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  • 1. I Am Woman! Our Sexual &Reproductive Health Handbook Copyright © 2012 Women For Life International. All Rights Reserved
  • 2. I AM WOMAN! Our Sexual & Reproductive Health Handbook Whether you believe humanity evolved over millions of years or was created by a higher being, there’s one thing we can all agree on—humans were designed to reproduce. Everything about a woman’s sexual and reproductive makeup is intimately connected for one purpose—to conceive, bear and nurture children. Knowledge is power. This booklet is designed to help girls and women embrace our sexual and reproductive identities and make good, healthy and informed decisions about our health. More information regardingIt is so special, it deserves a special home. each subject can be foundIts most meaningful, most fulfilling, when on www.women-4-life.orgits part of something bigger—a continuing website or by using the QR code.loving relationship between two humanbeings. When youre married, your sexual Our goal is to help women pursue aintimacy expresses your total commitment happy and fulfilled life. Moreto each other. You are saying with yourbody, "I give myself to you, completely." information regarding each subjectFrom this perspective, you join your bodies can be found on the Women For Lifewhen you join your lives. The ultimate web site www.women-4-life.org.intimacy belongs within the ultimatecommitment. 1
  • 3. Copyright © 2012 Women For Life International. All Rights Reserved Created by Endeavour Forum, Inc. Special Observer Status UNNGO with ECOSOC http://endeavourforum.org.au & Women For Life International, Inc. www.women-4-life.orgSpecial Thanks to Ann Olson with Human Life Alliance www.humanlife.org Layout Design By Kristen Reichert www.kristenreichert.wordpress.com 2
  • 4. Table of ContentsI - Sexual Health IV - Legal Abortion Is Not Safe10 Rewards of Waiting & Benefits of Sexual AbortionIntegrity.............................................................5 Legal Abortion Increases Violence AgainstEmotional & Health Risks of Casual Sex..........6 Pregnant Women & Does LegalizingOral Sex Health Risks & Straight Talk..............7 Abortion Protect Women’s Health?...............28Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs).............8HPV & Vaginal Cancer......................................9 Illegal Abortion Facts...................................29 Defying The Pro Abortion Argument & HowII - Effects of Abortion On Health Can We Reduce Maternal Mortality?..........30Watching The Unborn Child Grow...................11The Truth About Contraceptives & Birth V - Post Abortion HealingControl............................................................12 Symptoms Of Post Abortion Stress.............32The Truth About Condoms..............................13 Self Preservation & Coping Mechanisms....33Abortion Procedure & Risks......................14-15 Alternatives To Abortion...............................34Over-The-Counter Abortion Pill......................16Major Physical Complications From Legal VI - History Of Reproductive RightsAbortion..........................................................17Health Risks of Abortion (Legal/Illegal)..........18 Movement & Population ControlBreast Cancer Risk From Abortion & Breast Margaret Sanger’s Mission.........................36Cancer Risk Reduction..................................19 Legal Abortion’s Effect on the AfricanAbortion: Is It Really A Choice? & Abortion American Population...................................37Among Teens.................................................20Forgotten Fathers: Men & Abortion................21 VII - Global Perspectives On FamilyAbortion & Its Violent Effect On Surviving PlanningChildren & Spiritual Effects Of Abortion.........22 World Fertility Rates...................................39 San Jose Articles: UN Documentation OnIII - Purpose Of Marriage & Families Right To Life...............................................40Benefits of Sex Within Marriage....................24 ResourcesFamily Environment Benefits........................25 Get Involved & AcknowledgementsCreating The Backbone Of All Societies.......26 3
  • 5. Sexual Heal! As a result of the “women’s reproductive and sexual rights agenda,” women have suffered greater abuse and exploitation,For human beings, sex is about over a billion children have beenmuch more than the body. It’s slaughtered through abortion, andthe emotional or psychologicaldimension of sex that is global populations are plummeting todistinctively human. Our entire dangerously low levels. Women andperson—mind, body, and children have suffered whilefeelings—is involved. That’s why organizations like Planned Parenthoodsexual intimacy has potentially profit billions annually and continue topowerful emotional release false information to promoteconsequences. their own purposes. This section lists ~Dr. Thomas Lickona Developmental Psychologist the facts on women’s sexual and reproductive health and ways to protect our physical, emotional, and psychological well being. 4
  • 6. Ten Rewards Of Waiting• Waiting to have sex will make your relationships better because you’ll spend more time getting to know each other.• Waiting will increase your self-respect.• Waiting will gain you respect for having the courage of your convictions.• Waiting will teach you to respect others—you won’t tempt or pressure them.• Waiting takes the pressure off you.• Waiting means a clear conscience without guilt and peace of mind without regrets. Physical, Psychological &• Waiting will help you find the right mate—someone who Emotional Benefits of values you for the person you are. Sexual Integrity• Waiting means a better sexual relationship in marriage Higher levels of: —free of comparisons based on trust. By waiting, • Self Confidence you’re being faithful to your spouse even before you • Self Esteem meet him or her. • Self Respect • Pride• By practicing the virtues involved in waiting—such as • Educational Performance good judgment, self control, modesty and genuine • Career Performance respect for self and others—you’re developing the kind • Close Family & Personal of character that will make you a good marriage partner. Relationships Virginity is the best gift you can give your partner. • Committed Long-Term Relationships• By becoming a person of character yourself, you’ll be • Peace able to attract a person of character—the kind of person • Security you’d like to marry and to have as the father or mother • Happiness of your children. • Physical & Emotional HealthCenter For The 4th & 5th R’s (Fall 2007) Volume 13, Issue 2. 5
  • 7. Emotional Risks Of Casual SexA 2007 newsletter from The Center for the 4th and 5th Rs shares stories from the lives of high schooland college students that illustrate ten emotional dangers of premature sexual involvement: (1) Worry about pregnancy and disease. (7) Depression & suicide. A 1991 study in Pediatrics found that the attempted suicide rate (2) Regret. A 2004 survey by the National for sexually experienced girls ages 12 -16 was Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy reported six times higher than it was for girls that age two-thirds of teens who had sex said they who were virgins. wished they had waited. (8) Damaged or ruined relationships. (3) Guilt. (9) Stunted personal development. (4) Loss of self-esteem and self-respect. (10) Negative effects on marriage including (5) Corruption of character. comparisons and flashbacks, infidelity, infertility (6) Fear of commitment. and increased chance for divorce. Health Risks of Casual Sex • One in 5 Americans over the age of 12 are infected with herpes and 80% of those with herpes show no symptoms. • The total estimated number of people living in the US with a viral STD is over 65 million - 1 in 4 people. • Each year, there are at least 15 million new cases of STDs. • About half of all new STDs in 2000 occurred among youth, ages 15-24. • About 1.2 million people have HIV/AIDS and approximately 25% of them are unaware of their infection. • There are 42,000 estimated new cases of HIV each year. • The only sure ways to avoid sexual transmission of diseases (including AIDS, chlamydia, genital herpes, genital warts, gonorrhoea, hepatitis B, and syphilis) are not to have sex at all or to limit sex to one uninfected partner who is also monogamous. Copyright 2009 Heritage House http://www.hh76.info Food and Drug Administrationc (USA) Consumer Magazine, Sept. 1990; A Woman’s Care Center, awomenscarecenter.org/stds.html 6
  • 8. Oral Sex Health Risks• It is possible to get sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), such as syphilis, herpes, chlamydia, and gonorrhea through oral sex.• Even though oral sex is a lower-risk activity for HIV, several reports show that people have become infected with HIV through oral sexual activity.• Other factors also increase the risk of oral sex, including bad oral hygiene, genital sores, and the presence of other STDs.• While the risk of becoming infected through unprotected oral sex is lower than that of unprotected anal or vaginal sex, it is not risk-free.• A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggested that people who had had more that five oral partners had a ninefold increase in risk of cancer of Straight Talk About Oral Sex the tonsils or tongue.• According to the American 1. No boy who truly respects or cares about a girl would Association for Cancer ask her to do this. Research, more than 50% of 2. Some girls make the mistake of initiating oral sex because they think they can give a guy what he wants all oral cancers are now while avoiding pregnancy, but then discover that oral HPV-related. And theres no sex actually reduces intimacy. question that oral sex has 3. Many sexually transmitted diseases—including herpes, become more common in chlamydia, and human papilloma virus—can be transmitted through oral sex. 4. If you’re a girl and you engage in oral sex, you risk experiencing the same feelings of being used that frequently follow uncommitted intercourse. 5. If you’re a boy and getting girls to do this, you’re disrespecting the girl (would you want somebody doing this to your sister?) and your future. 7
  • 9. Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)STDs are Sexually Transmitted Diseases while STIs are Sexually Transmitted Infections. STIs aretransmitted through sexual activity (vaginal, oral, & anal) and as a result of the infection, these STIs canbecome STDs overtime.• Chlamydia and LGV - Chlamydia is an infection caused by bacteria and may cause permanent damage to the reproductive organs, ectopic pregnancy, infertility, and death. In 2008 there were 1,210,523 reported cases.• Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)* - BV is a condition in females where the normal balance of bacteria in the vagina is disrupted and replaced by an overgrowth of certain bacteria. It is sometimes accompanied by discharge, odor, pain, itching, or burning. BV also increases a woman’s risk of infection after major surgery and complications during pregnancy.• HPV/GenitalWarts - Genital human papillomavirus (HPV) is an infection that affects the genital areas, mouths, and throats and may cause genital warts, warts in the throat, and cancer. In 2008 there were 385,000 cases based on initial visits to the physician’s office.• Herpes - Genital herpes is a virus that causes blisters on or around the genitals or rectum that may break to form ulcers. Herpes may also cause flu-like symptoms and psychological distress. Herpes may be transmitted from a mother to her baby at birth. In 2008 there were 292,000 cases based on initial visits to the physician’s office.• Trichomoniasis - Trichomoniasis is caused by a parasite and usually affects the vagina in females and the urethra in males. Females may experience vaginal discharge with a strong odor, discomfort during intercourse and urination, and irritation and itching of the female genital area. In 2008 there were 204,000 cases based on initial visits to the physician’s office.• Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) - PID refers to infection of the reproductive organs caused by serious complication of other STDs, especially chlamydia and gonorrhea. PID can lead to permanent damage of the reproductive organs, chronic pelvic pain, infertility, ectopic pregnancy, abscess formation, internal bleeding, and death. In 2008 there were 104,000 cases.• HIV/AIDS - The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is an untreatable virus that destroys blood cells that are crucial to helping the body fight diseases. Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) is the most advanced stage of HIV. HIV/AIDS causes people to get sick with diseases that would not normally affect them. The disease may lead to depression, neurological disorders, chronic pelvic inflammatory disease, severe infections, growths on the skin or inside the mouth, bleeding from growths on the skin or any opening in the body, paralysis, confusion, and decreased mental abilities. (In 2008 there were 78,420 diagnoses.• Gonorrhea - Gonorrhea is caused by a bacterium that can grow and multiply easily in the warm, moist areas of the reproductive tract, including the cervix, uterus, and fallopian tubes in women, and in the urethra in women and men. The bacterium can also grow in the mouth, throat, eyes, and anus. In females, Gonorrhea may cause painful urination, vaginal discharge, and increased risk of serious complications from infection. In 2008 there were 336,742 reported cases.Sexually Transmitted Infections: Causes &Consequences, Human Life Alliance, www.humanlife.org. 8
  • 10. HPV & Vaginal Cancer• More than 50% of sexually active singles become infected in the US with the Human Papilloma Virus, or HPV, which has over 100 different strains. www.cancer.org• Since it is a disease of the entire genital area spread by skin to skin contact, condoms do not stop the spread of the virus.• Approximately 20 million Americans are already infected with HPV and another 6.2 million become infected each year.• Up to 90% of vaginal cancers and pre-cancers contain HPV.• HPV is spread by skin contact, which means sex does not have to occur. The only way to completely prevent HPV infection is to never allow another person to have contact with those areas of the body.• Gardasil, the vaccine to protect against HPV, only provides some protection to four of the 40 different strains of this disease. Gardasil is NOT a safeguard for STIs or cervical cancer. Some birth defects were also reported in women who became pregnant 30 days after injection. Side effects include itching, severe headaches, dizziness, temporary loss of vision, slurred speech, fainting, seizures, muscle weakness, tingling and numbness in hands and feet and joint pain, and Guillain-Barre Syndrome.American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org; Gardasil, Peg Luksik, PhD, www.cogforlife.org. 9
  • 11. Effects of Abo#ion on Heal! Reproductive rights, family planning and safe sex propaganda are the greatest hoaxes ever devised against“They now tell us that “pregnancy” women and families. Disguised asdoes not begin until one week after “women’s rights and women’sfertilization, the time of implantation. equality,” population control groups,This has fooled untold numbers of liberal elitists and eugenicists havepeople, including many doctors. But successfully convinced the world thatwe are not talking about the mother’s such rights liberate women andbody. It is quite obvious that life does children from oppression. In reality,not begin when this new human life is these terms are code for reducingone week old. Life begins when the populations through abortion and birthsperm penetrates the ovum.” control at the expense of women’s ~J . C . W i l l k e , M D health. This section provides information to help educate women and their families on the risks of abortion and birth control. 10
  • 12. Watching The Unborn Child Grow Conception 6 Weeks 12 Weeks All human Eyes, legs Nerves, chromosome and hands spinal cord s are present; begin to & vocal unique develop. cords are human life developed. begins.16 Weeks 20 WeeksBaby is 1/2 of The baby recognizesits birth weight, its mother’s voice.8-10 inches This is also thelong and can earliest stage atdream. which partial birth abortions are performed. 24 Weeks 28 Weeks 36 Weeks Real hair Eyes are Nervous grows and open and system and baby is eyelashes lungs regularly are formed. developed. sleeping and 90% of live At 37 waking. births weeks, all survive at organs 28 weeks. function. 11
  • 13. The Truth About Contraceptives & Birth ControlIs birth control worth the risks to your health?• Combined Oral Contraceptives (YAZ, etc.) - Side effects include heart attacks, strokes, blood clots in the legs, lungs, heart, or brain, high blood pressure, liver tumors, gallstones, change in sex drive, and yellowing of the skin or eyes (jaundice).• Progestin-Only Pills - Side effects include irregular menstrual bleeding, ovarian cysts, depression, weight gain, decreased libido, headaches, breast tenderness, fatigue, and acne.• Depo-Provera (Birth Control Shot) - Side effects include increased risk of breast cancer, heart attacks, depression, blood clots, osteoporosis, hair loss or increased hair on the face or body, severe chest pain, decreased libido, severe pelvic pain, sudden numbness, and abnormally heavy menstrual bleeding.• NuvaRing (Birth Control Vaginal Ring) - Side effects include heart attacks, strokes, blood clots in the legs, lungs, heart, or brain, thrombophlebitis and venous thrombosis with or without embolism, arterial thromboembolism, pulmonary embolism, myocardial infarction, cerebral hemorrhage, cerebral thrombosis, hypertension, hepatic adenomas, high blood pressure, liver tumors, gallstones, change in sex drive, and yellowing of the skin or eyes (jaundice).• Ortho Evra (Birth Control Patch) - Side effects include heart attacks, strokes, blood clots in the legs, lungs, heart, or brain, high blood pressure, liver tumors, gallstones, change in sex drive, and yellowing of the skin or eyes (jaundice).• Implanon (Birth Control Implant) - Side effects include depression, ovarian cysts, weight gain, heavy menstrual bleeding, depersonalization, breast pain, change in sex drive, insomnia, vaginal discharge, back pain, and irritability.• Plan B One-Step (Levonorgestrel) - Side effects include dizziness, fatigue, breast tenderness, headaches, heavier menstrual bleeding, lower abdominal pain, and nausea.• ellaOne - Side effects include hives, dry mouth, kidney stones, hot flashes, attention deficit, swollen tongue, acid reflux, blurred vision, depression, anxiety, menstrual disorders, constipation, trembling, infection, dehydration, renal pain, and nose bleeds.• RU-486, Mifeprex, Mifegyne (Mifepristone) - Side effects include severe and potentially fatal infections and heavy bleeding, uterine cramping, spotting, blood clots, passing of tissue, persistent fever, severe abdominal pain, and syncope (temporary loss of consciousness or fainting).• Hormonal Contraceptives do not prevent STDs and studies show an increased risk of contracting STDs while on hormonal birth control.Nehsdal, Melissa & Pam Stenzel. Nobody Told Me. www.pamstenzel.com. 12
  • 14. The Truth About Condoms• 15 studies on condoms used during heterosexual intercourse found that 4.6% of all condoms broke and 3.4% of them partially or completely slipped off, with a total failure rate of 8.1%.• About 1 in 12 condom uses results in failure. Failure results in exposure to all the sexually transmitted diseases that a partner has and may result in pregnancy.• International Planned Parenthood Federation, IPPF, indicates that even with so- called "protected sex” with condoms, the risk of contracting AIDS approaches 100 percent as the number of episodes of sexual intercourse increases.• Within a year, 15% of sexually active women whose partners use condoms become pregnant, according to Contraceptive Technology and other top scientific sources.• After five years, the number of pregnancies while using condoms rises to 56%.• The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and other global condom promoters claim that condoms have a 98% success rate instead of the 85% success rate documented in real-world studies.• Uganda’s ABC program—Abstinence first, Be faithful in a relationship, and use Condoms if you’re not—reduced the adult HIV infection rate from 18% to 7%. Cates Medical Bulletin, IPPF 1997; Human Life International Pro- Life Talking Points - Condoms. 13
  • 15. Abortion Procedures & Risks• Dilation & Curettage (D&C) With Vacuum Aspiration - The doctor first opens (dilates) the cervix and then empties the uterus with suction. After suctioning, the doctor may scrape the walls of the uterus to make sure the unborn child, placenta, and contents of the uterus have been completely removed. Possible side effects and risks include: cramping of the uterus or pelvic pain; a hole in the uterus (uterine perforation) or other damage to the uterus; injury to the bowel or the bladder; a cut or torn cervix (cervical laceration); incomplete removal of the unborn child, placenta, or contents of the uterus requiring an additional operation; infection; complications from anesthesia such as respiratory problems, nausea and vomiting, headaches, or drug reactions; inability to get pregnant due to infection or complication from an operation; possible hysterectomy as a result of complication or injury during the procedure; hemorrhage (heavy bleeding); emergency treatment for any of the above problems, including possible need to treat with an operation, medicines, or a blood transfusion; rarely, death.• Dilation & Evacuation (D&E) - To prepare for the procedure, the doctor will open (dilate) the cervix. Most women experience some pain, so the doctor may give you a painkiller — either locally by shots in the area of the cervix or by a general anesthetic — or a sedative (which will leave you conscious). The uterus will be scraped and the unborn child and placenta are removed. After 16 weeks, the unborn child and placenta are removed, piece-by-piece, using forceps or other instruments. This procedure will take less than an hour. Possible side effects and risks include: hole in the uterus (uterine perforation) or other damage to the uterus; injury to the bowel or bladder; cut or torn cervix (cervical laceration); incomplete removal of the unborn child, placenta, or contents of the uterus requiring an additional operation; infection; complications from anesthesia, such as respiratory problems, nausea and vomiting, headaches, or drug reactions; inability to get pregnant due to infection or complication from an operation; possible hysterectomy as a result of complication or injury during the procedure; hemorrhage (heavy bleeding); emergency treatment for any of the above problems, including the possible need to treat with an operation, medicines, or a blood transfusion; 14
  • 16. rarely, death.• Abortion by Labor Induction (Medical Induction) - Medicines will be used to start labor. These medicines can be put in the vagina, injected in the uterus (womb) or given into the vein (intravenously or by IV). The medicines used cause the uterus to contract and labor to begin. Sometimes more than one medicine will be used. This procedure may take from several hours to several days. Your doctor may use instruments to scrape the uterus and make sure that the unborn child, placenta, and other contents of the uterus have been completely removed. Possible side effects and risks include: nausea or vomiting; diarrhea; fever; infection; complications from anesthesia such as respiratory problems, nausea and vomiting, headaches, or drug reactions; inability to get pregnant due to infection or complication from an operation; possible hysterectomy as a result of complication or injury during the procedure; damage or rupture of the uterus (womb); the possibility of a live-born baby; incomplete removal of the unborn child, placenta, or contents of the uterus requiring an operation; hemorrhage (heavy bleeding).; water intoxication; emergency treatment for any of the above problems, including the possible need to treat with an operation, medicines, or a blood transfusion; rarely, death.• Dilatation and Extraction (D&X) - The doctor will dilate (open) the cervix. The doctor will grasp the unborn child’s foot with an instrument and deliver the child except for the head. While the head is kept in the birth canal, scissors are used to make a hole in the back of the head, a tube is inserted, and suction is applied. The contents of the unborn child’s skull are suctioned out, the bones of the head collapse, and the child is delivered dead. Possible side effects Cervical damage from previously induced and risks include: a hole in the uterus (uterineabortions increase the risks of miscarriage, perforation) or other damage to the uterus; injury to the bowel or bladder; cut or torn cervixpremature birth, and complications of labor (cervical laceration); incomplete removal of the during later pregnancies by 300 – 500%. A unborn child, placenta, or contents of the uterus, requiring an additional operation; major study of first pregnancy abortions infection; complications from anesthesia such found that 48% of women experienced as respiratory problems, nausea and vomiting, abortion-related complications in later headaches, or drug reactions; inability to get pregnant due to infection or complication from pregnancies. Women in this group an operation; possible hysterectomy as a resultexperienced 2.3 miscarriages for every one of complication or injury during the procedure; hemorrhage (heavy bleeding); emergency live birth. treatment for any of the above problems, ~Abortion As A Public Health Issue including the possible need to treat with an from Elliot Institute, AfterAbortion.org operation, medicines, or a blood transfusion; rarely, death. A Woman’s Right To Know (2012) Texas Dept. of State Health Services, http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/. 15
  • 17. Over The Counter Abortion Pill • The “morning after pill” is also referred to as “emergency contraception” or “EC.” The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a number of drugs for preventing pregnancy after intercourse including Plan B (now replaced by Plan B One Step), Plan B One Step, Next Choice and other generic versions of Plan B, and Ella. • RU-486 is a drug that produces an abortion after the mother misses her period. It can be used up to the second month of pregnancy and works by blocking progesterone, a crucial hormone during pregnancy. Without progesterone, the uterine lining does not provide food, fluid and oxygen to the tiny developing baby. A second drug is then given that stimulates the uterus to contract and the baby is expelled. • Women who abort with the drug RU-486 can experience nausea, severe cramping, vomiting and bleeding. Rather than being “over with” in a few minutes (as in a surgical abortion), this abortion could last for over a week. • The side effects are similar for all of these drugs. Those listed for Plan B One Step include nausea (14%), lower abdominal pain (13%), fatigue (13%), headache (10%), and dizziness (10%). • The chemicals used in MAPs are much like those in birth control pills, but with much higher dosages. Because of the known health risks, prescriptions are required for birth control. Why are prescriptions not required for MAPs? • If a woman has become pregnant, the chemicals in MAPs make the lining of the uterus hostile to implantation, causing an abortion. Chemicals such as these that cause abortion are called “abortifacients.” • Both Planned Parenthood and the FDA have changed scientific facts to fit their purposes. Both state life begins not at conception (fertilization), but at implantation (about a week later), which means MAP is no longer an abortifacient drug. This is a lie to continue selling the MAPs over-the-counter. The Morning After Pill (2010) The Heritage House, http:// www.hh76.info/lit/9596MA.pdf.Why Women Abort, Human Life How Are Abortions Done? (2010) The Heritage House,International’s Pro-life Talking Points http://www.hh76.com/lit/9312HA.pdf 16
  • 18. Major Physical Complications From Legal Abortion• Death: According to the best record-based study of deaths following pregnancy and abortion, women who abort are approximately four times more likely to die in the following year than women who carry their pregnancies to term. In addition, women who carry to term are only half as likely to die as women who were not pregnant.• Cancer: The risk of breast cancer almost doubles after one abortion, and rises even further with two or more abortions. Women with one abortion face a 2.3 relative risk of cervical cancer, compared to non-aborted women. Similar elevated risks of ovarian and liver cancer have also been linked. These increased cancer rates for post-aborted women are apparently linked to the unnatural disruption of the hormonal changes which accompany pregnancy and untreated cervical damage.• Uterine Perforation: Between 2 and 3% of all abortion patients may suffer perforation of their uterus, yet most of these injuries will remain undiagnosed and untreated.• Cervical Lacerations: Even smaller lacerations, or micro fractures, which would normally not be treated may also result in long-term reproductive damage. Latent post-abortion cervical damage may result in subsequent cervical incompetence, premature delivery, and complications of labor.• Placenta Previa: Abortion increases the risk of placenta previa in later pregnancies (a life threatening condition for both the mother and her wanted pregnancy) by seven to fifteen fold. Abnormal development of the placenta due to uterine damage increases the risk of fetal malformation, perinatal death, and excessive bleeding during labor.• Subsequent Pre-Term Deliveries & Other Complications of Labor: Women who had one, two, or more previous induced abortions are, respectively, 1.89, 2.66, or 2.03 times more likely to have a subsequent pre-term delivery, compared to women who carry to term. Pre-term delivery increases the risk of neonatal death and handicaps.• Handicapped Newborns In Later Pregnancies: Abortion is associated with cervical and uterine damage which may increase the risk of premature delivery, complications of labor and abnormal development of the placenta in later pregnancies. These reproductive complications are the leading causes of handicaps among newborns.• Ectopic Pregnancy: Abortion is significantly related to an increased risk of subsequent ectopic pregnancies, which in turn are life threatening and may result in reduced fertility.• Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID): Of patients who have a chlamydia infection at the time of the abortion, 23% will develop PID within 4 weeks. Approximately 5% of patients who are not infected by chlamydia develop PID within 4 weeks after a first trimester abortion.• IMMEDIATE COMPLICATIONS: Approximately 10% of women undergoing elective abortion will suffer immediate complications, of which approximately one-fifth (2%) are considered life threatening. The nine most common major complications which can occur at the time of an abortion are: infection, excessive bleeding, embolism, ripping or perforation of the uterus, anesthesia complications, convulsions, hemorrhage, cervical injury, and endotoxic shock. The most common “minor” complications include: infection, bleeding, fever, second degree burns, chronic abdominal pain, vomiting, gastro-intestinal disturbances, and Rh sensitization.Abortion Risks & Complications (2000) Elliot Institute. Compiled by Dr. David C. Reardon, PhD. 17
  • 19. Did You Know? Health Risks of Abortion (Legal/Illegal)• 81% experience an increased risk of mental health problems.• 65% suffer multiple symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and are at a higher risk of clinical depression.• Abortions take place in non-hospital facilities, ill-equipped for emergency care. 31% had health complications afterwards.• 10% have immediate complications, some are life-threatening.• Women who abort are 3.5 times more at risk of death from all causes. • Suicide rates are 6 times higher if women abort instead of giving birth. • A recent government funded study in Finland shows that women who abort are approximately four times more likely to die in the following year than women who carry their pregnancies to term. • In addition, women who carry to term are only half as likely to die as women who were not pregnant. • The researchers found that compared to women who carried to term, women who aborted in the year prior to their deaths were 60 percent more likely to die of natural causes, 7 times more likely to die of suicide, 4 times more likely to die of injuries related to accidents, and 14 times more likely to die from homicide.• “Abortion counselors continue to lie to American women,” said David C. Reardon, Ph.D. “They are telling women that abortion is safer than childbirth, when this and other irrefutable studies prove exactly the opposite. If they were really pro-choice, they would want women to know about abortions true risks.”Forced Abortion In America, Elliot Institute. www.AfterAbortion.org; Abortion Nearly Four Times Deadlier ThanChildbirth, The Post Abortion Review. http://www.afterabortion.org/PAR/V8/n2/finland.html. 18
  • 20. Breast Cancer Risks From AbortionBy choosing abortion, a woman increases her risk for breast cancer in four ways:(1) She creates in her breasts more places for cancers to start, which is the “independent effect”;(2) She loses the protective effect that a full-term pregnancy would have afforded her;(3) She increases the risk of premature delivery of future pregnancies;(4) And she lengthens her window of being at risk for cancer.• The risk factors linked to breast cancer include increased levels of estrogen, second trimester miscarriage, premature birth before 32 weeks, induced abortion, late childbirth and childlessness or barrenness.• There are now over 60 significant studies linking breast cancer to induced abortion, the first one was done in 1957. Yet, cancer societies who rake in millions of dollars annually refuse to inform women about the most preventative way to reduce the risk of breast cancer--choosing not to abort.• The National Cancer Institute specifically commissioned a study by Janet Daling and her colleagues. She reported that, There is a way that “Among women who had been pregnant at least once, the risk seems right to of breast cancer in those who had experienced an induced abortion was 50% higher than among other women.” man, but in theBreast Cancer Risks & Prevention 4th Ed. (2005, 2007) Breast Cancer end leads toPrevention Institute http://www.bcpinstitute.org/booklet4.htm. death. ~Prov. 14:12Breast Cancer Risk Reduction• A woman gains protection from breast cancer by completing a full-term pregnancy. In utero her offspring produce hormones that mature 85% of the mother’s breast tissue into cancer-resistant breast tissue.• If the pregnancy ends through an induced abortion or a premature birth before thirty-two weeks, the mother’s breasts will have only partially matured, retaining even more cancer susceptible breast tissue than when the pregnancy began.• This increased amount of immature breast tissue will leave the mother with more sites for cancer to start, thereby increasing her risk of breast cancer.• Hormonal contraceptives increase breast-cancer risk by their effect on breast tissue to rapidly reproduce and mutate, leading to cancer cells and their direct carcinogenic effects on DNA.• Hormonal contraceptives include estrogen-progestin combination drugs prescribed in any manner of delivery: orally, trans-dermally, vaginally, or intrauterine.Breast Cancer Risks & Prevention 4th Ed. (2005, 2007) Breast Cancer Prevention Institute http://www.bcpinstitute.org/booklet4.htm. 19
  • 21. Abortion: Is It Really A Choice? • Assault victims often report that someone else made the abortion decision for them. The pressure to abort can escalate to violence or even murder. • Teens have been taken to clinics for forced abortions and returned to their rapists. • 64% of women surveyed after abortion report feeling pressured into unwanted abortions. • Homicide is the leading cause of death of pregnant women. • 54% were not sure about their decision at the time, yet 79% were not counseled about alternatives. • A survey of women who had an abortion of a sexual assault pregnancy revealed that many only aborted because they felt pressured. • Most abortionists don’t screen for risk factors orIn a survey of women experiencing determine whether abortion will benefit their patients.problems after abortion: Proper screening would eliminate 70% or more of all abortions.• 66% said counselor’s advice was very biased • 78% of those who aborted had regrets and said that abortion was the wrong solution.• 44% hoped to find an alternative • Those women who didn’t abort had no regrets.• 60% were uncertain of their decision Forced Abortion In America (2006) Elliot Institue,• 71% felt their questions were ignored or www.theunchoice.com/resources.htm. trivialized. Abortion Among Teens • Teenagers are 6 times more likely to attempt suicide if they have had an abortion in the last six months than are teens who have not had an abortion, and four times more likely to commit suicide than adults who abort. • Teens who abort are more likely to develop psychological problems and are nearly three times more likely to be admitted to mental health hospitals than teens in general. • About 40% of teen abortions take place with no parental involvement, leaving parents in the dark about subsequent emotional or physical problems and putting them at risk for injury and death. • Teens report more severe pain during the abortion procedure than do adult women. Teens are also twice as likely to experience dangerous cervical lacerations compared to older women. • Studies have found that teens are at higher risk for post-abortion infections such as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and endometritis. These infections increase their risk of infertility, hysterectomy, ectopic pregnancy, and other serious complications. • Teens are more likely to have riskier late-term abortions. According to the CDC, approximately 30% of abortions among teens take place at 13 weeks gestation or later, compared to only 12% among women. • Teens who abort are likely to become pregnant again within the next few years. Among pregnant teens, those who had had an abortion were at least 4 times more likely to abort again. Teen Abortion Risks Fact Sheet, Elliot Institute. www.AfterAbortion.org. 20
  • 22. Forgotten Fathers: Men & Abortion• At a time when men are changing roles and become increasingly involved with raising their children, they are systematically denied the right to be involved in life-or-death decisions affecting their unborn children.• Sociologist Arthur Shostak observed in an article for The Family Coordinator that three out of four male respondents said they had a difficult time with the abortion experience and that a sizable minority reported persistent day and night dreams about the child that never was, as well as considerable guilt, remorse and sadness.• Emotional resolution is nearly impossible because there is no visible conclusion. Because the unborn child was denied humanity, he or she is denied a grave or marker. The grieving process is left unfinished.• Clinical experience shows that men become hostile when they have been excluded from decision making and when they discover they have been deceived and manipulated.• In the abortion decision, the male’s role is often marginal and passive. He may be bypassed by his sexual partner, ignored at the abortion clinic, and helpless in the act and aftermath. This role conflict may well be responsible for some of the increase in male sexual dysfunction.• The results of a national poll indicate that three out of four respondents still believe that the ideal man is one who will fight to protect his family. Yet how can one protect when one is not allowed by law to be involved in a life-or-death decision?• Reconciliation of the death of one’s unborn child ultimately involves the act of forgiveness. Forgiveness for abortion flows from being willing to know and tell the truth.Forgotten Fathers: Men & Abortion (2002) Life Cycle Books, www.lifecyclebooks.com. 21
  • 23. Abortion & Its Violent Effect On Surviving ChildrenApart from poor bonding, lack of breastfeeding and increased risk of mistreatment, children who areabortion survivors (children whose parents aborted another child) may also suffer from survivor guilt,anxiety, anxious attachment, distrust, and self doubt. These conflicts and symptoms may beexpressed through intense anger in the following ways and for the following reasons:• Anger at their parents because their existence is dangled on the end of the weak thread of wanted-ness.• They have no sense of intrinsic worth and therefore others are not worthy.• They feel there is no right for them to exist, so no one else has that right either, especially if one is not wanted.• They re-enact their own early surviving by a thread by endangering themselves repeatedly.• With all their questions about their own existence, they use self injury to reassure themselves they are still alive. "Pain and blood show that I am alive."• Because the existential anxiety is so great, they cannot tolerate waiting for the worst so they tend to make it happen before it happens to them.• They are told by parents who have had an abortion to be careful, so they want to break out and become carefree.Abortion and its Violent Effect on Surviving Children (2008) Philip G. Ney, MD. www.messengers2.com. Spiritual Effects Of Abortion • Sin/Separation from God • Broken Relationships • Unforgiving heart towards God/self/others • Mercilessness • Discipline from the Father • Roots of bitterness • Anger towards self/God/others • Foothold for the Enemy/Demonic oppression • Hopelessness • Inability to receive God’s forgiveness • Prideful judgment • Fruitlessness • Works over grace • Shame/Secrecy 22
  • 24. Purpose of Mar$a% & Families Marriage is the foundational relationship for all of society. All other relationshipsSex is so special, it deserves a special in society stem from the father-motherhome. Its most meaningful, most relationship, and all relationships thrivefulfilling, when its part of something most if that father-mother relationship isbigger—a continuing loving simultaneously intimate and closedrelationship between two human between a husband and wife. Marriagebeings. When youre married, your contains all the five basic institutions, orsexual intimacy expresses your total tasks, of society: family, church, school,commitment to each other. You are marketplace and government. Within asaying with your body, "I give myself to family built on a strong marriage, theyou, completely." child gradually learns to value andFrom this perspective, you join your perform these five fundamental tasks.bodies when you join your lives. The They gradually grow in competence andultimate intimacy belongs within the are ready to strike out into society and,ultimate commitment. —Character Matters eventually, to build their own family. How they do that will depend much on what they experienced in growing up in their families of origin. This section outlines the benefits of a healthy marriage and family not only for the individual but for all societies. 23
  • 25. Benefits of Sex Within Marriage• Free to be physically intimate with your spouse without being haunted by past sexual relationships.• Once you have a sexual relationship with another, it cannot be undone. You are permanently changed. Oxytocin is released in the brain during intimate relations. Oxytocin acts as “superglue,” bonding us to the person we’ve been intimate with. When you break up and get a new partner, your ability to bond with a new partner is damaged. It’s like leaving pieces of yourself with everyone you’ve been with.• Avoid sexually transmitted diseases, some of which are a death sentence and others that will be with you for a lifetime. There are 141 different Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI’s).• Prevent the emotional pain of feeling used; discarded or rejected by someone you have given the most intimate part of yourself.• Avoid unintended pregnancies and the problems that they cause. If you become pregnant, your options are to parent the child, place the child for adoption or abort the baby. Each situation has difficult consequences.• Time to focus on your school work, sports, talents and grow as an individual.• No contraceptives polluting your body.• Escape divorce—couples who have sex before marriage, especially those living together, have a much higher rate of divorce.• Remain true to your religious and moral beliefs. Abstaining proves a commitment to God and your future spouse.• Know you’re giving your spouse the total gift of yourself, something never given to another. Real love desires the best for another.The Top 10 Reasons To Abstain From Sex Until Marriage, Human Life Alliance, www.humanlife.org. 24
  • 26. Family Environment Benefits• Women raised in intact married families have the lowest average number of out-of-wedlock pregnancies and births.• Those who marry experience increased commitment and stability.• Men raised in married families have more open, affectionate, and cooperative relationships with the women to whom they are attracted than do those from divorced families.• Married mothers report more love and intimacy in their romantic/spousal relationships than cohabiting or single mothers.• Married people are more likely to exchange emotional or material support with their parents and are more likely to turn to their parents for support in case of an emergency.• Married parents are more encouraging and have higher expectations for their children than always-single parents are, even after adjusting for intelligence and abilities.• Those who are married are more likely to worship, and those who attend religious services are more likely to marry.• Children of married parents are more engaged in school than children from all other family structures.• Children from married households have higher cognitive scores and more self-control.• Compared with children in stable married families, students whose parents are in the process of divorcing have lower academic expectations and test scores.• Children in intact married families have the highest combined English and math grade point averages (GPAs.)• Children from intact married families have the highest high school graduation rate.• Children from intact families have fewer behavioral problems in school.• Married women’s likelihood of becoming ill decreases the longer they are married.• It seems that marriage, as a sort of social support, strengthens the immune system and makes married persons less likely to catch the common cold.• Married individuals occupy hospitals and health institutions less often than others.• Married women are at decreased risk of obesity, are more physically active, and use preventive care measures more often, independent of income differences.• Married people have lower mortality rates, including lower risk of death from accidents, disease, and self-inflicted injuries.• Married persons have higher levels of emotional and psychological well-being than those who are single, divorced, or cohabiting.• Both adults and children in married families suffer less psychological distress than their counterparts in divorced families.• Those who are married report less depression than cohabiting couples.162 Reasons To Marry (February 8, 2012) Marri Research, Marriage & Religion Research Institute marri.us/reasons-to-marry. 25
  • 27. Creating The Backbone Of AllSocieties• Married men have stronger employment status than cohabiting men.• Men’s productivity increases by 27 percent as a result of marrying.• Intact married families have the largest annual income of all family structures with children under 18.• Among family structures with dual earners, married households in which both spouses are in the paid workforce have the largest income.• Men enjoy a larger “wage premium” (the financial gain men enjoy when they join a female partner) when they marry rather than cohabit.• The marriage premium produces an annual income increase of approximately .9 percent.• Married individuals often qualify for discounts or family rates on car, health and homeowners insurance.• Married families receive various and significant tax benefits.• Marriage can raise one’s credit score.• Intact married families have the highest net worth of all families with children under 18.• Married households enjoyed net worth growth $3,000-17,000 higher (over two years) than did other family structures, according to 1992-2006 data.• Living in an intact married family decreases one’s likelihood of becoming a criminal.• Adolescents from intact families are less delinquent and commit fewer violent acts of delinquency.• Compared to teenagers from intact families, teenagers from divorced families are more verbally aggressive and violent toward their romantic partners.• Married men are less likely to murder their partner than cohabiting men are, and married women are less likely to be killed by their spouse than cohabiting women are to be killed by their partner.• In arguments, married couples are less likely to react physically (to hit, shove, or throw items) than cohabiting couples are.• Married parents are less likely to neglect or abuse their children than are divorced or separated parents.• Children in intact married families suffer less child abuse than children from any other family structure, and children are less likely to be injured or killed by abuse in the intact married family than in all other family structures.162 Reasons To Marry (February 8, 2012) Marri Research, Marriage & Religion Research Institute marri.us/reasons-to-marry. 26
  • 28. Legal Abo#ion Is Not Safe Abo#ionNow people assume thatsince abortion is legal, it Dr. Beverly McMillan, MD, the firstmust be safe. That makes woman to open an abortion clinic in Missouri in 1975, closed her offices init harder for women to 1978 when she became convinced thatresist unwanted abortions the abortions she was performing werefor health or safety causing everyone involved far morereasons. As a result, the harm than good. She states that whilenumber of abortions has the percentage of deaths from hemorrhage and infections may haveincreased 10- to 15-fold gone down, the actual number ofwith only a minimal women suffering these complicationsimprovement, if any, in has gone up far more. The followingsafety. pages show more facts about legal abortion and ways we can reduce the ~Dr. Beverly McMillan, MD number of maternal deaths. Elliot Institute, afterabortion.org 27
  • 29. Legal Abortion Increases Violence Against Women• Since the legalization of abortion on demand in America, violence against pregnant women has increased. Research shows that pregnant women are at increased risk of being physically attacked or murdered.• Homicide has become the leading cause of death among pregnant women.• In many cases, women were assaulted or killed for refusing to abort or because the attacker did not want the baby.• A high percentage of women who experienced violence while pregnant reported being punched or kicked in the abdomen, usually by the father of the unborn baby.• Many women experience abortion as a serious trauma and develop post-traumatic stress disorder. A study at a South African clinic found that 18% of their patients developed post- traumatic stress disorder after aborting.Communication/Complaint to United Nations Conference on the Status of Women, Human Rights Abuses Against Women in the United States as a Result of Legal, Unrestricted Abortion: Violence Against Pregnant Women, Homicide of Pregnant Women, Coercion to Abort Wanted Children and Uniformed Abortion (July 31, 2012.) Does Legalizing Abortion Protect Women’s Health? • In the developed world, the decline in maternal mortality rates coincided “with the development of obstetric techniques and improvement in the general health status of women” (from 1935 to the 1950s), according to World Health Organization. This took place well before the widespread legalization of abortion. • According to the United Nations Population Division (UNPD), there has been no substantial decrease in maternal mortality or child mortality since the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo and the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. This is true even though, in that same period, more women have had access to legal abortion than ever before.Does Legalizing Abortion Protect Women’s Health? (2009) National Right To Life Educational Trust Fund. 28
  • 30. Illegal Abortions Facts• Will dangerous back-alley abortions return if abortions are forbidden? During a hearing on abortion in 1981, the chart on the right was showed the number of women who died from illegal abortions dropped from 250 in 1956 to 120 in 1966. Although abortion was still illegal in 1966, the rate dropped due to new and better antibiotics, better surgery and the establishment of intensive care units in hospitals. This was in the face of a rising population.• Did legalizing abortions reduce deaths? In 1972, the year before the U.S. Supreme Court decision which allowed legal abortion- on-demand in all fifty states, the death rate for illegal abortions had fallen to 39, with 25 additional deaths by legal abortions. In 1973 there should have been a really sharp drop in women dying, but according to the U.S. Vital Statistics, legalization of abortion did not save almost any women’s lives.• How did legalizing affect the abortion rate? The pro-abortion claim was 1 million illegal abortions in 1972. With abortions legal without restriction in all states, the total reported for all of 1973 was about 750,000. This climbed to 1.5 million by 1979 and plateaued there.• How many actual illegal abortions were there? One study quoted in the U.S. Senate debate and written by Dr. T. Hilgers from Creighton University estimated near 100,000 abortions annually in the U.S. prior to legalization.• Do we know how many abortion-related deaths occur now? No. As exhaustively documented by Mark Crutcher’s book, Lime 5, the CDC seems to have had an ongoing unspoken policy of under reporting and minimizing induced abortion mortality and morbidity and maximizing that of full-term pregnancy. One doctor in Maryland listed the cause of death as “therapeutic misadventure.” 29
  • 31. Defying The Pro-Abortion Argument• In 1993, the new freely elected Parliament passed a law forbidding abortion. The media and liberals screamed: “You now have the legal power to do this, but you won’t stop abortions. They will just go underground, and women will be injured and die. They will be instrumented in the back alley and then, bleeding and infected, they will flood into your hospitals as ‘miscarriages.’”• The law was passed and the number of abortions dropped precipitously. 1980 = 138,000 2000 = 138• Were the ominous predictions realized? Miscarriages 1990 = 59,076 1999 = 41,568• Deaths due to “Pregnancy, Birth & Confinement” 1991 = 70 1997 = 24• Neonatal deaths/1,000 live births 1990 = 19 1998 = 9• llegal Abortions in 1999 = 99• Total number of gynecological admissions also dropped.• Not only did none of the dire predictions materialize but, instead, Polish women are healthier and have fewer gynecological problems than when abortion was legal and common. Three separate government agencies report annually and agree on these statistics."How the Law Protects Life — the situation in Poland; P. Wosicka, June 2001, Fundacja GIos dia Zyoia Report ofthe Council of Ministers on the Implementation in 1999, of the law of Jan. 7, 1993, Warsaw, 2000 Croatia. How Can We Reduce Maternal Mortality? • The separation of a mother from the fetus, whether by birth or by abortion, is more dangerous in the developing world than in developed countries because of poor general health care for women—particularly the lack of antibiotics, drugs to prevent hemorrhage, and clean facilities. • We must use our resources to provide for all aspects of the health care needs of women and girls, rather than to legalize abortion and advance a “population control” agenda. • We should strive to give women in the developing world access to the same standard of care that has been available to women in the developed world for decades— care that results in a healthy outcome for mother and child. Does Legalizing Abortion Protect Women’s Health? (2009) National Right To Life Educational Trust Fund. 30
  • 32. Po Abo#ion Healing It is a long journey full of ups andIf you want to be truly set free downs and heartbreak for thosefrom the hurt and pain after an hurt by abortion and their lovedabortion, it will be necessary to ones. But the road to recovery andforgive those responsible for healing does not have to beand those involved in that traveled alone. Many others haveexperience. In forgiving others experienced abortion and pregnancy-related injustices, harmyou will come to understand and heartbreak. Hope, help andforgiveness for yourself. healing are possible, but some women have been lied to about ~National Helpline For Abortion where this healing comes from. http://www.nationalhelpline.org This section provides insight and truths into how to cope after abortion and find healing. 31
  • 33. Symptoms of Post Abortion StressEmotional Changes Behavioral ChangesGuilt Anguish Secretive Promiscuity orUnable to forgive Panic Abusive frigidityherself Frustration Withdrawn Suicidal impulsesEmotionally numb Feels exploited Over-protective of Tolerates abusiveShame Self-hatred living children relationshipsSorrow Despair Avoids baby Reduced motivationUnworthiness Regret reminders Loss of normalSelf-condemnation Feels isolated/ Marital stress sources of pleasureFeels degraded/ alienated Crying spells Fails to bond withdebased Feels rejected Sleep disturbances subsequent childrenAnger Horror Develops eating Divides time intoDepression Flashbacks/ disorders “before” and “after”Anxiety nightmares Self-punishing or abortionLoneliness Fears another self-degrading DamagedBitterness pregnancy behavior relationships withConfusion Feels inferior Alcohol/drug abuse living childrenFears God’s Preoccupation with Wants atonement/punishment due date or replacement childFears losing a child anniversary date Changes inRemorse relationshipsGrief Difficulty withHopelessness intimacyHelplessness Loss of interest inRage sexFacilitating Biblical Healing (2002) Cooter, Rice, Stoner. 32
  • 34. Self-Preservation & Coping MechanismsThese harmful coping strategies are used to hide from the pain of abortion, but true peace can befound through God’s love.• Repression acts to keep information out of conscious awareness. Truth: “In my anguish I cried to the Lord, and He answered by setting me free.” Psalm 118:5; Psalm 62:5-8• Denial is probably one of the best known defense mechanisms, used often to describe situations in which people seem unable to face reality or admit an obvious truth. Truth: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 • Avoidance or refusing to deal with or encounter unpleasant objects or situations. Truth: “Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.” Hebrews 10:22 • Projection is a defense mechanism that involves taking our own unacceptable qualities or feelings and ascribing them to other people. Truth: “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Galations 6:2 • Rationalization involves explaining an unacceptable behavior or feeling in a rational or logical manner, avoiding the true reasons for the behavior. Truth: “God presented Him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in His blood. He did this to demonstrate His justice...” Romans 3:25• Intellectualization works to reduce anxiety by thinking about events in a cold, clinical way. Truth: “Since we have now been justified by His blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through Him!” Romans 5:9 33
  • 35. Alternatives To Abortion• Parenting - In the U.S., each state’s Department of Health Services has parenting help resources that are available. These resources include medical-assistance benefits, help with prenatal care, childbirth, and neonatal care.• Child Support - In the U.S., the father of the child must help support your child if you decide to keep your baby. The law says that he must help even if he offered to pay for an abortion. The Child Support Office can help locate a non-custodial parent, determine the father of the child (paternity), establish and enforce child- support orders, review and adjust child support payments, and collect child- support payments. If you need services in the U.S., call 1(800) 252-8014. “When women seek abortion• Adoption – The Loving Option as an answer to their• American Association of Open Adoption Agencies provides information for an open pregnancy, it means we as a adoption agency in the area where you live. society have failed to www.openadoption.org. provide a safe, welcoming• A Child’s Waiting Adoption Program helps you and supportive environment do what is best, be it parenting or adoption. for them to bear and raise www.achildiswaiting.com. their children. As a result,• Courageous Choice provides free assistance we all bear the guilt and with adoption and overall life situation. shame of abortion.” www.courageouschoice.com. – Molly S. White, Founder• Family Based Health Education - Abortions and Director, Women for Life among teens can be prevented in America by International, Inc. encouraging parents to discuss health and sex education with their children, rather than being exposed to this information in schools. This approach provides a more personalized education for each child and allows parents to include their own morals. Studies have also shown that sex education in schools encourages sexual behavior and a curiosity to learn through experience. The QR code provides more information on natural family planning and alternatives to abortion. 34
  • 36. H(tory Of Reproductive Rights Movement & Population Control The word eugenics, or controlled breeding to decrease the population of “undesirables,” often brings to mind images of the Nazi movement andMargaret Sanger, founder of the Holocaust during World War II.Birth Control Movement now However, this horrifying movement is still going strong under the disguise ofknown as Planned Parenthood, birth control and the hidden agenda ofsaid this about large families: pro-choice groups like Planned“The most merciful thing that a Parenthood. The push to eliminatelarge family does to one of its the poor and minority races under theinfant members is to kill it.” disguise of  “family planning, reproductive rights and sustainable Margaret Sanger development” has already taken its Women And The New Race toll on the human race.The following pages reveal the true agenda of the abortion rights movement by looking at the intent of Planned Parenthood’s founder, Margaret Sanger, and others involved. 35
  • 37. Margaret Sanger’s Mission• Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, was a racist and a supporter of Hitlers Nazi party. She believed in eugenics - the purification of a particular race of people by selective breeding. Her magazines and journals were filled with writings and articles by well-known eugenicists and members of Hitlers Third Reich.• Instead of helping the poor, she considered them slum dwellers (particularly Blacks, Hispanics, and Jewish immigrants) who would soon overrun the boundaries of their slums, contaminating the better elements of society with their diseases and inferior genes.• Throughout the 200+ pages of Sanger’s book The Pivot of Civilization, she called for the cessation of charity, for the segregation of "morons, misfits, and maladjusted," and for the sterilization of "genetically inferior races."• George Grant stated in Grand Illusions: "In her book Women and the New Race she asserted that the most merciful thing a large family can do to one of its infant members is to kill it."• On October 19, 1939, Sanger outlined a plan for stopping the growth of the Black community “through a religious appeal. We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their rebellious members."• The Birth Control Review, founded by Sanger in 1917, endorsed I.Q. testing, which classified Blacks, southern Europeans, and other immigrants as mentally inferior to native-born White Americans and called them a nuisance and a menace to society.Who Was Margaret Sanger? (2005) American Life League, www.all.org. 36
  • 38. Legal Abortion’s Affect On The African American Population 37
  • 39. Global Per)ectives on Family Planning It is true that the world is facing a terrible population crisis, but the crisis is not over-population. Instead, it is under-population. With the gross gender imbalances in countries that prefer male over female children, most of the world’s populations are at or below replacement level. Countries, such as Russia and Germany, are trying to reverse their population dearth. In spite of global demographic decline, many UN agencies are pushing abortion as an international human right even though the right to abortion is not stated in any UN document.This section describes UN documentation on the right to life, world fertility and alternatives to abortion. 38
  • 40. World Fertility Facts• For the first time in human history, as far as is known, human beings will collectively be having fewer babies than it takes to replace themselves, starting not in 2050 or so as had been commonly assumed, but in the next decade.• The Chinese census suggests that there are 118.6 boys being born for every 100 girls, worsening from 116.9 in 2000.• India has a gender ratio at birth of around 110 boys for every 100 girls with large regional variations. Compare this with the “natural” ratio of 105 boys per 100 girls (notice that even the natural ratio is not exactly 1:1).• After making the adjustment for the gender imbalance, China’s Effective Fertility Rate (EFR) is around 1.5 while that for India is around 2.45 – both below what is widely discussed. In other words, the Chinese are already far from replacing themselves while the Indians are only slightly above the replacement rate.• The human race will no longer be replacing itself by the early 2020s. Population growth will continue for a few more decades because of momentum from the age structure and people living longer but, reproductively speaking, our species will no longer be growing. This will be one of the most important turning points in history.• Population decline, along with the implosion of moral standards, are two of the main determinant factors in the collapse of not only empires but entire civilizations.World effective fertility rate collapses – will drop below replacement rate in 10 years(May 25, 2011) A Blog For Dallas Area Catholics, veneremurcernui.wordpress.com. 39
  • 41. San Jose Articles:UN Documentation On RightTo Life• As a matter of scientific fact a new human life begins at conception.• Each human life is a continuum that begins at conception and advances in stages until death. Science gives different names to these stages, including zygote, blastocyst, embryo, fetus, infant, child, adolescent and adult. This does not change the scientific consensus that at all points of development each individual is a living member of the human species.• From conception each unborn child is by nature a human being.• There exists no right to abortion under international law, either by way of treaty obligation or under customary international law. No United Nations treaty can accurately be cited as establishing or recognizing a right to abortion.• The Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW Committee) and other treaty monitoring bodies have directed governments to change their laws on abortion. Accordingly, any such body that interprets a treaty to include a right to abortion acts beyond its authority and contrary to its mandate.• Assertions by international agencies or non-governmental actors that abortion is a human right are false and should be rejected. There is no international legal obligation to provide access to abortion based on any ground.• Under basic principles of treaty interpretation in international law, consistent with the obligations of good faith and in the exercise of their responsibility to defend the lives of their people, states may and should invoke treaty provisions guaranteeing the right to life as encompassing a state responsibility to protect the unborn child from abortion.• Governments and members of society should ensure that national laws and policies protect the human right to life from conception. They should also reject and condemn pressure to adopt laws that legalize or depenalize abortion.• International maternal and child health care funding and programs should ensure a healthy outcome of pregnancy for both mother and child and should help mothers welcome new life in all circumstances.The San Jose Articles (March 25, 2011) United Nations http://www.sanjosearticles.com/?page_id=2. 40
  • 42. Resources• Abortion Risks & Complications (2000) Elliot Institute. Compiled by Dr. David C. Reardon, PhD.• Abortion and its Violent Effect on Surviving Children (2008) Philip G. Ney, MD. www.messengers2.com.• Abortion Nearly Four Times Deadlier Than Childbirth, The Post Abortion Review. http:// www.afterabortion.org/PAR/V8/n2/finland.html.• American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org.• Cates Medical Bulletin, IPPF 1997; Human Life International Pro-Life Talking Points - Condoms.• Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer, www.abortionbreastcancer.com.• Does Legalizing Abortion Protect Women’s Health? (2009) National Right To Life Educational Trust Fund.• The Center for the 4th and 5th Rs, Vol. 13, Issue 2 (Fall 2007) www2.cortland.edu/centers/ character/• Family Based Health Education, Coalition For The Family.• Food and Drug Administrationc (USA) Consumer Magazine, Sept. 1990; A Woman’s Care Center, awomenscarecenter.org/stds.html.• Forced Abortion In America, Elliot Institute. www.AfterAbortion.org.• Forgotten Fathers: Men & Abortion (2002) Life Cycle Books, www.lifecyclebooks.com.• "How the Law Protects Life — the situation in Poland; P. Wosicka, June 2001, Fundacja GIos dia Zyoia Report of the Council of Ministers on the Implementation in 1999, of the law of Jan. 7, 1993, Warsaw, 2000 Croatia.• Key Facts - Abortion’s Impact, Elliot Institute www.AfterAbortion.org.• The Morning After Pill (2010) The Heritage House, http://www.hh76.info/lit/9596MA.pdf.• Nehsdal, Melissa & Pam Stenzel. Nobody Told Me. www.pamstenzel.com.• “Normal Breast Physiology: The Reasons Hormonal Contraceptives and Induced Abortion Increase Breast-Cancer Risk” (2009) Angela Lanfranchi, M.D., F.A.C.S., Linacre Quarterly.• Planned Parenthood Data created by The American Spectator, spectator.org/blog/2011/04/08/.• A Report From The Chiaroscuro Foundation, (March 2011) http://chiaroscurofnd.org/docs/ Chiaroscuro_PP_Analysis_March_2011.pdf.• Teen Abortion Risks Fact Sheet, Elliot Institute. www.AfterAbortion.org.• The San Jose Articles (March 25, 2011) United Nations http://www.sanjosearticles.com/? page_id=2.• United States Census Bureau, International Data Base.• United Sates Center For Disease Control.• Who Was Margaret Sanger? (2005) American Life League, www.all.org.• Wilson, Barbara. The Invisible Bond; How to break free from your sexual past, 2006. www.barbarawilson.org.• World effective fertility rate collapses – will drop below replacement rate in 10 years (May 25, 2011) A Blog For Dallas Area Catholics, veneremurcernui.wordpress.com.• A Woman’s Right To Know (2012) Texas Dept. of State Health Services, www.dshs.state.tx.us/. 41
  • 43. Get Involved! Women For Life International, Inc. - Our Mission Statement is to protect andrestore the honor, dignity and value of motherhood and traditional families; to advance the right to life for all human individuals (born and pre-born); and to protect women and girl’s from all forms of exploitation and oppression. www.women-4-life.orgEndeavour Forum, Inc. - We aim to enhance the status of uniquely female roles. We affirm that men and women are equal but different, not equal and the same. Special Consultative Status with ECOSOC. endeavourforum.org.au. Acknowledgements Created By Endeavour Forum, Inc., an organization that aims to enhance the status of uniquelyfemale roles. They affirm that men and women are equal but different, not equal and the same. Special Consultative Status with ECOSOC endeavourforum.org.au & Women For Life International, Inc. www.women-4-life.org Special Thanks to Ann Olson with Human Life Alliance www.humanlife.org Layout design by Kristen Reichert kristenreichert.wordpress.com 42
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