A New Parental Notification Initiative in California

Californians will try again to submit a parental notification before abortion initiative that they hope to see voters approve next fall. What does this really means?

Like about a dozen other states, in California a female no matter how young can request an abortion without her parents having to know about it.

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What’s So Bad About HR 358?

Without surprise, after the passing of HR 358, the “Protect Life Act”, Planned Parenthood, NARAL and Nancy Pelosi posted their tears, wailing and concerns in several social networks.

The language of the Planned Parenthood followers was appalling. But I really wonder why would Planned Parenthood say the name “Life Protection Act” is awfully named?  Isn’t Life, according to them, a Choice as well?

Maybe their concern is the same as Pelosi’s. Like when she assures us that women will die in the floor because of this Bill.

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Pink Again

October is here again with its little pink ribbons, telling us to give a donation to “Support for the Cure”, “Raise Awareness”, and all the likes of Breast Cancer.

I think you’ve heard enough about the connection between Komen and Planned Parenthood, or how much of the research money goes toward Human Embryonic Stem Research.

You’ve also read enough on how the pill increases a woman’s risk of breast, cervical, endometrial and ovarian cancer.

So, is there a way to be Pro-Life and raise awareness on breast cancer?

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Joanne Schieble’s Choice

Granted that in 1954, unmarried pregnant women had “less” of a choice: either have an illegal abortion, get married, or give the baby in adoption. Joanne Schieble chose the latter.

Her generosity gave our generation the Apple computer, the ipod, iphone and ipads.

We even have the myriad of Pixar movies thanks to her, and to the love of Paul and Clara Jobs.

Our current “choice” is made up of mega-doses of hormones, early surgical procedure, and late surgical procedure. None of them allow us to get to know the person that is being eliminated for the sake of the mother’s wish.

Will this generation get to have their own Edison? Their own Ford? Their own Steve Jobs?

Or has this person not been given the chance to being born?

Photo by Matthew Yohe

Thank you Joanne, Paul and Clara for giving the world your son.

The Three Deadliest Words in the World

Evan Grae Davis, Shadowlinefilms director  has written and/or directed promotional and educational videos and video series along with producing and creating websites and various other communication tools for nearly 100 organizations during the past 18 years. The main focus of Shadow Line has been to denounce violence against women.

Their new project is called It’s a Girl!. The Three deadliest words in the world

This documentary is a collection of interviews done in China and India, where boys are preferred over girls. The United Nations estimates as many as 200 million girls are missing in the world today because of this so-called “gendercide”.

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Abortion Does Hurt After All

The British Journal of Psychiatry recently published an analysis on how abortion affects women’s mental health. It was a meta-analysis combines 22 studies of 877,181 women, 163, 831 of whom have had abortions.

This is an interesting opposition to the one published by the American Psychological Association which fails, or refuses to prove the link between depression and other mental health problems in post-abortive women.

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How My Grandmother Died with Real Dignity and Love

Earlier in August a former New York Times reporter, Jane Gross, published a book about her experience where she allowed her elderly mother to die of starvation and dehydration while in hospice care.

She talks about how “dignified” her mother’s 13 day slow ordeal was while inside she wished her mother would “hurried up and die – especially since her mother was not terminally ill. Her mother was depressed because she was not independent anymore.

In many levels, this hits a personal note. My 90 year old grandmother had been sick for a while. On July 29th she lost consciousness and was rushed to the hospital with acute kidney failure and sepsis. Read more How My Grandmother Died with Real Dignity and Love

Overrunning Emergency Rooms? Think Again.

Reading this article from Community Television of Southern California made me ponder a bunch of things about Planned Parenthood

Let’s start by giving them the benefit of the doubt.

First, I try to see what kind of insurance they take.  Their websites make it look that not all take insurance. Most only take Cash, Credit and Debit Cards and Medicaid.

Let’s see. After Googleing: “Planned Parenthood Emergency Room” the results came only with “Emergency Contraception” and One PP located at the west side of Mercy Hospital in Bakersfield.

Well, maybe if someone shows up with an emergency situation: broken leg, heart attack they might be able to help?

Maybe not.

None of the centers I searched with actual surgical rooms were equipped for real emergencies. Not even the Houston’s Center.

I am thinking now. Maybe they meant preventative health.

So I looked again at Google and see what they offered.

The closest thing was “Women’s Health Checkups”. Meaning, “From the waist down”, Since I couldn’t find a specific center that offered mammograms on site.

Fair enough, an abnormal Pap will clearly be scary on itself. So far Houston offers colposcopies.

Then what if they find HPV. Will they cure me? Do they offer Cryotherapy or LEEP?

This is what they say: http://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-topics/womens-health/pap-tests-hpv-tests-19875.htm

After that, if your test result is positive, they recommend finding a Planned Parenthood Health Center that treats HPV, but they don’t say which one:


Fine. Let’s move on.

So far I couldn’t find a center that offered eye exams, arthritis treatments, thyroid diseases, or stroke risk. Or even assessed the patient’s health for heart attack risk.  And that is a problem, since my body is comprised of more organs besides my reproductive ones. (And I need each and everyone functioning correctly).

Seems they don’t cover these services, which heart attacks are pretty much something you go to the emergency room for. Then, they might not be telling the whole truth.

OK, maybe they don’t have general practitioners in staff. But at least an RN that might dispense basic vaccination? or antibiotics?

Antibiotics, only for Chlamydia and other venereal diseases. And the only vaccines they offer are Hep A, B and Gardasil. And that was at PP of the Rockies.

You know, for a College town, I’d be more worried about contracting Meningitis in Campus. I guess they don’t care if your brain swells. Maybe they will refer you to a nearby hospital. I wonder if they will be so kind as to call an ambulance for you. Maybe you should Google their neglect history for this one.

Last, in honor of the truth they are all about Reproductive Care.

Then, how come Google did not showed up a meaningful result for “Planned Parenthood Delivery Room”.

I mean, giving Birth to Live Babies IS a Reproductive Choice.

Maybe I should try Bing next time…

Real Alternative to In Vitro

Earlier in February a group of UCSF students called Integrative Health Society (IHS) organized a presentation on Natural Procreative Technology for the student and teaching body.

Natural Procreative Technology (NaProTECHNOLOGY) offers an alternative to in vitro fertilization, or Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) for the Treatment of Infertility. Natural Procreative Technology is an integrated approach to infertility which involves the detailed study of biomarkers during the reproductive cycle, as well as the correction of anatomic and physiologic abnormalities. Women are empowered by treatment modalities that cooperate with the natural cycle. Live birth rates are comparable to those with ART.

It is an important technology, since the physician’s goal is to diagnose what is wrong with the woman and then to treat it. It differs from ART, where, as is often the case with reproductive health, women are treated with hormones and with artificial technology without ever having an evaluation to find out what disease is causing their problem.

Another important difference is with NaProTECHNOLOGY, no embryos will be destroyed or discarded in a lab once implantation of their sibling(s) is successful on their mother.

Yes, that is something women might not be informed about when they try ART. First, only a certain percentage of their embryos will implant; that is why doctors implant more than one baby in the mother. But they make “extras” for future implantation trials.

What is the future of these babies left in the lab? Destruction after they are no longer useful or the possibility of being the subject of embryonic stem cell “research.”

Is NaPro an effective treatment? Apparently so.  According to the CDC, the two treatments are pretty comparable. At age 35, the IVF rate of live births is 32.5%. After 38 it goes down to 25% and decreases significantly thereafter. NaPro rates are exactly the same. Except of course that you have a lower risk of miscarriage, birth defects, and it’s natural! Another important difference: with NaPro, there is no such thing as unexplained infertility. Infertility is a condition that NaPro can diagnose, and many times fix. Again, the treatment differs from IVF, which categorizes a good percentage of cases as “unexplained.”

Again, kudos to the young people of the Integrative Health Society (IHS)  for seeking to support and empower students of medicine and other health professions in their formation as Catholic Christian health care providers, and to Mary Davenport for showing real alternatives to cure infertility without having to destroy a preborn life.

To find an Obstetrician specialized in this area, you can go to any of these three sites:




A Few Inches of Tissue

Thirty-eight years, and I still don’t see it being safe and rare.

Apparently many “women’s health clinics” don’t go by the same rules other doctor’s offices do, since we keep hearing in the news about some woman killed by a botched abortion. Not on a back alley with a wire hanger, but by a licensed physician.

Granted, the doctors are not gods, and accidents happen. These deaths we keep hearing about happen in circumstances that could very well be prevented — especially when inspectors fail to report irregularities. Such was the case with Dr. Kermit Gosnell who was indited on 8 counts of murder by a Grand Jury. Read full Grand Jury report.

The Grand Jury and many people have found Dr. Gosnell’s practices deplorable and horrendous. And the way he kept body parts of the babies is just grotesque.

However, how different is the way he murdered the aborted babies born alive, and the way a partial birth abortion is performed? Apparently, the only difference is a few inches of maternal tissue.

It seems that the mother’s convenience has more weight before the law than the well-being of a small person that may or not be able to breathe on their own.

As we become a society with more aging adults, that eventually will just inconvenience the younger population, will the older adults be seen as equal human beings once we cannot tend for ourselves? Or will the ninth amendment no longer apply to those “that cannot prove they are not human anymore”.

38 years later, where do you stand? What are you doing about it?

Don’t Throw in the Towel, Fight for True Compassionate Care

Early in October, British Columnist Virginia Ironside confessed on a video interview that she “would put a pillow over my child’s face if it was deeply suffering.”

You could say, yes, she makes sense. Right? Or does she?

It is natural to feel anguish and helplessness when a loved one is suffering. But is “shutting them down” the correct option?

There are two types of care for people with extreme and terminal diseases. One is Palliative Care and the other Hospice. (At least in the US. In other countries there is no distinction, they are both called Hospice).

Palliative Care has been around the US since 1967. You might be more familiar with Hospice, which is the care given to patients with less than 6 months to live, this certified by two doctors.

In a nutshell, Palliative is a very comprehensive care given by patients with painful diseases with hopes of recovery, such as those undergoing chemotherapy for cancer treatment. The purpose of both Palliative and Hospice is to improve the quality of life of the patients.

For example, certain diseases will cause pain. So you will be prescribed narcotics. These narcotics might cause extreme constipation, while the medicine to cure your illness might cause your gut not to absorb nutrients.

A good Palliative Care team will be comprehensive enough to work with your regular doctor and prescribe, not only pain killers, but balance your meds, AND provide psychological  and spiritual counseling to help you through these trials. The team will also make sure you or your loved one doesn’t have bed sores, has proper oral care, general hygiene, and is properly mentally stimulated.

One thing that will throw a patient into severe depression will be when they deem themselves useless, or a burden to their loved ones. Or not being loved by anyone.

In the case of the Netherlands, they have allowed doctors to perform assisted suicides and euthanasia when the patient requests it.

Do you think it is easier in socialized medicine to provide extra palliative care, and to make sure the patient has the proper quality of life or is it easier for the doctor to sign a form and save the state loads of money because the patient is physically/mentally suffering?

Going back to Ms. Ironside. In her shoes, I’d be crying and suffering with my child. And then I’d be requesting for a qualified team to give my child the proper care and quality of life that all humans deserve.

Be Aware of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Another October rolls in, and before thinking of Halloween women are now haunted by the dreadful thought of breast cancer.

Statistically 1 in 8 women will get it in our lifetime. Chances will increase with obesity, genetics, and very possibly abortion.

We see pink everywhere. Pink ribbons, pink Tupperware, even pink appliances. All to raise awareness and money to research for the cure.

The last marketing scheme I’ve seen into is at the supermarket, any of them: Vons, Kroger, Albertsons, to name a few. They will offer extra discounts if you buy some chosen articles from their pantries. Money collected will be sent to research facilities.

Vons has especially disappointed me.

First they ask us to support the MDA telethon.  Sadly too late I discover one of the branches, the ALS, supports human embryonic stem cell research.

With breast cancer, they support research centers that also will use embryonic stem cells to find the cure: UCLA, Fred Hutchinson, Johns Hopkins, the University of California, and Susan G. Komen, amongst some.

OK, so if you don’t think Susan G. Komen belongs with them, check this link: http://www.stemcellresearchcures.com/embryonic-stem-cell-supporters

Remember this also: Planned Parenthood and Susan G. Komen switch board members, and give each other awards all the time. And even Susan Goodman Komen’s nephew, Eric Brinker, is part owner of a Planned Parenthood facility: http://plannedparenthood.org/ppgnw/files/Great-Northwest/PPGNW_2008_Form_990_%28public_disclosure%29.pdf

I truly believe life is valuable from the moment of conception. Not at implantation. Not at delivery of the baby, after the umbilical cord has been severed from the mother. Not when the mother decides it is a life. It is not a philosophical debate, it is a scientific fact that an embryo is a life and is alive even in cryogenic state.

Embryonic stem cell research is the moral equivalent of Dr. Frederick Frankenstein playing God with “his creation” and cannot be defended under the Principle of Double-Effect.

The principle of double effects is used to analyze the morality of actions that have two effects, one of them unintended. Under this principle, for an action to be morally justifiable the action carried out must be a good one. But the destruction of an embryo is never good so the principle cannot be applied

It is simply wrong, and evil to do “research” with the tiniest human beings. Even when they are frozen, or in a Petri dish. Just because they cannot defend themselves. Even Theodor Seuss Geisel said it in 1940: “A person’s a person, no matter how small”

Still want to go pink? Just make sure the research facility is not listed on this list: http://www.stemcellresearchcures.com/embryonic-stem-cell-supporters, or give to an ethical center like the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute.