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
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: 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: Guardian: George Bush’s sex education failure
July 20: Daily KOS: The Big Picture: Abortion, Health, and Justice
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