Month Archives: September 2010

Part II from Gerald Nadal on Ella

by Chris Gacek

September 17, 2010

Dr. Gerald Nadal has posted the second part of his article discussing the approval of Ella (ulipristal). The first story discussed Ella’s abortifacient properties. In the second installment, Nadal discusses the lack of transparency characteristic of the FDA’s handling of the Ella drug application. Go here for his analysis which cites to a filing by the American Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG) under the leadership of Dr. Donna Harrison. (Nadal provides a link to the AAPLOG filing.)

Legal Abortion Does Not Always Equal Safe Abortion

by Family Research Council

September 15, 2010

Even in the U.S., women still die from botched abortions.

Laura Smith, a 22-year-old woman from Massachusetts, was killed in a failed abortion attempt three years ago. Yesterday the doctor who performed her abortion, Rapin Osathanondh, plead guilty to manslaughter charges.

While abortion proponents often use the rhetoric that a legal abortion equals safe abortion, in reality a number of woman have died or been injured from botched abortions in the last few months. In January a mother of four from NY died as a result of a botched abortion. There have also been reports of women rushed the hospital as the result of botched abortions in Florida and California over the last few months.

Additionally, in September four abortion doctors lost their medical licenses in the states of New Jersey and Maryland as a result of performing botched abortions. Another Philadelphia doctor had his offices raided in February by federal agents after a woman died from an abortion. “Federal agents raided a clinic where abortions are performed and found “deplorable and unsanitary” conditions, including blood on the floor and parts of aborted fetuses in jars, according to the state agency that shut it down and suspended the license of the doctor in charge.

Light a Candle? Or Buy a Stamp!

by Robert Morrison

September 14, 2010

I just returned from five days in Iowa. No, Im not throwing my hat in the ring for the famous Iowa presidential nominating caucuses. I did feel like stomping on the hats of some of those whose names are being mentioned. Some of these fellows think the way to victory in ‘12 is to abandon the issues of human life and marriage. When one fellow drawls social issues aint gonna change a single vote, I can assure him: They just changed mine.

I was in Iowa to speak to Lutherans for Life. My hosts took me to Christian schools, churches, and home gatherings. Again and again, the word coming back to me from Iowa was frustration. Those common sense folks who live in farm country and who care deeply about this country told me over and over they were frustrated that both parties seem not to be listening to them.

People there are frustrated with taxes and spending, to be sure, with being forced to pay for abortions through national health care, and with seemingly endless foreign entanglement that do not promise victoryor even enhance our security. If we are winning the war on terror, then why are apologists for terrorists preparing to put a mosque at Ground Zero? If after nine years of war we cannot even make Fort Hood safe, people know something is seriously wrong.

I have a small suggestion to help my frustrated friends in Iowa and elsewhere. It wont change everything, but it will change something. My friend Seth Leibsohn suggested this idea while he was subbing as host for Bill Bennetts talk show. Its very much a Morning in America idea, for that show is dedicated to intelligence, candor, and goodwill.

Seth suggested we all go out and buy 100 Mother Teresa postage stamps. The U.S. Postal Service issued a commemorative stamp to honor this Nobel Peace Prize winner, this frail little woman who made sure that the love of Christ was communicated to the poorest of the poor.

President Reagan called Mother Teresa the saint of the gutters. I remember the story of the 1994 Congressional Prayer Breakfast in Washington. President and Mrs. Clinton were seated at the head table. So were Vice President and Mrs. Gore.

When Mother Teresa begged for the lives of unborn children who were being targeted by Clinton-Gore policies. The audience erupted in waves of applause. The Clintons and the Gores sat there like stone statues.

Mother Teresa was fearless. She would tell her Missionaries of Charity in her Calcutta shelters they had to put there hands in the open sores of their dying, outcast patients. You are tending to Jesus wounds, she would say to her squeamish young Sisters-in-training. This is how we show our love of the Lord.

Mother Teresa knew that how we treat unborn children has a lot to do with how we treat each other. Terrorists do not care about human life, born or unborn. One of Nidal Hasans fourteen victims at Fort Hood was an unborn child. She said abortionnot nuclear weapons, world hunger, or global warmingwas the greatest threat to world peace.

Theres an old saying: Its better to light a candle than to curse the darkness. I think of this every year when my family attends Christmas Eve services. There, the tradition is for everyone to light a candle, each person drawing a little flame from his neighbors candle.

Soon, there are 3,000 little lights testifying to the light that came into the world.

Im going to buy 100 Mother Teresa stamps. Its one way we can show there is a government project we definitely approve of. Let the atheizers howl, but this is a wonderful tribute to a saintly woman. Buying those stamps is a way to honor her Lord and ours. Its a way of signaling our respect and our gratitude. Buying and using Mother Teresa stamps is a small way to promote the cause of peace and appeal for the lives of unborn children.

New Planned Parenthood Stats for 2008: Abortions Increase, Adoption Referrals Decrease

by Family Research Council

September 10, 2010

Planned Parenthood still has not released their 2008 annual report, a report typically made public every April. The annual report includes such information as income sources, i.e., the amount of federal and state grant dollars received; private donations, etc.

However, they have released a new fact sheet [PDF] which includes the number of abortions, adoption referrals, etc.

The short story is that abortions are on the rise and adoption referrals are on the decline. The number of abortions in 2008 were 324,008. This is an increase from 2007 when 305,310 abortions were performed. The number of adoption referrals was 2,405 in 2008, a decline from the 4,912 adoption referrals reported for 2007.

For more information on Planned Parenthood, see the following FRC brochure: Planned Parenthood: What Every Parent, Teacher, Woman, Community Leader and Elected Official Needs to Know

FRC Statement on Court Decision Overturning the Law on Open Homosexuality in the Military

by JP Duffy

September 10, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 9, 2010

CONTACT: J.P. Duffy, (202) 679-6800

September 09, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Family Research Council President and Marine veteran Tony Perkins released the following statement in response to today’s decision by a California federal judge overturning the law on open homosexuality in the military, most commonly referred to as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”:

It is hard to believe that a District Court level judge in California knows more about what impacts military readiness than the service chiefs who are all on the record saying the law on homosexuality in the military should not be changed. Once again, homosexual activists have found a judicial activist who will aid in the advancement of their agenda. This is a decision for Congress that should be based upon the input of the men and women who serve and those who lead them,” concluded Perkins.

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Reich Redux

by Rob Schwarzwalder

September 10, 2010

Readers of my occasional contributions to this site realize I have written several times about the going economic commentary of former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich.

I do this out of no personal animus: By all accounts, Mr. Reich is a lively, warm, and indisputably intelligent man. However, he is a man whose economic misunderstandings border on the fabulous fabulous in the literal sense, the sense in which Gullivers Travels was fabulous. Absurd, gigantic, the stuff of satire. And just plain wrong.

Last evening, during his weekly Marketplace Radio commentary, Mr. Reich commented on the Presidents plan to provide tax reduction for businesses. Mr. Reich was intellectually apoplectic, reduced to explaining his understanding of the rudiments of the American economy:

The reason businesses aren’t investing in new plants and equipment has nothing to do with the cost of capital. It’s because they don’t need the additional capacity.

Well, Ill grant him this: capacity is related to productivity. However, capacity exists because capital is inaccessible (see below). And then, Mr. Reich persists:

Obama’s proposed corporate tax cuts won’t generate more jobs, because they won’t put any more money in worker’s pockets … Obama’s whopping proposed corporate tax cuts help legitimize the supply-side dogma that the economy’s biggest obstacle to growth is the cost of capital, rather than the plight of ordinary working people.

Two broad observations:

(1) Mr. Reich argues that we should put more money in workers pockets so they will spend more and thereby foster greater demand and thus stimulate corporate output, which means new hires and more jobs.

As usual, Mr. Reich is wrong. Most of the workers to whom he refers already pay, at best, modest taxes. Although I strongly support tax reductions for virtually everyone who pays them, the fractional amount of money a tax cut for the working lower-income (not quite the same ring as tax cuts for the rich, but more accurate) would put in their pockets would do little to induce economic growth.

Or perhaps Mr. Reich is thinking of some kind of direct federal payment to workers, of having the Treasury Department fabricate yet more money and dispense an arbitrary but politically potent amount of it to a favored group. Naturally, this would create more federal debt and serve as an at-best temporary infusion of capital into the economy. Sort of like a fiscal heroin injection.

Heres a better idea: If we lower taxes on corporations and provide incentives (e.g., making the R&D tax credit permanent, as Republicans have long advocated and which the President now suggests) to enhance innovation and improve Americas global competitiveness, companies will begin to hire more employees (i.e., workers, in Mr. Reichs parlance). These people will then start paying taxes, buying things of all types (from new cars to groceries) and thereby stimulate the market through wonder of wonders the private sector itself!

(2) Mr. Reich asserts that President Obama wants corporate tax reductions to lower the cost of capital.

This is part right, but misses the larger point. Corporate tax reduction encourages investment, productivity improvements, and frees up capital itself. A business that is not growing cannot access capital. A business that is growing and private sector growth happens, in large part, when the tax burden is not excessive creates jobs, eases the plight of those in the lower income brackets, and builds a stronger America.

Robert Reich has a marvelously mellifluous voice which is a delight to the ear. His obvious passion for people on the down-side of advantage is compelling. But he is wrong, in fact, philosophy, and policy. Thats what makes him, and his compeers in the American Left, so dangerous.

Rifqa Bary Obtains Permanent Resident Status in the U.S.

by Chris Gacek

September 9, 2010

There is some good news this week. According to the Associated Press, Rifqa Bary, the Christian convert teenager living in Ohio, has been awarded permanent resident status in the United States:

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A lawyer for a runaway Christian convert from Ohio who was also an illegal immigrant says the 18-year-old woman has gained permanent residency in the United States.

Kort Gatterdam, a lawyer for Rifqa Bary, said Tuesday the news means Bary can now start applying for a driver’s license, Medicaid coverage and college scholarships.

Gatterdam says Bary, a native of Sri Lanka, received her permanent residency card last week and can apply for citizenship in five years.

Bary had sought the green card as she argued in court she could not reunite with her Muslim parents, whom she alleged threatened her with harm for converting.

Bary also sought legal residency to achieve health coverage as she battles uterine cancer.

Spiritual Heritage Tour of the U.S. Capitol with David Barton

by Kenyn Cureton

September 3, 2010

A video that’s going like wildfire on YouTube right now (currently a half-million views!):

For a two hour DVD of the complete Spiritual Heritage Tour of the U.S. Capitol with David Barton, visit Wallbuilders.com. And ask your pastor to save the date for our next Watchmen on the Wall Briefing in DC on May 25-27, 2011 to experience the Capitol Tour live and in person. Visit WatchmenPastors.org for more details.

A Science-Medicine Website Supporting Pro-Life Positions; Ella

by Chris Gacek

September 3, 2010

A Google Alert I set up to track web postings related to the new drug, Ella (ulipristal; ulipristal acetate), produced an interesting result. Ella, recently approved by FDA as an emergency contraceptive, closely resembles RU-486 chemically. Like RU-486, it is emrbryo-toxic and is an abortifacient.

The Google Alert picked up an interesting web posting on Ella by Dr. Gerard Nadal who holds an earned doctorate in molecular microbiology from St. Johns University (NYC). Nadal calls his website Coming Home, and he proclaims its mission as being Science in Service of the Pro-Life Movement. Here is his bio. Nadal recently joined the Center for Morality in Public Life as an editor and columnist.

In his posting on FDAs new emergency contraceptive/abortifacient, Ella: Untangling the Ball of Lies (Part 1), is the sort of well-written document that makes complex subjects easy to understand due to the authors range and depth of knowledge. Here are the final two paragraphs:

Thus we see that Ella simultaneously blocks the production of progesterone and blocks it from binding to its receptors in the uterine lining, producing a miscarriage. This can happen at any time in the pregnancy. It also acts to destroy the endometrium before the embryo reaches it for implantation.

If this level of outright lying and obfuscation is profoundly disturbing, the safety standards that were deliberately ignored and the clinical trials never performed on the road to approval are nothing less than scandalous. In Part II, the story of how Ella was shepherded past the safety standards in product development, clinical trials and FDA approval.

I cant wait for Part II.

A Google Alert I set up to track web postings related to the new drug, Ella (ulipristal; ulipristal acetate), produced an interesting result. Ella, recently approved by FDA as an emergency contraceptive, closely resembles RU-486 chemically. Like RU-486, it is emrbryo-toxic and is an abortifacient.

The Google Alert picked up an interesting web posting on Ella by Dr. Gerard Nadal who holds an earned doctorate in molecular microbiology from St. Johns University (NYC). Nadal calls his website Coming Home, and he proclaims its mission as being Science in Service of the Pro-Life Movement. Here is his bio. Nadal recently joined the Center for Morality in Public Life as an editor and columnist.

In his posting on FDAs new emergency contraceptive/abortifacient, Ella: Untangling the Ball of Lies (Part 1), is the sort of well-written document that makes complex subjects easy to understand due to the authors range and depth of knowledge. Here are the final two paragraphs:

Thus we see that Ella simultaneously blocks the production of progesterone and blocks it from binding to its receptors in the uterine lining, producing a miscarriage. This can happen at any time in the pregnancy. It also acts to destroy the endometrium before the embryo reaches it for implantation.

If this level of outright lying and obfuscation is profoundly disturbing, the safety standards that were deliberately ignored and the clinical trials never performed on the road to approval are nothing less than scandalous. In Part II, the story of how Ella was shepherded past the safety standards in product development, clinical trials and FDA approval.

I cant wait for Part II.

Escaping History Not an Option

by Rob Schwarzwalder

September 1, 2010

On the credenza behind his Oval Office desk, President Obama has placed a bust of Abraham Lincoln.

This is admirable, in that Lincoln represents the very definition of American greatness. Perhaps, though, Mr. Obama might take some time to ponder something the 16th President wrote in an 1862 message to Congress: We cannot escape history. We of this Congress and this Administration will be remembered in spite of ourselves. No personal significance, or insignificance, can spare one or another of us.

That was true during the Civil War, and it remains true today, which is why the image Mr. Obama used last night that we have now turned a page in Iraq is unsettling.

In the sense that our combat operations have been completed, he is right. And as the President said, our Armed Forces have fought with valor and tenacity, and deserve the gratitude and honor of a proud and thankful nation.

However, it is noteworthy that President Obama opposed the war in Iraq from its inception and, as a Senator, voted against the surge that enabled American forces to quell the rising militancy of Iraqs Islamist terrorists.

This should be said, not to encourage contempt for the Commander in Chief but because it calls into question his strategic judgment. No one is right all the time, and Mr. Obamas placement of a major new combat force in Afghanistan under General Petraeus was a brave choice, one opposed by the Presidents left-wing base.

It is when his judgment is driven by his statist impulses that our eyebrows should raise. Mine did when, last night, Mr. Obama called upon America to tackle (our) challenges at home with as much energy, and grit, and sense of common purpose as our men and women in uniform who have served abroad.

This calling is wholly unrealistic domestic needs never animate national will with the same intensity as does a military crisis. Part of the reason is that we presume prosperity; for most Americans, its always just around the corner, and thus fighting for energy independence, as Mr. Obama called for last evening, will never produce a martial spirit.

Another reason is that a military adversary is tangible and visible. Our enemies have faces. Things like deflation, unemployment, energy production, and technological innovation do not. They are concepts, not targets.

No national calling can ever be created similar to that inspired by immediate and serious threats to our survival as a people threats like al-Qaeda and Nazism.

As troubling, if not more, was the Presidents inference that we can now afford the luxury of turning inward, as if the cessation of American combat operations in Iraq means we can shift our gaze more exclusively to our own economic needs.

Mr. Obamas penchant is to transform America, as he said repeatedly during his presidential campaign. Mr. Obama and his colleagues on the Left view the national landscape as a gigantic machine with which they can tinker and to which they can make whatever improvements they wish in some sort of domestic bubble. Make the World Go Away is, for them, less an Elvis Pressley anthem than a political demand.

Mr. Obama is bright and sophisticated. He is mindful of the realities of a grim world. Still, he seems dragged into global leadership with a grudging sense of duty, not a mature understanding that to be the American President is to lead freedoms march, not merely walk with it. He must remember, as Lincoln did, that we cannot escape history.

Another young President understood this well. Much has been given us, and much will rightfully be expected from us. We have duties to others and duties to ourselves; and we can shirk neither. We have become a great nation, forced by the fact of its greatness into relations with the other nations of the earth, and we must behave as beseems a people with such responsibilities.

Theodore Roosevelt saw international leadership not as a burden to be born but an opportunity to be greeted with resolve and optimism. May Barack Obama learn from his example.

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