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Communique – Dec. 14, 2007

in this issue:

abortion: RISKS I / RISKS II
morning-after abortion pill: WISCONSIN
stem cell research / ethical: MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY
reminder: ULTRASOUND
reflection for prayer: CONTENTMENT

hot button issues

ACOG: The ACOG Committee of Ethics has prepared a position paper which, if adopted, will require doctors who conscientiously object to performing abortions to refer patients to abortionists. Said ALL’s Judie Brown, “It is obvious that the desire to satiate an appetite for money has taken over the entire organization. ACOG has been involved in deception and death for years.”

Links: “The limits of conscientious refusal in reproductive medicine,” American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 11/07 / “ALL blasts forced abortion referrals,” American Life League, 12/13/07

PERSONHOOD: ALL’s Judie Brown notes, “Until the life of a single child prior to birth becomes as important to every American as a Christmas shopping list, a bridge date or a desire to satisfy every sexual whim, the body count will continue to rise.”

Link: “Miscarriage of justice,” American Life League, 12/10/07

PLANNED PARENTHOOD: ALL’s STOPP International notes that yet another deception is being spread by the nation’s largest abortion chain. Planned Parenthood said a recent CDC report showed that abstinence-only sex education programs had failed. In reality, the CDC report says no such thing.

Link: “CDC report and Planned Parenthood deceit,” Wednesday STOPP Report, 12/12/07

SAVING THOSE DAMNED CATHOLICS: Judie Brown offers a brief video synopsis of her latest book in a new posting on YouTube. Of her work, Joseph Scheidler of the Pro-Life Action League writes, “We can always count on Judie Brown and American Life League to keep up with the shenanigans of the so-called ‘Catholic’ leaders. Judie’s call for authentic leadership from the nation’s bishops and priests is key to rejuvenating the Catholic Church’s role in American life.”

Video: “Saving Those Damned Catholics,” American Life League, 12/07

TO ORDER: “Saving Those Damned Catholics” is available from ALL in hardcover or paperback. Call 866-LET-LIVE or purchase online


RISKS: A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine claims “there is no evidence that a previous medical abortion, as compared with a previous surgical abortion, increases the risk of spontaneous abortion, ectopic pregnancy, preterm birth or low birth weight.” However, Brent Rooney, MSc, has written to the journal pointing out that there is every reason to believe that both types of abortion can and do result in an elevated risk of premature deliveries in subsequent pregnancies.

Links: “Medical abortion and the risk of subsequent adverse pregnancy outcomes,” New England Journal of Medicine, 8/16/07 / “Informed consent for abortion,” Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, 9/04

RISKS II: Further documentation on the adverse consequences of abortion is found in the report, “Cost consequences of induced abortion as an attributable risk for preterm birth and impact on informed consent.”

Link: “Study: Previous abortions linked with pre-term birth and cerebral palsy,” Life Site News, 10/26/07

morning-after abortion pill

WISCONSIN: A bill that would require hospitals to dispense the morning-after pill to sexual assault victims has stalled in the state assembly. Pro-Life Wisconsin, an American Life League associate group, opposes the bill. Dr. John Rinke, an emergency room physician, noted, “I don’t want to have to choose between my conscience and my career,”

Link: “Emergency contraception bill stalls,” Wisconsin State Journal, 12/12/07


LESSER OF TWO EVILS: “When you vote the lesser of two evils, you continually lower the pro-life standard,” said Michael Hichborn, American Life League media director.

Link: “Poll: Abortion issue haunts Giuliani campaign,” Philadelphia Bulletin, 12/11/07

stem cell research / ethical

MUSCULAR DYSTROPY: A new study focused on treatment for Duchenne muscular dystrophy reports that modified stem cells from muscular dystrophy patients eased symptoms of the disease in mice. The new research using adult stem cells paves the way for research in humans suffering from the disease.

Link: “Stem cells may ease muscular dystrophy,” Associated Press, 12/12/07


ULTRASOUND VIDEO: “Baby Steps: Live from the womb, 16 stages of pre-birth development,” is an amazing new video from American Life League that many in the pregnancy center movement say is certain to save lives. The video features dramatic 4-D ultrasound images of preborn babies from 8 to 34 weeks development.

TO ORDER: The “Baby Steps” DVD is available from ALL for $9.95 plus shipping and handling. Call 866-LET-LIVE toll-free, or purchase online.

reflection for prayer

CONTENTMENT: Mark Pickup notes, “‘Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out’ (1 Timothy 6.6-7) I do not need to be afraid of the future or bitter about the present. God is with me.”

Link: “What my grandchildren taught me on a bitterly cold day,” Mark Pickup, 12/11/07