AUSTRALIAN  PRAYER  NETWORK  NEWSLETTER – International News 17th March 2014

HARD TRUTHS ABOUT ABORTION

A new peer-reviewed study from China not only endorses the long-mooted link between induced abortion and breast cancer, but concludes the risk rises with every abortion a woman has. One in 10 new cancers worldwide is a female breast cancer. And North American rates of breast cancer are the highest in the world. While there is no magic bullet assuring prevention, epidemiological studies provide us with long-established odds-boosting factors: Have children; have many children; start early. But these guidelines do not sit well with current social and cultural norms. Consequently, one rarely ever sees mention of them in breast cancer awareness campaigns. 

There is another, hotly-contested preventative strategy, the very mention of which raises hackles in pro-choice circles: Avoid induced abortion (IA). In what has been described as a “real game changer” in breast cancer research, a new peer-reviewed study from China not only endorses the long-mooted link between IA and breast cancer, but concludes the risk rises with every abortion a woman has. The study, “A meta-analysis of the association between induced abortion and breast cancer risk among Chinese females” was published last week in Cancer Causes and Control, an international cancer journal. 

Historically Chinese women have enjoyed lower breast cancer rates than in North America, but are now experiencing an “alarming rate” of escalating incidence. The study’s researchers from the Tianjiin University Cancer Hospital point to China’s one-child program, which has seen 336 million babies aborted since the 1980s, as the culprit. Their findings pegged one IA to a 44% rise in risk of breast cancer, two IAs to 76% and three to 89%. Research elsewhere supports the China study. A study in the Indian Journal of Community Medicine found a six-fold greater risk of breast cancer among Indian women with a history of IA as compared to non-aborting women. 

Commenting on these studies University of New York endocrinologist Dr. Joel Brind identified their findings as “of the sort of magnitude that has typified the link between cigarettes and lung cancer.”  I am not an abortion ideologue. My beef has always been the lack of informed consent, the failure of abortion providers to volunteer IA’s known risks to women and their future offspring to their clients. Which is why I am pleased to recommend a newly-published book by the deVeber Institute for Bioethics and Social research, “Complications: Abortion’s impact on women.” 

The book’s authors — Angela Lanfranchi, Ian Gentles and Elizabeth Ring-Cassidy — are pro-life researchers, and the de Veber Institute is a pro-life institute. That said, the text’s homiletic strains are muted; the book’s objective claims, 10 years in development, are evidence-based, with most of its 650 footnotes leading to peer-reviewed academic research. These authors find that studies worldwide report a strong correlation between intimate partner violence and abortion, suggesting more abortions are submitted to under pressure or coercion than by free choice.

 Amongst many other revelations, complications effectively busts several abortion “myths.” One frequently hears, for example, that abortion is safer than giving birth. According to four large-scale data studies cited from the U.S., the U.K., Denmark and Finland, it appears the reverse is true; IA causes significantly higher maternal mortality than childbirth. Soul-searching days lie ahead for ideologues invested in the notion that abortion is a minor, virtually risk-free procedure, without medical or psychological residue. For many “progressives,” the right to unfettered abortion is the symbol of women’s liberation from the patriarchy. Any constraint at all, whether or not it constitutes rational consideration of her own best interests — represents a defeat in the battle for gender equality. 

But this absolutism was adopted in simpler scientific times, before DNA, ultrasounds and longitudinal epidemiological studies. These scientific advances have altered the perceptions of many ordinary people who had previously given little thought to the “blob of tissue” being extracted from women, but who now rightly regard abortion as a complex, morally freighted issue. Complications is a book full of information about the effect of pregnancy and abortion on breasts that every young woman of childbearing age should know in the event that abortion comes up for consideration in her future.

Source: National Post

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NEO-NAZIS GET SENIOR POSTS IN NEW UKRAINIAN GOVERNMENT

Svoboda — formerly known as the Social National Party of Ukraine (the symbol of which is the neo-Nazi wolfs angel), is an anti-Russian, anti-Semitic, neo-Nazi party. In the 2012 elections, Svoboda gained 10% of the vote and secured 37 parliamentary seats. It has also played a  leading role in the protests in Kiev. The Svoboda flag uses the colours of the Ukrainian flag: blue with a yellow three-finger salute. Established in 2013, the Right Sector is an umbrella organisation bringing together a number of ultra-nationalist paramilitary groups, including the Patriots of Ukraine, Trizub, SNA, UNA-UNSO and White Hammer. Many of these hardliners have been training for armed revolution in Ukraine for years. 

The paramilitary known as Ukrainian National Assembly-Ukrainian National Self Defence (UNA-UNSO) dress in uniforms modelled on Hitler’s Waffen SS and have been fighting Russia for years, including in Chechnya. Recent appointments to the interim Government from the Right Sector include: 

Oleksandr Sych: appointed Deputy Prime Minister. Sych is a member of Svoboda Party. 

Andriy Parubiy: appointed Secretary of the Ukrainian National Security and Defence Council. Parubiy founded the Social National Party of Ukraine which went on to become Svoboda.  Parubiy will oversee national security. 

Dmytro Yarosh: appointed Deputy Secretary of National Security. Yarosh leads the Right Sector and served as “security commandant” during the recent Euromaidan protests. 

Dmytro Bulatov: appointed Minster for Youth and Sports. Bulatov is reportedly connected to UNA-UNSO. 

Tetyana Chernovol: appointed chair of the government’s anti-corruption committee. An activist journalist, Chernovol is reportedly connected to UNA-UNSO.

Andriy Mokhnyk: appointed Minister for Ecology. Mokhnyk is the deputy head of Svoboda.

Ihor Shvaika: appointed Minister for Agriculture. Shvaika is a member of Svoboda. 

Oleh Makhnitsky: appointed acting prosecutor general. Makhnitsky is a member of Svoboda. 

The new parliament’s first post-revolution legislative action was to repeal the “State Language Policy” — a law passed in 2012 that allowed the use of “regional languages” — including Russian, Hungarian, Romanian and Tatar — in areas of the country where such speakers constituted at least 10 percent of the population. Thirteen out of Ukraine’s 27 regions, primarily in Eastern Ukraine, subsequently adopted Russian as a second official language, while two western regions introduced Romanian and Hungarian as official languages. The annulment, which left Ukrainian as the only official language of Ukraine, was a direct attack on the cultural and linguistic rights of the Russian-speaking minority.  

After the European Parliament protested, demanding the new Ukrainian regime respect the rights of minorities, Interim President Oleksandr Turchynov (a Baptist) vetoed the repeal. The episode sent alarm bells ringing through the ethnic minorities. Further to this, moves are afoot to overturn a law that forbids “denying or excusing the crimes of fascism”. Some 1.7 million Jews were shot in Ukraine during WWII under supervision of the Nazis. In 2010, Ukraine’s then US-backed President Viktor Yushchenko pronounced World War II-era nationalist leader Stepan Bandera a national hero. (Bandera was an ally of Nazi Germany whose followers participated in massacres of Ukrainian Jews.) 

Source: Religious Liberty Monitoring

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EIGHTY-FOUR PERCENT OF AMERICANS SUPPORT SIGNIFICANT RESTRICTIONS ON ABORTION

More than four decades after the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade, the vast majority of Americans are still very uncomfortable with the reality of widespread abortion in the United States according to a new poll. This new survey of Americans finds strong support for abortion restrictions—including among those who identify as “strongly pro-choice.” Eighty-four percent of Americans would limit abortion to, at most, the first three months of pregnancy, with 58 percent of strongly pro-choice Americans supporting such limits. The Poll also found that almost three-quarters of Americans (74 percent) favour a ban on abortions after 20 weeks except to save the life of the mother. 

A majority of Americans (53 percent) believe life begins at conception, and more than 6 in 10 (62 percent) think abortion is morally wrong. More than 8 in 10 Americans (84 percent) do not see the abortion debate as an all or nothing proposition, saying that laws can protect both the well-being of a woman and the life of the unborn. Other key findings of the survey include: 

• 80 percent support parental notification before a minor can obtain an abortion. 

• 79 percent support a 24-hour waiting period prior to having an abortion. 

• 76 percent oppose allowing abortions to be performed by non-doctors. 

• 62 percent want to change laws to allow for some restrictions on abortion. 

• 58 percent support showing a woman an ultrasound image of her baby at least a day before an abortion. 

• 57 percent believe abortion does a woman more harm than good in the long run. 

• 55 percent—including 6 in 10 Millennials (adults 18 to 32)—want continued debate on the abortion issue. 

On a related note, the survey also found that more than 7 in 10 Americans (71 percent) also believe that freedom of religion should be protected above government laws. “Four decades after Roe v. Wade, abortion remains at odds with the conscience and common sense of the American people,” said one of the poll researchers. “The American people understand that abortion is bad for everyone, and even those who strongly support abortion want it reduced significantly, so it is time that our lawmakers and our courts reflected this reality.”

Source: The Marist Poll

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MORE BLACK BABIES ARE ABORTED THAN BORN ALIVE IN NEW YORK

New York’s Governor, Andrew Cuomo, has announced that “right-to-life” advocates have “no place in the state of New York.” The Radiance Foundation and its civil rights allies are defying the Governor’s intolerance and have launched the “DREAM IS DEAD” ad campaign in New York. The ad campaign declares: “The Dream Is Dead For 56 Million”, reminding the public of Dr Martin Luther King’s fight to ensure justice for all. Bus ads will be seen throughout the state’s capital, Albany, as well as Troy and Schenectady. “In 1963 when Martin Luther King Jr. shared his Dream with the nation, he never envisioned an America where ‘reproductive justice’ would end more than 56 million innocent human lives. 

His dream never pictured a nation where black boys and girls would never be able to join hands with white boys and girls, because ‘freedom of choice’ determined some humans are simply not equal,” says Ryan Bomberger, co-founder of The Radiance Foundation. New York has the second highest abortion rate in America and the second highest total number of abortions, exceeding 100,000 annually. Yet, liberal legislators in the state want to decriminalize all abortions allowing the violent procedure through the entire 9 months of pregnancy. Planned Parenthood and a coalition of other pro-abortion groups have joined Governor Cuomo’s quest to enact the “Reproductive Health Act”. 

This dangerous pro-Gosnell bill will only endanger even more women and their unborn children.  According to the NY State Department of Health, for every 1,000 black babies born alive, 1,223 are aborted. No other racial/ethnic demographic aborts more of their children than are born alive. Yet groups like the National Alliance for the Advancement of Coloured People have endorsed this radical bill that will clearly disproportionately impact the black community.  The Radiance Foundation New York campaign will continue to educate the public about this civil rights issue throughout Black History Month.

Source: TooManyAborted.com

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NIGERIA’S RELIGIOUS LEADERS WELCOME CONTROVERSIAL ANTI-GAY LAW

Christian and Muslim leaders in Nigeria welcomed a controversial law that bans same-sex marriages and imposes a 14-year jail term for homosexual relations.  President Goodluck Jonathan recently signed into law the Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Act, which parliament passed last year. The law follows a similar one passed in Uganda in December, which imposes life imprisonment for some types of homosexual acts. “This is the right thing,” said the Rev. Musa Asake, General Secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria. “We don’t have to drift into a situation where we don’t have moral values because someone is giving us money.” 

Asake was referring to financial incentives from Western nations tied to legal changes on homosexuality. With the law taking effect immediately, the Nigerian police rounded up scores of gays and lesbians and locked them in jail, according to Amnesty International. “This is a dangerous move,” said the Rev. Michael Kimindu, president of Other Sheep Africa, an organization who ministers to and cares for gays. “The rest of the world should not allow these laws to continue. Those who fear God and love humanity should sit together and ensure that gay people, their families and friends are not trampled on.” 

Across Africa, homosexuality is often viewed as a violation of cultural and religious values. Gay sex is outlawed in 38 African countries, according to the International Lesbian, Gay, Trans and Intersex Association. In 13 African countries, homosexuality is legal or there are no laws banning it. In Mauritania, Sudan and northern Nigeria, homosexuality is punishable by death. Offenders can receive life imprisonment in Uganda, Tanzania and Sierra Leone. Kimindu, an Anglican priest, said Christian and Muslim leaders are key to challenging public opinion since they use sacred scriptures to justify homosexuality as sin.

Source: Intercessors Network

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VATICAN GRILLED ON SEX ABUSE RECORD BY U.N. PANEL

The Vatican has come under sharp criticism for the way it has handled the clergy sex abuse scandal around the world, with even Pope Francis lamenting “corrupt priests” who serve a “poisoned meal” to their flocks. Vatican officials endured what may be the most high-profile grilling on the topic at a conference hosted by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child in Geneva. This is the first time Vatican officials have been directly questioned in a U.N. context on this topic. Monsignor Charles Scicluna, a former abuse prosecutor with the Holy See, represented the Vatican at the conference, conceding the magnitude of the problem and saying more had to be done to confront it. 

Scicluna, now a bishop in Malta said “Let’s not say it is too late. There are clearly certain things that must be done differently in the future.” The committee accused the Holy See of failing to abide by terms of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, which the Vatican joined in 1990. The treaty calls for parties to take all steps to protect children from harm –  something critics say the Vatican has repeatedly failed to do when it acted to protect paedophile priests at the expense of their victims. The grilling in Geneva came one day after the Archdiocese of Chicago released nearly 6,000 pages of internal documents as an auxiliary bishop again apologized for the “sins and crimes” committed in the church. 

While little new information about the sexual abuse scandals has emerged in the 10 months since Francis was elected Pope, the popular pontiff has drawn criticism for failing to confront the topic directly beyond drafting a new advisory panel to look at the church’s response. Speaking at his daily Mass inside the Vatican recently, Francis mentioned the topic in his homily, saying the scandals were the result of a flawed relationship with God. “Scandals in the church happen because there is no living relationship with God and his Word,” Francis said. “Thus, corrupt priests, instead of giving the bread of life, give a poisoned meal to the holy people of God.”

Source: Religious News Service

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