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Abortion not used as birth control




A 10-YEAR Adelaide study has busted the myth that women use abortion as birth control.

A Flinders University study of 965 women over 30 who used Adelaide’s largest abortion clinic found 62 per cent were using contraception when they became pregnant.

She said they were not using contraception for dozens of reasons such as: cultural bans, thinking they could never have children, having been raped or having had what was thought to have been “permanent” birth-control surgery.

Ms Abigail blamed primarily male politicians for perpetuating the myth that women used termination as a convenience rather than for emotional and medical reasons.

So when you hear people talking about how they don’t approve of “abortion-as-birth-control”, tell them it’s a myth.

Abortion rates same whether legal or not : Rich, poor countries have equal statistics


Found this thanks to stfuconservatives.

Women are just as likely to get an abortion in countries where it is outlawed as they are in countries where it is legal, according to research published Friday.

In a study examining abortion trends from 1995 to 2003, experts also found that abortion rates are virtually equal in rich and poor countries, and that half of all abortions worldwide are unsafe.

The study was done by Gilda Sedgh of the Guttmacher Institute in the United States and colleagues from the World Health Organization. It was published in an edition of The Lancet medical journal devoted to maternal health.

“The legal status of abortion has never dissuaded women and couples, who, for whatever reason, seek to end pregnancy,” Beth Fredrick of the International Women’s Health Coalition in the U.S. said in an accompanying commentary.

New Hampshire stands with Planned Parenthood!

New Hampshire stands with Planned Parenthood!

New Hampshire stands with Planned Parenthood, against the Executive Committee who just voted to pull its funding.

damn straight

damn straight

From the rally in New Hampshire yesterday! Go go go New Hampshire!!

From the rally in New Hampshire yesterday! Go go go New Hampshire!!

New Hampshire Stands With Planned Parenthood

Do you support the right of New Englanders to access birth control, family planning, cancer screenings, physical examinations, STD treatment, prenatal care, UTI treatment, pelvic exams, AND abortions at the clinic of their choosing?

Do you oppose the political grandstanding that attacks medical clinics that offer basic health care to thousands of New Englanders, all to attract some “pro-life” votes?

Already Planned Parenthood clinics have had to stop giving out birth control to their patients, due to the $1.8 million in funding that was just taken away from them by the New Hampshire Executive Council.

I know New Hampshire isn’t going to take this latest outrage lying down. Some awesome New Hampshire residents are organizing a protest right now for Sunday, July 24. Visit their Facebook page and help to spread the word!

And follow kittencoaster for more details!

Right Wing Wyoming Family Group: It's un-Christian to give to Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Pro-lifers are now targeting Breast Cancer charities. Why? Because

- They don’t go along with the lie that abortions cause breast cancer

- They don’t oppose stem cell research that could save the lives of cancer patients

- They don’t ban donated money for mammograms from going to Planned Parenthood, which performs mammograms for low-income patients across the country.

Pro-life = pro-cancer? Anything for the cause? Just look at this:


Received in my inbox:

Dear WyWatch Family and Friends,

We are forwarding along some important information that we feel our members should be aware of. The WyWatch Board of Directors would like to take the opportunity to encourage each of you to take the time to read the attachments and to take action. The WyWatch leadership understands full well the desire for Christians to want to support organizations that are researching a disease that kills thousands of loved ones… But in the name of LIFE we ask that you carefully examine the attached documents… We thank Margaret and Richard Wall for their… well written explanation of the facts. We felt no need to alter what they provided us to pass on to the pro-life community. We hope you will pass on this e-mail to those you know are like-minded.

So what’s so important? Watchdog group WyWatch Watchers has the scoop:

Sadly, it has come to our attention that Cheyenne Frontier Days has once again decided to associate itself with Susan G. Komen for the Cure.  As you may know already, Komen publicly endorses embryonic stem cell research, denies prematurely any link between abortion and breast cancer (despite credible scientific evidence to the contrary), and will not stop its affiliates from donating funds to Planned Parenthood (America’s largest abortion and chemical contraceptive provider).

For these reasons, the Archdiocese of St. Louis released a statement concerning Komen, exhorting all Catholics to avoid any association with it lest they become the cause of scandal for the Church and the world around them. Indeed, this statement can be extended to the entire pro-life and Christian community… While the local Susan G. Komen of Wyoming affiliate reportedly does not partner with Planned Parenthood, 25% of the funds raised by Komen’s Wyoming affiliate at CFD are sent to the national organization. And the national organization has allowed Komen affiliates in other states to give money to Planned Parenthood, ostensibly for purposes related to breast cancer. If a Komen affiliate donates to Planned Parenthood for breast health programs, however, this frees up Planned Parenthood’s unrestricted funds so that they can pay for abortion-related services. So, while a person’s money may not directly pay for abortions here in Wyoming, there is still scandal involved because he or she is at some level enabling abortion elsewhere.

As fellow Catholics and members of the pro-life Christian community at large, we seek your support at this critical juncture in an effort to stop the loss of innocent human life due to the relationship between Komen and Planned Parenthood. Please contact CFD General Chairman Rod Hottle and CFD CEO Dan Cheney ASAP and ask them not to give financial support and publicity to Susan G. Komen at the 2011 CFD because of Susan G. Komen’s relationship with Planned Parenthood.

You can sign or adapt the model letter that we have attached to this email for your convenience. Then, please let us know that you have taken action by emailing or calling us (634-9771), so that we can keep track of the number of letters CFD is receiving. Your action today can make a difference for the unborn! Just a few hundred letters will send the message that there are people who care and who are aware of CFD’s association with Komen, thereby turning the tide away from abortion funding and toward authentic breast cancer research. God bless you for your commitment to the defenseless unborn whose voice you represent.

Margaret and Richard Wall

Emphasis mine. WyWatch is connected to several SPLC-listed hate groups like AFA and FRC. WyWatch Watchers sums it up nicely:

WyWatch would rather women not get mammograms and possibly have cancer go undetected than to think that money donated here might free up money elsewhere for abortion related services. What’s so pro-life about that? Planned Parenthood does not have an unrestricted money supply. If it did, states defunding it wouldn’t have a disasterous impact. Who the hell hates breast cancer charities?! Well, now we know.

WyWatch Watchers, we say we send letters of support to CFD stating we will support them if they give to Susan G. Komen. If you wish, give money as a WyWatch Watcher at their website: Susan G. Komen for the Cure 

You can also text a donation as well by simply texting the word “KOMEN” to 90999. Each $10 donation will be added to your next mobile phone bill. Thanks WyWatch Watchers! Please share this with your friends!

Consider it shared. And I donated. Please reblog and spread the word.

I am opposed to abortion. I am opposed to providing condoms to someone. If you want to have a party, have a party, but don’t ask me to pay for it.


New Hampshire Executive Council member Raymond Wieczorek, who voted to defund Planned Parenthood.

According to Think Progress, Planned Parenthood has stopped providing birth control pills and other contraception in New Hampshire after the state’s executive council rejected up to $1.8 million in funding for the group because it also provides privately-funded abortions. After losing its contract — which paid for education, distributing contraception, and the testing and treatment of sexually transmitted infections — the centers have turned away 20 to 30 patients a day who have arrived to refill their birth control prescriptions.

And there’s this: Last year, Planned Parenthood provided contraception for 13,242 patients in New Hampshire, [CEO of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England Steve] Trombley said. The organization also provided 6,112 breast exams, 5,548 screenings for cervical cancer and 18,858 tests for sexually transmitted infections.

Which is more expensive, condoms or babies? Breast exams or breast cancer? Birth control isn’t always about partying, guys, and so what if it is? Sometimes people go to physician’s offices and get drugs to party with, so maybe we should defund pharmaceutical companies via tax loopholes and grants. This is covered by federal dollars:

So’s this:

Encore Deluxe Penis Pump
by Encore, Inc.

Encore Penis Pump

This is not:

Don’t ask for my tax dollars to pay for your Medicare-funded Viagra and penis pumps if you can’t stomach the thought of me getting pap smears with yours. If you want to party, don’t ask me to pay for it. Fair is fair, right?

(via cognitivedissonance)

Jul 9

Jindal Signs Anti-Choice Bill, Likens Women Who Receive Abortions To Criminals (Louisiana)


I think the title of this article says it all.

Yesterday, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) appeared at the First Baptist Church of West Monroe to sign HB 636, a measure that “requires women to be informed of their specific legal rights and options before they undergo an abortion procedure.” Abortion providers will now have to post signs around their facilities stating that “it is illegal to coerce a woman into getting an abortion, that the child’s father must provide child support, that certain agencies can assist them during and after the pregnancy and that adoptive parents can pay some of the medical costs.” The law also creates a Department of Health and Hospitals website and a mobile platform to deliver information “about public and private pregnancy resources” for avoiding abortions.

Jindal said he couldn’t understand why anyone would oppose the bill, comparing the new notices to Miranda warnings for women who receive abortions — a constitutionally protected procedure — to criminals:

“When officers arrest criminals today, they are read their rights,” he said. “Now if we’re giving criminals their basic rights and they have to be informed of those rights, it seems to me only common sense we would have to do the same thing for women before they make the choice about whether to get an abortion.”

The analogy, however, may be somewhat apt, since Louisiana already has some of the harshest anti-choice laws in the country. According to NARAL, the state still has an unconstitutional and unenforceable measure that prohibits abortion by anyone other than the woman unless necessary to preserve the woman’s life or if the pregnancy was the result of rape or incest. Louisiana outlaws second-trimester abortion procedure with no exception to protect a woman’s health and in 2006 “enacted a near-total ban on abortion, to become effective if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade.”

Under the state’s Right To Know law, abortion providers in Louisiana are already required to distribute pamphlets with information about pregnancy, termination, and alternatives. Women must also sign a statement that they have received the state information and are not being coerced into an abortion before undergoing the procedure.