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July 15th, 2010

50 YEARS ON ‘THE PILL’

It would have been about 1962. I was doing medical transcription in the Medical Records office at Danbury Hospital. Electric typewriters were new then, and if I recall rightly Gloria got the first one in our office. But I remember Gloria best for being the first one I knew who not only got a prescription for the birth control pill but announced it to all!

This year Mothers’ Day marked the 50th anniversary of oral contraceptives. Women did not seem to realize that in welcoming the birth control pill they were toying with the delicate interrelationship of their hormones and deliberately causing their bodies to malfunction. In previous posts I have written about the birth control pill – how it disrupts hormonal harmony and can cause early abortions, the abortion/breast cancer link, the effectiveness of Natural Family Planning, and the role of Planned Parenthood in today’s society. The Pill made it possible for women to land jobs that they might not get if they were likely to become pregnant. It made it possible for teenagers to play around with sex without fear of pregnancy. It launched an epidemic of infertility because women wanted to get pregnant in their later years, when they were naturally less fertile; because having sex with multiple partners often resulted in sexually transmitted disease causing infertility;  because The Pill sometimes disrupted hormones permanently.   Family size was radically altered world-wide.   Actually, The Pill changed the whole fabric of society.

The following documentary  presents a current overview of THE PILL (from Trent  Herbert on Vimeo)

 

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I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. — Psalm 139:14

Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. God blessed them. God
said to them, “Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and subdue it. — Genesis 1:28

March 1st, 2010

1957 – PLANNED PARENTHOOD – 2010

What a find!  We have here (vintage) Mike Wallace interviewing (vintage)  Margaret Sanger in 1957, over 50 years ago.  Mike is advertising and smoking  Philip Morris which comes in a crush-proof box.  In 1917 Margaret Sanger opened the first birth control clinic.  She wanted to “alleviate the suffering of women”  and decrease populations world-wide.

From that small beginning sprang Planned Parenthood International which is  presently the largest abortion provider in our country, and still, according to  the following video, aims to reduce populations, especially the black population.   Mark Crutcher of Life Dynamics has produced  a documentary, Maafa 21:  Black Genocide in 21st Century America, an explosive exposé of the racist eugenics agenda of the abortion industry in the United States. It makes the case that, though abortionists claim to advocate privacy, women’s rights, and reproductive choice, their true motive is racial genocide and ethnic cleansing.   He points out that even though African-American women make up only 12 percent of the population, they account for 37 percent of women who have abortions.

The following is a clip from Maafa 21 (more are available on YouTube) showing the relationship between the eugenics movement and Planned Parenthood.


Fast forward to the Planned Parenthood of 2010 —  the following video is the latest of several undercover exposés revealing Planned Parenthood’s reluctance to follow the law and report felony child sexual  abuse.  Here were have a girl, supposedly 14, claiming that the father of her child is a 31-year-old man.

And the history of Planned Parenthood’s attempt to censor and ban such videos:

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Whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be shouted from the housetops for all to hear! — Luke 12:3

November 10th, 2009

C-FAM for FAMILIES

I wonder how many conservatives are aware of the work done on our behalf by C-FAM — the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute.  Under the headship of Austin Ruse C-FAM was instrumental in protecting the Vatican’s observer status in the United Nations when pro-abortion groups (including Catholics for Free Choice) sought to remove it.

I have just learned of C-FAM’s  exciting new program of bringing  young Catholic college students to meet with UN delegates in New York.  According to Mr. Ruse, when “the delegates meet Americans who pray, they are shocked.   Most people of faith around the world form their impression of America by our exportation of pornography,  homosexual propaganda, and abortion-promoting, radical feminism.  But when they meet our young people, our Catholic college and law students, these elite UN delegates can actually be moved to tears…

“For the past thirteen years, C-FAM has been the ONLY Catholic pro-life group dedicated to monitoring, reporting, exposing and countering the pro-abortionists at the UN.  And in all my 13 years doing this work, I have never seen a reaction as I saw on the faces of these hardened diplomats from the Third World!  They practically swooned over these pink-cheeked pious
kids!”

Celine Dalimata tells of her experiences at the UN:

Growing up on a ranch in Montana, the United Nations was as foreign an institution and incomprehensible a concept as Confucian philosophy or baklava. Even as a college student here at Christendom College, UN concerns, documents, and events were no more than a mere echo of the outside world in the general hubbub and academic demands of our small, yet dynamic campus.

When I was invited to apply for the Edmund Burke Fellowship to lobby at the UN with C-FAM on pro-life and pro-family matters, I was very intimidated, to say the least.  However, one thing led to another, and on March 9 I found myself rubbing shoulders with the wonderfully inspiring C-FAM staff, as well as various foreign delegations.

To the outsider, the words “foreign delegates” have a sort of sacred, ominous tone; however, I found them to be quite surprisingly human.  They smiled (and frowned) at what you had to say; some condescendingly patted you on the head; others barked you away for not speaking their language or crossing their views; still others were amazingly receptive and willing to form an alliance in the name of life and family.

At the first meeting I attended, I was appalled to hear motherhood labeled as “unpaid labor” and child rearing as a great “burden.”  Such language did not belong in my world, but there it was, threatening to become part of my world through the power of a United Nations policy document.  I suddenly realized: this is the way the world-at-large thinks, this is their language.

I was further appalled, though less surprised, to hear the United States delegation offer support to language which would include the representation of “all sexes” while ridiculing those who sought for the representation of women who have suffered severe psychological effects from abortion.

In the midst of all these unnatural and dehumanizing discussions, there were more glimpses of hope than I would have expected.  Malta and the Holy See were wonderfully supportive as well as many of the African and Islamic countries who still have a sense of some of the tenets of natural law.

By the end of the week we had achieved our goal.  We were able to assist in the elimination of homosexual language which was hostile to the family, and limited the language about ‘reproductive health services’ to ensure that it would not be possible to misinterpret it in favor of a “right” to abortion.

I think we were all eternally grateful for our Christendom background and the philosophical and theological training necessary to coherently recognize and combat such ideologies on their own level.

We were also amazed and edified by the caliber of the C-FAM representatives with which we worked and grew more and more in awe of the work they do and their incredible effectiveness.  Their mission is living proof that God is on the side of the Good and I was honored and edified to partake in their efforts.

C-FAM wants to bring 100 more such students to the upcoming Commission on the Status of Woman in three months and to the UN General Assembly a few months after that.  Of course they need funds.

Their address is:   Austin Ruse, President, C-FAM Mail Processing Center, P.O Box 9317, Pueblo CO 81008-9317.

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For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. — Genesis 2:24

November 9th, 2009

MUCUS and MOTHER TERESA

I’m 86, I just got back from a Natural Family Planning course, and here I am, all excited all over again! I am, perhaps, not in the usual NFP demographic, but I never cease to be amazed at the wonders of the human body and I’ve been writing about the efficacy of NFP for years now.

I am also totally amazed that supposedly intelligent people, all green and natural, with their filtered water, their organic veggies, and their free ranging chickens, are willing to pollute their one and only body rather than – God forbid – abstain from sex every now and then. There is just no end to the variety of non-biological carcinogenic steroids that they are willing to ingest, insert, or apply as rings, things, pills and patches, rather than learn to understand their bodies and behave rationally.

Quite conveniently I have come across an old article of mine with a September, 1993, quote from the British Medical Journal authored by Dr. R.E.J. Ryder, Department of Endocrinology, Dudley Road Hospital in Birmingham, England. In it Dr. Ryder says that the Catholic church offers and approves a method of birth control which is “cheap, effective, without side-effects…and may be the family planning method of choice for the Third World.”   His article provoked “unprecedented debate” in Great Britain and there was “enormous resistance” to its publication.

Dr. Ryder repeated the well-known facts that a woman’s egg has a lifespan of about 24 hours and is fertilizable for only part of that time. The sperm, however, may remain viable from four to seven days. “Thus a woman is potentially fertile for no more than six to eight days of her cycle, probably less in most cases.” Hormonal studies as well as ultrasound studies have confirmed that the clinical observations of changes in cervical mucus and body temperature as taught in Natural Family Planning can accurately identify the time of ovulation. He cited a World Health Organization study of 869 women of proven fertility in five centers (Auckland, Bangalore, Dublin, Manila, and San Miguel, El Salvador) showing that regardless of culture and education 93% of the women —  even those who were illiterate — could recognize the mucus symptoms. “The probability of conception from intercourse outside the period of fertility defined by cervical mucus observation was 0.0004.”

Another study of 19,843 poor women of Calcutta found a failure rate for Natural Family Planning similar to that of the combined contraceptive pill (less than 2%). In closing his article Dr. Ryder wrote: “There is no doubt that it would be more efficient for the ongoing world debate on overpopulation, resources, environment, poverty and health to be conducted against a background of truth rather than fallacy. It is therefore important that the misconception that Catholicism is synonymous with ineffective birth control is laid to rest.”

One has only to Google any contraceptive medication to learn about their myriad complications and side-effects and realize they are all harmful to normal female functioning. (Dr. Herbert Ratner has called it chemical warfare against women!) A woman on the Pill can be a paying customer for 30 years.   Doctor, pharmacist, and drug company all profit all that time. Unfortunately, nature has no lobby.

I went to this NFP meeting because I had heard that nowadays the NFP people have a new “one rule” which makes it easier to determine a woman’s fertile and infertile periods. Yes, there are still charts to keep (at least until you are well acquainted with how your particular body functions), temperatures to take, and mucus and cervical signs to record. The new rule is more about looking at the whole picture rather than any particular bodily indicator. For particulars, two resource sites might be helpful.

I was particularly intrigued by the wonders of cervical mucus. Who would have known? It turns out that there are various kinds of cervical mucus at various times during a woman’s cycle, some dense and unwelcoming, but there is a “slippery and stretchy mucus,” resembling raw egg white, in which the sperm can live for 2 to 3 days while waiting for a fertilized egg to arrive. Microscopically, it forms string-like channels and provides transport (‘swimming lanes’) for sperm cells. It produces a “wet, lubricative sensation at the vulva.”

I have read that the Missionaries of Charity (Mother Teresa’s order) have been able to teach effective natural birth control in India relying primarily on the mucus factor. As I recall, the instruction went something like this: Moisture makes babies grow; dryness prevents growth. (I don’t remember the exact words, but you get the idea.)  There has been  no more ardent advocate for natural family planning than Mother Teresa.

Who would think I would one  day write a blog post on the marvels of mucus?  Swimming channels for sperm in women’s cervical mucus!  How much more accommodating could we get?

Surely, we are fearfully and wonderfully made!

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One of the most demanding things for me is travelling everywhere – and with publicity. I have said to Jesus that if I don’t go to heaven for anything else, I will be going to heaven for all the travelling with all the publicity, because it has purified me and sacrificed me and made me really ready to go to heaven. – Mother Teresa

August 28th, 2009

SILENT NO MORE

ABORTION = ONE DEAD, ONE WOUNDED.

WOUNDED WOMEN SPEAK OUT.

Father Pavone and Senator Brownback on effect of abortion on women.

“The Silent No More Awareness Campaign is an effort to make the public aware of the devastation abortion brings to women, men, and their families. Our hope is that the emotional and physical pain of abortion will no longer be shrouded in secrecy and silence, but rather exposed and healed. Believing that women deserve better than abortion we pray this effort will make abortion unthinkable as every culture develops ways to help women and men embrace their pre-born children.”


PLANNED PARENTHOOD PLANS MORE ABORTIONS!

July 19th, 2009

A DIVINE DESIGN

Our U. S. bishops have proclaimed July 19-26 as Natural Family Planning Awareness Week.  They publish  a poster and make available educational  materials that the various parishes can use but promoting Natural Family Planning is left up to each diocese.  The week is meant to highlight the anniversary of the publication of Humanae Vitae and the feast days of Saints Anne and Joachim. Happily it also coincides with the publication of Benedict XVI’s new encyclical, the very beautiful  Caritas in Veritate (Love in Truth).

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NFP — A DIVINE DESIGN

The varieties of contraceptive medications are multiplying so quickly that it is hard to keep track of them – pills (choose monthly periods or every-four-months), patches, implants, inserts et al.   All  of them come with warnings about side-effects, both in the package inserts and the TV commercials. In the face of all this hype, I feel that Natural Family Planning (NFP) needs an advocate. The old “rhythm” method, which was used primarily by Catholics, was sometimes referred to as Vatican Roulette because it often resulted in pregnancy due to the variations in cycles among women.

Many people are unaware that “rhythm” has now been replaced by Natural Family Planning which has an effectiveness of over 95%, equaling that of “the pill” and without the expense or the side-effects. NFP, which involves cooperation between man and wife, awareness of the cyclical changes in the woman’s body, and a measure of self-control, has been steadily gaining in popularity among various groups.

The first of these groups might be referred to as the “ecological” group. These folks want to preserve the integrity of their bodies, and would not want to pollute the human body any more than they would pollute the environment. They delight in a fully functional body and do not choose to interfere with normal function. They think it inconsistent to say “Avoid drugs” on the one hand, and on the other hand to say “Take this drug so you won’t get pregnant.” They do not think it is true that self-control is possible in the areas of drugs, food, and alcohol, but impossible in the realm of sex.

A second group, not entirely distinct, consists of those who are aware of the effect of oral contraceptives (OCs) on a woman’s body. They have either experienced the unpleasant side-effects of “the pill” themselves or know someone who has. Or they may have read the warnings in the Physician’s Desk Reference or in the package inserts. They wonder why the responsibility and physical consequences of birth control should be borne by the woman alone. The woman who takes OCs daily bathes every cell in her body with powerful hormones which may lead to problems in multiple areas. It has certainly been a boon to the manufacturers (700 billion dollars a year) to have millions of women taking their pills daily but it is hardly a boon to womankind.  After years of abusing her body by medicating it when there was nothing wrong with it, can a woman really expect that body to immediately snap back and produce a baby on demand?   Some are lucky; many are not.   Some doctors are talking about a current ‘epidemic’ of infertility.


A third group consists of those who for religious reasons consider artificial birth control wrong because it interferes with the design of God. Contraceptive pills and appliances are seen as means of trying to outsmart God by sabotaging his handiwork. The Catholic Church has emphatically spoken out against artificial birth control. However, with growing awareness that the new OCs do not prevent ovulation as effectively as the previous, stronger, more hazardous pills, but rather render the uterine lining inhospitable so that the developing embryo dies, many non-Catholics are looking for an alternative to the “pill.” In essence, the “pill” can cause a very early abortion.

Looking into Protestant history it is found that John Calvin, John Wesley, and Martin Luther all spoke out against birth control. In his book, The Bible and Birth Control, Charles Provan, a Protestant, states “there is no doubt about it; the contraception laws of the 19th century were passed by Protestants for a largely Protestant America…no Christian church ever accepted contraception as morally permissible before 1930.”

How, then, does Natural Family Planning work? It is possible by observing the changes in a woman’s body, in her cervical mucus, and in her body temperature to accurately determine the one day in her cycle that she ovulates. By avoiding sexual intimacy for several days surrounding ovulation a couple can also avoid the hazards, the expense, and in many cases the guilt of artificial contraception. Couples report that they have better communication and that the brief period of abstinence is the best aphrodisiac! In No-Pill No-Risk Birth Control by Nona Aguilar a husband reports: “I wasn’t enthusiastic when we changed to NFP, but we saw no other way. We went to class very, very reluctantly. Almost right away it started happening again: that incredible yearning I used to feel for my wife returned–and not just once in a while. It was there every month. Every cycle gradually turned into courtship and honeymoon all over again.” A wife says, “Our last baby was conceived out of love, with full knowledge that we would conceive. From that moment on we could picture the hours and days of growth. But before NFP I feared going to bed, as I didn’t know my fertility cycle and worried that I might become pregnant. Now I know my fertility signs and feel 100 percent confident in those signs and no longer fear. It is a great relief and a burden off my shoulders. I want more children — but when I am ready and capable.”

Natural Family Planning is not something that is taught in any depth in medical schools but there is a Natural Family Planning Medical Consultant Program offered for physicians at the Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction, in Omaha NE. Information on NFP is available there. You can teach yourself much about the practice of NFP by using the online manual, Natural Family Planning: The Question-Answer Book by John and Sheila Kippley. This online manual is short, easy-to-read, and free.

Man is the only animal that mates year-round. Other animals mate by instinct and only for a season. We have the option of using our reason and our will to choose our season, to achieve pregnancy or no pregnancy, which is the only true reproductive freedom. And we can have this without polluting our bodies, without exchanging normal bodily function for years of abnormal function!

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There is a season for everything, a time for every occupation under heaven, a time to be born and a time to die…a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing. — Ecclesiastes 3:l,5.

Intelligence and love are not in separate compartments: love is rich in intelligence and intelligence is full of love. — Benedict XVI, Love in Truth.




January 29th, 2009

INSIDE CATHOLIC

I have just added Inside Catholic to my blogroll.  Their post today, titled 8  Responses to the Pro-Choice Mindset,  is a must.

November 30th, 2008

A MUST READ

In my humble opinion, Aimee Milburn Cooper’s recent blogpost on Historical Christian says it all and should be required reading for the universe.  In a few simple unpretentious paragraphs she has laid it all out – the sexual dysfunction of our age.  It is so commonsense, so biblical, so Humanae Vitae, so crystal clear!   I want it to be understood by all preachers, teachers,  and parents everywhere.    I lay awake last night wondering how I could get Dr. Laura Schlessinger to read it on her radio program, how to get Oprah to believe it and tell it to everyone, how to be sure Sarah Palin has it down pat should she ever have the chance to explain from a bully pulpit why the sexual revolution was a dumb idea.

I haven’t figured out how to do any of those things but feel that at least I have to give Aimee’s post a shout out. Truth has a quiet engaging beauty and will prevail in the end, but I sometimes wish it spoke more loudly.  That’s why there’s this one old lady with a blog nobody reads crying:  LISTEN UP, WORLD! Go here.

November 6th, 2008

ONE GOOD THING

I have a deep, deep sadness about Barack Obama’s election for it means that any progress that has been made over the past 35 years in protecting the lives of the unborn will be entirely wiped out.  See his promise to Planned Parenthood.  Some say he moved away from this stand toward the end of the campaign but obviously he was serious and the liberals will see that he keeps his promise when he said  “the first thing I’d do as president is sign the Freedom of Choice Act.”  This  man was he only Senator who voted against the Born Alive Infant Protection Act.

Goodbye to the requirement to notify parents that their kid is having an abortion.  Goodbye to requiring that the mother be informed about fetal development or shown an ultrasound.  Goodbye to limits based on the viability of the baby.   The FOCA would overturn  over three hundred local, state, and federal abortion restriction laws, including the Partial Birth Abortion Ban.

According to Wikipedia:

The Freedom of Choice Act (H.R. 3719/S. 2020) is a bill in the United States Congress which, if enacted, would abolish all restrictions and limitations on the right of women in the United States to have an abortion, whether at the State or Federal level.

It also has a retroactive effect in that it says: “This Act applies to every Federal, State and local statute, ordinance, regulation, administrative order, decision, policy, practice, or other action enacted, adopted, or implemented before, on, or after the date of enactment of this Act.”

What could possibly be more overreaching than that?  OPEN SEASON ON UNBORN BABIES COMING UP once Obama is sworn in.

As one poster commented on Mercator Net:

The election process and the result is a testimony to the great openness of  the United States which has been, and always will be, its great strength, but I share the terrible foreboding expressed in some of the other postings.  No-one who has promised to unleash the ‘war’ on the unborn that this man has promised can seriously appeal for unity. As with slavery, there is no middle ground.

Enough crying in my beer.  One good thing happened on election day.  Marriage has survived in another three states!   With the addition of Florida, Arizona and California, a total of 30 states have now amended their constitutions to protect the sanctity of marriage.

Marriage has always been and should continue to be a union between a man and a women.  Other unions may be for bonding, but only marriage is a union designed for bonding and babies.  We all know what the marital act is – and only a man and a woman can perform it.  Without it a marriage is not consummated.  If two men want to perform anal sex, fist, or urinate on each other, whatever else you might call it, it’s not sexual intercourse.  Two women can “pleasure” each other in bed but let’s not call it intercourse.  If they want a legal arrangement, its easily available.  Let’s keep marriage something special and not change its very raison d’etre.

Obama has threatened to repeal the Federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).  As a Senator he wrote:   While the repeal of DOMA is essential, the unfortunate truth is that it is unlikely with Mr. Bush in the White House and Republicans in control of both chambers of Congress.  Of course.   They don’t come any more liberal than Barack Obama.

Fortunately, the vast majority of Americans favor protecting marriage.  Barack Obama does not (yet) have a free hand to “transform this nation” to his liking.

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I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse; choose life, then, that you  and your descendants  may live. Deuteronomy 30:19.

September 20th, 2008

POWERLESS, USELESS, OBSOLETE MEN

It’s not hard to figure out why the percentages of men and women in favor of abortion are about equal, even though men can’t get pregnant. Oddly enough, men imagine that the availability of abortion will free them from having to take responsibility for the consequences of their sexual activity. They are in favor of both contraception and abortion because they give them carte blanche to fool around, pay the piper, and fool around some more. When the girlfriend becomes pregnant and they come across with the abortion money they are off the hook. They think if they can forget the fact that a baby was present, the woman should be able to likewise forget it. Then they both can go forward happily, unencumbered.

But there is another scenario. Contraception fails, as so often happens, and the woman gets pregnant. She figures a baby would interfere with her schooling, her career, her emotional or financial well-being, so she will abort the child. In this scenario, however, the man is actually glad to learn that he has sired a child. He has a sense of accomplishment and even attachment to the wee one. But in spite of the fact that he is the father and would happily step up to the plate, he has no say in the matter. Even if he is married to the woman, he does not have a legal leg to stand on. She can kill his child while he stands by helplessly. Read the rest of this entry »