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Thursday, January 29, 2015

49% Say It's Immoral, Yet 51% Say Keep It Legal Anyway?

That's quite a disconnect between our consciences and our actions.

Pew Research has a few interesting facts and charts on how we view abortion these days.

"There’s a difference between what Americans think should be legal and what they think is moral. About half of Americans (49%) say that having an abortion is morally wrong, while 15% think it is morally acceptable and 23% say it is not a moral issue."

Yet "[w]hen asked directly about the legality of abortion, 51% of U.S. adults say it should be legal in all or most cases, compared to 43% who say it should be illegal all or most of the time."

"Roughly six-in-ten Americans (62%) know that Roe v. Wade was a decision about abortion, but among adults under 30 years old, only 44% know."

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Induced abortion and psychosexuality- a 2000 research study

J Psychosom Obstet Gynaecol. 2000 Dec;21(4):213-7.
Induced abortion and psychosexuality.
Bianchi-Demicheli F1, Kulier R, Perrin E, Campana A.

Abstract:

Little information exists on the impact of induced abortion on psychosexuality. Negative psychological effects and psychiatric complications due to termination of pregnancy seem to be rare. The objective of this study was to review the impact of induced abortion on sexuality and couple relationships. A systematic search of the literature was performed. Studies had to report a quantitative or qualitative evaluation of sexuality after pregnancy termination. Four studies were included. In the one prospective study using a control group, no difference in sexual functioning between groups after 1 year was reported. In the remaining observational studies, sexual dysfunction was reported in up to 30% of women after termination. Women undergoing abortion had significantly more conflicts in their partnerships. This was similar in all studies. Separation occurred in about one-quarter of all couples. Some studies report sexual dysfunction after termination of pregnancy. In about half of the couples separated after termination, abortion seemed not to have led to the separation. Psychological factors, together with relationship problems, might have played a role in failed contraception. The impact of induced abortion on sexuality needs to be studied in greater detail with rigorous methodology to draw firm conclusions.

PMID: 11191168 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

So Sad: Police Officer Hits Girlfriend After "Pushing Her To Have Abortion"

This is the true "war on women:"

North Charleston police officer accused of hitting girlfriend after abortion:

Shivers' girlfriend told deputies she was 10 weeks pregnant with Shivers' child and that he was pushing her to have an abortion. She said Shivers drove her from the hotel to the Charleston Women's Medical Center in West Ashley Saturday morning to get an abortion, then hit her in the face several times afterward because the procedure took so long, according to the report...A deputy noted that her left cheek appeared swollen.
Just one more on our running list of Forced Abortions.

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"The ‘black lives matter’ slogan excludes the unborn"

From this article, "Aborting black America: The ‘black lives matter’ slogan excludes the unborn":
Ironically, black women used to suffer from breast cancer less frequently than white women. Not any longer. The Black Women’s Health Imperative notes that according to an American Cancer Society report, black women now develop breast cancer almost as frequently as whites, and are more likely to die from the disease. LifeSiteNews also cites an American Cancer Society report that black women under age 40 now are more likely to develop breast cancer than their white counterparts. They can thank Margaret Sanger [Planned Parenthood's founder] — and some of today’s so-called civil rights leaders.

Sanger relied on black ministers to act as Judas goats leading their sisters to abortion mills. According to LifeSiteNews, Sanger wrote in 1939, “We do not want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten that idea out if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.”

Some black leaders are still acting as Judas goats today. LifeSiteNews cites black pro-life activist Ryan Bomberger: “Back in 2005, the NAACP praised the high black abortion rate as compared to the percentage of the population at a NARAL fundraising gala. When more black babies are aborted than are born alive in NYC and the NAACP responds by supporting Gov. [Andrew] Cuomo’s radical abortion expansion via the misnamed ‘Women’s Equality Act,’ one can understand how the targeting of minorities continues unabated.”

• J. Kenneth Blackwell is a policy board member of the American Civil Rights Union.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Abortion and the man. A research study

Riv Patol Nerv Ment. 1983 Nov-Dec;104(6):255-68.
[Abortion and the man. Psychological and psychopathological manifestations in the face of lost fatherhood].

Benvenuti P, Borri P, Buzzoni P, Clerici L, Rossi Monti M.

Abstract:

This study examines the psychological and psychopathological reactions that may appear in a man when his partner aborts. The small amount of literature that exists on the subjects was examined, and several men were, interviewed at the time their partners aborted voluntarely [sic]. It turns out that in spite of the man's lack of recognition of any reactions (reinforced by current attitudes and by the scant psychological and medical interest in the subject), there is considerable emotional involvement in the lost parenthood, both for the man and the woman. As revealed by the interviews, this involvement may manifest itself in persecutory or depressive anxiety and psychosomatic symptoms. Moreover, but very rarely, real and typical psychopathological symptoms may appear, such as depression and behavioural disorders. The appearance of these reactions is linked to the problems and conflicts aroused by prospective fatherhood, leading to a comparison between the experiences of fuliwed fatherhood and those of fatherhood lost.

PMID: 6543986 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Public Health Impact of Legal Abortion in the US: 40 Years Later (2012 Study)

Scientifica (Cairo). 2012;2012:980812. doi: 10.6064/2012/980812. Epub 2012 Dec 13.
Public Health Impact of Legal Termination of Pregnancy in the US: 40 Years Later.
Thorp JM Jr.

Abstract:

During the 40 years since the US Supreme Court decision in Doe versus Wade and Doe versus Bolton, restrictions on termination of pregnancy (TOP) [abortion] were overturned nationwide. The use of TOP was much wider than predicted and a substantial fraction of reproductive age women in the U.S. have had one or more TOPs and that widespread uptake makes the downstream impact of any possible harms have broad public health implications. While short-term harms do not appear to be excessive, from a public perspective longer term harm is conceiving, and clearly more study of particular relevance concerns the associations of TOP with subsequent preterm birth and mental health problems. Clearly more research is needed to quantify the magnitude of risk and accurately inform women with the crisis of unintended pregnancy considering TOP. The current US data-gathering mechanisms are inadequate for this important task.

PMID: 24278765 [PubMed] PMCID: PMC3820464


Conclusion:

The natural experiment in abolishing most restrictions on TOP initiated by the US Supreme Court in 1973 has proven the fallacies inherent in expert predictions. First, uptake of this procedure by women was far greater than predicted and in 2012 one out of three women in the US will have a TOP by the age of 45 [310, 311]. Second, a myopic focus on short-term complications has documented, albeit incompletely, the relative safety of the procedure at early gestational ages, but failed to adequately explore the long term health consequences. This is of particular importance with such widespread uptake of TOP where even modest increases in hazard ratios can have a huge impact on a population's health. The example of PTB stated herein is illustrative of this impact. The health impact of TOP is further befuddled by a paucity of reliable epidemiologic data on TOP and an inability to reliably know how often TOP is performed in the US and link administrative databases. Putting aside for a moment ethical considerations on the moral status of the embryo or fetus versus the status of his or her mother (which science is inadequate to address), there is a vacuum in TOP epidemiology and a real need to improve and upgrade our sources of observational data. Respect for maternal autonomy and the difficult decisions a woman faces in an unintended or crisis pregnancy must be considered [sic] cry out for nothing less.

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Effects of induced abortion on emotional experiences and relationships: a 2003 literature review

Clin Psychol Rev. 2003 Dec;23(7):929-58.
The effects of induced abortion on emotional experiences and relationships: a critical review of the literature.
Bradshaw Z1, Slade P.

Abstract:

This paper reviews post-1990 literature concerning psychological experiences and sexual relationships prior to and following induced abortion. It assesses whether conclusions drawn from earlier reviews are still supported and evaluates the extent to which previous methodological problems have been addressed. Following discovery of pregnancy and prior to abortion, 40-45% of women experience significant levels of anxiety and around 20% experience significant levels of depressive symptoms. Distress reduces following abortion, but up to around 30% of women are still experiencing emotional problems after a month. Women due to have an abortion are more anxious and distressed than other pregnant women or women whose pregnancy is threatened by miscarriage, but in the long term they do no worse psychologically than women who give birth. Self-esteem appears unaffected by the process. Less research has considered impact on the quality of relationships and sexual functioning, but negative effects were reported by up to 20% of women. Conclusions were generally concordant with previous reviews. However, anxiety symptoms are now clearly identified as the most common adverse response. There has been increasing understanding of abortion as a potential trauma, and studies less commonly explore guilt. The quality of studies has improved, although there are still some methodological weaknesses.

PMID: 14624822 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

I'd be interested to know what "literature" they studied. Was it peer-reviewed, published research studies, or literature like that perhaps found in articles, polls, surveys, anecdotes?

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A 2016 Presidential Dream Team to Drop All Jaws

We've posted today on our sister blog, Abortion Pundit, on one idea of a 2016 Presidential Race Dream Team. That link will remain in that blog's sidebar through election time as a running go-to resource of links, to help folks get some better-rounded political education on not just abortion or life-related issues but all the issues. If you consider yourself a progressive, wouldn't you rather live up to the liberal claim to be smarter than Republicans? If you really think you are smarter, than prove it by really educating yourself, rather than just relying on the usual HuffPo/JonStewart/BillMaher/ChrisMatthews/left-agenda-driven biased stuff. Seriously, what harm could learning about politics from both sides do to you? Isn't that what being an open-minded, free-thinking, "tolerance/coexistence" liberal is all about? Open-minded? Free-thinking? Coexisting?

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Friday, January 23, 2015

CDC: "In 2008, 12 women died from complications from known legal induced abortions"

May not seem like a lot, but we and others have long thought that one is too many, and it has been shown in the past that such reporting isn't always recording what is truly attributable to abortion. Not by a long shot.
"Deaths of women associated with complications from abortions for 2009 are being investigated under CDC's Pregnancy Mortality Surveillance System. In 2008, the most recent year for which data were available, 12 women were reported to have died as a result of complications from known legal induced abortions. No reported deaths were associated with known illegal induced abortions."
As published in the MMWR Surveill Summ. 2012 Nov 23;61(8):1-44, Abortion surveillance--United States, 2009.
Pazol K1, Creanga AA, Zane SB, Burley KD, Jamieson DJ; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Abstract

PROBLEM/CONDITION:
Since 1969, CDC has conducted abortion surveillance to document the number and characteristics of women obtaining legal induced abortions in the United States.

REPORTING PERIOD COVERED: 2009.
DESCRIPTION OF SYSTEM:
Each year, CDC requests abortion data from the central health agencies of 52 reporting areas (the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and New York City). The reporting areas provide this information voluntarily. For 2009, data were received from 48 reporting areas. For the purpose of trend analysis, abortion data were evaluated from the 45 areas that reported data every year during 2000-2009. Census and natality data, respectively, were used to calculated abortion rates (number of abortions per 1,000 women) and ratios (number of abortions per 1,000 live births).

[Many kudos to Christina Dunigan for keeping her very important blog "Real Choice" going after all these years. Her research and reporting is invaluable. If you want to know the truth, of course.]

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Abortion & Suicide: Good News and Bad News 2015

The CAPS in the last paragraph of this quoted study are the source website's own, not ours.
Scand J Public Health. 2015 Feb;43(1):99-101. doi: 10.1177/1403494814560844. Epub 2014 Nov 24.
Decreased suicide rate   after induced abortion, after the Current Care Guidelines in Finland 1987 - 2012.
[two distinct, unbiased, scientific-journal links to this current study, originally published online in October 2014 in The European Journal of Public Health and now in the Scandinavian Journal of Public Health]
Gissler M, Karalis E, Ulander VM

Abstract:

Women with a recent induced abortion have a 3-fold risk for suicide, compared to non-pregnant women. The increased risk was recognised in unofficial guidelines (1996) [that's three distinct, unbiased, scientific-journal links to that one] and Current Care Guidelines (2001) on abortion treatment, highlighting the importance of a check-up 2 - 3 weeks after the termination, to monitor for mental health disorders. We studied the suicide trends after induced abortion in 1987 - 2012 in Finland.

METHODS:

We linked the Register on Induced Abortions (N = 284,751) and Cause-of-Death Register (N = 3798 suicides) to identify women who had committed suicide within 1 year after an induced abortion (N = 79). The abortion rates per 100,000 person-years were calculated for 1987 - 1996 (period with no guidelines), 1997 - 2001 (with unofficial guidelines) and 2002 - 2012 (with Current Care Guidelines).

RESULTS:

The suicide rate after induced abortion declined by 24%, from 32.4/100,000 in 1987 - 1996 to 24.3/100,000 in 1997 - 2001 and then 24.8/100,000 in 2002 - 2012. The age-adjusted suicide rate among women aged 15 - 49 decreased by 13%; from 11.4/100,000 to 10.4/100,000 and 9.9/100,000, respectively. After induced abortions, the suicide rate increased by 30% among teenagers (to 25/100,000), stagnated for women aged 20 - 24 (at 32/100,000), but decreased by 43% (to 21/100,000) for women aged 25 - 49. CONCLUSIONS THE EXCESS RISK FOR SUICIDE AFTER INDUCED ABORTION DECREASED, BUT THE CHANGE WAS NOT STATISTICALLY SIGNIFICANT WOMEN WITH A RECENT INDUCED ABORTION STILL HAVE A 2-FOLD SUICIDE RISK A MANDATORY CHECK-UP MAY DECREASE THIS RISK THE CAUSES FOR THE INCREASED SUICIDE RISK, INCLUDING MENTAL HEALTH PRIOR TO PREGNANCY AND THE SOCIAL CIRCUMSTANCES, SHOULD BE INVESTIGATED FURTHER: © 2014 the Nordic Societies of Public Health.

So, the good news: with increased vigilance in the form of mental health checkups shortly after having an induced legal abortion in Finland ("Current Care Guidelines"), the suicide rate reduced.

The bad news: 1) the suicide rate increased by 30% among teens having abortions, and 2) overall, the other decreases in suicide rates were not statistically significant (i.e., not big enough), such that women still had a 2-fold suicide risk after a recent abortion.

IF THIS MIGHT BE YOU: PLEASE SEE THE SUICIDE HOTLINES AND LINKS NEAR THE TOP RIGHT OF OUR SIDEBAR COLUMN AND CALL ONE OF THEM. NOW. PLEASE.

We've found help and healing after regretting our abortions. You can too.

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Silent No More Testimonies at the March For Life 2015

Silent NO More at the March for Life 2015

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Hiatus Interruptus?

Welcome (back)!

Some friends and I recently have been discussing the state of the "pro-life movement," its leaders in particular, with no small dismay.


We who have had abortions and now regret them are just one mostly-silent slice of that population. We are not (or at least we feel should not be) in the market for making a living out of this, or capitalizing on our experience or our efforts post-abortion.

It's why this blog never launched a fundraising campaign to our readers or otherwise did Google Ads or took a cent of advertising or other monies, though most other "pro-life" websites and blogs seem to have done so to stay afloat. We're just a few working stiffs who've had to try to stay healthy and keep a meager roof over our heads with our day-jobs and it's why the blog went on hiatus for so long while we struggled.

I don't fault anyone for trying to raise funds to stay up, and I believe many pro-life folks feel they're doing a good service providing education, information, help, when they host all their conferences and speakers year-in, year-out, aiming for a better day when abortion is not accepted, not necessary (except to save the life of the mom, as even the Catholic Church allows for).

I just never wanted to be one of those who got up at a national pro-life confab and got applauded for being "Annie Banno of AfterAbortion blog." I never wanted to be congratulated, lauded, for that. I never wanted to presume to call myself something "great" or "catchy." I never wanted to self-ordain myself as having "my finger on the pulse" of anything. I have no "living," no "means of income" from this, to protect and keep providing for me.

We here at AfterAbortion blog just wanted to have our lost children back.

And since we couldn't do that, all we could do was blog here, hiatus notwithstanding, and try to "finish the whole race" by helping others like us, and still others to maybe not become like us.

So, to my dying day, that's what I, Annie, will be doing here. Hopefully, in 2015, we'll be getting back to (almost) daily blogging here as we did before, and updating the sidebars and links as we go along.

We may never regain the large community of readers here that we had established a decade ago when we first started, but then again, we might in time.

Whichever, it's still worth it to post information, help, resources for women, men and families in pain from their abortion experiences. Whether or not we get pats on the back and worldly recognition for it.

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ProChoice.com?

Found this old website, calling itself ProChoice.com, and talking about safety of abortion and thought it had some other interesting things to say:
What this Web Site is about

Know up front that this site is ProWoman!

I hope you have just understood that this is a challenge for you and all to consider what constitutes a good choice. The term "Prochoice" being promoted predominantly in most media as only one choice, the choice of abortion. What else is there? Why is that the only choice? Because if you believe what some say, if you don't promote abortion you are anti-choice. This site partially exists so this lame argument is brought to light.

As of yet, I have not seen that occur with Planned Parenthood. Ask someone who has been there that would be honest about it. The WebMaster was (note:WAS) VERY for abortion, and has been privy to much of the inner workings and motivations behind the industry. If you look at the lower section of the home page it reads: "This Site is dedicated to all the women that were told they had a choice, but never had it explained to them that there is more than one. " Someone challenged the WebMaster to seriously evaluate arguments for and against and let them stand on their own merit. The findings were shocking! It is very hard to "peel away" feelings to see the facts. We are hoping that this site will post the most accurate information possible. (So if you have any, let us know.) Abortion advocates have shamefully acted like the tobacco industry did in the past, trying to say there are no harmful effects. From everything we have found so far, Abortion would be the absolute worst choice out of all that are available. Which brings me to an important point... An abortion is recognized as a medical procedure. Ask yourself; What would qualify an individual to recommend a medical procedure? (let alone a web site)

That's a really good point I've never heard made before. And they do a great job with this graphic summarizing how the issue isn't just two sides of a coin, it is really four sides of a diamond.

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This Country Banned Abortion and a 69.2% Reduction In Maternal Death Rates Resulted

It took me a while, but I finally found the non-pro-life website links for this information.

Chile now has a lower maternal mortality rate than even the U.S., and one that is lower since it banned abortion.

That's a link to the actual May 2014 published study (and here's another unbiased link). We wanted to avoid the sometimes-sensational articles that covered this from last August through December (those didn't provide links to the real study).

Women's Education Level, Maternal Health Facilities, Abortion Legislation and Maternal Deaths: A Natural Experiment in Chile from 1957 to 2007
Elard Koch, Institute of Molecular Epidemiology (MELISA), Center of Embryonic Medicine and Maternal Health, Faculty of Medicine, Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción, Concepción, Chile, Department of Primary Care and Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Chile, Santiago, Chile, Doctoral Program, Division of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Chile, Santiago, Chile
John Thorp, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States of America
Miguel Bravo, Institute of Molecular Epidemiology (MELISA), Center of Embryonic Medicine and Maternal Health, Faculty of Medicine, Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción, Concepción, Chile
Sebastián Gatica, Institute of Molecular Epidemiology (MELISA), Center of Embryonic Medicine and Maternal Health, Faculty of Medicine, Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción, Concepción, Chile
Camila X. Romero, Department of Primary Care and Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Chile, Santiago, Chile
Hernán Aguilera, Department of Primary Care and Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Chile, Santiago, Chile
Ivonne Ahlers, Department of Primary Care and Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Chile, Santiago, Chile

Published: May 4, 2012 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0036613

Results

During the 50-year study period, the MMR [Maternal Mortality Rate] decreased from 293.7 to 18.2/100,000 live births, a decrease of 93.8%. Women's education level modulated the effects of TFR, birth order, delivery by skilled attendants, clean water, and sanitary sewer access. In the fully adjusted model, for every additional year of maternal education there was a corresponding decrease in the MMR of 29.3/100,000 live births. A rapid phase of decline between 1965 and 1981 (−13.29/100,000 live births each year) and a slow phase between 1981 and 2007 (−1.59/100,000 live births each year) were identified. After abortion was prohibited, the MMR decreased from 41.3 to 12.7 per 100,000 live births (−69.2%).

In "Getting it Right on Abortion in Chile: A Necessary Correction in The Guardian", Dr. Koch successfully corrects The Guardian in an error they'd made in reporting these findings. Bottom line:
...maternal deaths due to abortion complications decreased 99% between 1957 and 2009 in Chile, and the downward mortality trend was continuous before and after abortion ban in 1989. Currently, less than 3% of all maternal deaths are related to an abortive outcome (mainly secondary to ectopic pregnancy and/or other pathologic conditions), additionally decreasing from 10.8 to 0.39 per 100,000 live births between 1989 and 2009.
In that article, Dr. Koch also provided links to more of his related research:
Int J Womens Health. 2012; 4: 613–623.
Published online Dec 5, 2012. doi: 10.2147/IJWH.S38063
PMCID: PMC3526871
Fundamental discrepancies in abortion estimates and abortion-related mortality: A reevaluation of recent studies in Mexico with special reference to the International Classification of Diseases

We found significant overestimations of abortion figures in the Federal District of Mexico (up to 10-fold), where elective abortion has been legal since 2007. Significant overestimation of maternal and abortion-related mortality during the last 20 years in the entire Mexican country (up to 35%) was also found. Such overestimations are most likely due to the use of incomplete in-hospital records as well as subjective opinion surveys regarding induced abortion figures, and due to the consideration of causes of death that are unrelated to induced abortion, including flawed denominators of live births.

While that study concluded that changing the legal status of abortion might not decrease overall maternal mortality rates in Mexico as it has done in Chile,
Rather, maternal health in Mexico would greatly benefit from increasing access to emergency and specialized obstetric care. Finally, more reliable methodologies to assess abortion-related deaths are clearly required.
Statistics are only as good as the methodologies to accurately assess abortions and abortion-related maternal deaths. It's something to ponder whenever reading about broad-brush conclusions on either side of the issue. If anyone is overestimating either statistic, it's clearly not helpful to base conclusions or decisions on those incorrect estimates.

But it's what Boston Globe columnist Ellen Goodman and Senator Barbara Boxer have long done and (almost) gotten away with.

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"Marching & The Face and Source of Mercy"

Friend Theresa Bonopartis at Lumina has the best post as the March For Life goes off tomorrow:
"There is an amazing thing about post abortive healing. You do not have to do anything to earn it. It comes freely, an aspect that is hard to believe for those of us who participated in the death of our children."
...
"The focus on abortion around the March for Life can be very difficult for those who have had one. It can feel as if a spotlight is shining on you. Let’s face it, the subject is everywhere. Whether it is sitting in their church pew feeling condemned in hearing about the evil of abortion while the forgiveness of God is not spoken of, or in the quest for acceptance, speaking out before they are ready, or perhaps caving in to unintentional pressure to participate in a clinic activity.
"Of course, speaking out about the evil of abortion, or praying in front of clinics are not bad things, but they should not be done to 'make up' for abortion. They are not prerequisites for forgiveness, for healing, or for acceptance."
Also, today's post has a great photo of a young teen at a recent MFL.
I'm not able to go to DC this year again, but will be praying. Godspeed and safe travels to all attending, or even just wishing to attend.

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Monday, January 12, 2015

"New Study Finds Link Between Depo-Provera Birth Control and HIV Risk"

"The scientists selected the 12 studies, which included more than 39,500 women, based on strict criteria — like making sure to isolate and account for confounding factors, such as condom use, which might affect HIV transmission.

"According to the research published in The Lancet of Infectious Diseases, women who used the injectable birth control depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (more commonly known as Depo-Provera) saw a moderately increased risk of becoming infected with HIV. Depo-Provera is generally injected every three months to help prevent pregnancy. The scientists also looked at HIV risk relative to other methods of hormonal contraception, including injectable norethisterone oenanthate (also known as NET-OEN), combined oral contraceptives and progestin-only pills.

"Only the Depo-Provera seemed to increase the risk of contracting HIV, by roughly 40 percent compared to women using non-hormonal birth control or no birth control at all."

The researchers don't know why, since they didn't examine cause in the meta-data analysis.

Read more "good news" about Depo-Provera and other similar birth control drugs which we highlighted in the 2004-2006 timeframe, a decade ago, keeping this in mind: "[The Patch] Ortho Evra contains progestin [synthetic hormones similar in effect to progesterone], a slightly different one than in Depo-Provera, the mini-pill and NorPlant, but they all work the same."

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