Life In Oregon Volume 18 • Number 2
Upcoming Events Oregon Right to Life Conference April 24 Portland, Oregon Information on page 4 Standupgirl.com Gala Dinners April 15 Illahe Hills Country Club Salem May 13 Portland Golf Club Portland National Right to Life Convention June 24-26 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania www.nrlc.org/convention County Fairs June through August ORTLEF Annual Auction September 25 Keizer, Oregon Information on page 5
Health care bill’s passage shows elections matter Michelle Maynard, PAC Assistant Director By the time this article arrives in your mailboxes, news that the U.S. House passed the health insurance reform bill and President Obama signed it into law will be old news. The fact remains that pro-life Americans did what they could to stop the abortion funding and health care rationing in the bill. The people aren’t to blame for the bill’s passage; elected officials who caved in on their supposed convictions are to blame. For over a year, the debate on this bill has been intense. Without sufficient votes in the U.S. House or U.S. Senate, pro-life Republicans were unable to stop the bill or demand amendments banning funding or preventing rationing. It took a group of pro-life House Democrats to join together and stand against the bill’s pro-death “reforms” to give many pro-life Americans hope and to force pro-life action on the bills. The U.S. House successfully adopted the Stupak-Pitts Amendment banning federal funding of abortions. However, the Senate bill
– the bill that ultimately passed and was signed into law – didn’t include such an amendment. On Sunday, March 21, 2010 when the U.S. House passed the health insurance reform bill, many of these same self-proclaimed pro-life Democrats caved in to a cheap deal from President Obama and voted to pass the bill. Representative Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) – who supported the idea of the health care bill but opposed abortion funding – said President Obama had promised him an executive order extending the Hyde Amendment restrictions banning the use of federal funds for abortion if Stupak and his fellow so-called pro-life Democrats voted for the bill. Stupak agreed to the deal and pulled several other votes with him, giving the President enough votes to pass the bill by a vote of 219212. “If only four of those pro-life Democrats had stood their ground, today’s news would be drastically different.” said Gayle Atteberry, executive director of Oregon Right to Life. “It would only have taken four.” Of the 212 no votes, 34 were Democrat and 179 were Republican.
Not one Republican voted for the bill, leading Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn) to state, “The only thing bipartisan about [this bill] is the opposition to it.” After the vote, the Susan B. Anthony List – a pro-life organization dedicated to electing pro-life women to office – stripped Rep. Stupak of his Defender of Life award saying, “By accepting this deal from the most pro-abortion president in American history, Stupak has not only failed to stand strong for unborn children, but also for his constituents and pro-life voters across the country. SBA List went on to say, “The executive order on abortion funding does absolutely nothing to fix the problems presented by the health care reform. An executive order can be rescinded at any time at the President’s whim, and the courts could and have a history of trumping executive orders. Most importantly, pro-abortion representatives have admitted the executive order is meaningless.” National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) concurred, “The executive order promised by President Obama was issued for political effect. It
changes nothing. IT does not correct any of the serious pro-abortion provisions in the bill. The president cannot amend a bill by issuing an order and the federal courts will enforce what the law says.” In an email titled “VICTORY!” Planned Parenthood Action told supporters, “We were able to keep the Stupak abortion ban out of the final legislation and President Obama did not include the Stupak language in his executive order.” NRLC never stopped fighting against this bill and now promises to hold those who turned their backs on the unborn and the defenseless accountable. “A lawmaker who votes for this bill is voting to require federal agencies to subsidize and administer health plans that will pay for elective abortion, and voting to undermine longstanding pro-life policies in other ways as well. Pro-life citizens nationwide know that this is a pro-abortion bill. Pro-life citizens know, and they will be reminded again and again, which lawmakers deserve their gratitude for voting against this pro-abortion legislation.” This year, one thing has been made very clear – elections matter.
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Chile study undercuts pro-abortion claims Susan Yoshihara, Ph.D and Piero A. Tozzi, J.D. New York – CFAM Preliminary findings by a prominent biomedical researcher examining the dramatic decrease in maternal mortality, over the past 50 years in the Latin American nation of Chile, appear to undercut claims by global abortion lobbyists that liberal abortion laws are necessary to reduce maternal mortality rates. According to Dr. Elard Koch, an epidemiologist on the faculty of medicine at the University of Chile, Chile’s promotion of “safe pregnancy” measures such as “prenatal detection” and accessibility to professional birth attendants in a hospital setting are primarily responsible for the decrease in maternal mortality. The maternal mortality rate declined from 275 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births in 1960 to 18.7 deaths in 2000, the largest reduction in any Latin country. Because Chile is a nation that protects unborn life in its penal laws and constitution, the decline is therefore not attributable to access to legal abortion. In fact, the preliminary study shows, maternal mortality in Chile declined over the last century regardless of whether abortion was legal or illegal. Chile tightened its restrictions on abortion in the late 1980s. According to Dr. Koch, “From 1960 onwards, there has been a breakthrough in the public health system and primary care” in Chile,
with resources devoted to the development of “highly trained personnel, the construction of many primary health centers and the increase of schooling of the population.” Education appeared to be a primary factor in the country’s improved maternal health. Chile today touts a maternal health record comparable to those of developed nations. Statistics released by the World Health Organization (WHO) support such conclusions. In South America, according to WHO, Chile boasts of the lowest rate of maternal mortality, whereas Guyana, which significantly liberalized its laws in the mid-1990s citing concern over maternal deaths, has the highest. Indeed, perhaps the most comprehensive analysis of the decline of maternal death rates in the developed world, a peer-reviewed article by Irvine Loudon appearing in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2000 confirms that the “sudden and dramatic decline in maternal mortality rates, which occurred after 1937, took place in all developed countries and eliminated the previously wide country-level differences in national mortality rates. The main factors that led to this decline seem to have been successive improvements in maternal care.” As with Chile today, these strides in the developed world occurred at a time before access to abortion had been liberalized. Thus it appears that improving access to quality maternal health
care, rather than permissive abortion laws, is what drives reductions in maternal death during pregnancy and delivery. Maternal health experts such as noted obstetrician Donna Harrison, MD, point out that introducing abortion in a developing world setting without first improving basic maternal health care increases the risk of maternal death since health systems cannot adequately respond to complications from invasive surgical procedures such as abortion. Indeed, nations such as South America, which has one of the continent’s most liberal abortion regimes, has seen an increase in maternal deaths attributable in part to complications arising from legal abortion. Dr. Koch presented his initial findings at the inaugural meeting of the International Working Group for Global Women’s Health Research last month in Washington, D.C. [Susan Yoshihara, Ph.D. and Piero A. Tozzi, J.D. write for CFAM. This article first appeared in the Friday Fax, an international report published weekly by CFAM (Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute), a New York and Washington, DC-based research institute (www.cfam.org). This article appears with permission. The Friday Fax is a weekly report of United Nations events distributed by Austin Ruse. Ruse, president of C-FAM will be a speaker at this year’s Oregon Right to Life conference on April 24.]
A policy of peace
Oregon Right to Life, an affiliate of the National Right to Life Committee, is Oregon’s most established and comprehensive pro-life organization. Our membership includes people from all walks of life, from various political, social and economic backgrounds who share the common desire to protect innocent human life from abortion, infanticide, euthanasia and destructive human research such as embryonic stem cell research and human cloning.
Oregon Right to Life opposes any form of violence to fight the violence of abortion. We have a strict policy forbidding violence (or illegal activity) by our staff, directors, officers, and chapters. Our commitment to the well-being of all human life requires that we respect the inherent value and dignity of all people. Accordingly, as we condemn abortion and euthanasia, we likewise condemn the deliberate destruction of another person’s property or the act of inflicting bodily harm in any form on abortionists or other pro-abortion workers.
from the President As I write this article, Congress has just passed the health care bill, despite Frank overwhelming popular Rosenbloom, opinion against it. Of course, M.D. the most distressing aspect ORTL of the legislation is that, President despite last minute assurances to the contrary, it will lead to increased numbers of abortions and will increase federal funding for abortion. Additionally, with changes in Medicare, there will be more pressure on the elderly and the very ill to end their lives. This legislation is the culmination of the work of President Obama, Speaker of the House Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Reid, who are the strongest pro-abortion advocates who have ever occupied their offices. This article is also my last as president of Oregon Right to Life. I have had the privilege and the honor of serving in that capacity for several years. When I was initially asked to consider the position I knew that God had led me to it. As the end of my term came nearer, I prayed about what God wanted me to do. It became clear to me that it would be best for the organization to be invigorated by new ideas and that I should step down to allow this to happen. Furthermore, I have gotten a bit more involved with my political writing, and it will be easier to write and speak on political issues as an individual instead of as the president of Oregon Right to Life. I do not leave without trepidation. The road ahead will be difficult with a political leadership fanatically devoted to the culture of death. But, I leave with great hope. We live in a fallen world and societies rise and fall. Yet, by always keeping our thoughts on our Lord and Redeemer, we will move forward and continue our Holy battle. “Put on the whole armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the devil’s strategies. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against authorities, against the universal lords of this darkness, against spiritual power of wickedness in high places.” (Ephesians 6:11-12). Despite the difficult times to come and especially when, as it must, the implementation of the health care law causes a much greater rise in cost and the inevitable increase in abortion and euthanasia, we must continue the struggle. Not because we will win this fight, but because we are called to fight. Yet, there will be a time when the “President” continued on page 6 Life in Oregon is an official publication of Oregon Right to Life, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the unborn and the sanctity of human life. Life in Oregon is mailed six times per year to 50,000 households. The subscription rate is $5 per year.
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Political Forum Primary Election 2010: Meet some pro-life candidates Oregon Right To Life PAC Pro-Life Voter Guide Available in your mailbox or online at www.ortl.org by May 1. The 2010 elections are upon us! Primary Election Day is May 18, so expect that your ballots will be arriving in your mailbox around April 30. We have had a great time getting to know some wonderful pro-life candidates and I would like to introduce you to a few of them. I encourage you to visit their websites and contact the campaign nearest you to get involved toady! Pro-life candidates can really use your volunteer help in their campaigns, even if you can only offer a few hours. Scott Roberts (Coos Bay): Roberts is an oral surgeon who treats patients from four counties on the Southern Oregon Coast. He is involved with the local dental and medical communities and volunteers his time providing care to needy families. Scott and his wife, Michelle, recently celebrated their ten-year anniversary. They both love living on the southern coast and feel fortunate to be able to raise their three children in an environment of small town values. Scott is seeking to unseat incumbent State representative Arnie Roblan. www.scottrobertsfororegon.com/
Mary Kremer (Lake Oswego): Kremer is running for the State Senate in District 19 which includes Lake Oswego, Wilsonville, and West Linn. Mary was an investment banker before she and her husband, Rob, decided to move back to Oregon to raise their family. For the last twenty years, Mary has been raising her children, volunteering in schools, and getting involved in her community. In 2009, Mary got involved representing parents of students who attend Oregon’s largest virtual school, Oregon Connections Academy. This experience motivated her to get even more involved. www.facebook.com/pages/ Mary-Kremer-for-Oregon-State-Senate/279638663393 Shawn Lindsay (Hillsboro):
Lindsay is the fourth generation of Lindsays to call Oregon home. He has been married to his college sweetheart, Amanda, for twelve years and they are the parents of two beautiful daughters, Grace and Jane. Shawn and Amanda are very excited to welcome their third child any day now. Shawn is a business attorney and has served in his community in many roles, including involvement in local schools. On a pro bono basis, he serves as general counsel to Special Olympics Oregon. Shawn is running for State Representa-
tive in District 30, where he is taking on pro-abortion incumbent David Edwards. www.shawnlindsay.org/ Mike McLane (Powell Butte): McLane grew up in Condon, where he worked summers on local farms and ranches. Mike and his wife of 22 years, Holly, met while she was serving as the FFA state president. Today, Mike and Holly live on a small farm with their three children. Mike is a partner in Central Oregon’s oldest law firm, Bryant, Emerson & Fitch, LLP. Mike also serves our country as an officer in the Oregon Air National Guard’s 173rd Fighter Wing at Kingsley Field, an F-15 training base in Klamath Falls. He is currently assigned as the staff judge advocate. Previously, Mike was an officer in the 41st Infantry Brigade in the Oregon National Guard. He is running to replace State Representative George Gilman, who is not seeking reelection. www.votemclane.com/ Andre Wang (Gresham): Lang is a native of East Multnomah County. Andre is an attorney and serves on the boards of several organizations, including the Portland-Suzhou Sister City Association and the Northwest Religious Liberty Association. Andre’s experience working on other legislative campaigns has prepared him for this campaign. He lives in Gresham with his
wife, Lisa, and their daughter, Holland. The Wangs will welcome their second child in the summer of 2010. Andre is running for State Representative in District 50 against Representative Greg Mathews, who is supported by Planned Parenthood. www.electandre.com/campaign/ Kathy Le Compte (Woodburn): LeCompte is a second-generation nursery woman who partners with her husband, David, on a seedling nursery in Salem, Oregon. Kathy is a past president of the Oregon Association of Nurseries. She has two grown children. Kathy is running against Representative Betty Komp. Kathy has received the President’s Five Performance Star award in 2009 and the Political Awareness award in 2008 from the Oregon Association of Nurseries. Both awards show appreciation and recognition for volunteer work in the nursery industry and for its members. www.friendsofkathy.net/
Primary 2010 Important Notes
Last date to register............ April 27 Ballots mailed........... April 30-May 4 Election Day......................... May 18 You can check your registration status by visiting Oregon’s Secretary of State Elections Division website at www.sos. state.or.us/elections/index.php and click on the words “registration status.”
Human Beings Matter More Speakers Elizabeth Graham Director of Texas Right to Life; expert in ‘futile care’ and end-of-life concerns Scott Klusendorf President of Life Training Institute; travels in the U.S. and Canada lecturing and debating pro-life apologetics Randall O’Bannon, Ph.D.; Director of Education and Research at National Right to Life; scientific research and statistics Frank Rosenbloom, MD.; President of Oregon Right to Life; Internal Medicine; concerned about the dangers of ObamaCare Austin Ruse President of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute at the United Nations; author, lecturer and television commentator
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Lois Anderson, Director of ORTL PAC Gayle Atteberrry, Director of ORTL Father Eric Andersen, St. Cecelia Parish Debbie Canepa, Ph.D., Professor at Linfield College Lori Eckstine, Director of Rachel’s Vineyard Tamra Johnson, Silent No More Graham Rintoul, Rachel’s Vineyard Pastor Doug Timmons, Forest Grove Assembly of God Richard Thorne, M.D., Past President ORTL William Toffler, M.D., Professor at OHSU
Oregon Right To Life Conference 2010
Hotel accommodations: The Holiday Inn, Portland Airport, is offering a conference rate of $89 for a single-quad (one to four person) room. This is an excellent rate, so grab some friends and share a room! Call 503-256-5000 or toll-free 866-613-0405 and ask for the Oregon Right to Life conference rate of $89. In order to receive this special rate, reservations must be made by April 9.
• Stopping the worldwide abortion agenda • Relativism – Where do our rights come from? • Stem cell research made easy • Helping your church become more pro-life • The worldwide attack on conscience and religious beliefs • ObamaCare could kill us • ABCs of fetal development and abortion • Death in the heart of Texas • Planned Parenthood: What goes on inside the clinic? • The history of Roe v. Wade • Abortion: Been there, done that, regret it ... now what?
Directions: From I-5, at Exit 300, take ramp for I-84 East/US-30 East/Banfield Expy toward Portland Airport/The Dalles. At Exit 8, take ramp right for I-205 North/Veterans Memorial Hwy toward Portland Airport/Seattle. At Exit 23B, take ramp right for US-30 BY-PASS West/Columbia Blvd. toward Killingsworth Street. Keep straight onto US-30 Byp/NE Killingsworth St. Bear right onto NE Columbia Pkwy West. Turn right onto NE Columbia Blvd. The Holiday Inn is on the corner.
Youth activities & workshops!
April 24, 2010 • 8:30 am to 5:30 pm (Lunch Included) Holiday Inn Airport 8439 NE Columbia Blvd. • Portland, OR 97220 Whether you are a newcomer to the pro-life movement or a veteran of many years, this year’s conference will provide valuable information and encouragement to better equip you to stand for life in a culture of death. Pro-life Oregonians need to sharpen their knowledge and skills to deal with our unique assisted suicide law, as well as continue to fight for the lives of unborn children. The conference features experts in the fields of medicine, law, religion and ethics. The theme, ‘Human Beings Matter More’ will encourage pro-lifers to stand strong in a society which continues to devalue life. Workshops, special speakers and guests, oratory contest, workshops for teens and college students, exhibits and more! You may register online at www.ortl.org or use the form on this page.
Call Oregon Right to Life for further information: (503) 463-8563
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We are always excited about the number of young people who attend our conference and are offering a full day of activities for them. During lunch, the winner of the ORTLEF Oratory Contest will give his or her speech. Other Oratory Contest winners will be introduced. We are excited to offer the following workshops designed specifically for students: • Abortion – been there, done that, regret it. Now what? • Planned Parenthood – What goes on inside the clinic? • Assisted suicide: Cheaper than caring • Influencing your peers
Educating for Life Wasted opportunities This is the first part in a series about wasted opportunities. I have several pet Kate Ewald peeves. One of them poses ORTLEF a potential problem for Director more than just myself – for those humans whose lives are threatened by embryonic stem cell research, abortion, and end-of-life issues. Pro-lifers are constantly griping about how we are portrayed negatively in the media and about how we are given little or no time to communicate the truth about abortion to the public. So, why do we waste the few, precious opportunities we do have to say obvious, repetitive things that don’t educate people about the fact that unborn children are human beings worthy of protection, or about exactly what happens in an abortion? Let’s be realistic about educational opportunities. The unedited news articles and television interviews that we pine for are rare. In reality, billboards, websites, t-shirts and bumper stickers are the most common vehicles for pro-lifers to get their message across. Though billboards and bumper stickers don’t allow for much room, they can communicate a simple image or message. My pet peeve is when pro-lifers take that precious space and say something like “I’m Pro-life!” When I see a slogan like that, I seriously wonder whether it convinces people that the unborn are worthy of legal protection because they’re human beings, or that induced abortion is barbaric and wrong. Now, I agree that messages like “I’m Pro-life” may encourage and embolden other pro-lifers to become more active. But, I also think that it’s wasting an opportunity to quickly educate people with a fact about fetal development, a jarring statistic, or a website address they can go to for more information. Some of you may be saying, “But if people who are pro-abortion see the t-shirt, they may strike up a conversation and then I’ll get to tell them things they don’t know about the issue!” The odds of that happening are very slim – maybe 4 in 100 people will actually approach you. And, likely, they will be the ones who argue and won’t listen to what you have to say (because they are thinking about what they will say next). This doesn’t mean that I disagree with dialoguing with people who support abortion. I just think it’s more effective to put a website address on your t-shirt so that, maybe, 15 people out of those 100 will go online to check out the website later, when they’ve calmed down enough to consider information regarding pro-life issues. What website do I recommend they go to? Why, www.standupgirl.com, of course. Stay tuned for more thoughts and suggestions about using our opportunities wisely.
Oregon Right to Life Education Foundation 2010 Auction
Fairy Tales Can Come True
Saturday, September 25 Keizer Renaissance Inn Keizer, Oregon
Schedule of events: 5:00 pm Silent Auction 6:45 pm Dinner 7:30 pm Oral Auction
Proceeds benefit the educational programs and activities of Oregon Right to Life Education Foundation. We would greatly appreciate donations of items such as services, weekend getaways, crafts, toys, and household items. All donations qualify as a tax deduction.
Sponsorships: Gold $1,000 Silver $500 Bronze $250 To donate, please call 503-4638563. To register ($35 per person), you may call 503-463-8563 or register online at www.ortl.org.
Camp Joshua 2010 Twenty students from around the state spent their spring break attending Camp Joshua, Oregon Right to Life’s student pro-life training camp. The students heard from experts in many fields and went on extensive field trips. On their trip to the State Capitol, students heard from pro-life legislators and then climbed to the “Gold Man” on the Capitol roof for a view of Salem.
Attention: Teachers, Pastors, Youth Leaders & PRC Staff FREE Fetal Development DVD Call for your copy today! The Biology of Prenatal Development is an amazing new DVD that documents the growth of the unborn child during pregnancy. With it’s contemporary, fast-paced format, it’s a quick and easy way to educate viewers about the early stages of life. The Biology of Prenatal Development can be shown in segments or as a full length feature, making it the perfect resource for pro-life presentations to classes, church congregations, youth groups, & PRC clients.
DVD provided courtesy of St. Thomas Catholic Church, Camas, WA & Center for Bioethical Reform To order a FREE copy for your organization call (503) 463-8563
PAS in Oregon and Washington Oregon:
In March, the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) released its annual physician-assisted suicide (PAS) report for 2009. It shows that 95 prescriptions were written by 55 doctors, resulting in 59 PAS deaths in 2009. Since the law took effect in 1998, there have been 460 reported PAS deaths in Oregon. The American Medical Association, the American College of Physicians-American Board of Internal Medicine and other major physicians’ associations oppose physicianassisted suicide. In a press release, Physicians for Compassionate Care Education Foundation, an organization opposed to physician-assisted suicide, detailed the following concerns: • The very brief report (a two-page summary report and a 2 and 1/2 page table) is not consistent with the “surveillance” responsibility of the DHS regarding assisted suicide in Oregon. There are no true investigations of assisted suicide in Oregon by the DHS. • Not one of the 59 patients who died
was referred for psychiatric evaluation, confirming opponents’ claims that there is no protection for depressed patients seeking assisted suicide in Oregon. Ironically, a report by OHSU researchers in 2008 said that 25 percent of patients seeking assisted suicide were considered to be depressed. • Only six of the 59 patients who died considered “inadequate pain control or concern about it” as a concern. While supporters claim that inadequate pain control makes physician-assisted suicide a necessity, studies have shown that pain is not a major reason patients choose assisted suicide. • The median duration of patient-physician relationship was only nine weeks; some patients had no prior relationship. Many patients have prescriptions for lethal drugs written by someone other than their personal physician. One organization, Compassion & Choices, was responsible for 97 percent of the assisted suicide deaths in 2009. This pro-assisted suicide group wrote Oregon’s
law and proclaims they are its steward. In the past two years, Compassion & Choices, the pro-assisted suicide group that wrote Oregon’s law, was responsible for 97 percent of the assisted suicides in 2009 and 92 percent of all assisted suicides in Oregon to date. The Oregonian editorial board stated on September 20, 2008 that “a coterie of insiders run the [assisted suicide] program, with a handful of doctors and others deciding what the public may know.”
In the first nine months of Washington’s physician-assisted suicide law, 36 patients died; fatal overdose prescriptions were sought by 63 patients. The physician who wrote the fatal prescription was present at the time it was ingested in only three of the 36 cases. Only three patients (7 percent of the total) were referred for psychiatric evaluation. Patients seeking suicide listed the following concerns: losing autonomy (100%); decreased ability to engage in activities making life enjoyable (91%), (perceived) loss of dignity (82%) and losing control of bodily functions (41%).
Amazing stem cells No doubt you’ve heard how adult stem cells are providing amazing cures. It sounds like something out of science fiction – or “Ripley’s Believe It Or Not” – but it isn’t. Britain’s Daily Telegraph reports the story of Russell Turnbull, who tried to break up a fight while riding home on the bus one night. For his pains, Turnbull ended up getting ammonia sprayed into his right eye, which scarred his cornea. Turnbull lost most of his sight in that eye, and suffered pain every time he blinked. But now, Turnbull has had his sight almost completely restored, thanks to a pioneering procedure using stem cells. Adult stem cells. Dr. Francisco Figueiredo, an eye surgeon at the North East England Stem Cell Institute, performed an operation that involved cutting away a tiny portion of Turnbull’s undamaged eye – complete with stem cells. He then grew a section of the eye to 400 times its size, and stitched it “onto the badly-damaged cornea in place of the damaged membrane,” the Telegraph reported. Turnbull is thrilled with the results. “The operation was a complete success, and I now have my sight back,” he said. “This really has given me my life back.” The technique has been used on eight other
patients; most have had their vision almost completely restored. Miracles like this have been repeated many times as researchers bend their attention to the uses of adult stem cells. But because much of the mainstream media refuses to report on them, many Americans remain unaware of them. If people knew how good they were, they’d stop demanding embryonic stem cell research, which kills human beings at the embryonic stage. And the media knows that. Americans also seem unaware that not a single clinical success has ever resulted from treatments using embryonic stem cells. None! Tragically, in the U.S., multi-million dollar grants are available for embryrodestructive research, but money is scarce for ethically sound and workable adult stem cell research. Why isn’t adult stem cell research receiving the funding it deserves? Josephine Quintavalle, director of Comment on Reproductive Ethics, explains why. “What you get from the [adult stem cell] approach is patient-specific cure. There’s no middleman ... and there’s no drug company that’s going to get rich as a result.” But, she explains, a lot of pressure for stem cell research is to find products that sell, as opposed to a treatment that
can cure you. This is a moral obscenity – one that not only the drug companies, but medical researchers, are complicit in. They want to experiment with human embryos simply for the sake of science. And the media constantly labels our efforts against embryonic stem cell research as backwards and unenlightened. That’s why you and I have got to get the word out about the miracle cures of adult stem cell research. This [Obama’s] administration is deeply committed to research involving the destruction of human embryos. In his inaugural address, President Obama took a swipe at those who oppose this research on moral grounds when he said, “We’ll restore science to its rightful place.” Well, if you really meant that, Mr. President, stop funding useless embryodestructive research, and start funding adult stem cell research. Not only because it is morally unproblematic, but because it’s the only thing that works. Just ask Russell Turnbull – the British man who once was blind, but now can see. [This column by Charles Colson was published on breakpoint.org on February 22, 2010: www.breakpoint.org/commentaries/14543-miracle-stem-cell-cures]
Action Alert Pro-life candidates need your help! There are a number of strong pro-life candidates running for positions in Oregon’s statehouse. It may seem that the November 2 general election is far in the future, but the primary election is just around the corner, on May 18. Pro-life candidates need your help to win and to have an opportunity to work in the legislature to protect the right to life of Oregonians of all ages. Whether you can volunteer many hours, or just a few, please give your time to these worthy candidates. You can find information on some candidates, along with their websites, on the Political Forum on page 3. Contact them today and be a part of efforts to elect candidates who will stand for the rights of unborn babies.
Telemarketing warning Not all telemarketers who call themselves prolife are genuine and credible. The Oregon Right to Life office frequently receives calls from pro-lifers concerned about the validity of phone calls raising funds for pro-life activities. Please make sure you are familiar with any group making fundraising calls before you make a donation. If you have questions, please call our office at 503-463-8563. You can always be assured that your donations to Oregon Right to Life and National Right to Life will be spent wisely and effectively. “President” continued from page 2
war is over and Our Lord will stand in final judgment. “He will put the sheep to His right and the goats to His left.” (Matthew 25:33). At that time, we will have won the war and those who have governed to accumulate power and promote the culture of death will receive their just rewards. I will continue to be active in pro-life causes and I will be available whenever the executive director or the new president calls on me to help. My prayers will be with them with all of you who have supported Oregon Right to Life. I will most fervently pray for the innocents who suffer at the hands of the princes of darkness. We must never give up the fight. I want to thank everyone associated with Oregon Right to Life for allowing me to serve. I am proud of the work we have done. God bless all of you, and may God bless America.
Life Notes Woman twitters her abortion Twenty-seven-year-old Angie Jackson posted a blowby-blow account of her RU 486 abortion on Twitter and YouTube. Her intention, she told ABC News, was to “demystify” abortions using the dangerous two-drug abortion pill combination. The first, RU 486 (mifepristone or mifeprex), kills the baby, and the second, cytotec (misoprostol) causes contractions to expel the dead baby. Jackson expected the process to take from four to eight hours. However, throughout her postings, from February 18 through 27, Jackson complained of nausea, cramping, vomiting, backaches, and bleeding. She went through 20 Tylenol with codeine in six days and requested more. The former chairman of the company that developed RU 486, Edouard Sakiz, explained, “As abortifacient procedures go, RU 486 is not at all easy to use ... True, no anesthetic is required. But a woman who wants to end her pregnancy has to ‘live’ with her abortion for at least a week using this technique. It’s an appalling psychological ordeal.” RU 486 has killed more than 13 women worldwide and has injured more than 1,100 women in the U.S. alone. [www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=126860; www.lifenews.com/state4841.html; http://bryankemper. com/2010/02/24/my-interview-with-angie-the-girl-who-livetweeted-her-abortion/
ing is pervasive since it is affecting nearly all the countries in the world.” Declining fertility rates and population aging will have the most impact on the developing world. The ratio of workers to older non-workers will continue to drop. In 1950, there were 12 workers supporting every retiree; by 2050, the ratio will be four to one. Aging populations are at greater risk for social isolation and economic deprivation, and may therefore need the support of social safety nets which, unfortunately, have been diminished by the global economic downturn. Ironically, fertility reduction is still being pushed by UN agencies such as the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the World Health Organization, International Planned Parenthood Federation and Women Deliver. [The paper can be found at www.un.org.esa/population/publications/ WPA2009_WorkingPaper.pdf; www.lifenews.com/int1479. html]
40 Days for Life campaign saves over 300 babies
The State of New York Department of Health is investigating the death of a 37-year-old woman following an abortion. Alexandra Nunez died at the hospital following an abortion at A-1 Women’s Care, located in a run-down building in a predominantly Hispanic neighborhood of Jackson Heights. Salomon Epstein is under investigation for his part in the abortion. Emergency personnel found Nunez bleeding very heavily following an abortion procedure that severed one of her arteries. Nunez suffered a cardiac arrest and was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead. A staff member of the abortion center told New York Daily News that Nunez’ abortion procedure went properly and that the center is still scheduling abortions. “The patient was transferred to the hospital, she didn’t die at the clinic. Nothing happened here,” the staffer said. Epstein denies Nunez was his patient or that any of his patients have died. [www.lifenews.com/state4858.html; www.lifenews.com/ state4839.html; www.lifenews.com/state4771.html; www. lifenews.com/state4759.html]
40 Days for Life is a focused campaign whose mission is to “bring together the body of Christ in a spirit of unity during a focused, 40 day campaign of prayer, fasting, and peaceful activism with the purpose of repentance, to seek God’s favor to turn hearts and minds from a culture of death to a culture of life, thus bringing an end to abortion in America.” The most recent campaign at abortion facilities in the U.S. (and some in Canada, Australia, and Northern Ireland) began February 17 in 176 cities across the country. National Director David Bereit says, “I can tell you that 319 babies have been saved from abortion ... that we know of. Most of the time, we don’t know how many women change their minds – and simply don’t show up for their abortion appointment.” A running tally of babies saved is kept on the group’s website at www.40daysforlife.com. Volunteers at the sites report women entering abortion clinics and walking back out after changing their minds. In La Puente, California, campaign participant Judy reported that a young man walked up to the 40 Days for Life vigil participants to thank them for being there. “Because he had seen us outside praying, he had the courage to convince his girlfriend not to have an abortion,” Judy said. “You just never know how many others never get to the abortion site because of our presence.” [www.40daysforlife.com; www.lifenews.com/nat6058.html; www.lifenews.com/nat6123.html]
UN paper warns of underpopulation, fertility declines
Pennsylvania abortionist kills women, freezes babies
A report recently released by the United Nations warns that the global trend of fertility decline and population aging will have significant societal and economic effects, especially on women who are targeted by UN agencies to further reduce fertility. The report, “World Population Ageing 2009,” was published in December 2009 by the UN Population Division. The report is skeptical that the trends will reverse, stating that, “Population ageing is unprecedented, a process without parallel in the history of humanity. Population age-
In the 1960s, abortion supporters argued that legalizing abortion would make the procedure safer for women because then only reputable physicians would perform abortions. This hasn’t proven to be true, as women are still injured, and even killed, by abortionists. On February 18 and February 23, federal agents raided the Women’s Medical Society abortion clinic in Philadelphia following the death of an abortion patient in November. Agents in the “Shop of Horrors” case found “deplorable
NY woman dies following abortion
and unsanitary” conditions, including blood on the floors and parts of aborted children stored in jars. They also found dozens of unborn children killed in abortions who had been frozen for decades and may have been victims of illegal lateterm abortions. Clinic director Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s license to practice medicine was immediately suspended and the clinic was closed down. The suspension order called Gosnell “an immediate and clear danger to the public health and safety.” The November death involved a 41-year-old woman who was overdosed on painkillers during an abortion in her 18th or 19th week of pregnancy. This was only one of many Gosnell victims. In 1999, an abortion performed on Marie Smith nearly caused her death. Smith developed a high fever and slipped into unconsciousness a week after her abortion. She told a reporter, “They [the hospital] showed me X-rays and said he [Gosnell] left an arm and a leg inside me. I almost died.” In 2000, Gosnell performed an abortion on Semika Shaw. Her uterus perforated, Shaw developed sepsis and died. Dana Haynes alleges that, in 2006, Gosnell lacerated her uterus, cervix and small bowel during an abortion. Gosnell has been named in over 40 lawsuits in the past twenty years. When showed the stack of lawsuits, Gosnell responded, “If you’re not making mistakes, you are not really attempting to do something.” [www.lifenews.com/state4838. html; www.lifenews.com/state4846.html; www.lifenews. com/state4860.html; www.lifenews.com/state4865.html]
California grant money focuses on adult stem cells California’s stem cell research program recently awarded grants of $230 million for research seeking treatments for diseases such as cancer, AIDS, heart disease, along with many others. Surprisingly, most of the research projects will use adult stem cells rather than embryonic stem cells. When Californians approved funding in 2004 for a 10-year, $3 billion program, the focus was on using embryonic stem cells, which require the destruction of a living human embryo (and have not cured even one disease). Now, only four of the 14 projects receiving grant money involve embryonic stem cells – the rest will use non-controversial adult stem cells, which can be obtained from adult humans. The grant awards are an acknowledgement of the lack of success of embryonic stem cell treatments, coupled with the significant success of adult stem cell treatments (which have cured more than 70 diseases and disorders). [www.nytimes.com/2009/10/29/health/research/29stem. html?_r=1] Maryland is following California’s lead in recognizing the success of adult stem cell research and treatments. A proposed Maryland bill would allocate five percent of Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund on adult stem cell research for sickle cell disease. This comes on the heels of an article published by the New England Journal of Medicine concerning a clinical trial where adult stem cells reversed sickle cell disease in 90 percent of adult patients.
Portland Planned Congressman Chris Smith Parenthood facility opens addresses March for Life Planned Parenthood to sell RU 486
More than 200 pro-life protestors rallied outside Planned Parenthood’s new building in Northeast Portland on the day of its grand opening.
Planned Parenthood of the Columbia Willamette Valley opened the Northwest’s largest abortion facility on February 14th on Martin Luther King Blvd. in Portland
Planned Parenthood opened its enormous new abortion center in Northeast Portland in mid-February. The new abortion business will serve as the headquarters of the organization’s affiliate Planned Parenthood Columbia-Willamette. The massive facility is located at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Beech Street, in the heart of an AfricanAmerican community. Despite boycotts of contractors, builders and plumbers, Planned Parenthood was able to complete construction of the facility, in part due to a grant from the federal Housing and Urban Development department. Oregon Right to Life Director Gayle Atteberry says Planned Parenthood misrepresents its strategy and goals. “Despite its humanitarian-sounding talk and non-profit status, Planned Parenthood is a business focused on making money. Tragically, a significant portion of their booming clinic business is ending the lives of unborn babies.” Atteberry points out that the organization’s annual report shows that the number of abortions performed at Planned Parenthood clinics around the nation increased 5.3 percent over the past year – totaling 305,310 abortions, approximately 25 percent of the nation’s abortion count. Atteberry explained, “Abortions at Planned Parenthood clinics have nearly doubled in the past ten years, while at the same time total abortions have dropped nearly every year.” In Oregon, Planned Parenthood contracts with the Oregon Health Plan for abortions performed. A national trend finds that while independent abortion facilities are closing, Planned Parenthood is expanding its business. A main reason is the large amounts of taxpayer funding given to Planned Parenthood. In Houston, Texas, Planned Parenthood
recently opened the nation’s largest abortion facility – a massive 78,000-square-foot building where second-trimester abortions will be performed. As in Portland, the Houston clinic is located at the intersection of four black and Hispanic neighborhoods. These two huge facilities receive very little support in their communities. When the Houston clinic opened in January, it faced a massive protest of several thousand pro-lifers. In Portland, a large group of pro-lifers gathered in the rain to protest. Recently, Abby Johnson, the director of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Bryan, Texas quit after viewing an abortion through ultrasound. Johnson had been pressured to increase the number of abortions performed. “It’s a very lucrative business and that’s why they want to increase [abortion] numbers.” Planned Parenthood of Southwest Oregon announced in February that it will begin selling the dangerous abortion drug RU 486 to women. Even though the FDA recommends that RU 486 be used under the supervision of a licensed physician, Planned Parenthood CEO Cynthia Pappas said that it will dispense RU 486, a two-part drug process that first starves the unborn child and then expels the body of the dead baby. Pappas claims that the coming retirement of more abortionists forces Planned Parenthood to increase access to the dangerous drug and to make abortion more available to women in rural areas. A recent study in Finland published in the October 2009 issue of the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology shows that 20 percent of the women using the abortion pill suffer at least one significant complication including hemorrhaging, infection, and incomplete abortions.
Thank you one and all for being an important part of the greatest human rights struggle on earth – the right to life movement. By the grace of God, we stand behind, with and unabashedly for both victims of abortion – women and children. For all of us, human life is precious and sacred and in urgent need of protection. We welcome and deeply respect everyone including the weak, the vulnerable and the disenfranchised. We especially admire and honor the extraordinarily courageous postabortive women who are silent no more. Their voice and witness show the path to reconciliation for all women who have been first deceived, then victimized by abortion. And President Obama – the abortion president – should know this: even though you have unleashed the full might and power of your administration in the ignoble promotion of abortion on demand both in the United States and around the world, especially in Africa and Latin America, we do pray and fast for you, even as we tenaciously fight your anti-life policies. Years ago, a friend of mine and a friend of many of you – Dr. Jean Garton – wrote a book with a title inspired by the question of her young child who unexpectedly walked into the room as she was preparing a lecture on abortion. Her three-year-old took one gasping look at the photo of the badly bruised and battered body of an aborted baby and shouted: “Mommy, who broke the baby?” That young child saw the brutality of abortion and understood. That child saw, and knew immediately, that babies are smashed and broken to bits by abortion. And with alarm, wanted to know, who did it? President Obama, is it really so hard to understand that abortion is violence against children, a pernicious form of child abuse, falsely marketed as choice, a human right, health care and safe? Abortion isn’t health care. There is nothing whatsoever benign, healing or nurturing about abortion. Safe? Certainly not for the 52 million babies who have been dismembered or chemically poisoned or starved to death since 1973. And certainly not for women who have been hurt physically and psychologically; the medical data strongly suggests abortion even causes prematurity in
a significant percentage of children born to women who have undergone abortion. Safe for women? At least 102 studies show significant psychological harm, major depression and even higher incidences of suicide in women who abort. This has been covered up. Safe for women? At least 28 studies – including three in 2009 – show that an abortion increases the risk of breast cancer by some 30 to 40 percent or more, yet the abortion industry has largely succeeded here, as well, in suppressing those facts. Nevertheless, according to the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute, 2009 was a pivotal year in the debate about the abortion-breast cancer link. Three studies were published from Turkey, China and the United States which matter-of-factly demonstrate the abortion-breast cancer link as one of the many breast cancer risk factors. For example, the recent U.S. study by Jessica Dolle of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center demonstrated that abortion raises breast cancer risk by 40 percent. Study co-authors included Janet Daling and Louise Brinton. Amazingly, Brinton was a chief organizer of the 2003 National Cancer Institute (NCI) workshop denying the link. Now, a study she co-authored reiterates the link and reports it as consistent with earlier studies that found induced abortion to be a risk factor for breast cancer. Abortion safe? Not for subsequent children of women who have had an abortion. At least 113 studies show a dramatic association between abortion and pre-term birth in subsequent pregnancies – 36 percent after one abortion, a staggering 93 percent after two. In like manner, abortion causes lower birth weights in subsequent children. Prematurity and low birth weight are leading causes of disability in children. Abortion is a serious human rights abuse, Mr. President. With indomitable trust in God, we today recommit and reiterate our resolve to pray, fast and work to protect and enfranchise all, regardless of age, race, sex, disability, wantedness or condition of dependency. [Representative Chris Smith (R-New Jersey) gave this speech at the March for Life 2010 in Washington, D.C. Smith is the head of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus.]