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Brent Rooney (MSc) is Research Director, Reduce Preterm Risk Coalition, Vancouver, Canada. He forwarded this to me today for publication. Do visit Brent’s site!!

Many Thanks Brent.

From Brent Rooney:

This is news you will NOT read in the New York Times:

15 April 2010

Justice For Kids Now Bulletin
Brent Rooney (MSc,
http://www.justiceforkids.webs.com )

Polish Pope Prevents Cerebral Palsy

[ http://justiceforkids.webs.com/ch12popepreventscp.htm ]

In April 2010 the plane crash death of Polish President Lech
Kacyznski and many Polish government officials will keep
a tremendous Polish achievement hidden from public view.

Between 1989 and 2006 Poland accomplished what the much
more advanced USA has never achieved: the incidence of
SEVERE Cerebral Palsy ( CP ) in children under age 5 years
was slashed by an astonishing 71%. Pope John Paul II (born
in Poland) played a major role in this ‘medical miracle’. Here’s
the background: Even critics concede that Pope John Paul II
accelerated the decline and defeat of Communism in Europe
with Poland becoming free of the Soviet yoke in 1989. In
1989 a new Polish law strictly limiting access to abortion came
into effect. (Brent Rooney in NOT a Catholic). Result: in the
years 1989-1993 the total of Polish IAs (Induced Abortions)
per 1,000 births plunged by 98% according to the UN Demo-
graphic Yearbook. Before the new law was passed abortion
supporters predicted dire warnings that women’s health would
degenerate, if the legislation was made law. Premature birth
is the most important CP risk factor for a newborn baby. If
abortion increases the risk of premature birth (it does!!), then
one would expect to see Poland’s preterm birth rate decline
5 to 10 years after the steep decline is yearly induced
abortions began (i.e. some year between 1994 and 1999 in
Poland’s case).

Between 1995 and 1997 Poland’s maternal mortality plunged
by 41% and the rate of extremely premature (under 28 weeks’
gestation) plummeted by 21%, a result never matched by the
U.S. in the last 40 years. In a very large 2008 study Dr.
Eveline Himpens and colleagues reported that extremely
premature newborns had 129 times the CP risk as did full-term
newborn babies. Compared to the death rate of children
under age 5 years with CP ( 1985-1988 ) the 1996 death
rate was 42.4% lower; the CP death rate for such
children in 2006 was 71% lower than the average CP death
rate in 1985-1988 ( 17 per 100,000 Polish children under age
5 years). This implied that the incidence of SEVERE CP
declined by about 71%, since the more severe a case
of CP the higher the risk of death under age 5 years.

From whence comes Poland’s CP death rate data for
children under age 5 years for the years 1985 to 2006? As
result of a request from Brent Rooney, Poland’s Deputy
Director of the CSO (Central Statistical Office), Witold
Marek Wozniak (Email: M.Wolowicz@stat.gov.pl ),
sent CP death data for the years 1985-2006 on 12 June
2008. Those who are skeptical of the statistics above
from Poland can contact Deputy Director directly and ask
him for the data. [a copy of Wozniak’s Excel data is in
the Appendix to this Bulletin.]

In 2002 Dr Bo Jacobsson ( bo.jacobsson@obgyn.gu.se )
and colleagues reported that Swedish women with prior IAs
have 60% higher relative odds (i.e. 1.6 times the odds) of
having a newborn baby with Cerebral Palsy compared to
Swedish women with zero prior induced abortions.[1] Dr.
Jacobsson was approximately 93% confident of higher CP
risk for women with prior IAs compared to women with
zero prior induced abortions..[1]

………………………………………………………………………..

Brent Rooney (MSc)
Research Director, Reduce Preterm Risk Coalition
3456 Dunbar St. (Suite 146)
Vancouver, Canada V6S 2C2
web: http://www.justiceforkids.webs.com
http://www.jpands.org/vol13no4/rooney.pdf
email: fullterm40@gamil.com

Reference
1 B Jacobsson, G Hagberg, B Hagberg, L Ladfors,
A Niklasson, H Hagberg. Cerebral palsy in preterm
infants: a population-based case-control study
of antenatal and intrapartal risk factors. Acta
Paediatrica 2002;91:946-951

Appendix: Polish CP death data

The following data was sent by Poland’s CSO (Central
Statistical Office) Deputy Director Witold Wozniak to
Brent Rooney ( fullterm40@gamil.com ) on 12 June 2008
(deaths of Polish children under age 5 with Cerebral
Palsy (CP)):

Deaths for
children under
age 5 years Live Deaths/
Year old with CP Births 100,000
1985 104 680,091 15.3
1986 130 637,213 20.4
1987 95 607,790 15.6
1988 98 598,938 16.6
1989 93 564,431 16.5
1990 72 547,720 13.1
1991 54 547,719 9.9
1992 68 515,214 13.2
1993 51 494,310 10.3
1994 47 481,285 9.8
1995 47 438,109 10.9
1996 42 428.203 9.8
1997* 20 412.635 4.8
1998 23 395,619 5.8
1999 16 382,002 4.2
2000 17 378,348 4.5
2001 16 368,205 4.3
2002 19 353,765 5.4
2003 15 351,072 4.3
2004 5 356,131 1.4
2005 9 364,383 2.5
2006 9 374,244 2.4

*In 1997 Poland converted to the new ICD 9
(International Classification of Disease,
9th revision) definition of CP

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Sorry for the Absence

Sorry for the absence, especially for the disruption in our reading of EMBRYO. I suffered burned fingers in a cooking accident, with some blisters to my fingertips. Some leftover codeine from dental work took care of the first day, after which there was no pain, but no real ability to type. {My wife says to just take the fries out of the oil with a spoon next time. Always the comedian ;-)}

So, with lots to cover, it’s good to be back.

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Jill Stanek has written two brilliant articles in World Net Daily, detailing Susan G. Komen Foundation’s multi-million dollar donations to Planned Parenthood. They are presented here.

(Part I) PLANNED PARENTHOOD DEEPENS LINK TO BREAST CANCER GROUP

The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation had noble beginnings, launched by Nancy Goodman Brinker in response to a promise she made to her dying sister, Susan Goodman Komen, to do all she could to eradicate breast cancer. Komen succumbed to the disease in 1980 at age 36. Nancy went on to contract the disease herself and is now a survivor.

SGK has a noble mission, “to save lives and end breast cancer forever.”

But for years pro-lifers have opposed contributing to SGK because it not only denies that induced abortions may cause breast cancer, it also bestows financial grants to Planned Parenthood affiliates.

Pro-lifers believe that for all the good SGK does, it shoots its mission in both feet by refusing to educate women about the abortion-breast cancer link while funding the United States’ largest abortion provider.

Disregarding decades of worldwide studies concluding there is a link between abortion and breast cancer, logic alone says abortion increases the risk.

On its website, SGK acknowledges that childbearing protects women from breast cancer, and the more children a mother bears and the younger she begins bearing them the better. SGK also acknowledges breast-feeding protects against breast cancer.

But abortion blocks all those preventative measures.

Only last week a new study got lots of press that found breast cancer survivors lower their risk of dying by 42 percent simply by getting pregnant.

But abortion blocks that protection.

SGK acknowledges never having children increases a woman’s risk of getting breast cancer, and delaying childbearing, particularly after age 35, also increases the risk.

And abortion increases the risk of both those risks.

Logic.

It would seem logical that with all the controversy surrounding abortion’s role in breast cancer, SGK would simply back away from involvement with it in any way if wanting to stay true to its mission “to save lives and end breast cancer forever.”

That would include SGK’s relationship with Planned Parenthood.

But SGK is not backing away. Between 2003 and 2008, SGK gave $3 million to Planned Parenthood. In Fiscal Year 2008 alone, Planned Parenthood got $805,000 from SGK.

SGK now has a webpage dedicated to defending its involvement with Planned Parenthood, including message points and a letter from a “pro-life Catholic.”

Most recently added to the webpage, in March, was an open letter from SGK’s chief scientific adviser quoting two Catholic ethicists who “concluded that it was morally permissible for the church to be involved with Komen in light of its funding agreements with Planned Parenthood … specifically and solely for breast health services. …”

SGK maintains there are certain places in the United States where Planned Parenthood is the sole provider of breast-cancer screening, education and treatment.

I don’t believe it, but that is SGK’s defense. Even if so, is it really “morally permissible” to cause breast cancer in one room if screening for it in the next?

Three days ago a diligent pro-lifer in Washington state discovered on Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest’s IRS 990 forms that it has held a 12.5 percent share in Metro Centre, a mall in Peoria, Ill., since 2006.

PPGNW is Washington’s largest abortion provider. (It is also currently under investigation for Medicaid fraud.)

Metro Centre is owned by Eric Brinker.

Eric Brinker is the son of Nancy Goodman Brinker, the founder of SGK. Eric also sits on SGK’s board.

Eric was a stand-up guy and responded to most of my initial questions. He explained in an e-mail, “This share represents a minority, non-operating interest in the business which they inherited from one of the original shareholders, a resident of Peoria. I, Eric Brinker, have controlling interest in Metro Centre.”

But when I pursued follow-up questions, Eric wrote he was no longer available.

So there is much still unanswered. Why didn’t PPGNW cash in its inheritance? Why didn’t Eric buy? If the share was willed, it was worth something. The real-estate market was thriving in 2006. It appears both partners are OK with this now four-year-old business partnership.

Eric wrote in his e-mail only “20 of Komen’s 122 U.S. Affiliates fund breast-health services through local Planned Parenthood clinics.” SGK states the total money given represents “less than one percent of the total granted by affiliates.”

My question then is why bother? Why play with fire?

Whatever, the fact remains that the son of the founder of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, who is also a member of the board, owns a business – a mall – together with a Planned Parenthood affiliate.

The irony. Susan G. Komen’s nephew is financially enabling an abortion business.

And condemning more women to develop breast cancer.

(Part II) THE CONSEQUENCES OF ADMITTING ABC LINK

In my previous column, I revealed that the son of the founder of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation is in a joint business venture with Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest.

Located in Washington state, PPGNW holds a 12.5 percent share of the Metro Centre mall in Peoria, Ill., where Nancy Goodman Brinker’s son Eric Brinker maintains “controlling interest,” according to an e-mail he sent me.

Eric is also a Komen board member.

This only matters because Komen refuses to acknowledge the link between abortion and breast cancer while it insists on bestowing grants to affiliates of the United States’ largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood.

That Eric Brinker is in business with one of those affiliates thickens the plot.

Brinker wrote me that only “20 of Komen’s 122 U.S. affiliates fund breast health services through local Planned Parenthood clinics.”

Coincidentally, two of those 20, Komen Puget Sound and Komen Boise, fund Brinker’s business partner, PPGNW.

Komen has gone to quite a bit of trouble to protect what it claims is an infinitesimal relationship with Planned Parenthood.

Stating Planned Parenthood receives “less than 1 percent” of its donations, Komen now has a webpage, message points and a dispensation letter from a Catholic named Norman dedicated to sanctioning their relationship.

Why? If there were even the remotest chance abortion causes breast cancer, which several worldwide studies conducted over the course of many decades confirm, wouldn’t a responsible breast-cancer foundation back away from any risk of facilitating it?

Eric wrote in his e-mail to me, in bold, “There is no conclusive link between abortion and breast cancer.” “Conclusive,” interesting. Was Eric subtly acknowledging there is an inconclusive link?

Eric also wrote that Komen only funds Planned Parenthood “in areas where Planned Parenthood clinics are the only venue for women to receive breast screenings.” He and other Komen officials I spoke with stressed these are in underprivileged areas.

That this may be true is only because Planned Parenthood locates clinics in poor and minority areas specifically to control their populations through contraception and abortion. Komen merely corroborates this fact.

But that is no excuse to partner with Planned Parenthood. Early detection of breast cancer through screening should not be the goal. Prevention should be the goal.

All five PPGNW Planned Parenthoods involved with Komen either commit or refer for abortions. All dispense birth-control pills and emergency contraceptives.

Which leads to another point. Komen states on its website:

A large analysis that combined the results of many studies found that while women were taking birth-control pills (and shortly thereafter), they had a 10 to 30 percent higher risk of breast cancer than women who had never used birth-control pills.
(Column continues below)

As for the emergency contraceptive pill, which contains 10-15 times the amount of artificial hormones as a single birth-control pill, its labeling states it is contraindicated if one has a current or past history of breast cancer.

In fact, it appears hormonal contraceptives are more seriously implicated in breast cancer than previously known.

In 2009 a study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention showed that the risk for women under 40 of contracting a newly identified and virulent form of the disease called triple-negative breast cancer rose by 320 percent if using hormonal contraceptives for a year or more.

That same study, co-authored in part by two of the very National Cancer Institute researchers who in 2003 denied a link between abortion and breast cancer, also acknowledged a 40 percent increased risk of contracting breast cancer under the age of 40 if a woman had had an abortion.

So there are several reasons for Komen to part company with Planned Parenthood.

A final point. Tragically, Susan Goodman Komen was only 33 years old when contracting breast cancer, and she died three years later. Her sister Nancy contracted breast cancer at age 39. She is now a 25-year survivor.

Both were under 40.

Would recognition that one’s reproductive history may be implicated in breast cancer be too hard to handle within the upper echelon of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation?

Would it make the disease less noble?

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Easter Lite

HT: Rachel C. http://mylifeinreflection.blogspot.com/

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Tomb of Jesus, below marble lid. Church of Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem

The Gospel accounts of the Resurrection are stunning in their detail and in their relevance to the Church today. The women, faithful at the cross while all of the men (save John) scattered, were the first to receive the vision of the Resurrected Christ, the Good News. The men were dubious when told the women’s tale. (Nothing’s changed!)

The men run to the tomb. The more youthful John outruns the middle-aged Peter. However, when John arrives at the tomb, he stops and waits for Peter. When Peter arrives, John continues to show deference to the one Jesus gave the Keys to the Kingdom. He waits for Peter to enter first. What happens next is beautiful. Young John sees and believes. Peter is somewhat befuddled.

Youth sees with the eyes of love, and lives in great hope. With age comes a bit of cynicism (realism to the cynic). With age comes the accumulated effects of disappointment, of suffering, of treachery’s sting. Peter could be forgiven a degree of calculation of all the possibilities. Say what we will about Peter. Yes, we remember Peter walking out to Jesus on the water and losing faith and sinking. We must also remember that he was the only Apostle with enough faith to get out of the boat at all!

So it is today with young movements within the Church, such as the pro-life movement. Light and fleet afoot, we have a tendency in our youthful zeal to outrun the Bishops, who seem plodding by comparison. We see, and believe! But as with John, we must wait at the entrance to the tomb for Peter, slower and perhaps more deliberative than we are. We must wait in deference to that authority which Jesus gives to them, lest we outrun that authority.

Lest we outrun Jesus’ Holy Will itself.

Guided and sealed by the Holy Spirit, the Bishops are never far behind, and never wrong. Such is their charism. So today we rejoice as one family. Today we lay all of our battles and burdens at the Altar of God where, in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the sacrificial death of Jesus (which stands outside of our time and in eternity) immolates them all. Through His Resurrection, we are assured of the final victory over sin, of our own victory over death.

We have nothing left to fear.

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Holy Saturday

From today’s Liturgy of the Hours, Office of Readings

From an ancient homily for Holy Saturday

The Lord’s descent into the underworld

Something strange is happening – there is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness. The whole earth keeps silence because the King is asleep. The earth trembled and is still because God has fallen asleep in the flesh and he has raised up all who have slept ever since the world began. God has died in the flesh and hell trembles with fear.

He has gone to search for our first parent, as for a lost sheep. Greatly desiring to visit those who live in darkness and in the shadow of death, he has gone to free from sorrow the captives Adam and Eve, he who is both God and the son of Eve. The Lord approached them bearing the cross, the weapon that had won him the victory. At the sight of him Adam, the first man he had created, struck his breast in terror and cried out to everyone: “My Lord be with you all.” Christ answered him: “And with your spirit.” He took him by the hand and raised him up, saying: “Awake, O sleeper, and rise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.”

I am your God, who for your sake have become your son. Out of love for you and for your descendants I now by my own authority command all who are held in bondage to come forth, all who are in darkness to be enlightened, all who are sleeping to arise. I order you, O sleeper, to awake. I did not create you to be held a prisoner in hell. Rise from the dead, for I am the life of the dead. Rise up, work of my hands, you who were created in my image. Rise, let us leave this place, for you are in me and I am in you; together we form only one person and we cannot be separated. For your sake I, your God, became your son; I, the Lord, took the form of a slave; I, whose home is above the heavens, descended to the earth and beneath the earth. For your sake, for the sake of man, I became like a man without help, free among the dead. For the sake of you, who left a garden, I was betrayed to the Jews in a garden, and I was crucified in a garden.

See on my face the spittle I received in order to restore to you the life I once breathed into you. See there the marks of the blows I received in order to refashion your warped nature in my image. On my back see the marks of the scourging I endured to remove the burden of sin that weighs upon your back. See my hands, nailed firmly to a tree, for you who once wickedly stretched out your hand to a tree.
I slept on the cross and a sword pierced my side for you who slept in paradise and brought forth Eve from your side. My side has healed the pain in yours. My sleep will rouse you from your sleep in hell. The sword that pierced me has sheathed the sword that was turned against you.

Rise, let us leave this place. The enemy led you out of the earthly paradise. I will not restore you to that paradise, but I will enthrone you in heaven. I forbade you the tree that was only a symbol of life, but see, I who am life itself am now one with you. I appointed cherubim to guard you as slaves are guarded, but now I make them worship you as God. The throne formed by cherubim awaits you, its bearers swift and eager. The bridal chamber is adorned, the banquet is ready, the eternal dwelling places are prepared, the treasure houses of all good things lie open. The kingdom of heaven has been prepared for you from all eternity.

Concluding Prayer

Almighty and ever-living God,
your only-begotten Son descended into the underworld,
from which he rose into glory.
In your kindness, grant that your faithful people,
who in their baptism shared his burial,
may advance to eternal life by sharing in his resurrection.

He lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.

Amen.

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Good Friday

From today’s Liturgy of the Hours, Office of Readings.

From the Catecheses by Saint John Chrysostom, bishop

The power of Christ’s blood

If we wish to understand the power of Christ’s blood, we should go back to the ancient account of its prefiguration in Egypt. “Sacrifice a lamb without blemish,” commanded Moses, “and sprinkle its blood on your doors.” If we were to ask him what he meant, and how the blood of an irrational beast could possibly save men endowed with reason, his answer would be that the saving power lies not in the blood itself, but in the fact that it is a sign of the Lord’s blood. In those days, when the destroying angel saw the blood on the doors he did not dare to enter, so how much less will the devil approach now when he sees, not that figurative blood on the doors, but the true blood on the lips of believers, the doors of the temple of Christ.

If you desire further proof of the power of this blood, remember where it came from, how it ran down from the cross, flowing from the Master’s side. The gospel records that when Christ was dead, but still hung on the cross, a soldier came and pierced his side with a lance and immediately there poured out water and blood. Now the water was a symbol of baptism and the blood, of the holy Eucharist. The soldier pierced the Lord’s side, he breached the wall of the sacred temple, and I have found the treasure and made it my own. So also with the lamb: the Jews sacrificed the victim and I have been saved by it.

“There flowed from his side water and blood.” Beloved, do not pass over this mystery without thought; it has yet another hidden meaning, which I will explain to you. I said that water and blood symbolised baptism and the holy Eucharist. From these two sacraments the Church is born: from baptism, “the cleansing water that gives rebirth and renewal through the Holy Spirit,” and from the holy Eucharist. Since the symbols of baptism and the Eucharist flowed from his side, it was from his side that Christ fashioned the Church, as he had fashioned Eve from the side of Adam Moses gives a hint of this when he tells the story of the first man and makes him exclaim: “Bone from my bones and flesh from my flesh!” As God then took a rib from Adam’s side to fashion a woman, so Christ has given us blood and water from his side to fashion the Church. God took the rib when Adam was in a deep sleep, and in the same way Christ gave us the blood and the water after his own death.

Do you understand, then, how Christ has united his bride to himself and what food he gives us all to eat? By one and the same food we are both brought into being and nourished. As a woman nourishes her child with her own blood and milk, so does Christ unceasingly nourish with his own blood those to whom he himself has given life.

Concluding Prayer

Look down in kindness, Lord, on this, your family,
for which our Lord Jesus Christ unhesitatingly allowed himself to be given in to the hands of his enemies
and to undergo the torture of the Cross.
He lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.
Amen.

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