October 11, 2007
A Life and Death Decision
Dear Friend of Families,
Whether to have an abortion is literally a life and death decision. An abortion always takes the life of an unborn child and can affect the lives of numerous people related to the aborted child. Abortion has ended the lives of tens of millions of these defenseless infants. But abortion also carries with it serious risks for the mother.
To help mothers, the public, and policy makers understand what is really at stake, Family Watch International has prepared a new Policy Brief on Abortion to cut through the euphemisms such as “choice” and “rights” and help people understand what abortion really entails. I warn you that some of the information in this brief is very disturbing.
Surely if women really understood the gruesome realities of abortion and the potential repercussions to their physical and emotional health, there would be fewer abortions. Please take the time to read this two-page brief and become familiar with these alarming facts.
You may want to pass this on to anyone you know who is considering an abortion. It can also be used as a tool to affect public policy decisions regarding abortion.
Our friends at the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-Fam) have alerted the worldwide pro-family community to the fact that UNICEF will be chairing a new global movement for women and children called “Delver Now.”
Although this campaign has some laudable goals for helping women and children, this does not obscure the fact that they are also calling for the “safe” abortion of children.
So why is UNICEF, the world’s leading organization charged with protecting children, chairing a campaign to “safely” kill unborn children?
And why aren’t more people asking this question? We and other groups will certainly be working to make sure that more people do in fact ask it.
Also ironic is the fact that the “Deliver Now” campaign calling for “safe abortion” is coordinated by a group called The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health, chaired by Kul Gautam, the deputy executive director of UNICEF and assistant secretary-general of the UN.
Certainly, an organization that claims to promote newborn health should not be promoting abortion, except maybe in the extremely rare cases when it could save the life of the mother.
UN agencies and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) such as Planned Parenthood and wealthy donors such as Bill Gates have all lined up to support this campaign. One of the ways pro-abortion proponents try to justify calling for “legal” or “safe” abortion is to claim that legalizing abortion will prevent thousands of women from dying. However, C-Fam reports that in countries where abortion is illegal such as Ireland, there are fewer maternal deaths, not more. They also point out that in the U.S. where abortion is legal, that the number of abortions rose this year.
Did you know that the most dangerous place for a child is in the womb, because almost a third of all babies are aborted?
Let us honor our mothers and all women who choose to nurture life rather than to allow someone to violently take it from them. And let us support efforts of good organizations who are reaching out to help women who have had abortions before fully understanding the consequences. It is our hope that more women will become better informed with the information in our Abortion Policy Brief, and be empowered to choose life for their unborn children.
News Items of Interest
Colombia Court: Same-Sex Relationships Must Be Recognized
Columbia’s highest court has ruled that homosexual individuals may add their partners to their health insurance. The decision follows an earlier ruling that granted inheritance rights to same-sex couples who could prove that they had been living together for two years. The ruling cannot be appealed. Read more here.
Folsom Street Fair Draws 400,000 Homosexuals But No Media
The 24th annual Folsom Street Fair held in San Francisco, California attracted an estimated 400,000 people from all over the world, most of them homosexuals, to publicly celebrate their sexual behavior and their chosen lifestyle. The fair celebrates sadomasochism or “leather pride” and was marked by public nudity and sex acts, but a noticeable absence of police officers and mainstream media who apparently turned their heads and ignored the fair. Read more here.
New Zealand Right to Life Wins Court Ruling on 1977 Abortion Law
Right To Life New Zealand, the leading pro-life group in that country, has won a court battle in a lawsuit filed against the Abortion Supervisory Committee. Right To Life claimed that the 1977 New Zealand abortion law was intended to provide abortion guidelines, but has been misinterpreted and used to promote unlimited abortions instead. The Judge rejected a request from the Abortion Supervisory Committee to dismiss the lawsuit. Read more here.
New Study Shows Abortion “Best Predictor” of Breast Cancer
A new study published in the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons showed that among seven major risk factors, abortion is the “best predictor” of breast cancer risk. The study predicts breast cancer rates of women based on abortion rates. Countries such as England and Wales with higher abortion rates can expect an increase in breast cancer. In Ireland, where abortion rates are low, a smaller increase in breast cancer is expected. In countries where abortion rates have decreased, a decline in breast cancer is expected. Read more here. Read the study here.
Europe Proceeds With Death Penalty Day Despite Poland’s Abortion Protest
In spite of Poland’s opposition to the European Day Against Death Penalty, it will go forward as planned. The Polish government is against the initiative and has maintained that while they do not support the death penalty, other right-to-life violations such as abortion and euthanasia must not be ignored. Krzysztof Bosak, Polish member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe said, “If we are to discuss life issues, let us be honest and not hypocritical. It is not the death penalty, but abortion and euthanasia that kills millions of innocent European citizens every year. This is a real problem that should be highlighted.” The Polish government has been accused of refusing to accept “European Values.” Read more here.
New British Law: Anti-Homosexual Comments Could Lead to Seven Years in Jail
Those who stir up hatred against homosexuals in Britain may soon be punished with a seven-year jail sentence. The legislation, an amendment to the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill, will criminalize the speech of those whose comments might lead to the bullying or harassment of homosexuals. Stonewall, a gay pressure group claims that the law will not affect those who express views against homosexuality in a “temperate” and “polite” way. Read more here.
Gay Marriage Legislation Proposed in Sweden
The leaders of Sweden’s three opposition parties, the Social Democrat, Left and Green parties, are demanding that the government pass same-sex marriage legislation by March 18. With the majority of the Parliament in favor of the legislation, only one party, the Christian Democrats, is opposed. The bill cannot be advanced as long as it is blocked by the Christian Democrats. Read more here.
Have We Gone MAD?
FWI Communications Director Lynn Allred offers some bizarre, real-life examples that make us wonder. . . Have We Gone MAD?
National Organization for Whiners
Warning: I am not making this up. Cross my heart.
The National Organization for Women (NOW) has filed a federal complaint against three programs funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services because. . .well, because. . .(I’m so embarrassed for them) because. . . they’re. . . Responsible Fatherhood programs. There, I said it. These outrageous government programs are aimed at helping low- and middle-income fathers (that’s right—fathers—you know, the ones with those pesky Y chromosomes) improve their economic status through financial and career counseling and other services. One of the programs is even, EVEN targeting (brace yourself) incarcerated fathers, military fathers, and fathers with disabled children. Seems that NOW thinks it just ain’t fair for FATHERHOOD Initiatives to be for FATHERS because it discriminates against MOTHERS. Hey, NOW!!! Do you think it’s at all possible that WOMEN and CHILDREN might, just might benefit if FATHERS could improve their economic status? What a concept! In the final analysis though, NOW misses the point. There is no sex discrimination here. I’m sure that any woman who is also a father would certainly be welcome to attend.
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