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May 4, 2010

Shut the expletive up

Filed under: Abortion — David Jenkins @ 5:42 pm
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Conservative Senator Nancy Ruth used a naughty word to chastise a meeting of international women’s equality – the nomenclature guaranteed to send shivers up the spine of sane people everywhere – rights groups. Ruth, a feminist and supporter of a woman’s right to murder her unborn child, fears that this could become an election issue. Perish the thought of the most pressing ethical outrage of our time becoming an election issue; whatever next.

“We’ve got five weeks or whatever left until the G8 starts. Shut the fuck up on this issue,” she says. “If you push it, there’ll be more backlash. This is now a political football. This is not about women’s health in this country.”

She went on to say, “Canada is still a country with free and accessible abortion. Leave it there. Don’t make this an election issue.


April 28, 2010

An abortion horror story

Filed under: Abortion — David Jenkins @ 2:34 pm

From the Telegraph:

A baby boy abandoned by doctors to die after a botched abortion was found alive nearly two days later.

The 22-week infant later died in intensive care at a hospital in the mother’s home town of Rossano in southern Italy.

The mother, pregnant for the first time, had opted for an abortion after prenatal scans suggested that her baby was disabled.

However the infant survived the procedure, carried out on Saturday in the Rossano Calabria hospital, and was left by doctors to die.

He was discovered alive the following day – some 20 hours after the operation – by Father Antonio Martello, the hospital chaplain, who had gone to pray beside his body.

He found that the baby, wrapped in a sheet with his umbilical cord still attached, was moving and breathing.

The priest raised the alarm and doctors immediately arranged for the infant to be taken to a specialist neonatal unit at a neighbouring hospital where he died on Monday morning.

Italian police are investigating the case for “homicide” because infanticide is illegal in Italy.

The law means that doctors have had an obligation to try to preserve the life of the child once he had survived the abortion.

The Italian government is also considering an inquiry into the conduct of the hospital staff.

The case has reignited controversy on the legality of abortion in the proudly Roman Catholic country.

To kill a baby in the womb is legal; if the baby defies the first attempt to kill it, killing it through neglect once it is outside the womb is homicide.

The law is as profoundly stupid as man is corrupt.

April 14, 2010

Skull crushing

Filed under: Abortion — David Jenkins @ 2:58 pm
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Every so often one comes across a headline that induces stomach heaving revulsion. What sort of civilisation that deserves the epithet would even need such a thing to be banned:

ND measure would ban ‘skull crushing’ in abortions

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A proposed ballot measure supporters say is intended to restrict abortions in North Dakota would make it a felony to decapitate or crush the skull of a fetus.

Secretary of State Al Jaeger said the proposed initiative petition was turned in to his office late Tuesday. He has until April 22 to review the measure and approve it for circulation.

North Dakota’s constitution gives residents the right to put state laws directly to a vote if they can muster enough petition signatures. Backers of the measure will need signatures from at least 12,844 voters to put the proposal on the ballot.

The proposal seeks to ban the use of “any instrument or procedure to grasp the skull or neck” of a fetus in order to decapitate it or crush its skull. Any doctor who did so could be prosecuted for a felony that carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

In the same vein, Nebraska is to limit abortions that cause foetal pain:

Nebraska to limit abortions because of fetal pain

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Nebraska lawmakers on Tuesday passed a groundbreaking bill banning abortions at 20 weeks based on assertions that fetuses feel pain then. Gov. Dave Heineman planned to sign it into law in the afternoon.

If upheld by the courts, the bill could change the foundation of abortion laws nationwide. Current restrictions in Nebraska and elsewhere are based on a fetus’s ability to survive outside the womb, or viability.

Viability is determined on a case-by-case basis but is generally considered to occur at 22 to 24 weeks.

The Nebraska bill was partially meant to shut down one of the few late-term abortion providers in the country, Dr. LeRoy Carhart. He attracted attention after his friend and fellow late-term abortion provider Dr. George Tiller was shot to death by an abortion foe in Kansas last year.

March 30, 2010

Where are fish more important than babies?

Filed under: Abortion — David Jenkins @ 6:02 pm

In the UK. A childhood friend of mine used to buy goldfish and feed them to his pet snakes. Couldn’t do that now:

Buying a goldfish at a pet shop used to be an innocent childhood pleasure.

But today an elderly pet shop owner told how she was ‘entrapped’ into selling a goldfish to a 14-year-old schoolboy, then warned she could face jail.

She had breached a law introduced in 2006 which bans selling live fish to anyone under 16.

After a prosecution estimated to have cost taxpayers £20,0000, Joan Higgins, 66, a great-grandmother who has never been in trouble before, has been forced to wear a tag on her ankle like common criminal and given a seven-week curfew.

But you can do this:

More abortions are carried out in Britain than any other country in Europe, research has shown.

Half of all pregnancies among girls under 18 in Britain end in abortion.

The figures, collated by a European pressure group, showed that the 219,336 abortions carried out in England, Wales and Scotland in 2007 topped the 209,699 in France to put Britain at the top of the abortion count for the first time.

No need to worry, though, as long as we keep the goldfish safe.

March 24, 2010

Not everyone in the Liberal Party of Canada thinks killing babies is a good idea

Filed under: Abortion — David Jenkins @ 3:42 pm

But those who don’t will be disciplined by Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff: they will be forced to read one of his books.

The Liberal plan to include abortion in the Conservative government’s G8 maternal health initiative failed by 144-138; surprisingly, some Liberals still have a conscience and either voted against the bill or stayed away.

From the National Post:

And so the Liberals ended up with some tremendous egg on their face. Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff seemed to concede as much after emerging from the weekly closed-door meeting with his caucus. ““I would have preferred a different result,” he wryly observed.

Privately, Liberal MPs said that the 90-minute caucus meeting was not a happy place with MPs directing their frustration at Ignatieff, his staff, and party whip Rodger Cuzner. It would have been Cuzner’s job to make sure all of his MPs knew it was a whipped vote and to make sure they were all in their seats and ready to vote “Aye”. Ignatieff would not say what punishment would be in store for the Liberal MPs who did not vote the way they were supposed to, saying only that Cuzner would decide on that.

“We look like fools,” one Liberal MP said privately.

Liberal MPs don’t mind looking like baby killers, but they hate looking like fools.

February 18, 2010

Russian journalist advocates “post-natal abortion”

Filed under: Abortion — David Jenkins @ 9:36 am

It was only a matter of time:

In late December, Snezhana Mitina received a tearful phone call from her friend Svetlana. Sobbing, Svetlana explained she had just read a newspaper article calling for babies with mental disabilities to be killed at birth.

The author, Aleksandr Nikonov, used the word “debil” — a deeply offensive term in Russian — to characterize such children. He argued that parents should have the right to euthanize newborns diagnosed with mental retardation and other developmental disabilities.

The article, which ran under the headline “Finish Them Off, So They Don’t Suffer,” went on to describe what Nikonov termed “postnatal abortion” as an act of mercy.

Mitina and her friend, Svetlana Shtarkova — both mothers of children with developmental disabilities — decided to take action. They filed a complaint with the Russian Union of Journalists against Nikonov, a correspondent for the popular tabloid “Speed-Info.”

The two women say their aim is not to punish Nikonov but to raise the alarm about Russia’s culture of intolerance toward disabled people. Shtarkova made an emotional appeal at a hearing last week at the journalists’ union.

“The opinion expressed by the author is not unique; statistics show that one-fourth of Russians share similar views,” Shtarkova told the February 2 hearing. “Complete strangers come up to me in the street and tell me that I’m depraved and deserve my fate. Doctors and social workers refuse to do their jobs, just because my child is severely disabled.”

The lawyer representing the two mothers, Pyotr Kucherenko, told the board that Nikonov’s proposal to put “flawed” babies to death only fueled discrimination and was dangerously reminiscent of the theories of racial superiority upheld by Nazi Germany.

Nikonov, however, was unrepentant.

“Let me introduce myself: I am Adolf Hitler. This is the way people want to portray me,” Nikonov says. “But the real bastards are those who tell me, ‘Yes, it is good and fair that people are in pain. We’ll look on and say people can suffer, as long as our scholarly conception of humaneness is not affected.’ To hell with you. People shouldn’t suffer. This is my opinion, and you won’t shut me up.”

This is a stark reminder that the devaluing of life inside the womb leads inexorably to the devaluing of it outside. Nikonov’s reasoning that “people shouldn’t suffer” can easily be developed into the next step: no-one should live since everyone suffers to some degree.

February 12, 2010

A “woman’s right to choose”, brought to you by Adolf Hitler

Filed under: Abortion — David Jenkins @ 2:10 pm

Hitler was the first Western leader to support unrestricted abortion, particularly for non-Germans:

“In view of the large families of the Slav native population, it could only suit us if girls and women there had as many abortions as possible. We are not interested in seeing the non-German population multiply…We must use every means to instill in the population the idea that it is harmful to have several children, the expenses that they cause and the dangerous effect on woman’s health… It will be necessary to open special institutions for abortions and doctors must be able to help out there in case there is any question of this being a breach of their professional ethics.”

Planned Parenthood has taken up where Hitler left off: its founder, Margaret Sanger explained her plan this way:

“The most merciful thing that a family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.”
Margaret Sanger (editor). The Woman Rebel, Volume I, Number 1. Reprinted in Woman and the New Race. New York: Brentanos Publishers, 1922.

And now, The Polish arm of the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform wants to let Poles know that they can thank Hitler for bringing abortion to their country with this large billboard; it reads, Abortion for Polish women introduced by Hitler on March 9, 1943

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February 2, 2010

Ignatieff calls for abortion funding as part of aid to developing countries

Filed under: Abortion — David Jenkins @ 11:07 pm

Exporting the Western culture of pre-birth infanticide:

Harper must make abortion part of health pledge, Ignatieff says.

If Stephen Harper wants to champion the health of the world’s poor mothers, he’ll have to go to bat for abortion, too, Michael Ignatieff says.

The Prime Minister has signalled that he plans to make maternal health in the developing world Canada’s cause when he is host of the G8 summit in June.

Mr. Ignatieff said any efforts to reduce high death rates among mothers will have to include broader access to contraception. He also raised a fear that the Conservatives, like their counterparts in the United States, would shy away from funding family-planning agencies that support abortion rights.

Not content with killing millions of unborn babies in the West, liberals want to export the holocaust: a revolting example of liberal abortion evangelism.

January 29, 2010

Born-again Christian says he killed abortion doctor to save lives

Filed under: Abortion — David Jenkins @ 12:01 am

An interesting defence:

In an impassioned plea before a US court, a born-again Christian argued on Thursday that he had killed a prominent abortion doctor because he wanted to save the lives of unborn babies.

Scott Roeder, 51, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of first-degree murder in the May 2009 slaying of Dr George Tiller in the foyer of a Kansas church.

Instead in an unorthodox move he is seeking to convince jurors that he is guilty of the lesser offence of voluntary manslaughter, because he honestly believed he was saving people from greater harm.

George Tiller performed late-term abortions: he aborted babies after the 21st week of pregnancy, babies that have the potential for surviving outside the womb.

Now, if Roeder had killed a madman with a gun threatening babies in a nursery, he would be a hero; is his murder of Tiller substantially different?

January 5, 2010

Charlton Heston on abortion

Filed under: Abortion — David Jenkins @ 4:41 pm

December 3, 2009

Abortion is a “God given right” according to one Baptist Minister

Filed under: Abortion,Barmy Baptists — David Jenkins @ 1:32 pm
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For the mother, of course; Carlton Veazey, a Baptist minister, doesn’t seem to think unborn babies have a God-given right not to be aborted:

Rev. Carlton Veazy, president and CEO of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, told a small crowd of pro-abortion protesters that women have a “God-given right” to abortion and that opposition from pro-life congressmen and religious leaders would never take it away.

Veazy, closing speaker at a “Stop Stupak” rally on Capitol Hill staged by major pro-abortion groups such as Planned Parenthood, NARAL-Pro Choice, and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) told the crowd that not only did they have a constitutional right to abortion, but that they had a God-given one as well.

“Don’t let anybody tell you that religious people don’t support choice,” Veazy said at the gathering in the Dirksen Senate Office Building. “You not only have a constitutional right for abortion, but you have a God-given right.”

There is a disconnection between Veazey’s pro-abortion view and the love he has for his children and grandchildren that borders on mental derangement:

As for me, this work is an extension of the constantly maturing love I have for my children, and now my grandchildren and the children of the village. Every day I feel blessed that I am a father to all my children, that I’m still on this journey, and that I am faithfully, prayerfully, pro-choice.

I am pro-choice too: I’m pro giving the unborn the chance to choose life without the threat of being dismembered or burned to death in utero.

November 18, 2009

The World Council of Churches on Stem Cells

Filed under: Abortion,World Council of Churches — David Jenkins @ 10:56 am
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From here

The issue at stake here for those in the poorest regions of the world is one of health justice. About 90 percent of the world health budget is being spent on 10 percent of the world population. The issue, put starkly, is this: why are so few resources poured into curing the most basic, preventable diseases, when so many resources are dedicated to stem cell research? This applies to all forms of stem cell research, from adult stem cell research through to embryonic stem cell research. This problem is compounded by fears that unregulated stem cell treatment will proliferate in nations that do not have the legal and regulatory infrastructure to cope. The need for ova in embryonic stem cell research has given rise to a new form of exploitation of women.

As expected the issue is not one of protecting the unborn made in the image of God, but of health justice (a nerve jangling phrase), the principle that the equal distribution of the benefits derived from experimenting on the unborn is more important than their destruction.

Dr Fabian Salazar Guerrero from Latin America challenged his listeners: “The problems discussed in this consultation have world dimensions. But those in the poorest regions of the world are excluded from discussions. This exclusion kills in a long agony”.

This was the most perversely misguided paragraph: surely being excluded from the discussions of a coterie of bombastic self-righteous scientists, ethicists and theologians would be cause for rejoicing; to be present would have been a long agony.

November 7, 2009

The abortion doctor who admits to killing babies

Filed under: Abortion — David Jenkins @ 4:07 pm

More on this:

November 5, 2009

Abortionist admits he is killing babies

Filed under: Abortion — David Jenkins @ 3:16 pm

I used to labour under the misapprehension that if one could convince an abortionist that he is murdering babies, the battle would be won and he would stop; apparently not:

Dallas, TX ( — The late-term abortion practitioner at the new abortion center in Dallas has admitted in a shocking interview that he kills unborn children during abortions. Curtis Boyd is one of the few abortion practitioners to admit what he is doing, but he has no qualms with his job.

Boyd opened the first abortion center in Dallas in 1973 after the Supreme Court handed down the roe v. Wade decision allowing virtually unlimited abortions.

In an interview with WFAA yesterday after news surfaced that he re-opened his late-term abortion center, Southwestern Women’s Surgery Center, in the huge metro area last week after more than a year following the closure of the Aaron’s abortion facility, he makes a startling admission.

“Am I killing?” Boyd said. “Yes, I am. I know that.”

He told WFAA that he is a former Baptist ordained minister who is now a part of the pro-abortion Unitarian Universalist church who says he prays often about the abortions he does.

“I’ll ask that the spirit of this pregnancy be returned to God with love and understanding,” he said.

I really don’t know what that last sentence means, other than a being euphemism for baby returned to sender – like an unwanted parcel.

September 22, 2009

15 abortions in 16 years

Filed under: Abortion — David Jenkins @ 7:02 pm

Addictions used to be simple: tobacco, alcohol, sex, drugs, liberalism. No more: perversity is embedded deep within the 21st Century zeitgeist. Now we have people addicted to killing babies:

Irene Vilar worries that her self-described “abortion addiction” will be misunderstood, twisted by the pro-life movement to deny women the right to choose.

Most of the twisting is contained in the overused drab euphemism “the right to choose”.

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