Friday, December 29, 2006

Washington Abortion Industry Spends Big Bucks to Defeat Oregon Parental Notification Initiative

Oregon Secretary of State’s Contribution and Expenditure Report
NO on 43 Special Interest Donors

Planned Parenthood ColumbialWillamette $457,722
Planned Parenthood Central Washington $ 16,250
Mt. Baker Planned Parenthood $ 1,000
Planned Parenthood Western Region Assembly $2,500
Planned Parenthood Action Fund (New York) $80,228
Planned Parenthood of the Inland Washington $10,000
Planned Parenthood of Western Washington $78,535
Planned Parenthood Health Services of SW Oregon $132,260
Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountain $5,000
Planned Parenthood of Hawaii $3,000
Planned Parenthood of Western Washington $53,535
Planned Parenthood of California $30,000
Total Planned Parenthood Contributions $870,030

ACLU of Washington $10,000
ACLU of Oregon $92,968
Total ACLU Contributions $102,968

NARAL Pro-Choice America $15,000
NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon $96,135
NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon Foundation $2,500
NARAL Pro-Choice Washington $2,500
NARAL Pro-Choice Washington Foundation $25,000
Total NARAL Contributions $141,135

Basic Rights Oregon Education Foundation $3,000
Basic Rights Oregon Measure PAC $7,500
Basic Rights Oregon Elect PAC $2,500
Total Basic Rights Oregon Contibutions $13,000

Kulongoski for Governor $35,000
Total Special Interest Dollars $1,162,133

What Parents Don't Know Can Hurt Them and Their Children

What Parents Don't Know Can Hurt Them and Their Children
By Djana Milton

This past August 4, Lemuel and Julia Redd took their daughter Julianna shopping, but they by passed the local mall and drove 240 miles from Provo, Utah to Grand Junction, Colorado. Julianna's parents never planned to take her shopping. Instead, it was a last-ditch attempt to keep her from getting married the next day.

Julianna still got married, and her parents now face second-degree felony kidnapping charges.

As odd as this all sounds, it's even stranger that our legal system seeks to punish the Redds while it remains perfectly legal for unrelated adults to take minors across state lines for invasive medical procedures, such as abortions, without parental knowledge or consent.

Noted German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, "The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children." If the liberal obstruction in the Senate that led to the legislative failure of the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act (CIANA) is any indication, America has work to do before it can pass the Bonhoeffer's test.

As written, the bill - which passed overwhelmingly in the House of Representatives during the 109th Congress - would make it a federal crime to take a minor across state lines in order to circumvent state abortion laws as well as require parental notification. These are unresolved problems that breed unaccountability and uncertainty. It also creates a potentially dangerous situation due to the fact that many young girls who get pregnant also say they are victims of abuse. Statistics compiled from government and non-profit organizations and posted on the web site of the group Darkness to Light note:

* Adult men fathered almost 50 percent of babies born to girls between the ages of 15 and 17;
* Of teen pregnancies in which the age of the father is known, approximately seven in ten fathers are 20 years old or older;
* One survey of 535 teen mothers found that approximately two-thirds reported to have previously been molested or the victim of rape or attempted rape. The abused teens also noted engaging in sex earlier and that they are their children were more likely to become victims of further abuse and
* A survey of 445 teen mothers found 60 percent of them said sexual encounters were forced upon them.

Additionally, according to an October 2004 special report of the Medical Science Monitor, a survey of American women seeking abortions found 64 percent said they "felt pressured by others" to do so.

Considering the likelihood that a teen entering a pregnancy center could be a victim of abuse, it is surprising that it is not already a requirement to notify parents - or at least a social worker - of impending procedures. The abortion industry and the powerful special interests supporting it, however, are steadfastly opposed to notification.

As a result, parents who are responsible for protecting their children from so many things become virtually powerless against sexual predators.

Opposition to parental notification within the abortion industry seems tied to their financial motivations. In the 2000-2001 fiscal year, Planned Parenthood declared $774.1 million in assets. That's big business! Faced with the choice of protecting the vulnerable or their income, the bottom line seems to prevail with groups of this sort.

Some extreme detractors of notification may ask, "Wouldn't notification further endanger girls who are the victims of incest?" What better way to end the victimization than to report the crime to someone who can stop it? Facilitating an abortion treats only the unfortunate aftereffect. Most minors would still have few options but to return to the environment where the problem originated. The only way truly to alleviate such a crisis is to deal with the perpetrators, which is possible through notification.

Although the apparent failure of abortion clinics to protect minors is disconcerting, it's precisely this arena in which parents can make a difference. Any marginally responsible parent would take decisive action to combat further exploitation and ensure a daughter's abuser was brought to justice. This defines the difference between parents, whose investment in their daughter is heartfelt, and an abortion provider or other adult. The kind of world we leave for our children matters to no one else as much as it does to parents - nor is the burden of responsibility nearly as great.

French philosopher Voltaire wrote, "Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." It is absurd to suggest that those who sow the seeds of deceit between parent and child are operating out of altruism.

Djana Milton is a member of the national advisory council of the black leadership network Project 21 and a founding member of the Washington pro-woman/pro-life organization Women First. Comments may be sent to Note: New Visions Commentaries reflect the views of their author, and not necessarily those of Project 21.

A New Visions Commentary paper published December 2006 by The National Center for Public Policy Research, 501 Capitol Court NE #200, Washington, D.C. 20002, 202/543-4110, Fax 202/543-5975, E-Mail, Web Reprints permitted provided source is credited.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Name of Convert Revealed

In this post we speculate about the employer of Anonymous, MD. Her identity and employer have now been revealed in this post on National Review Online today.

“Ideology is getting in the way of doctors doing their jobs,” says Dr Grossman. “Why is it fine for me to care about my patients’ lungs and their arteries, but not their reproductive future, and their hearts and minds?”

That's one of the questions we've been asking on this blog for over a year now. For some reason we are attacked as "anti-science" and "crazy". There is also usually some insuinuation that we are "trying to impose are religious beliefs on others." Poppycock. Our approach has always been based in the reality of the human person as he was made, not as we would like him to be.

Dr. Grossman now wonders if she is to become a martyr in this battle between reality and fantasy, truth and lies, science and ideology.
In an interview, Dr. Grossman told me she feels very much at risk with the publication of her book. She explains: I’m discussing a taboo topic here: the dangers of radical social agendas in my profession. My colleagues are well-intentioned, and care deeply about their patients. But campus counseling centers are whitewashing the painful consequences of casual sex, STDs and abortion. They are promoting the notion that men and women are the same. They are not educating young people about future and family. In these issues, so central to campus health and counseling, we are failing our young people. Grossman Time will tell if Dr. Grossman’s candor will make her a pariah at work and in her profession.
As anyone who is following the debate over Plan B and abortion in our own state knows, it isn't only campus counseling centers who are doing the whitewashing. Legislators like Geoff Simpson and pharmacists like the UW's Don Downing (the "grandfather of Plan B"), just to name a few, who are in a position to help highlight the dangers Dr. Grossman points out seem to be working for the opposite: unhealthy, depressed, abortion prone women and men.

WA Dems Vote Against Risking Profits of Abortionists

Yesterday Congress voted on the "Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act of 2006." The bill would have required abortionists to inform women seeking abortions after 20 weeks gestation (yes, Virginia, that's 5+ months into pregnancy, when most moms are showing) that the baby almost certainly can experience pain, and could be administered anesthesia.

The bill garnered the support of 60% of the House, but failed to pass because it was being voted on under a suspension of rules which would have required 2/3rds support.

How did our Representatives vote?

Voting for were:
Reichert, Rodgers (formerly McMorris), Hastings [all Republicans]

Voting against:
Inslee, Larsen, Baird, Dicks, McDermott, Smith [all Democrats]