A new study from a pro-choice think-tank reveals that pregnancy rates among American teenagers are at their lowest point in more than 30 years.
According to the Guttmacher Institute, in 2010, 57.4 out of 1,000 women between the ages of 15-19 became pregnant, a dramatic decrease from the 1990 high of 116.9. The decline has not been completely linear; pregnancy rates spiked in 2006, declined in 2008 and accelerated again between 2008 and 2010.
"The decline in the teen pregnancy rate is great news," lead author of the study and Guttmacher researcher Kathryn Kost said in statement. "Other reports had already demonstrated sustained declines in births among teens in the past few years; but now we know that this is due to the fact that fewer teens are becoming pregnant in the first place. It appears that efforts to ensure teens can access the information and contraceptive services they need to prevent unwanted pregnancies are paying off." more >>
A film team hoping to produce a movie about Pennsylvania abortion provider Kermit Gosnell has raised over $1.9 million for its project, presently titled "America's Biggest Serial Killer."
With less than a week to go, the production company Ann and Phelim Media must reach their $2.1 million goal by next Monday before midnight. If they fail to reach the goal, then the funds will be returned.
"Dr. Kermit Gosnell is the most prolific serial killer in American History, but almost no one knows who he is," reads their crowdfunding page on Indiegogo.com. "The mainstream media or Hollywood don't think this is a story. Even though Gosnell killed more people than Gary Ridgeway, John Wayne Gacey, The Zodiac Killer and Ted Bundy combined." more >>
Sexual assault is a moral evil. This is clear from the teaching of Jewish and Christian Scripture and from the voice of human conscience. It is an assault on the dignity and privacy of the person, a warping act that, whether committed against an adult or child, does violence to body, soul, and mind.
According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 20 percent of women report "rape at some time in their lives." And about one in 20 women report having experienced "sexual violence other than rape."
In few arenas does sexual assault occur as frequently as in university life. "One in five women is sexually assaulted while in college," according to the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. So, the Task Force has put together a long and thoughtful list of recommendations to combat sexual predation in college. more >>
A New Jersey abortion activist who recently filmed her abortion procedure said she did so to show women that "there is such thing as a positive abortion story," adding that to her the procedure felt "as birth-like as it could be."
Emily Letts, a 25-year-old counselor at the Cherry Hill Women's Center in New Jersey, uploaded the video of her abortion procedure to YouTube in March, and Cosmopolitan magazine published an article by Letts, retelling her experience, on May 5.
In the Cosmopolitan article, Letts explained that last November, she unexpectedly became pregnant, and had no long-time partner. Letts writes that after recovering from the shock of realizing she was pregnant, "I knew immediately I was going to have an abortion. I knew I wasn't ready to take care of a child. The guy wasn't involved in my decision." more >>
A fertility doctor and abortionist accused of sexually abusing his female patients in incidents which were noted as early as 2004 has turned in his medical license.
Several colleagues of Dr. Roger Ian Hardy and a former patient have accused the reproductive endocrinologist of touching women inappropriately, including when they were under anesthesia.
"I was afraid...that something criminal had been done to me,'' a patient who accused Hardy of sexually molesting her during a procedure in December 2003, wrote in a report in 2004. more >>
Last week, The Daily Telegraph reported that doctors and nurses in the UK who have religious or moral objections to supplying "morning-after" pills are being discriminated against. If unwilling to administer the controversial, abortion-inducing drug, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists bans them from obtaining specialist professional qualifications.
The discrimination is not limited to Europe, as this troubling mindset has made its way across the pond to the United States. The American counterpart to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, has guidelines which state "Physicians and other health care providers have the duty to refer patients in a timely manner to other providers if they do not feel that they can in conscience provide the standard reproductive services that patients request." The ambiguity of the phrases "timely manner" and "standard reproductive services" lead to arbitrary rulings by the governing body that directly impacts how morally concerned physician's care for their patients.
Many Ob-Gyn residents and medical students have informed the Christian Medical Association that they have faced discrimination due to their religiously-based views and were even formally censured for refusing to participate in elective abortions. more >>