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Planned Parenthood, like all predatory animals, seeks to insert itself between the strong parents and the weaker young. It’s easier to pick them off that way. They do so by insinuating themselves into children’s lives with seeming care and concern for the welfare of teens and children in areas beyond sex; areas such as housing, employment, economic standing, etc. Mingled in all of that is the suggestion that sex is the determining factor and that Planned Parenthood can play a role in helping.

Once they’ve enured themselves to the children, they turn on them, teaching that traditional morality is anachronistic and taboo. They repeatedly talk in their literature of sex as ‘sex play’, removing the sense of the sacred, and its attendant responsibility. It’s just a game. Have fun. The child in the proverbial candy store.

In this first installment we look at one of several PP documents aimed at children:

Stand and Deliver: Sex, Health and Young People in the 21st Century

In this document, the first and most necessary step is to ascertain who PP’s target audience is. From the document,

Defining Adolescence

As most societies define adolescence and youth in terms
of both age and life circumstances, there is no universal
agreement on what is a ‘young person’. The national
legal age for political participation and the availability of
data on different age groups can also determine how
societies define youth. The World Health Organization
defines young people as those from 10 to 24 years of
age, including adolescents (10–19 years) and youth (15–24
years). IPPF uses the terms young people, youth and
adolescents interchangeably to refer to people who are
between 10 and 24 years.
Defining all people under 18
years of age as a child is often not useful because it ignores
the circumstances of youth who are faced with pressures
and responsibilities that are usually reserved for adults.
Policies and programmes for young people should focus
not so much on age, but on the specific developmental
needs and rights of individuals as they transition from
childhood to adulthood.

Faith Religion and Sexuality

Involving young people from all regions of the world, IPPF
convened a meeting to give young people the opportunity to
voice their experiences of their own sexual and reproductive
health in religious contexts, and to learn about how to meet
young people’s needs. Culture, religion and traditions are
some of the biggest obstacles in implementing sexual and
reproductive health programmes for young people.

The meeting provided a space for young people to talk, and
to listen to each other, to share their concerns and consider
each other’s different approaches to addressing sexuality
within religious contexts. Young people said:
“My faith makes me feel connected to the most powerful force
in existence, it makes me feel comfortable deep inside.
My faith helps me to be more creative, more self-confident.”
“Faith and spirituality have their pros and cons. On one hand,
it puts up a set of rules and regulations which if followed
properly, make you a better person. On the other hand, it
curbs growth of some issues which are necessary for the
better upbringing of present-day adolescents.”

Young people’s sexuality is still contentious for many religious
institutions. Fundamentalist and other religious groups the
– Catholic Church and madrasas (Islamic schools) for example –
have imposed tremendous barriers that prevent young people,
particularly, from obtaining information and services related
to sex and reproduction. Currently, many religious teachings
deny the pleasurable and positive aspects of sex and limited
guidelines for sexual education often focus on abstinence
before marriage (although evidence shows this strategy has
been ineffective in many settings).63 The reality is, young
people are sexual beings and many of them are religious as
well. There is a need for pragmatism, to address life as it is
and not as it might be in an ideal world.

Each religion or faith must find a way of explaining and
providing guidance on issues of sex and sexual relationships
among young people, which supports rather than denies
their experiences and needs. By highlighting strong values in
faiths and religions, and overcoming stigma and stereotypes
that religious conventions perpetuate, communities and
leaders can help improve young people’s access to sexual and
reproductive health information and services, and so improve
their health and well-being.

Next time: Play, play, play.

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Bodily Autonomy Thread

A forum for SimonJM, Bobby Bambino and others to continue their discussion.

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How Boys and Girls Differ

It’s been a heavy weekend. The health care bill, Planned Parenthood and the Girl Scouts, the death of a close friend’s mother who was very dear to us.

So, some lighter fare, compliments of my three children, ages 10,9,6.

My son and daughters were discussing the differences between boys and girls, and decided to compile a list. Here it is.

Obviously we have some areas nailed down and work to do in others.

1. They think differently.
2. Girls grow up faster than boys.
3. Boys have shorter hair.
4. Girls can’t be Priests.
5. Boys can’t grow babies inside them.
6. Girls have to wear shirts.
7. Boys can’t wear dresses or skirts.
8. Boys can’t wear make-up.
9. Boys can’t wear pink.
10. Only girls can wear jewelry.
11. Girls can’t wear sports jerseys.
12. Girls can’t marry girls.
13. Boys can’t marry boys.

image:cherrylanecollection.com

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Note: As we progress though this book, I shall close the comments on the previous week’s post once the current post goes up. By all means continue any ongoing conversations. This will streamline our conversations by restricting them to one thread. So, Last week’s comments are closed. We’re open for business on this week’s post. My thanks to co-author Dr. Tollefsen for checking in and aiding us in our discussions. He’s writing under ‘CT’.

There is no way for me to condense all of the biology that the authors present in Chapter 2, Fertilization. They discuss a great deal about which much has been written here. Click here for several lessons in mitosis, meiosis and fertilization. Apart from the recapitulation of the biological fundamentals, I wish to bring out of the chapter a few key points made by the authors.

First, the biology presented in the chapter is flawless! For any who would suggest that perhaps a couple of philosophers miss nuanced features of biology which might lead them into erroneous conclusions, let me state as a molecular biologist that this chapter could easily be mistaken to have been written by an embryologist.

Fertilization

Recalling that the sperm contains half the number of chromosomes and the egg the other half, these two haploid cells join to form a diploid cell, the zygote. A question arises asking when the zygote comes into being. Is it upon penetration of the egg by the sperm, or when the two gametic nuclei join to form a diploid nucleus? Some say the latter, but I tend to agree with the authors in claiming the former, since, as they rightly point out, that after penetration of the egg by the sperm, both gametes cease to be (both structurally and functionally) as they were before. They form a new entity, both structurally and functionally.

Both sperm and egg exist as such as parental tissue types. When joined, a new biological organism comes into existence, with its own unique genetic identity and intrinsically unfolding developmental trajectory.

Despite the slight differences of opinion, the authors note that, “…there is widespread agreement among embryologists both that a new human individual comes into existence when there is a single, unified, and self-integrated biological system, and that this happens no later than syngamy.” (Syngamy=The lining up of the 23 pairs of chromosomes.)

The authors then run us through the various stages of embryological development:

Zygote, cleavage, morula, blastula, gastrula, up to the formation of what is known as the primitive streak. Prior to this, the embryo is capable of twinning, an issue that will be dealt with substantially in chapter 6.

Twinning is an important issue in development, as some would posit that prior to this stage, an individual does not exist. However, the authors quote a number of embryology texts which mark fertilization, not gastrulation, as the beginning of a new human individual.

The events of development described by the authors can be viewed in both 4D sonograms and fiber-optic videography at The Endowment for Human Development.

The authors go on to make several points about the human embryo:

1. It is distinct from any maternal or paternal cell. It is growing and has its own distinct direction.

2. The embryo is human, with a genetic make-up characteristic of human beings.

3, The embryo is a complete or whole organism, though immature.

The bottom line: A human embryo is not something different in kind from a human being. A human embryo is a whole living member of the species Homo sapiens in the earliest stage of his/her natural development.

Are embryos produced by in vitro fertilization and cloning still human organisms?

The authors say ‘yes’.

For IVF embryos, they are the product of sperm and egg union in a Petri dish rather than a fallopian tube.

For cloned embryos, they are the result of an egg that has had its haploid nucleus replaced by a diploid nucleus from a diploid body cell. The resultant ‘clonote’ (as opposed to naturally occurring zygote) functions as any embryo. Because they are the same as any other embryo, they ought to enjoy the same moral worth as any embryo.

Those are the chapter highlights. Chris, if I missed anything, my apologies. It’s been a hectic day.

There’s the red meat of all pro-life argumenation.

Discuss.

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I’ll Post Chapter 2 at 4 PM today. I’m away at a funeral.

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The events of the past weeks demonstrate with the greatest clarity that Planned Parenthood stands at the root of much of the evil in the world today. The Categories panel of this blog is brimming with articles detailing the extent of this malignant organization’s eugenic and racist agenda conceived and brought to life by its founder, Margaret Sanger. It details the failure of condoms using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s own data and ‘Fact Sheet’.

The oral contraceptives handed out like candy by this group were developed and financed by Sanger’s last husband’s millions. These drugs have caused breast cancers in the millions, a fact not at all disputed by CDC and NIH data. Then there is the hot denial of the scientific data linking abortion and breast cancer, detailed in the articles on breast cancer.

This group has made deep inroads into the Girl Scouts of America’s various Councils, targeting children as young as ten years old, by their own admission. See the articles containing the links to Planned Parenthood’s targeting of children in the Sex Education link under Categories.

As in all of politics, follow the money. If one wishes to know why PP has set its sights on children down to 10 years old, read this article as well as this article.

It has taken months of effort, and Coming Home has merely scratched the surface. More in the months and years ahead, God willing.

Planned Parenthood targets children and encourages open rebellion against their parent’s morality, referring to it as ‘taboos’. The refer to sex as ‘sex play’, stripping it of its conjugal mystery and dignity, dehumanizing our children in the process. PP continues to push condoms, though CDC admits that they do not protect against many diseases at all, and marginally against most others.

One fourth of girls between 14-19 years-old in America has at least one sexually transmitted disease (STD). Among African American Girls, that rises to a staggering 48% !!

But then, we know from Sanger’s writings, linked to above, that she targeted Blacks for her special eugenic ministrations. Today, PP operates close to 80% of its ‘clinics’ in inner city neighborhoods. Blacks, while ~11% of the U.S. population, have 37% of the abortions. The explosive documentary Maafa 21: Black Genocide in 21st Century America, by Life Dynamics, tells the entire tale in well-documented fashion, and is a must see. Here is the trailer:

Were all that not enough, PP has been the driving force behind third world abortions since the 1950’s, with 1.8 BILLION abortions worldwide over the past 50 years.

We have their playbook. We have the evidence of how craven they truly are in their shrill opposition to the Tim Tebow add .

They are rejoicing this week. Countries see a 25% increase in abortions when the government pays for them. That’s good business for PP. However, the scientific truth is out there and can no longer be suppressed.

From STD-riddled children and young adults, HIV from failed condoms and increased promiscuity built on the foundation of PP lies, to 1.8 BILLION abortions and their gynecologic and psychiatric sequellae, to porn addiction and loss of capacity for intimacy, to breast cancer from OC’s and abortions, to a war against girls through selective abortions and hundreds of millions of young men without a sufficient pool of women for spousal relationships, to a burgeoning sex-slavery trade from such shortages of marriageable women, to millions of cervical cancers from HPV which CDC says condoms can’t protect against;

These merchants of misery have seen their high water mark in the health care vote. This was their finest hour. At Gettysburg, a monument exists where Pickett’s Charge was turned back. A sign explains that this was the furthest point of advance of the Confederacy into Union territory, it’s “high water mark”. This vote will be such a monument for PP. They have advanced as far as they ever will, and have done so just as we are massing our artillery of scientific truth and special forces units of pro-life advocacy groups in all areas.

We will turn their flank and destroy them in detail.

Armed with the truth of science, guided and strengthened by the Holy Spirit, united in love for the goodness of God’s creation, communicating in a world-wide unfiltered medium, we will lose this war only if we surrender the field. So, let’s put aside the feelings of betrayal and dismay. We lost a skirmish in a battle this week. In less than two weeks, we celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus, which has already determined the outcome of this war.

Each of us must take this information and disseminate it to all who will listen. Feel free to copy and distribute anything here on this site. I only ask that my name and Coming Home, along with the web address be printed somewhere on the material, so others may find their way to the entire library being assembled here.

For my part, I am resuming my public speaking schedule and can be reached via email in the contact section. I am using all of my training in science, dedicating the rest of my life’s work to this task of restoring the dignity, the mental and physical, spiritual and communal health of so many that have been savaged by Margaret Sanger and her disciples. We have our work cut out for us.

We take renewed strength today from the words of Saint John the Apostle:

“Greater Is He that is in you {the Holy Spirit of God} than he that is in the world.” 1 John 4:4

and from the Prophet Isaiah 40: 28-31:

“Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary,
his understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the faint,
and to him who has no might he increases strength.
Even youths shall faint and be weary,
and young men shall fall exhausted;
but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength,
they shall mount up with wings like eagles,
they shall run and not be weary,
they shall walk and not faint.”

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From Today’s HLI Newsletter

Abbot John Klassen, OSB of St. John’s Abbey, Collegeville, Minnesota, informed me personally Saturday that the venerable founder of Human Life International, Fr. Paul Marx, went to his eternal reward peacefully at 8:10 that morning. According to eyewitness accounts, Father raised his hands as he died and said, “Take me home.” Fittingly, he passed away in the Year for Priests, just short of his 90th birthday. Needless to say, he will be sorely missed!

Fr. Marx founded HLI as the Human Life Center in 1972 as a priestly response to what he saw was the global anti-life onslaught that was beginning to wash over the world with oceans of the blood of innocents. As a strong spiritual father, he could not stand by and watch this evil threaten the lives of God’s precious children and the sacred institution of marriage. He infiltrated a pro-abortion conference in California in 1971 as Dr. Paul Marx (correctly so, as he had a PhD in Sociology) and taped all the proceedings of the abortion-promoters so that he could expose their evil. He did this in the book, The Death Peddlers, which was the first major work of his many writings bringing the profound evil of the abortion industry to the light. Father’s legacy of exposing evil and defending the Church’s teaching about the sanctity of human life, marriage and family remains deeply embedded in the hearts of those who continue pro-life work in his indomitable spirit.

I had the privilege of meeting Fr. Marx for the first time only after he had left HLI. One cannot imagine the difficulty of taking over at HLI and trying to fill the shoes of one whom Pope John II called “the Apostle of Life.” After getting to know him, I have always said that there is only one “Apostle” of Life – the rest of us are just “missionaries” of life. Indeed, Father was in every way a unique and unrepeatable gift to the Church and to the world. Like his namesake, St. Paul of old, he went about the entire known world preaching the Gospel of Christ from the 60s through the 90s and establishing apostolic groups and pro-life organizations of faith to carry on the mission. Father was very much like the sower who went out sowing the good seed of life in 91 nations, personally, and motivating scores of others around the world to do the same. We estimate that Father Marx travelled something on the order of 3 million miles in his 40+ year career of pro-life activism, and ever after that, his spiritual children have done the same. In 2009 alone, HLI missionaries from the USA, and our Regional Coordinators, travelled more than 575,000 mission miles and visited 57 countries in our attempt to live up to Father’s high standard of zeal in spreading the Gospel of Life!

Part of Fr. Marx’s legacy can be counted in such HLI programs as the Magdalene Rescue and Rehabilitation Program, the China Orphanage Program, Seminarians for Life, the Population Research Institute (PRI) and the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-Fam), all founded under HLI’s umbrella in the 90s.

Although the Apostle of Life led a retiring life for the last decade, well taken care of by his religious community in Minnesota, Father never ceased his involvement with pro-life issues or his correspondence to his spiritual children still fighting the battles for life on the front lines of the pro-life movement. How precious it was for me to receive his periodic short letters encouraging me to keep up the fighting spirit in the face of so many new challenges. He was always well-aware of the need for funding too so he usually sent $25 and $50 checks with his encouraging notes! I treasure those letters with all my heart. Dr. Brian Clowes of HLI and Mrs. Magaly Llaguno of our Hispanic Division were among his most intimate friends and stayed in regular contact with him and his needs. Countless more were the HLI missionaries around the world who received Father’s letters and notes of encouragement, some of which we will feature in future publications.

To my knowledge, Father’s last public appearance and speech was at HLI’s 35th anniversary banquet held in his honor in Minneapolis on March 25th of 2007. He spoke passionately to his spiritual children using the very same words that Pope John Paul spoke to him when he met with the Holy Father in the early 80s: “You are doing the most important work on earth!” he repeated with fervor. Indeed we are doing that work – it is his work and the true work of the Church. Because of this one man’s indomitable spirit we will not cease doing that work until we too are called home.

Fr. Paul Marx taught the whole world how to be pro-life. He was literally the Patriarch of the pro-life movement. Now it is our turn to take up the mantle of Fr. Marx’s prophetic spirit and, like Elisha who saw his master go to heaven in a fiery chariot, we must turn and part the Jordan with that mantle and get back into the fray – just as the Apostle of Life would want!

[Note: stay tuned for a brand new HLI program in honor of Fr. Marx that will be coming at the end of the month – you won’t want to miss it!]

Sincerely,

Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer,
President, Human Life International

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