Roundup: Obama’s Abortion Pledge to the Pope


Obama’s Abortion Pledge to the Pope
As a presidential candidate, Obama spoke to Planned Parenthood in 2007
and acknowledged the need to find "common ground" on the abortion
issue. He spoke about reducing abortions by educating women about
contraceptives, not about persuading a woman to not terminate her
pregnancy, according to CNS News.

When Obama met with the Pope, he made the same promise to reduce abortions.

According to the article, Obama said:

"There’s a moral component to prevention. And we shouldn’t be shy about
acknowledging it. As parents, as family members, we need
to encourage young people to show reverence toward sexuality and
intimacy. We need to teach that not just to the young girls, we need to
teach it to those young boys. But even as we are teaching those
lessons, we should never be willing to consign a teenage girl to a
lifetime of struggle because of a lack of access to birth control or a
lifetime of illness because she doesn’t understand how to protect
herself. That’s just commonsense. There’s common ground on behalf of
commonsense-there we have an opportunity to move forward and agree."


George Bush’s Failed Sex Education Plan
The Guardian
reported that teen pregnancy rates and STD’s are on the rise,
attributing it to former president George Bush’s 2007 funding for
abstinence-only sex education. The push for abstinence-only funding
came right after a study by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and
Unplanned Pregnancy found that sex education programs that included
contraception education were the most effective way to avoid unplanned
pregnancy, according to the article.

It was also after the Guttmacher Institute reported on "a nine-year, $8m evaluation of federally funded abstinence-only-until-marriage programmes found that these programs have no beneficial impact on young people’s sexual behaviour," the Guardian reported.

Bush also wanted abstinence-only funding three years after a report
found that abstinence-only-until-marriage curriculum contained "false,
misleading, or distorted information about reproductive
health," according to the Guardian.

Television as a Form of Contraception
The United Nations recently reported that the world population will
double in the next 40 years if growth rates go unchecked. India, with
1.17 billion people, was specifically mentioned, according to the San Francisco Gate.

In response to the the UN, India came up with a solution: To bring
electricity to rural villages so people can watch television at night
instead of having sex.

According to the article, India’s Health and Family Welfare Minister

Ghulam Nabi Azad said:

"If there is electricity in every village then people will watch TV
until late night and then fall asleep. They won’t get a chance to
produce children. When there is no electricity there is
nothing else to do but produce babies." He added: "Don’t think that I
am saying this in a lighter vein. I am serious. TV will have a great
impact. It’s a great medium to tackle the problem … 80 percent of
population growth can be reduced through TV."

OTHER NEWS TO NOTE:

July 20: Statesman Journal: Anti-abortion protests target area churches 

July 20: The Hill: Push to ban federal cash for abortion    

July 20: Feministing: Thanks, abstinence-only education!

July 16: GOP.gov: Pence Denounces Removal of Pro-life Provisions in DC Funding

July 19: Religion Dispatches:The Next Generation of the Pro-Life Movement

July 20: NYTimes: New Jersey G.O.P. Candidate Picks Woman as His No. 2  

July 20: WSJ:Abortion Compromise Considered For US House Health-Care Bill    

July 20: LifeNews: Obama Surgeon General Pick Regina Benjamin May Back Abortion, But She Won’t Tell

July 20: CNS News: White House: Obama Made Same Abortion Pledge to Pope That He Made to Planned Parenthood

July 20: Beliefnet: Sexuality and the Sacred     

July 20: Feministing:Hi. I’m Jen. I’m an abortion provider

July 20: Catholic News Agency: Obama misled Pope on his abortion agenda, congressman charges

July 20: Politicker NJ: In wake of Guadagno pick, New Jersey Right to Life unlikely to endorse Christie

July 20: Strollerderby: Ohio Law Would Give Men Final Decision in Abortion  

July 20: Feministing: Want an abortion? Get a note from a dude  

July 20: NYTimes: Withdrawal Method Finds Ally

July 20: Edge Boston: Christians Assail European Adoption Equality Laws  

July 20: LifeNews: Fake Pro-Life Abortion Bill Expected in Congress, Ups Planned Parenthood Funds   

July 20: Guardian: George Bush’s sex education failure    

July 20: Daily KOS: The Big Picture: Abortion, Health, and Justice 

July 20: LifeNews: Spain Pro-Life Advocates Upset Barcelona Medical College Reinstates Carlos Morin   

July 20: NYTimes: Challenging the "Horrors" of Adoption      

July 20: Kansas City Star: Anti-abortionist Randall Terry won’t go quietly     

July 20: SF Gate: Television: India’s new birth control ‘pill’    

July 20: The Frisky: Teen Pregnancy Increased In The Past Few Years   

July 20: Optimum Population Blog:The world in 2050

July 20: CNS News: Clinton Accepts Blame for ‘Global Warming’ Role, Ponders Link Between Climate Change and Family Planning

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  • invalid-0

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  • crowepps

    we should never be willing to consign a teenage girl to a lifetime of struggle because of a lack of access to birth control or a lifetime of illness because she doesn’t understand how to protect herself. That’s just commonsense.

    It may be commonsense, but in this case common sense about birth control directly contravenes Catholic teaching about contraception, and in addition ignores Catholic teachings about "suffering" which say that life is designed to be horrific and that this is a GOOD thing, because this means the sufferer is ‘glorified’.

     

    Catholic Catechism: "For this reason we . . . are taken up into the mysteries of his life, . . . associated with his sufferings as the body with its head, suffering with him, that with him we may be glorified."

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