Sunday, October 13, 2013

Government Shut Down.

I know what you must be thinking. What? Isn't this about the value of life? Of course, people think I mean stopping abortion and euthanasia. Those are certainly very important goals, but protecting life isn't just about stopping abortion and euthanasia. It's also about protecting life that is already born and not wanting to kill themselves.

I got word recently that WIC checks will stop by the end of the month. Some parents have received their vouchers, some have not. Oh well. Too bad, so sad is what the government has to say about it. They still can't receive their vouchers. Food Lion has stepped up giving out gift cards to food banks to help those being impacted by the WIC disaster. Good for them. I've heard they're not the only company stepping up to the plate, so good for them as well.

It's also rumored that SNAP benefits (food stamps) are not coming in as quickly as they're supposed to. Those receiving Veteran Administration pensions or widows benefits might find the checks not coming as quickly. Here is what we can do.

1) Pray.

2) Donate food and/or money to your local food bank. If your church or another community that you're part of is taking up food donations, then please give if you can. Even the smallest donation of food or money helps.

3) If you find that the person in front of you at the grocery line isn't able to redeem their WIC check, consider helping them out. I know it's harder to do if you're face to face with them.

4)  If you know somebody on these government programs who have skills that you know an employer is looking for (an employer you know), then please hook them up.

5)  I hate to say this leaning liberal and all, but if you know somebody on these programs and are spending money on what they don't need to spend money on, point that out to them. Yes, I know there are people who don't abuse the system at all, keep their priorities straight, and do a great job with budgeting. Some people are spending money on what they don't need such as cigarettes, beer, candy, or more expensive meals. Then, they'll worry about their WIC benefits. Some tough love might be needed there. That doesn't have to be judgmental. That's just telling a parent to get their priorities straight. Disclaimer: I am not claiming this is all or most WIC recipients. However, I used to be a cashier, and I've seen abuse of the system in stores.

"At least they'll be performed by doctors."

How often have you heard that in defense of abortion being legal? In California, you don't even have to be a doctor anymore.

http://www.mercurynews.com/politics-government/ci_24274908/jerry-brown-signs-bills-increasing-abortion-access

AB154 by Assemblywoman Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, would let nurse practitioners, certified nurse-midwives and physician assistants with special training perform abortion by aspiration -- in which the uterus' contents are suctioned out -- which is the most common kind of first-trimester abortion. The Assembly passed the bill on a 50-25 vote in May, and the state Senate passed it on a 50-25 vote in August, with most Democrats and no Republicans voting for it.

Keep in mind that abortion is surgery. How often do you hear about surgery being performed by somebody other than a doctor? The truth is thanks to political correctness, the procedure of abortion is getting passes that other procedures do not get. They're trying to argue it's just as safe due to special training. Nothing is ever as safe as when a real doctor does this.

These complications can happen from an abortion:

Some baby, sorry, I mean to say tissue  still in the uterus. A second abortion might actually have to be performed to get all of the remaining parts of the baby out.

Blood clots.

Infection.

Hemorrhaging.

Cervical tear (may need stitches in some cases).

Puncture in the wall of the uterus.

Source: http://www.americanwomensservices.com/faq/complications.php

It is important that if an abortion is performed that it's performed by an actual doctor to better prevent these complications and to help the patient if this does happen. Some would ask why I'm not for abortion being legal if this is what I think. Well, because the fetus is a person and it's not just the woman's body to consider. I personally think an abortion should be a rare occurrence (like life endangerment), not something done on demand.

My question to the pro-choice crowd is why say this was all about getting doctors to perform the procedure when that's now not always the case?




Thursday, October 3, 2013

Abortion on Demand funding.

As people who are familiar with the Hyde Amendment know, our tax dollars supposedly do not fund abortion on demand. I think those dollars are being moved around, but let's consider that some people do want abortion on demand funded. That's the fear of what Obamacare will lead out to. Let's view some arguments from Canada. 


A release from the coalition states that $1 million annually is used to fund elective abortions and that same money could be used to hire five family doctors or 14 nurses.

and

“The costs associated with childbirth are on average four times higher than those associated with abortion, not to mention the social costs associated with forced motherhood,” she said.
She said human health, and the funded health care needed to maintain it, is about much more than just fighting a disease, and the argument that abortion is an unnecessary procedure is a moot point.

snip.

A moot point to who? We're talking about the lives of human beings here. They have a beating heart, a developing brain, and all the main body parts by a certain time period. Just because they're not completely developed doesn't mean they're not there. So, why is it a moot point? Also, what's this about child birth costing more? Are we going to start encouraging abortion more because it costs less? I know most pro-choicers would say no and I believe them, but how can we know that socialized medicine wouldn't push for that? The problem isn't necessarily socialized medicine, it's the lack of caring for life that's coming with it in some countries. If there's a socialized budget and the unborn are considered unimportant, then I think encouraging abortion could become a reality in the future.

She spoke about the social consequences of those who had "forced childbirth." What about the social costs whenever somebody has an abortion and then gets depressed after? People forget about the social consequences when a man loses his child to abortion and he had no say so in it. Pro-choicers like to say it's all about the woman and their feelings, but that's not completely true. There is a social consequence to every decision.

Last, but not least, we need to consider the fact that many taxpayers don't want to pay for abortion because they view it as murder. There was a time centuries ago when one could refuse to pay the tax and go to jail. Now, it comes out of one's check and it's literally against one's free will (unless they don't want to work).  So, is it okay to place the woman's wishes before the baby's right to live, the man's feelings, and taxpayers? We need to get out of the "I" society.
 

Belgian transsexual dies by euthanasia after unsatisfactory sex change operation

Verhelst suffered years of emotional pain before and after his sex change operation, including a tormented childhood, he told Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws.
"I was the girl that nobody wanted," he said. "While my brothers were celebrated, I got a storage room above the garage as a bedroom. 'If only you had been a boy', my mother complained. I was tolerated, nothing more."
Verhelst's heartless mother agreed with his comments.
"When I saw 'Nancy' for the first time, my dream was shattered. She was so ugly. I had a phantom birth. Her death does not bother me," the unnamed mother told Het Laatste Nieuws following Verhelst's demise.
Verhelst began the woman-to-man sex change procedure with hormone therapy in 2009, and had a mastectomy and penis construction surgery in 2012, but "none of these operations worked as desired," he said.
"I was ready to celebrate my new birth," he continued. "But when I looked in the mirror, I was disgusted with myself. My new breasts did not match my expectations and my new penis had symptoms of rejection. I do not want to be ... a monster."


Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/belgian-transsexual-dies-euthanasia-botched-sex-change-article-1.1473875#ixzz2gijpatv1

I can't help but think that the real monster was Nancy's mother. She had the fortune of giving birth to a wonderful baby girl, but then she and the father made Nancy hate herself to the point of wanting to become a boy. Belgium has developed a culture in which it's considered to be okay to end a life whenever somebody is living through psychological pain.

What Nancy needed was love, understanding, and counseling, not to be put to death. She needed a family that was understanding and who accepted her for who and what she was. I've found in my Christian faith that God accepts me for who I am and so does most of my Christian "family." That's what Nancy needed. If she couldn't be accepted by her parents, then she needed to find a group of people who would accept her. I also think finding God is also a key importance to accepting oneself as they are.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Quebec Bill 52.

I'd like to speak today about Quebec Bill 52.  It's about "medical aid in dying" for the sick and elderly. In theory, this shouldn't be a threat for those who don't wish to die. However, it's modeled after the Belgium model. 

http://www.lifecanada.org/quebec-bill-52--the-euthanasia-bill

- The Quebec minister offered assurances of public safety that are not credible. The Quebec bill is based on the Belgian euthanasia model. The 10 year old Belgian model is already shown to be failed and dangerous. Studies in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (June, 2010) indicated that the law was widely abused. Almost one-third of euthanasia deaths were illegally performed without patient consent. And half of nurses administering euthanasia  did so without the patients knowledge and consent.
The researchers found that a fifth of nurses admitted being involved in the assisted suicide of a patient. But nearly half of these  -  120 of 248  -  also said there was no consent.
“The nurses in our study operated beyond the legal margins of their profession,” said the report's authors in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
“It is likely many nurses ' under-reported' their involvement for fear of admitting an illegal activity,” the study said.

People should not die just because they're old. While terminal illness does bring more empathy, one has to question how far it would go. If you're in Canada, please consider petitioning against this.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

New Legislation in Different States.

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/07/starting-this-week-its-harder-to-get-an-abortion-in-5-states/

Long story short. There are now restrictions against getting presciptions through telemedicine, women have to get ultra sounds, and in Kansas have to be told that they're killing a separate human being. If that's the case Kansas, why have it legal after so long?

From the article:

Alabama – HB 57: Starting Monday, women in Alabama aren’t able to obtain “abortion pills” via telemedicine.

snip

Signed in April by Republican Gov. Rob Bentley, the new law also classifies abortion clinics as “ambulatory health” centers – clinics that provide outpatient surgery – requiring them to meet the same fire codes. They must submit architectural drawings and sprinkler plans within 180 days and receive a certificate of compliance within a year.

snip

Indiana -
Women must now be given ultrasounds before getting abortions in Indiana, under a new law signed by Republican Gov. Mike Pence on May 1.

snip

Medication abortions can no longer be prescribed via telemedicine consultations:

snip (also mentions sanitation standars for Indiana).

Kansas – HB 2253:Under what’s known as a “sex-selection abortion ban,” Kansas now bans doctors from performing an abortion if they know it’s being sought because of the fetus’ sex.Signed in April by Gov. Sam Brownback, a Republican, the new law also requires abortion doctors to tell their patients that after 20 weeks, a fetus can feel pain and that “the abortion will terminate the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being,” as the bill puts it. Doctors also must warn women that having abortions puts them at greater risk of breast cancer – a point that’s up for debate.

snip

I have to question the whole breast cancer thing because most sources seem to agree there isn't a direct connection. I don't think they'll have a whole lot of luck with the sex-selective abortion thing, but let's make it clear. When it is sex selective, it's usually because they wanted a boy. So much for women's rights.



Thursday, June 27, 2013

TX vote. Why the Question is Ridiculous.

Texas recently voted on a bill on whether to ban abortion after twenty weeks. It's been argued that this bill would shut down most abortion clinics if passed. I'm not sure why since all they'd have to do is stop performing abortions after twenty weeks. Anyway, the vote for filibustered by Davis and the vote came in too late. Now, congress people are working to get this put to a vote again.

It's been argued that to be for this bill is somehow bigotry toward women. No. It's not about bigotry toward women. It's about the belief that the unborn should also be treated as people. Let's look at what fetal development is like before the twenty weeks is up (when TX wants to keep it legal).

By eight weeks of development, the baby's heart begins to pump blood. Major parts of the brain are developing. The baby's ears are starting to develop. By week ten, the baby has arms and legs developing. The eyes can open and shut.  By sixteen weeks, the muscular skeletal system has matured and the nervous system is taking more control. By 18 weeks, the baby can begin to hear. By 20 weeks (the cutoff time for abortion according to this bill), the baby has a schedule for sucking, kicking, and sleeping.

Now, abortion is often done on demand up until about 25 weeks. Demand. That doesn't mean rape, incest, or life endangerment. In some states, you can still have an abortion up until 25 weeks based on demand. Let's talk about development from 20-25 weeks.

By 21 weeks, the baby is able to produce urine. Gross, but that certainly sounds like more than a clump of cells or "not a person yet." By 24 weeks, the cartilage is being replaced by bone. Keep that in mind regarding abortion. We're talking about bones.

By 25 weeks, the baby can react to what he/she is hearing and can yawn. Air sacs and blood vessels in the baby's lungs begin to develop. Nostrils that were plugged up are starting to open. It is very possible that with intensive NICU treatment, a baby could survive if born at this time. He/she has about an eight-two percent chance according to Women's Healthcare Topics.

Now that we've discussed development, let's discuss abortion methods during the second trimester.

http://americanpregnancy.org/unplannedpregnancy/abortionprocedures.html

  • Dilation & Curettage (D & C): a surgical abortion procedure used to terminate a pregnancy up to 16 weeks gestation. It is also referred to as suction curettage or vacuum aspiration.
  • Dilation & Evacuation (D & E): a surgical abortion procedure used to terminate a pregnancy after 16 weeks gestation.
  • Induction Abortion: a rarely performed surgical procedure where salt water, urea, or potassium chloride is injected into the amniotic sac; prostaglandins are inserted into the vagina and pitocin is injected intravenously

 http://women.webmd.com/dilation-and-evacuation-de-for-abortion

  • Dilate the cervical canal with probes of increasing size. An abortion in the second 12 weeks will need the cervix to be dilated more than required for a vacuum aspiration.
  • Pass a hollow tube (cannula) into the uterus. The cannula is attached by tubing to a bottle and a pump that provides a gentle vacuum to remove tissue in the uterus. Some cramping is felt during the rest of the procedure.
  • Pass a grasping instrument (forceps) into the uterus to grasp larger pieces of tissue. This is more likely in pregnancies of 16 weeks or more and is done before the uterine lining is scraped with a curette.
  • Use a curved instrument (curette) to gently scrape the lining of the uterus and remove tissue in the uterus.
  • Use suction, which may be done as a final step to make sure the uterine contents are completely removed.
  • Give you a medicine to reduce the amount of bleeding with the procedure.

Okay, now consider the description of fetal development and compare it to the description of second trimester abortion. First, they vacuum out "tissue" and then use forceps to get the "bigger pieces." What are the bigger pieces? A leg? A head? Notice when the baby has a head, a nose, a heart, a developing brain, and a face, these "experts" still use the word "tissue" to describe the fetus during the abortion. This isn't right, and this shouldn't be performed on demand. 







Sources:

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/prenatal-care/PR00112

http://www.pwhealth.com/obstetricsfetaldevelopment.php

http://www.womenshealthcaretopics.com/pregnancy_week_21.htm

http://www.womenshealthcaretopics.com/pregnancy_week_24.htm

http://www.womenshealthcaretopics.com/pregnancy_week_25.htm

http://americanpregnancy.org/unplannedpregnancy/abortionprocedures.html