After nearly a month, the Obama administration's Justice Department finally decided to fight New York Judge Edward Korman's activist Plan B decision. Following Judge Korman's decision, parents across the country, dozens of national organizations, and over 50 Members of Congress called on the administration to appeal the decision in order to protect the rights of parents and ensure the safety of young girls. Even so, a recent decision by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) could still put young girls in danger.
The decision to allow all girls of "reproductive" age to purchase Plan B without a prescription was made not by a panel of skilled professionals or by the Health and Human Services Department (HHS), but by a single federal judge who brushed aside serious medical concerns and parental rights in the name of "access." While Americans waited to hear whether or not the Obama administration would appeal the decision, the FDA decided to allow Plan B to be sold right off the shelf without prescription to girls as young as 15. Unfettered access to Plan B, whether available to pre-teens or limited to girls as young as 15, poses serious safety concerns.
Both decisions ignore the potential health risks to young women. Plan B is a single dose of hormones at least four to seven times the dose in birth control pills, and there is limited information on the effects such high doses of hormones would have on young girls. The evidence is also inconclusive on Plan B's mechanism of action, and could include both preventing fertilization of an egg and preventing uterine implantation of an embryo, which would mean acting as an abortifacient drug. Despite what proponents say, it is clearly not the same as taking an aspirin. more >>
Chrystal Kelly decided to help an infertile couple by serving as their surrogate mother. Helping a childless couple begin their family was noble enough, but Kelly was tossed into the abortion debate, and her handling of the surrogacy would ultimately make an even stronger statement.
At 20 weeks, sonogram images revealed that the baby Kelly was carrying had multiple health issues and birth defects-heart and brain abnormalities, and a cleft palate. The couple informed their surrogate that they wanted the baby aborted, and even offered Kelly $10,000 to perform the procedure.
As the discussion unfolded, Kelly was convicted that the baby inside of her was a human life and abortion was not an option. As attorneys threatened her with lawsuits over breach of contract, Kelly stood her ground, carrying the child to term at great financial and emotional cost. Pro-abortion blogs ridiculed her actions, while pro-life advocates called her a hero. Such is the fallout in a world where medical advancements have been paralleled by erosion of morality. more >>
With its piecemeal rollout and general confusion among the public about its implementation, President Obama's Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare as it is popularly known, could be a liability for Democratic politicians in the 2014 elections as it was in 2010 when the act was signed into law.
In recent reports, Democratic Sen. Max Baucus who announced he won't be seeking re-election in 2014, said Obamacare would be a "train wreck" if the rollout isn't done well.
Last Monday night, Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch who faces off with Republican Mark Sanford at the polls for South Carolina's First Congressional District on Tuesday called the law "extremely problematic" during a debate with Sanford and attempted to distance herself from it. more >>
Dwight L. Moody, the renowned evangelist, once said, "Church attendance is as vital to a disciple as a transfusion of rich, healthy blood to a sick man." A new study proves how right he was.
A study published in a recent issue of the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry reports a positive connection between church attendance and clinical depression. Researchers at the University of Saskatchewan found a 22 percent reduction in depression among those who went to church at least once a month compared to those who never attend.
The authors of the study wrote, "Significantly fewer monthly attenders reported having episodes or a diagnosis of depression. This…suggests a protective effect of religious attendance." The researchers also noted that those who would identify themselves as spiritual but did not attend religious service experienced no health benefits. more >>
President Barack Obama said he is "comfortable" with a recent decision by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to allow over the counter access of morning-after pills (Plan B) to girls 15 and older.
Responding to questions at a recent press conference in Mexico City with Mexican President Pena Nieto, Obama explained that his comfort level was based on the scientific data presented to him.
"I'm very comfortable with the decision they've made right now based on solid scientific evidence for girls 15 and older," Obama said Thursday. more >>
"Obamacare takes effect in less than eight months. Do you realize what this means? If you go to the emergency room now, you'll be covered by the time you finally see a doctor." –Stephen Colbert
If ObamaCare is such a great idea, why does Congress want out?
Politico reports that, after allowing politically connected friends of the Democrat party like unions to opt out of this awful law, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) are slithering around in the shadows trying to exempt themselves and staffers. more >>