Monday, July 16, 2007

Barr Labs Says "Thank You" to Washington state and Don Downing

Barr Laboratories' Plan B Sales Double After FDA Authorization for Nonprescription Sales.

Don Downing, professor of pharmacy at the University of Washington, "grandfather of Plan B", and director of the wellness and disease management company known as PEAK Solutions, LLC, reports of receiving financial/material support from Barr Laboratories, Inc.

Come to Washington, experiment on women, and reap the profits. No questions asked.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

What is PAS?

The original version of this article was corrected 7/11/07.

The Seattle Post Intelligencer has decided to pile-on post-abortive women with this guest editorial from a local abortionist Sarah Prager.

Thanks to Christina at RealChoice -- PAS (Post Abortion Syndrome) is also "post-abortal syndrome," which is when the uterus fills up with clots. The treatment is to suction the clots out. It's usually detected in the recovery room and treated before the patient is discharged.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Valerie Call Jacobs, MA -- coordinator for Project Rachel of Western Washington sent the following letter to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer after their mean-spirited attack on Project Rachel and women who suffer after abortion. We'll see if they print it.

Dear Editor
To those of us who work in the field of post-abortion healing, questioning whether post-abortion syndrome (PAS) exists is absurd, but expected. In the same way, other significant conditions have suffered through periods of social denial. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was not recognized for decades; veterans who suffered from the condition were described as weak men. Pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) was also dismissed. After all, we know that women are emotional and a bit crazy. Only recently have we begun treating the grief of miscarriage with greater empathy, allowing space for a process of resolution. In each case, society has moved from dismissal, and even ridicule, to acknowledgement and empathy.

Fortunately, the tide is turning with regard to PAS, as evidenced by a recent scientific study by Dr. David Fergusson, of New Zealand, published in the Journal of Child Psychiatry and Psychology (January 2006). It is one of many current scientific studies of PAS. Philosophically pro-choice, Dr. Fergusson found that women who had an abortion had elevated rates of depression, anxiety, suicidal behaviors and substance abuse, unrelated to prior mental health history.

This study scientifically validates what we have witnessed over the last 30 years, as we have listened to the stories of women of all faiths, and no faith. It is ironic and unfortunate that women who have experienced crisis, trauma and grief in relation to their abortions continue to be dismissed by others – especially by other women. This tyranny of ridicule suppresses the resolution of grief and prevents healing.

Women and men, of any faith or no faith, who come through the Rachel’s Vineyard ™ Retreats offered through Project Rachel in Western Washington receive unconditional compassion and love.

Valerie L. Call Jacobs, MA
Coordinator, Project Rachel
PO Box 398
Kent, WA 98035

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Help Cure the Seattle Post-Intelligencer

The Seattle PI this week posted an article and an editorial discussing post-abortion syndrome (PAS). As one would expect, the editorial was the more offensive of the two simply because it washed away any pretense of objectivity or fairness that the "news" article attempted to convey. The PI's editorial Abortion: A disease it's not was snide, filled with bigotry, and lacking in any compassion for women who do suffer after abortion. One is left with the glaring truth that many in the city have long recognized about the PI's editorial board: They care more about abortion than they do about women.

They attack Christians and the Catholic Church for making-up the term, "post-abortion syndrome" but seem ignorant of the fact that Christians did not make up that term. It is a fact, however, that Christians are the ones helping women over come the pain and grief of abortion; sometimes pulling them back from the brink of suicide.

I imagine it must be hard for a newspaper that has actively and aggressively sold abortion to the women of Washington for over 35 years to come to grips with the role they've played in this injustice.

Other great ideas that Christians have come up with: do unto others, do not kill, blessed are the peacemakers, speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves. Did you ever think that maybe those Christians are on to something?

We don't claim to know what ails the writers at the Seattle PI that would cause them to suspend all critical thinking abilities, deny compassion and support to women, and attack those who have not been lucky enough to escape the pain of abortion, but we wouldn't be surprised if it had something to do with abortion. Maybe even something called chronic pro-abortion blindness.

Seattle PI: A Blight on our City

Women who are suffering after an abortion will recieve no support from Seattle's media, especially the rabidly pro-abortion Seattle Post-Intelligencer. The editorial board is composed of nothing but snide, ignorant ostriches who refuse to pull their heads out of the sand.

Here's the best response we've heard to their desperate attempt to continute their banal defence of abortion.

Oh man!!! I am a post abortive woman. I also work with women who have had
abortions and men who have been fathers to the children. For the PI to write such an biased article is amazing.

I had a choice...and what was the choice? The choice was to kill my child. That was the choice. I had no regrets for years and years and years.

THEN, one day I saw a fetal model of what my child looked liked when I had him aborted. Talk about shock! Talk about regret!

Did I come to that with Project Rachel's information? No, I came to that regret all by myself and I understood for the first time in 20 years that I had been a party to the taking of a human life. A life that had been created within me.

People, you can write all the rhetoric you want - you can call life 'fetus' which is Latin for "little one" and you can deny all you want...that is your right.

However, there are many women who do regret having had an abortion and there are many women who do suffer emotionally from having had an abortion. There are also women who do not suffer, as I did not, for 20 years...

I do believe that those who castigate us who are working to help women and men are themselves trying desperately NOT to deal with having been part of the taking of human life. The involvement may be as simple as not saying anything when a friend comes and tells you that they will have an abortion all the way to having an abortion.

The good news is that when the anger is over and the denial is gone, Rachel's Vineyard (which are the retreats) and Project Rachel, (which is NOT Rachel's Vineyard but one on one counseling) will be here - be here without judgment and without condemnation.

Bless you all - Lee Anne