to
“reproductive health.” The AIDS
backgrounder says, “CIDA is supporting
several major programs that work with community
groups and local organizations to reach
vulnerable groups most at risk. They provide
community reproductive health services, condoms,
and help slow the spread of HIV infection through
training, education and peer counselling.” (http://www.acdi-cida.gc.ca/aids.htm)

As if the $2.8 billion were not enough, yesterday
Minna announced another “$5 million
contribution over five years to improve access to
reproductive and health services for youth and
adolescents in Bangladesh.”( http://www.acdi-cida.gc.ca/cida_ind.nsf/dccfe1952450f5528525…/5d
2b6c0831fc69b185256953004af5f3?OpenDocument)


ANOTHER
CANADIAN BISHOP REJECTS FEMINIST MARCH 2000

YARMOUTH,
June 15, 2000(LSN.ca) – In a letter clearly
outlining the reasons against Catholic
participation in the World March of Women, James
M. Wingle, Bishop of Yarmouth, has said that his
diocese “cannot support” the March. The
following quotes from the bishop’s letter are
self-explanatory and prove the March as
insupportable from a Catholic position.
“Anything that compromises or clouds our
witness to this utterly essential good of life
and the inalienable right to it, must be
rejected. It is radically inconsistent and
mutually contradictory to espouse a defense of
the dignity and rights of women, while refusing
to defend the right to life of unborn children.
No amount of reference to other good intentions
in actions we take or positions we support can
ever justify compromise in our inescapable
responsibility of choosing to be unconditionally
pro-life.” Bishop Wingle quotes the pope in
his encyclical Evangelium Vitae, “Gods
commandments teach us the way of life. The
negative moral precepts, which declare that the
choice of certain actions is morally
unacceptable, have an absolute value for human
freedom: they are valid always and everywhere,
without exception. They make it clear that the
choice of certain ways of acting is radically
incompatible with the love of God and with the
dignity of the person created in his image. Such
choices cannot be redeemed by the goodness of any
intention or of any consequence; they are
irrevocably opposed to the bond between persons;
they contradict the fundamental decision to
direct ones life to God.” (Evangelium Vitae,
# 75.) The bishop concludes saying, “Some
may have hoped at an earlier time that by
offering qualified support to the World March, an
influence could be exercised on those responsible
for the leadership of the March to foster in the
expressions of the March only the inclusion of
goals and aims that are worthy and consistent
with the Church’s teaching on life, marriage and
family. Such hope is now demonstrated to be
futile. One after another of the national
committees of the World March of Women list among
their objectives and demands the inclusion of
abortion and same-sex unions. The Canadian
organizing committee, the United States
committee, the Swiss committee, – to mention but
a few – have each in turn called for the
enshrinement of access to contraception and
abortion as an integral part of what they call
women’s reproductive health. They also demand
legal recognition of same-sex unions. While these
demands are not typically listed as the first
objectives of the March, the fact that they are
integrally included is more than sufficient
grounds to warrant the removal of any support for
the March on the part of individuals, groups or
associations of the Catholic Church.”


HUNGARIAN
OFFICIAL TRIES ETHNIC CLEANSING WITH
CONTRACEPTIVES

BUDAPEST,
Apr 11, 2000 (LSN.ca) – Taking a hint from
UNFPA’s work in Kosovo, Hungary’s deputy state
secretary has proposed using free contraception
to depopulate Gypsies (known as the Roma) in
Hungary. A news brief in the British Medical
Journal of April 1, 2000 notes that Peter
Szégvári, deputy state secretary in the
Hungarian prime minister’s office, has approved a
proposal for supplying free contraceptives to the
country’s 500,000 Roma population to combat
“excessive multiplication”. The
government is considering legal action against
him for the possible violation of minority rights
laws. See the British Medical Journal at:

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/320/7239/890/b


PACKARD
AND TURNER TARGET 3RD WORLD FOR POP CONTROL

Boy Scouts
Paid To Push Abortion

NEW YORK, Mar 27, 2000 (LSN.ca) – Last Thursday,
the foundations of both deceased computer tycoon
David Packard and CNN media mogul Ted Turner
announced multi-million dollar spending for
depopulation among people of colour in the third
world. The David and Lucille Packard Foundation
announced more than $13 million in new grants
“to develop innovative ways to bring
voluntary family planning services to young
people in the developing world.” The Packard
money will go partly to the cleverly named
“Family Health International” (FHI)
which, exploiting and redefining the role of the
World Association of Girl Guides and Boy Scouts,
will educate up to 900 Boy Scouts and Girl Guides
in India on adolescent and reproductive health.
According to FHI, trained Boy Scouts and Girl
Guides who earn the new Healthy Adolescent
Project Badge will become peer educators and
reach, in turn, at least 22,500 adolescents and
young adults in the Health Adolescent Refugees
Program (HARP).” The remainder will go to
“Teen Healthquarters” in the
Philippines. The foundation notes that Teen
Healthquarters, “provides Filipino
adolescents with counseling services, education,
and primary healthcare including a full range of
reproductive health services.” This means
very explicit sex information and promotion of
condoms, contraception and abortion and
acceptance of unmarried sexual activity and
homosexuality and undermining of important
cultural and religious traditions. Turner’s cash
will go to projects such as: “improv[ing]
the reproductive health of adolescent girls in
rural Bangladesh” ($1,063,705); Social
licensing of reproductive health clinics in
Honduras ($2,513,338); and “voluntary
confidential counseling and testing for HIV/AIDS,
distribution of condoms, treatment of
sexually-transmitted diseases, family planning
and HIV/AIDS and sexual education” in
Mozambique ($2,751,000).


SEX-ED
CAUSES MASSIVE INCREASE IN TEEN SEX AND BIRTHRATE
IN BRAZIL

RIO DE
JANEIRO, Jan 14, 2000 (LSN.ca) – Recent Brazilian
statistics indicate a 19 percent increase in the
birthrate for girls aged 15 through 19 from 1993
to 1998. The Washington Post reports that the
“birthrate among girls aged 10 to 14 leaped
31 percent during the same period.” Liberal
sages are puzzled by the stats. The Post calls
the soaring pregnancy rate “a mystifying
development given the unprecedented efforts of
the past decade here to provide more information
about, and access to, contraceptives.”
That’s exactly why the birthrate has soared,
argue sex-ed critics, who have found the same
results in repeated studies throughout North
America. Critics note that graphic sex-ed and the
promotion of contraception rather than abstinence
always lead to greater promiscuity and hence
more, rather than less, teenage pregnancy. Some
even argue that sex-ed advocates are aware of
this data, but that, in view of the lucrative
nature of abortion, the economic incentives
encourage them to continue pushing an agenda that
will increase the pregnancy rate. Groups like
Planned Parenthood, which face a conflict of
interest in this regard in the U.S., obviously
deny such allegations, yet they have been made
fully aware of the destructive impact of the kind
of sex education they advocate for young people
in the schools. Predictably, Brazilian officials
are calling for more sex-ed, not less, in the
face of these new statistics. The Post reports
that Brazil’s “Health Ministry is to make
prevention of teen pregnancy a top
priority.” It “plans, among other
things, to train 640,000 teachers and health
professionals – including gynecologists to
psychologists – to provide more and better
information to teenagers.”


1999


SCOTTISH
HEALTH MINISTER THREATENS PRO-LIFERS

EDINBURGH,
Dec 3, 1999 (LSN.ca) – Scottish Health Minister
Susan Deacon threatened pro-lifers with criminal
legislation, commanding them to “back
off” from protests outside abortuaries.
Precious Life spokesman Jim Dowson said he
“utterly condemned” any violence and
said that the protests were to educate. Despite
the groups commitment to peaceful activism,
Deacon had no tolerance for them. “What I am
saying to these extremists is that it’s time for
them to back off from the clinics, from the
support services that provide that advice and
support,” she said. Dowson said Deacon’s
remarks were reminiscent of Josef Stalin,
“It’s the pro-life lobby at the moment, next
year who is it going to be? It’s a clear message
from the state that they will not tolerate any
dissent at all.” Minister Deacon also upset
the Catholic Church with her strategies to
implement “targeted provision of condoms and
pills” directed at youth. “I want to
see more, new, convenient facilities to offer
modern, effective ways of delivering sexual
advice and targeted contraception in settings
which attract young people,” she said in an
address to the Public Health Medicine in
Edinburgh. Commenting on Deacon’s remarks, the
leader of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland,
Cardinal Thomas Winning, said I condemn quite
unreservedly the suggestion by Ms Deacon that we
should have a massive expansion in clinics
offering sex advice, condoms and very possibly
abortifacient morning after pills. I say to her:
“You show no respect for the young people of
Scotland by offering them easy sex with no
thought for the consequences.”


Child’s
Rights Convention Propaganda Campaign Unveiled

OTTAWA,
Sept 14, 1999 (LSN) – The Canadian branch of the
United Nations Children’s Fund and Elections
Canada have released the ten rights to be voted
on by Canadian youth under 18 in a mock national
election to be held November 19. As LifeSite
warned in July, the rights would likely promote
the often anti-family ideals of the United
Nations, especially the criminalization of
corporal punishment. The newly released rights
“candidates” proved LifeSite’s warnings
accurate. Subsumed under the right of
“Education”, the first right listed of
ten, it specifies that “the discipline used
in our schools must not go against our human
dignity.” In further explanation, the UNICEF
Canada information notes that “any form of
school – and parental – discipline must respect
the child’s human dignity.” As evidenced by
the reports from the Committee on the Convention
on the Rights of the Child, the prohibition of
spanking as a form of discipline has proved to be
the first major focus in reviews of nations’
compliance to the UN Convention on the Rights of
the Child. (see links below) The ten rights
candidates are the rights to: education, family,
food and shelter, health, name and nationality,
non-discrimination, own culture, protection from
harm, rest and play, and share opinions. A poster
featuring the ballot and the Web site address for
registration is being distributed to over 15,000
Canadian schools, school boards and educational
organizations. The event’s Web site is at http://www.itsyourvoice.com and it
features a teachers guide. The Convention on the
Rights of the Child has many other implications
which greatly disturb family organization
leaders. This vote in the schools is a
consciousness-raising exercise to make Canada’s
children aware of their supposed rights under the
UN Convention to claim personal authority on all
moral, educational, religious and many other
matters (subsumed under the right to SHARE
OPINIONS). The allowance of a UNICEF sponsored
program in Catholic, Christian and Orthodox
Jewish schools will also bring controversy since
UNICEF has become a prominent partner in the
abortion, contraception and sterilization
programs of the U.N. The resulting withdrawal of
a Vatican contribution to the UN’s children’s
organization three years ago led to many Catholic
schools abandoning the traditional practice of
UNICEF fundraising via Halloween boxes. The
tremendous cost of this so-called national vote
will fall squarely on the shoulders of Canadian
taxpayers despite the fact that there was no
legislative debate on the matter nor any other
public consultation. Supporters of the election
include the Department of Foreign Affairs and
International Trade, Canadian Heritage, Human
Resources Development Canada’s Youth Initiatives
Branch and Aboriginal Relations Office, the
National Capital Commission, and the National
Film Board of Canada.


UN
ORDERS CHILE TO PROVIDE ABORTION AND DIVORCE

UNITED
NATIONS, June 23,1999 (LSN) – Yesterday, the UN’s
Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination
against Women completed its review of Chile’s
compliance with the 1979 Convention on the
Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination
against Women. The UN complained bitterly that
Chile did not offer legal abortion or divorce and
demanded that laws “must” be changed.
The UN used its familiar tactic of arguing
abortions must be legalized or else unsafe
abortions done in secret will hurt and even kill
women. Critics argue that the exact same argument
could be made to legalize and mandate government
provision of prostitution, drug abuse and
suicide. Regarding abortion, the UN report on the
committee’s deliberations noted that “the
prohibition on abortion — for any reason — was
another issue of great concern. Year after year,
clandestine abortions had horrible consequences,
particularly for poorer women who could not
travel abroad to address their situation.”
“At the very least, the termination of
pregnancy should be allowed for health
reason,” one UN “expert” demanded.
Harping on familiar notes, the Chilean government
was told “every woman must be able to decide
on the number, timing and spacing of her
children. To do that, women needed education,
information and access to contraceptive
information. It was deeply troubling that in
emergency situations, including cases of rape,
emergency contraceptive measures were not
available.” In addressing the lack of
divorce in the country, the UN report said
“Chile’s lack of a divorce law was a
concern. It was surprising that the marriage link
could not be done away with when the causes for
it ceased to exist.” The UN instructed the
Chilean lawmakers that a divorce law “should
not be constructed in a way that prevented the
true dissolution of a marriage. It must be
formulated to allow the couple to remarry,
especially the woman. Also, the bill’s provisions
must not render it difficult to obtain a divorce,
particularly when initiated by the woman.”


1998


UN
CHILDREN’S AGENCY ADVOCATES KILLING CHILDREN IN
THE WOMB

NEW YORK,
Sept 11, 1998

(LSN) –
Yesterday the United Nations Children’s Fund
(UNICEF) issued a new report called The Progress
of Nations 1998 in which the organization
supposedly geared to the best interests of
children advocates killing them in the womb. The
report does cover some authentic improvements for
the welfare of children around the world, but one
very disturbing section on women is preoccupied
with the promotion of sex ed, contraception, and
reproductive health services (a favourite U.N.
euphemism for abortion) for children and youth.
In its section on women the report says, “In
1994, the international community acknowledged
young people’s reproductive health rights in the
Programme of Action at the International
Conference on Population and Development in
Cairo.” It continues by complaining that
” young people, girls in particular, have
been denied their rights and society has not paid
attention to their needs.” Despite the
overwhelming and explicit evidence to the
contrary, the UN insists that “sex education
delays young people’s sexual initiation or
reduces the number of partners.” Apparently
the UN does not recognize the link between the
increased “need” for reproductive
health services and the sex education industry:
the report also insisted that “information
is not enough. Young people need services,
especially youth- friendly health services.”


August 1998

http://www.campaignlifecoalition.com/national_news/news_0898.html

Bishop Roman Danylak Calls for
Clear Teaching on Marital Chastity

There’s
an ever-increasing awareness among pro-lifers of
the crucial connection between abortion and the
“contraceptive mentality”—the
widespread assumption that sex is for pleasure,
and that it doesn’t necessarily have anything to
do with the transmission of new human life. We’re
all appreciating more and more how that attitude
has played a crucial role in the abortion
explosion of the last few decades. In fact, CLC
is preparing an information pamphlet for people
to consider the problems associated with
contraception, and the connection between
contraception and abortion. Traditional Catholics
in Canada have long felt that their bishops have
failed to speak out on these issues as they
should, and many laypeople think the source of
the problem is the bishops’ controversial 1968
“Winnipeg Statement,” which has been
widely interpreted as allowing contraception in
certain circumstances. Now, finally, Bishop Roman
Danylak of the Ukrainian eparchy of Toronto
(which covers all of Canada east of Manitoba),
has called on his brother bishops to withdraw the
“Winnipeg Statement,” and to issue a
ringing endorsement of Pope Paul VI’s
“birth-control encyclical,” Humanae
vitae. (See the July-August issue of Catholic
Insight magazine for the whole story.) Bishop
Danylak has been an outstanding champion of the
pro-life cause, and a great friend to CLC, by the
way. ACTION ITEM FOR CATHOLIC SUPPORTERS:
Contact your bishop, and politely encourage him
to endorse Bishop Danylak’s call for a ringing
endorsement of the Church’s teaching on
contraception. I should add that this issue
isn’t just a “Catholic issue.” Many of
our Protestant leaders and supporters are
increasingly concerned about what contraception
does to married life as presented in the Bible,
and also about the various links between
contraception and abortion. A well-known
Protestant minister in the U.S., Randy Alcorn,
has written a booklet on the subject, which will
be reviewed by Rory Leishman (an outstanding
pro-life journalist in London, Ontario, who is a
Presbyterian) in the August issue of The Interim.


1997


CONDOM
CO LACKEY FONDA FIGHTS ABSTINENCE PROGRAMS

WASHINGTON,
Oct 9, 1997 (LSN) – A British condom manufacturer
Durex, which made nearly $50 million in profits
last year largely from the sale of condoms,has
decided to fund Jane Fonda in her campaign
against the American government efforts to teach
children about sexual abstinence rather than
contraception. Congress voted last year to spend
$50 million a year over the next five years on
sexual education programmes that focus
exclusively on abstinence. This action was
undertaken since the simple message of saying
“no” to sex is confused if children are
simultaneously told about the pill, condoms, and
other contraceptives. Fonda appeared on ABC-TV’s
Good Morning America touting her paid-for
message, “Abstinence until marriage is based on
a world that isn’t out there”. When asked about
the condom company’s involvement she said “The
company was stunned, as many Americans were, that
the government . . . is giving $50 million a year
for five years to states for abstinence-until
-marriage programmes”. Finally she pontificated,
“Most Americans don’t know their tax money is
being used for that [and] most don’t want it.”
In response Senator Lauch Faircloth said: “Ms
Fonda and the Durex company have . . . completely
missed the point. Most programmes which promote
‘safe sex’, as does Truth for Youth (Fonda’s new
venture), assume they will ‘do it anyway’ and try
to minimise the damage. It’s more effective to
try to prevent out-of-wedlock sexual activity in
the first place. Everybody is not doing it.”


CATHOLIC
LEADERS SEE CONSPIRACY AGAINST FAMILY

Vatican
Update from Catholic World News for October 2,
1997

VATICAN (CWN) — As the world encounter with
families opened in Rio de Janeiro, and awaited
the arrival of Pope John Paul II, one Vatican
official spoke of a “conspiracy”
against family life, while a leading Latin
American prelate accused the United States of
engaging in a crusade to promote abortion.
Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, president of the
Pontifical Council for the Family, spoke at the
opening of the Rio congress. He told an audience
of 2,500 official delegates from all across the
world that families play the crucial role in the
development of any society, and that earnest
Catholics must fight against “harsh and
systematic attacks” against family
integrity, which he attributed to “a global
conspiracy against life.” The cardinal, who
is Colombian by birth, cautioned against the
tendency of Christians to sequester themselves in
“safe” havens, and insisted that in
order to save themselves and their societies–
and to spread the message of the Gospel–
Catholic families must become engaged in the
“culture wars.” The best defense of the
family, he said, will come from families
themselves. And the defense of the family is a
principle element of the “new
evangelization” which will help the Church
usher in the 3rd Christian millennium. Following
Cardinal Trujillo to the podium, a prominent
American legal scholar followed up on the
prelate’s argument, saying that many
international organizations– particularly the
United Nations– are engaged in efforts to
promote contraception, with enormous negative
consequences for family life. Harvard professor
Mary Ann Glendon, who acquired considerable
experience in working with international
organizations when she headed the Vatican
delegation to the UN conference on women in
Beijing, said that powerful lobbying groups were
leading international bodies toward a posture
that would favor the autonomy of children over
parental discipline, and homosexual activity over
married love. Archbishop Oscar Andres Rodriguez
Maradiaga of Tegulcigalpa, Honduras, completed
the argument by pointing a finger directly at the
United States, which he said is the ultimate
source of the campaign that is now undermining
family life, especially in Latin America. The
archbishop, who is the president of the Latin
American bishops’ conference CELAM, complained
that the US sees Latin America in simplistic
terms, as a source of illegal immigrants and of
drug traffic. “They fall into the fallacy of
thinking that we are underdeveloped because we
are populous,” he continued, and as a result
the US political leadership sponsors heavy-handed
measures to control population. While
organizations backed by US aid have distributed
condoms and lobbied for legalized abortion,
Archbishop Rodriguez said, the fundamental
problems of the region cannot be solved without a
change in individual attitudes and individual
behavior. The Church in Latin America, he said,
must face the real problems of the region, which
include consumerism, individualism, and the
growth of religious sects.


“Those who never retract their
opinions love themselves more than they love
truth.” – Joubert

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