Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Will The Collapse of Planned Parenthood Mean the End of The Abortion Industry?

I wish I could be as confident as Jill Stanek.

Abortion is, logistically, easier to arrange than ever before.

And that's due to the proliferation of abortion pills.

Right now, the set up for abortion in the United States is not sustainable for Planned Parenthood.

The way things are done in the U.S. with surgical abortion predominating, it requires a heck of a lot of overhead and specialized, expensive labour.

Now, I think that the preference for first trimester surgical abortion will always remain because it's over and done with in one day.

But abortion pills change the dynamic.

Yes, there has to be a backup surgeon available to suck out left-over tissue, if necessary

But anyone who does D & C's-- even pro-life doctors-- can serve the purpose, assuming the embryo is dead. You won't leave your patient die of sepsis.

A general practitioner, or a nurse practitioner, the same professional who treats your kid's ear infection, can anonymously fill out a prescription for abortion pills, without raising any hackles.

And nobody has to know.

I can see this happening in private offices. Ultrasound are no longer huge machines costing tens of thousands of dollars. You can get a smartphone version, and for the purposes of a medical abortion, it can do the job.

If Planned Parenthood collapses, there will still be abortions. Only the model will change. It will be much less visible. It will probably be handled by lone providers hiding behind their "general practice".

And maybe these abortions are somewhat more troublesome than surgical abortions, but they get the job done.

The problem with this model, from the pro-life perspective, is that it's a little harder to protest the GP who does abortions, when he treats the community's ear infections, sore throats, STD's and so on.

If you make life hard on this person, it won't just be abortion clients who'll be unhappy. It will be all the patients this doctor sees.


Fetus Tunnel Vision. It's a Thing. Don't Do It.

Josh Brahm:

fetus tunnel vision
noun

   1. the inability to see and/or acknowledge human rights injustices without equating or comparing them to abortion.

(...)

Yet, every time September 11 rolls around, I watch dozens of well-meaning pro-life people post Facebook statuses like this:

“2,977 people died on 9/11. 3,300 babies are killed every day in abortion facilities. Why does everyone get so upset about the former and not the latter?”

The Story Is Not that Ezra Levant Didn't Apologize

It's that Trudeau accepted the apology.

Despite every attempt by political professionals to purge a sense of honour from our politics, the majority of individuals still possess an instinct for truth.  

People have some instinct for the truth, but journalists often ignore the real story.

Trudeau caved.

Ezra is still on the air.

He will continue to dump on Trudeau.

And knowing him, I expect his attacks will be even more brazen next time. He will say something even more over the top.

Personally, I think Trudeau's photobombing of a bridal party is the least if his issues, and his parents' poor example might have influenced him, but it's mostly irrelevant.

If Ezra says something even more outrageous, I just hope it's something relevant and helpful.

ELLO: Social Media's Latest Thing

Ello is a social networking site designed by people who got frustrated with the worst aspects of what's out there.

Especially all the ads.

Or consider this scenario: you have 500 people who like you facebook page, but when you post, only 5 people are exposed to your content.

You're expected to pay to "boost" your readership.

With Ello, the idea is, that if you post to your "friends" stream, your friends will have the chance to see it.

It's kinda like Tumblr that way.

It's also non-mutual, unlike facebook. With facebook, if you friend someone, you receive each other's posts.

With Ello, if you follow someone, they don't necessarily follow you.

Ello is in Beta version, so standard features are missing. For instance, I don't see any way to use an RSS feed to pipe your Ello posts into facebook. Their FAQ says they will be rolling out new features in the months to come.

Cut them some slack, they only started up this summer.

I'm not keen on the layout, but it's not horrible either. It's not very intuitive. You have to do a lot of clicking to figure things out.

The search feature on this site is the pits. If you want to find something, like a keyword in a post, you need to use Google and a hack from this guide.

Go to Google. Copy and paste this line. Replace the word "keyword" with another search word.

site:ello.co keyword -inurl:post

The downside, if you can call it that, is that everything is public, unless you mark a post private.

One of the advantages of facebook, I find, is that you can create your own safe space of friends and allies to share your favourite things.

Another important detail is that Ello is invite-only for the time being, because they don't want too many people signing up at the same time.

But if you need an invite, you can go here for a code. This is how I signed up.

And if you want to follow me, here I am.

UPDATE:

An important detail.

According to this guide, there is no built-in "sharing" feature of posts. You have to get the URL of the timestamp of the post, then paste it in the "Omnibar" (that's the textbox where you post stuff).

Wow, they have a long way to go.

I feel like it's 2004 here. :)

Also:

You can copy paste pictures, but make sure you give attribution!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Euthanasia: Be careful What You Wish For

Barbara Kay:


Watching the news with relatives one night, they take in a report about a 50-year old woman, whose two sons had died – one from cancer, one by suicide. Grieving, the woman asked her psychiatrist to kill her, and he complied.

The point of this episode was not the story itself. It was the disparate reactions to the story of herself and her relatives. Ms Dykxhoorn was horrified. Her relatives didn’t even blink: “Their eyes were just as glazed over as if they had been watching a report of a minor traffic accident.” When she probed them to discuss it, they were indifferent. Shouldn’t the psychiatrist have treated her for depression, she asked? “Well, her uncle replied, this was obviously what she wanted.”

I think the ideology of autonomy has gone so far that now anything anybody wants for themselves is recognized as morally acceptable simply because they want it and "my body! my choice!"

Isn't it interesting how euthanasia lets people off the hook. You can end mental anguish with death, and boy that's sure easier than expending energy, both mental and physical, caring and treating a person in need.

It's all so very convenient.

Some day you might lose your will to live. And nobody is going to care.

Monday, September 29, 2014

How to Understand Fr. Barron's Statement "Adam-- Don't Read it Literally"

I know this issue comes out of nowhere. And in a way, I might be reigniting the controvery with my post.

But I quoted Fr. Barron, and someone replied that he was heterodox, as he believes the theory of Hans Url van Balthasar that we have reason to hope hell is empty.

I think that theory is mistaken, but, to my knowledge, there is no papal teaching against it.

In Googling the issue, I came across the blog controversy surrounding Fr. Barron's video "Misreading Genesis.




(Click here to watch the video from the relevant part).

The accusation made against Fr. Barron is that he does not believe there was a literal Adam-- understood to mean, that he does not believe that there was one first man, from whom the whole human race is descended, and through whom Orginal Sin originated.

His exact words were:

Adam. Now, don’t read it literally. We’re not talking about a literal figure. We’re talking in theological poetry.

Examples of objections can be found here and here.

I wanted to write this blogpost, because I feel like this issue might stain Fr. Barron's reputation for orthodoxy, and I didn't see any one try to defend him.

So I thought it would be good to try to explain to people who you can treat Adam as a literary character and still accept all the dogmas of the Faith.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Pretty Much Sums Up My Attitude About Feminism

Gavin McInnes:

If you’re a feminist and you are outraged by honor killings, if you are sick of hearing Islam called a “religion of peace,” if you are disgusted by the abortion rate in China and what their one-child rule has done to the female population, if the dowry system in India makes you puke and the thought of sati fires give you diarrhea … in short, if you are focused on non-Western sexism, I’m all ears. If, however, you want to whine and moan about how horrible it is to be female in America today, please step out of the way. I’m trying to watch the game.

If slut-shaming is high on your list of problems, you are the problem.


A Call for National Prayer Re: Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide in Canada

Received by email from a friend. The original source is anonymous, said to be a pro-life physician (but it ultimately doesn't make a difference).


SUPREME COURT OF CANADA TO DETERMINE LEGALIZATION OF ASSISTED SUICIDE AND EUTHANASIA IN CANADA -

OCTOBER 15, 2014

AN URGENT NEED FOR NATIONAL PRAYER

On Oct. 15, 2014, the Supreme Court of Canada is set to hear the Carter vs Canada case that seeks to legalize assisted suicide and euthanasia in Canada.

A ruling from the highest court in Canada in favour of euthanasia and assisted suicide could very well change federal law that currently prohibits counseling or assisting someone to commit suicide. The ramifications of such a ruling are immense and are of grave concern; it would effect a monumental shift in Canadian societal values and attitudes towards life, have a direct impact upon the medical profession and how patient care is delivered, and put at risk the lives of many Canadians, especially those who are most vulnerable.

There is an urgent need for our nation to unite in prayer to oppose the legalization of assisted suicide and euthanasia

[Edited by Big Blue Wave-- suggested article]

Please join in praying, from coast to coast, to oppose the legalization of euthanasia and assisted suicide in Canada and to pray for respect for life from conception until natural death. Pray for our country, our judges, our law makers, physicians, health care workers, those who are working to prevent the legalization of euthanasia/assisted suicide, the vulnerable sick and the dying, and for those who have been misguided into believing that suicide is something that should be endorsed by our society and our medical profession.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Public Opinion Survey Asks: Does the Word 'Fetus' or 'Baby' Make a Difference?

Time for another abstract. This one is from the Public Opinion Quarterly:

At intervals since 1990, the General Social Survey (GSS) has asked a series of four questions inquiring into knowledge of genetic testing and attitudes toward prenatal testing and abortion, most recently in 2010. The questions about prenatal testing and abortion were framed in terms of “baby”. But in the current anti-abortion climate, it seemed possible that the word “fetus” would carry more abstract, impersonal connotations than “baby” and might therefore lead to different responses, especially in the case of abortion. To resolve this issue, we designed the question-wording experiment reported in this research note. We found no significant differences by question wording for abortion preferences in the sample as a whole and small but significant differences for prenatal testing, in a direction opposite to that expected. However, question wording did make substantial differences in the responses of some demographic subgroups.

I'm just sorry I don't have access to the original study.

Personally, I use baby and fetus interchangeably and often unconsciously. Sometimes, in the course of an abortion debate, abortion supporters will object to my use of the word "baby". Of course, on twitter (where I often debate) character space is at a premium, so I sometimes go for "baby" to make my message under 140 characters.

"Baby" is what normal people call a fetus, when nobody's thinking of abortion.

Source:
Eleanor Singer* and Mick P. Couper
The Effect of Question Wording on Attitudes toward Prenatal Testing and Abortion
Public Opin Q (2014)
doi: 10.1093/poq/nfu028
First published online: September 20, 2014

Kenyan Nurse to Hang for Botched Abortion

Whoa.

I disagree with killing people.

I don't think we should kill in response.

But I don't see a problem with being severe with abortionists.

You kill people? You should go to jail.

 

Technical Issues Being Resolved

Hello Readers

The blog is experiencing technical issues that are completely out of my control.

The people responsible are working to resolve it.

I'm very sorry if it causes any inconvenience.

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It appears the technical issue has been resolved. Thank you for your patience.

It was a DNS attack, but it wasn't aimed at this blog; the blog was an innocent victim.

Ivana Levkovic acquitted of hiding dead baby's body

Medical examination of the remains found it likely the fetus was at 36 weeks’ gestation when it was delivered; a typical pregnancy lasts about 40 weeks.
The examiner, Dr. David Chaisson, could not determine if the baby was born alive. Levkovic has admitted to “doing a lot of drugs” during the pregnancy.
In 2008, Levkovic was acquitted by a trial judge who ruled that there should be no law against women concealing the remains of babies who died before birth.
Last year, the Supreme Court upheld an Ontario Court of Appeal decision to overturn that ruling and return the case to trial. But the Supreme Court also held that the ban on concealing babies that died before birth only applies to stillbirths, not miscarriages or abortions.
Moon noted that this effectively extends legal rights to fetuses that aren’t born alive, a departure from the Court’s refusal to grant such rights since the 1988 Morgentaler decision.
Justice Skarica’s decision expressed a strong aversion to the new legal landscape, even while upholding it. “The practical effect of the law, as I interpret it, is that any woman can destroy her near-term or term fetus and can induce an abortion accordingly and do what she will with the remains without risking any criminal sanctions,” he wrote.
While the judge said he found that conclusion “deeply disturbing” and “disgusting at any moral level,” he conceded that he was “bound by the law as the Supreme Court of Canada interprets it.”
Levkovic was also acquitted in 2010 of concealing another dead baby in a freezer. The judge in that case ruled that it was possible she had miscarried

It's only an unborn baby. If a baby dies in the womb, so what? 

Right feminists? Right.

The mother can do drugs all she likes. As long as her autonomy is preserved, as long as she's not charged for harming a baby, so what? Who cares about the baby?

And it wasn't like she was desecrating a corpse or anything. Putting a 36-week baby in a bag to be carried off to the city dump is a totally appropriate way to dispose of a dead fetus. Like when your cat dies.

There is absolutely no responsibility towards the human life one creates.

That's feminism for you.

And check out this logic.

If the baby dies in the womb, involuntarily, it's a child.So it's a stillbirth.

If the baby dies in the womb voluntarily, it's not a child. It's an abortion.

So the status of the baby depends entirely on what the mother wants.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Coming to a Hospital Near You: Colour Ultrasound

I don't know if this is better for seeing the unborn's likeness-- better than say what's already out there. Some of the ultrasounds actually look ghostlike.

But I'm sure from a diagnostic point of view, this is a big help.

Trudeau is Popular Because People Like to Feel Good About Politics

Gerry Nicholls:


But the Trudeau fairy tale is one we desperately want to believe. We want to believe there’s a leader out there who can magically make the country a better place, who can unite us all regardless of race, region or hockey affiliation, who can rise above partisan political bickering, who will let us have our cake and eat it too.

We don’t want to pull back the curtain and see Trudeau for what he really is: a likable but inexperienced, gaffe-prone politician who is probably incapable of uttering anything beyond carefully rehearsed platitudes.

To do that would force us to face the ugly truth: that no matter who is prime minister, no matter which party is in charge, politics is a messy, tough, cynical, scandal-prone business that offers no clear cut or easy answers.

Who wants to contemplate that harshness when it’s so much easier, so much more satisfying to believe in Trudeau’s rainbows and lollipops agenda?

As Oscar Wilde put it, “illusion is the first of all pleasures.”

Consequently, Trudeau remains firmly atop his celebrity pedestal, because it gives us pleasure, meaning he has a good chance of becoming our next prime minister.

And in fairness, there are a lot of Kool-Aid drinkers on the right. A lot of Conservative party members who act like the election of a Conservative government inaugurates a long awaited utopia. And when the Conservatives don't balance the budget and don't free up the market, they still treat their party like the greatest thing ever.

Or people who think Rob Ford's crack-smoking wasn't really a problem, as if mayors are never "on call" 24/7.  Could you imagine what would have happened if Muslim terrorists had attacked Toronto during one of his drunken stupors?

Elections are important. Don't get me wrong.

But sometimes I think we invest so much in elections because it's actually easier than doing the cultural heavy lifting.

We'd virtually have to invent our own entertainment sub-culture, with all the painful failures that entails. Remember Canadian literature in the 1970s? We'd have to go through that, but in all fields.

Getting people to vote is easier, isn't it?

But unfortunately, it won't make the changes that are needed.

People do like to feel good when they do politics. (In fact, I'd say that's why Rob Ford was elected, as he made many feel good) As long as there's a right-wing cultural void, it'll be a lot harder to attract people  to right-wing policies.

Abortionist Denied Medical License Renewal

You know it's bad when.... 

Alberto Hodari was denied his license because he was sued too many times, and he failed to explain to to the Michigan Board of Medicine why his lawsuits and disciplinary action don't disqualify him from being a competent practitioner.

He was sued over 50 times.

He was supposed to retire, but perhaps he had changed his mind.

Why did it take 50 lawsuits, 4 deaths and disciplinary to stop this guy?

I'm sure he's not crying all the way to the poorhouse.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Does the Terry Fox Foundation Support Embryonic Stem Cell Research?

Every year, my kids come home with requests to raise money for the Terry Fox run.

I re-verify this year.

This year's answer is: yes, they do.

As evidence, this application for research funds, from their website:

Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research. Applicants are required to approach TFRI before submitting an application for support of research including human embryonic stem cells. TFRI endorses the guidelines set forward by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research ‘Human Pluripotent Stem Cell Research (June 30, 2010)

I think Catholic schools should break off their relationship with this entity.

About the Liberal Party's Abortion Resolution: A Clarification

CBC:

Liberal officials say Trudeau was simply voicing the firm ideal they've held since a 2012 policy convention, at which 90 per cent of those present affirmed the party's pro-choice stance.

Some important background information.



Only 584 of 3200 delegates voted for the motion a to support abortion.

90% of delegates did not vote for it.

Just thought I'd put forward that clarification.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

QUOTATION: Why Souls Go to Hell

Souls go to hell for one reason...they refuse to love. Love pardons everything except one thing - refusal to love.

--Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen




Taken from The Catholic Breadbox.

Friday, September 19, 2014

QUOTATION: Love in Hell

St. Peter Julian Eymard
Alas! it is love that lights and feeds the fire of the damned, and their most cutting regret is for not having loved.

--St. Peter Julian Eymard

Taken from The Catholic Breadbox.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

UK: Young Muslims Start Campaign to Denounce ISIS

One said that Muslims should "unite together to stop this group from damaging Islam and damaging Muslims."

When the Muslim World sends troops and arms to defeat these people, then I will know they are serious about being part of the civilized world.

ISIS can build a sophisticated army from recruits from around the world,  but 57 Muslim countries can't beat them?