Will new tests promote abortion of an ‘undesired sex’ baby?

Bioethics, Children's Health
Art Caplan, MD, is a physician and bioethicist, who is prochoice, but shares the significant reservations I have about a new blood test that helps a couple know early in a pregnancy whether they have a male or female baby. I’ve predicted this will result in more abortions and that physicians should rarely offer this test. Now, my colleague, who is prochoice, agrees. (more…)
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Early blood test for baby’s gender accurate and extremely controversial

Bioethics, Children's Health, Parenting, Woman's Health
On its front page, the New York Times (Subscription Publication) reported that according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), "a simple blood test that can determine a baby's sex as early as seven weeks into pregnancy is highly accurate if used correctly." For some couples, this is good news. For unborn children, I predict it means more death. (more…)
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Shock: Thousands of UK abortions of disabled and Down syndrome babies

Bioethics, Children's Health, Mental Health, Parenting
In a past I blogged in the past on the contention that “More than 90% of women carrying a child with Down Syndrome choose abortion.” Readers seemed shocked by this information. But, now new statistics have been produced in England after a pro-life organization won its bid to make some abortion numbers public that the government had failed to disclose concerning abortions on disabled babies. (more…)
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Commercially available prenatal tests will lead to more abortions

Bioethics
The Los Angeles Times "Booster Shots" shot blog notes that a recent study in the British Medical Journal reported on "a simple blood test that was able to determine whether a fetus had Down syndrome"; and reports in Science Translational Medicine and Nature Precedings "demonstrated the technical ability to analyze thousands of genetic markers with as little as 10 milliliters of blood." (more…)
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Obama Admin Working to Rescind Conscience Rights on Abortion

Bioethics, Medical Economics
The Obama administration is still working to overturn conscience rights for medical professionals on abortion that were put in place at the tail end of the Bush administration. Here are the chilling details in a report from LifeNews: In 2008, the Bush administration issued a rule that prohibited recipients of federal money from discriminating against doctors, nurses and health care aides who refuse to take part in medical procedures to which they have religious or moral objections, such as abortion. The rule implemented existing conscience protection laws that ensure medical professionals cannot be denied employment because they do not want to assist in abortions. New information about the state of those protections and efforts to repeal them comes from legal papers the administration filed in a case the state of…
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More Transparency at Abortion Clinics May Stop Butchers Like This

Bioethics, Children's Health, Woman's Health
A Philadelphia-area abortionist is facing eight murder charges today stemming from an investigation that began after the 2009 death of a 41 year-old woman. When authorities initiated their inspection of this "clinic," they discovered a "house of horrors." According to a report from CitizenLink, “A grand jury was convened in May 2010, as the clinic was being investigated for drug-related complaints." The jury’s findings were released two days ago. The Grand Jury report says “The clinic reeked of animal urine, courtesy of the cats that were allowed to roam (and defecate) freely. Furniture and blankets were stained with blood. Instruments were not properly sterilized. Disposable medical supplies were not disposed of; they were reused, over and over again. Medical equipment—such as the defibrillator, the EKG, the pulse oximeter, the blood…
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Fetal Pain Should Prompt Abortion Backers to Reconsider Their Position

Bioethics, Children's Health, Marriage and Family Health
In the past, I've blogged on the topic of fetal pain during abortion (Family Research Council Responds to British Fetal Pain Study, Says It’s Flawed). Although the science of whether and when the unborn child can feel pain remains uncertain, we still have a duty to avoid the possibility of inflicting undue suffering on an unborn child. To that end, I found this article by E. Christian Brugger to be though provoking and commend it to you: A much-discussed new law in the state of Nebraska has banned abortion after the 20th week of pregnancy, citing the contested notion of fetal pain. Of course, everyone can agree that we have a duty not to cause pain to others without a just cause. Bioethicists endorse the relieving of pain as an expression of…
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Breast Cancer Surgeon Explains How Abortion Elevates Risk for Women

Bioethics, Cancer, Woman's Health
As breast cancer awareness increases among women, one leading breast cancer surgeon and professor has written a full explanation of one of the risks women need to keep in mind when talking with friends and family about the deadly disease -- abortion. Dr. Angela Lanfranchi is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey. She is a surgeon who, as the co-director of the Sanofi-aventis Breast Care Program at the Steeplechase Cancer Center, has treated countless women facing a breast cancer diagnosis. Lanfranchi was named a 2010 Castle Connolly NY Metro Area “Top Doc” in breast surgery. In an article she wrote for the medical journal Linacre Quarterly, Lanfranchi talks about why abortion presents women problems and increases their breast cancer risk. Here are…
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Study finds later abortions linked to mental health risks, women pressured

Bioethics, Mental Health, Woman's Health
A new study finds the later a woman has an abortion the more likely it is that she faces mental health risks and is under pressure from a partner or others to have an abortion she may not otherwise want. Women getting later abortions also are more likely to be ambivalent about having an abortion. Here are the details from LifeNews.com: The results came from an online survey of 374 women who answered a detailed questionnaire about the circumstances leading to their abortions, their previous mental health history, history of physical or sexual abuse and emotional state following abortion. Although small, the study, published in the Journal of Pregnancy by Dr. Priscilla Coleman of Bowling Green State University, is the first to compare the experiences of women having early abortions…
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Family Research Council Responds to British Fetal Pain Study, Says It’s Flawed

Bioethics, Children's Health, Woman's Health
According to a report from LifeNews, the Family Research Council has released a new report that refutes claims made recently by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) saying an unborn child is not able to feel pain before 24 weeks of development. FRC is concerned that detractors are using RCOG's study to uphold Britain's current legalization of abortions up to 24 weeks. The pro-life organization is also worried abortion advocates in the United States could also try to use this study to argue against Nebraska's new law that states an unborn baby can feel pain at 20 weeks and which, as a result, prohibits abortions from that point. Jeanne Monahan, the director of FRC's Center for Human Dignity, responded to the study saying it is seriously flawed and…
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Study Finds Strong Link Between Abortion and Premature Birth

Bioethics, Children's Health, Parenting
The more we learn about the physical and emotional side effects of abortion, the more concerning it becomes. Now, LifeSiteNews.com is reporting on a new study out of McGill University in Montreal that has found a strong link between a past abortion and premature delivery in subsequent pregnancies. Dr. Ghislain Hardy, a third year resident in obstetrics and gynecology at McGill, and his team did a chart review of 17,916 women who delivered at Royal Victoria Hospital, McGill’s teaching hospital.  Of their sample, 13% had obtained one abortion and 5% had procured two or more. Dr. Hardy’s team found that women with one past abortion were 45% more likely to give birth before 32 weeks, 71% more likely to do so at less than 28 weeks, and more than 50% more…
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Study: Elective Abortion More Than Triples Breast Cancer Risk

Bioethics, Cancer, Woman's Health
A study out of Sri Lanka has found that women who had abortions more than tripled their risk of breast cancer. The study focused on analyzing the association between the duration of breastfeeding and the risk of breast cancer.  But the researchers also reported other “significant” risk factors for breast cancer, such as passive smoking and being post-menopausal.  The highest of the reported risk factors was abortion. The study, entitled "Prolonged breastfeeding reduces risk of breast cancer in Sri Lankan women: A case-control study," was led by Malintha De Silva and colleagues from the University of Colombo. Here are some of the details from Life Site News: The researchers found that among women who breastfed for between 12-23 months there was a 66.3% risk reduction in comparison to those who had never…
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Experts Rebuke Claim that “A Fetus is Not a Person”

Bioethics, Children's Health, Parenting
A philosophy professor at Saint Mary's University (SMU) in Halifax is drawing rebuke from experts in bioethics, medicine, and philosophy for a column in which he advocates abortion based on the notion that “a fetus is not a person.” If pro-abortion advocates can show that the unborn child is not a person, argues Dr. Mark Mercer in an op-ed for the Ottawa Citizen, then a woman's reason for aborting him or her “cannot be outweighed by the fetus's right to life, for, not being a person, the fetus has no such right.” But according to bioethicist Dianne Irving, who ripped into Mercer's column in an essay of her own, Mercer's science is “grossly objectively erroneous” and his concept of “delayed personhood” is “deceptively achieved by means of using academically indefensible…
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Post-Abortion Women Four Times More Likely to Abuse Drugs, Alcohol

Bioethics, Mental Health, Woman's Health
A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Manitoba finds women who have had abortions are about four times more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol as those who carried their pregnancy to term. The authors confirmed a link between abortion and the substance abuse issues. This study adds to the risks that we now know occur in women who have previously had an abortion (as opposed to a miscarriage), including mental health issues (especially depression) and, possibly, breast cancer. Before I share the details of this new study, I want to say something very important. If you are one of the many women who has a secret abortion in your past, in no way do I intend to judge or condemn that choice. But, rather, I want…
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Top 10 Pro-Life News Stories of 2009

Bioethics, Health Headlines
President Barack Obama, abortion, the Supreme Court, and healthcare dominated pro-life news in 2009. As we look back on 2009, the first with a new pro-abortion president, it seems to me that the pro-life movement essentially is on the defensive. Thanks to a pro-abortion president and Congress, pro-life advocates spent most of their time this last year attempting to hold back the opening of the floodgates ushering in an expansion of abortion and taxpayer financing of it. With the health care debate continuing into the new year, those efforts will be forced to continue -- although the potential for pro-life gains in the 2010 elections provides significant hope for the future. So, with that in mind, the following are the top ten pro-life news stories of 2009, ranked according to…
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New Study Shows 85% of Women Say Abortions Cause Mental Health Issues

Bioethics, Mental Health, Woman's Health
LifeNews.com is reporting on a new study from researchers at a university in New Zealand which found that 85 percent of women who had abortions report negative mental health issues as a result. The report is the latest from professor David Fergusson and his team showing abortions cause problems for women. According to the LifeNews report, the University of Otago team examined the medical history of over 500 women and concluded having an abortion generally “leads to significant distress" in women who have them. It noted women reporting adverse reactions to their abortions were up to 80 percent more likely to have mental health problems and risk of mental illness was “proportional to the degree of distress” associated with the abortion. The study, which appears in the latest issue of…
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More Than 90% of Women Carrying a Child With Down Syndrome Choose Abortion, but Parents Raising These Wonderful Kids Say They’re a ‘Gift’

Bioethics, Children's Health, Parenting
In a past blog, I told you, "'Safer' prenatal Down’s syndrome test” will likely result in more deaths among unborn children." I said then, "This whole prospect chills me – as I believe it’s going to lead to the unwarranted murder of many of these wonderful children – uncounted legions of precious children, like Trig Palin (Sarah Palin's son), who will never have the chance to be held or hugged by their moms and dads – but who will, I believe, be nestled in the arms of their Creator. Unfortunately, my prediction appears to be coming true. “Safer prenatal Down’s syndrome test” will likely result in more deaths among unborn children (more…)
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Do You Want the Federal Government Paying for All Abortions?

General Health
Just moments ago, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi revealed the federal healthcare “reform” bill that pro-abortion legislators have been working on behind closed doors. In just a few days, the Speaker wants Congress to vote on the bill. So our time to act and speak out to our legislators is very, very short. We must do so today. No one in this short time can analyze the many details of this bill, but one thing is sure: This legislation would radically change U.S. policy by having the government subsidize abortion on demand. So our message to Congress is quite simple: Keep our government from paying for abortions in any way. When you tell your legislators this simple message, you may get excuses in response. Don’t buy the excuses: The…
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What’s the most convicting argument against abortion?

Bioethics
The baby. The unborn child is the best argument against abortion. The one thing in which the pro-abortion movement experienced the most success was stripping the unborn child of his or her personhood. “Just a clump of cells,” they said. “Just tissue,” they tried to tell pregnant women. “Nothing more than a blob of flesh,” they told moms-to-be. Medical science has proven them wrong. (more…)
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Surgeon Reports Abortion Ups Breast Cancer Risk

General Health
According to LifeNews.com, a prominent breast cancer surgeon and professor has written a new article for a medical publication saying that abortion increases a woman's risk of contracting breast cancer. On the other hand, miscarriage has no effect while a full-term pregnancy lowers the breast cancer risk. (more…)
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Amazing 4-D Footage of Unborn Baby

Bioethics, Children's Health, Parenting
A two-hour National Geographic documentary 'In the Womb' is now available on YouTube in 9 parts. Originally aired in 2005, the documentary used revolutionary techniques in computer imaging and 4-D ultrasounds to present stunning images of the developing embryo, taking viewers through the amazing journey of the unborn baby from conception to birth. More Information: (more…)
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White House Reality Check Web Site Doesn’t Dispute Abortion in Health Care Plan

Bioethics, Medical Economics
President Barack Obama's administration has released a new web site to supposedly debunk the myths opponents are using to criticize the Congressional health care proposals he supports. Notably absent, however, is any mention of my biggest criticism, that the plans will lead to a mandate for the funding of abortion on demand. More Information: (more…)
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Concerns About the HR3200 Healthcare Reform Bill

Bioethics, Medical Economics
A fellow named Fred wrote this to me: "Don’t you have your own ideas, Doc? How would you propose to fix the system? Evidently it is by sitting on your butt and watching FoxNews, carefully copying and reposting their slanted stories, and pretending there is no problem. Who paid you to post all this negative information about attempts to reform our broken healthcare system?" Here's my response. More Information: (more…)
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