Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Mainstream Pro-Abortion Group at Odds with Radical "Stop Patriarchy"

What is Stop Patriarch's beef against maintream pro-abortion groups?


"They’ve never seen the word abortion uttered by anybody who supports it. They’ve only heard choice."

Hear hear!

And let's make sure that people don't only HEAR the word "abortion", let's make them see abortion: how it's done, and how it destroys human life.

And here's another choice quotation:

"Fetuses are not babies"

If you take that statement to its logical conclusion, you will have to contend with a lot of women who treat their unborn and miscarried babies as babies.

Well they're babies if women say they're babies.(Channeling)

How patronizing. A thing doesn't change what it is just because you think about it differently. If women are wrong, then say so.

These ladies may bring more honesty to the abortion debate.

The Hazards of Medical Marijuana

The courts have been conned, says Francescutti, and regardless of some studies indicating that pot is all that and a bag of chips, the evidence supporting the use of marijuana for medical purposes does not reach the standard of scientific research that all other medicines must do. This includes information on dose, effects on interactions with other medications, and effects of long-term use. FDA-approved medications have to go through clinical, double-blind studies with big sample sizes before they get the physician seal of approval: Pot should too, doctors say.

I have always been suspicious of a drug that you have to smoke or inhale to reap the benefits. You have to damage your lungs to get relief?

And if it's so valuable as a medicine, why isn't Big Pharma taking this up?

I agree with the columnist that instead of using the medical arena to de-stigmatize pot, let's just talk about the facts in the social arena.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Prenatal Meditation Affects Infant Temperament: Study

Interesting study, but I'm going to need a lot more confirmation on this:
Meditation is important in facilitating health. Pregnancy health has been shown to have significant consequences for infant behaviors. In view of limited studies on meditation and infant temperament, this study aims to explore the effects of prenatal meditation on these aspects. The conceptual framework was based on the postulation of positive relationships between prenatal meditation and infant health. A randomized control quantitative study was carried out at Obstetric Unit, Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Hong Kong. 64 pregnant Chinese women were recruited for intervention and 59 were for control. Outcome measures were cord blood cortisol, infant salivary cortisol, and Carey Infant Temperament Questionnaire. Cord blood cortisol level of babies was higher in the intervention group (p<0.01) indicates positive health status of the newborns verifies that prenatal meditation can influence fetal health. Carey Infant Temperament Questionnaire showed that the infants of intervention group have better temperament (p<0.05) at fifth month reflects the importance of prenatal meditation in relation to child health. Present study concludes the positive effects of prenatal meditation on infant behaviors and recommends that pregnancy care providers should provide prenatal meditation to pregnant women.

Infant Behav Dev. 2014 Jul 23;37(4):556-561. doi: 10.1016/j.infbeh.2014.06.011. [Epub ahead of print]
Prenatal meditation influences infant behaviors.
Chan KP.

Another Article Illustrating Why We Don't Need Feminism

This is a history article written by an M.A. student in History and Gender Studies underscoring the "need" for feminism.

This is based on the premise that we have achieved reproductive justice. With several birth control options widely available, the decriminalization of abortion, and sex education required by provincial curricula, those downplaying the relevance of feminism argue that victory was achieved in the fight for reproductive rights. This argument that we live in a “post feminist society” stems from a lack of understanding, or misunderstanding, of feminism and reproductive rights.[2] The misconception that reproductive rights have been achieved is concerning, as it encourages society to ignore the social barriers and the issues of access that remain prevalent today.

Ugh, that condescending attitude. If you think we don't need feminism, it's because you don't really understand reproductive rights.

Indian Study Details Two Cases of Late-Term Tubal Pregnancies

This blew my mind.

A fetus is not supposed to survive two tubal pregnancy past 12 weeks.

In this study, a tubal pregnancy of 14 weeks, and one-- incredibly-- of 26 weeks-- were documented. By the time the doctors examined the patients, the babies were dead.

I'm just astounded that babies could survive that long.

Pictures of the children are provided. The baby who survived until 26 weeks was quite deformed. If you look at the head, it seems abnormally flattened. Having developed in the fallopian tube, his body did not have the room to develop normally.

I'm just wondering how a woman can have a tubal pregnancy last that long and not die.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

NB Medical Society Calls on Government to Increase Access to Abortion

Besides being anti-fetal rights, this is insanely statist.

If doctors want more access to abortion, all they have to do is provide it.


What they want is for the government to pay them.

So it's a kind of extortion.

But hey feminists, don't see it for what it is or anything.

10 Reasons I Am No Longer a Leftist

I can vouch for this, and it's probably truer now than it was 20 years ago when I was a leftist.

You will find some hate on the right.

But in my experience, the hate on the left far exceeds the hate on the right.

When you express in a room full of leftists an idea they disagree with, they muster up a lot of righteous indignation, express shock and eventually demonize you.

When you are in a crowd of right-wingers, you might get an eye-roll,  but on the whole, there is a feeling of "agree to disagree".

Friday, July 25, 2014

One Week Without Abortions at the Morgentaler Abortuary in Fredericton

As many of you know, the Morgentaler Abortuary is slated to close at the end of the month.

It stopped doing abortions as of last Friday.

I am posting in gratitude to God, for having answered our prayers, and shut down this evil enterprise.

There is, of course, a crowd-funding campaign to raise money in order to be able to other financial backing to essentially take over the clinic.

It is not impossible that the clinic re-opens in the future. It would require a heck of a lot of financing. Or political maneuvering.

But for now, though, the suction machine is silent. For this, I am grateful. Pro-life readers, say a prayer right now: Thank you Lord for having stopped the killing at Morgentaler's.

We must be grateful for small victories.

Pope Francis Eats at Vatican Employee Cafeteria

From Vatican Radio, reproduced on News.va:

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis made a surprise visit on Friday to the Vatican’s canteen for its employees.  He turned up there unexpected shortly after noon much to everybody’s astonishment and after taking a tray and cutlery joined the line with all the employees to be served his lunch.  Staff at the canteen said he ate pasta without sauce and cod served with grilled tomatoes.  He ate his lunch at a long table alongside a group of various employees.  Describing the papal visit as "like a thunderbolt out of the blue," the canteen’s chef Franco Pai'ni said the Pope was introduced to the staff and others there and asked them questions about themselves and their work. Afterwards, he paid them compliments on the quality of the food,  gave his blessing and took part in a group photo before leaving.   

I love that man.

Dear CEO's of the world: if you want to boost employee morale, you might want to do something like this. Just a thought.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Time Magazine: WomenAgainstFeminism Gets it Right

From Time Magazine:

For the most part, Women Against Feminism are quite willing to acknowledge and credit feminism’s past battles for women’s rights in the West, as well as the severe oppression women still suffer in many parts of the world. But they also say that modern Western feminism has become a divisive and sometimes hateful force, a movement that dramatically exaggerates female woes while ignoring men’s problems, stifles dissenting views, and dwells obsessively on men’s misbehavior and women’s personal wrongs.

ICYMI: My Reflections on WomenAgainstFeminism

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

BBC to Adopt Quotas for Disabled People On Air

As opposed to hiring disabled people based on need and merit.

Babies Can Learn Nursery Rhymes in the Womb: Study

While I wouldn't make too much of this study, it does show that fetuses are not the inert beings many make them out to be.

Reflections on WomenAgainstFeminism

In recent days, I've been contributing to the #WomenAgainstFeminism hashtag on Twitter.

I've been having lots of fun!

That tag trended last night, which invited a lot of scrutiny from self-professed feminists who couldn't believe in this day and age that there are women against feminism.

It's just as well that Twitter only allows for 140 characters because I would have ranted against that.

One the most common responses to the #WomenAgainstFeminism hashtag was that feminism is about belief in equality.

The implicit message being that if you believe in equality, you're a feminist.

Anyone who has any dealings with feminism knows that it's BS.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Another One for the Future of ProLife Activism File

BUSTED: FedEx indicted on numerous counts for shipping illegal internet pharmacy drugs

It's almost certain that at some point, abortion drugs were delivered.

When all the clinics are closed, we might be protesting FedEx for its role in black market abortions.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

What Should You Be Doing During Mass?

An answer to the complaint: Mass is Boring!

The short answer is: you're supposed to be making an offering, along with the priest.

That's why it's called the Sacrifice of the Mass.

If you don't pray during  the week, think about Jesus during the week, and don't know your Catholic theology, Mass is going to be very tedious.

That's why most Catholics don't go.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

It's Time to Rid the Church of Self-Referential Spirituality

I know this is long, but I feel this needed to be said...

As many of you know, I run a blog called The Catholic Breadbox, in which I publish quotes culled from the great writers and big names of the Church's history.

I read Catholic spiritual works with an eye to accumulating quotes for this blog.

This week I went to the public library and checked out Jean Vanier: Essential Writings, an anthology of his writings and talks.

I read through the introduction, which was a biography of his life, and two of the excerpts.

And then I couldn't continue. I could not take one more page of his insipid take on spirituality.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Why We Don't Use Birth Control

In response to the other meme going around.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Joyce Arthur: No to Conscientious Objection

Joyce Arthur: the gift that keeps on giving.

I had to laugh at this statement:

"Doctors who invoke CO to not perform abortions can benefit professionallyby spending more of their time delivering more “reputable” or higher status treatments compared to their abortion-providing colleagues. As a result, they can escape stigma and boost their careers, reputations, and salaries."

And FORCING doctors to do abortions will just boost the reputation of abortion. It's so obviously ethical and non-problematic that doctors have to be forced to do it.

Now why in the world would delivering babies or doing gynecological surgery be higher status?

Joyce Arthur is a militant atheist. Never trust a militant atheist to uphold religious freedom.

Opposing Late-Term Abortion is Now "Slut-Shaming"

I mean, it couldn't POSSIBLY have to do with concern for the unborn child.

Newshounds explains the pro-life philosophy this way:

If you're carrying a diseased fetus that will eventually (but not right now) kill you, you need to STFU.


Because women who have wanted pregnancies and have late-term abortion think of their lovely angels as diseased fetuses.

Not disabled or compromised.

Keep talking, abortion supporters. "Slut-shaming" is the new "racist!".

South Africa: New Target in the Fight Against "Unsafe" Abortion

Safe and Legal!

Recent international research by the Pew Research Center, a non-partisan think tank based in Washington DC, found that more than half of abortions in the country are backstreet rather than legal, and that just under two thirds of the population find abortions “morally unacceptable”.

Simon Cooke, global chief executive of Marie Stopes International, said on a recent visit to three provinces: “It is shocking that - despite having one of the most progressive abortion laws in the world - South Africa is a place where we still see women choosing backstreet providers.”

Remember how legalizing abortion was supposed to make everything great?

Poor-choicers like to make comparisons about countries that legalize abortion compared to those that don't.

You can't. And this shows why.

Because it's a matter of the healthcare system, and what the culture is in regards to healthcare.

Western countries have a very scientific, very "hygienic" view of healthcare.

In other countries, the local herbalist is as valid a source of medical knowledge as the college-educated doctor.

And legality has nothing to do with it. People break the laws with impunity, given the lax or arbitrary state of law enforcement.

What would happen if South Africa cracked down on these illegal abortion providers?

Women wouldn't get their abortions. There would be too few legal abortionists for the demand.

So they're not going to crack down on these illegal providers.

That's how it often works in Third World countries. That's why the saying that countries with legal abortion have fewer abortions is bogus (among other reasons). They don't want the political fallout from legalizing abortion, but they're perfectly happy to have backstreet abortion clinics.

The South Africans aren't going to do anything about these clinics. They might crack down on the most notorious abortionists, but as long as they keep their head down, nobody is going to prosecute them.

It's the same thing in Latin American countries. If abortions are allowed to happen, it's because political elites allow it. The laws are not strictly enforced.

All this to say that a lot of  what people say about legal/illegal abortion is bogus. Legality has nothing to do with whether abortion is "safe" or "unsafe".