Thursday, May 31, 2012

Testimony from an abortionist

I would hope that every medical student is required to watch a video such as this before deciding if they support abortion.

h/t Big Blue Wave

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Healthy Eating is the New Morality

It used to be that sexual promiscuity received moral censure a few decades ago. Now it is what you eat that gets the moral finger wagging.

Our obsession with food and the ways to prepare it have given the First Lady a new career, as the Food Czar of the Obama government. Never before has a president's wife spent her time appearing so regularly on television; one would think that politics and television have become symbiotic entities.

Mrs. Obama's 2012 campaign media blitz has already brought her to daytime airwaves ("The Ellen DeGeneres Show"), prime-time reality TV ("The Biggest Loser") and children's programming ("iCarly"). This week, she's hitting up "Good Morning America," "The View," Rachael Ray's cooking show, "LIVE! with Kelly (Ripa)" and Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." Out: Let's Move! In: Let's Move ... in front of the TV cameras! - Michelle Obama's Civilian Act is hard to swallow, by Michelle Malkin

While Michelle Malkin is concerned with Ms Obama's uncriticized entry into public life, even though her husband defends her rights to be treated as a private citizen and left alone, I am more concerned with why the attention is being paid to diet when the real threat to our children's health is sexual promiscuity.

With the staggering increase in sexually-transmitted diseases, and the fact that many are viruses that will trouble their hosts for life (unlike 50 years ago, when most STDs were bacterial and could be treated with antibiotics), shouldn't our concern be more with people's sexual behaviour than with their eating habits?

The social climate of today's society does not permit judgment of any sexual behaviours; whereas one's eating habits are fair game for anyone to criticize, even for governments to impose guidelines. Wouldn't Michelle Obama achieve more benefit for our kids if she were to promote abstinence education rather than getting everyone to count transfats? Unfortunately, we have reversed the moral code; we have made our eating habits the stuff of morality, whereas our sexual behaviour, no matter what form, gets a pass.

One author who has written about this astutely is Mary Eberstadt in her most recent book Adam and Eve after the Pill, Paradoxes of the Sexual Revolution.
In chapter 6, titled The Transvaluation of Values, Is Food the New Sex?, Eberstadt asks; how did this reversal of values come about? It seems that we have reversed the values around food and sex, making what we eat a moral issue and how we engage in sex a matter of personal taste. In Eberstadt's words "mindful eating and mindless sex".

She juxtaposes a 30-year-old housewife Betty in 1958 against her granddaughter Jennifer in 2012. Betty prepares a dinner with a piece of meat, some servings of vegetables from cans, and perhaps a fresh potato. The table is set and the family comes to dine. Jennifer, on the other hand, has a dinner of cooked tofu and fresh salad; she usually eats alone and the only accompaniment on her table is her laptop. When it comes to sexual morality, Betty thinks that sex outside of marriiage is not correct, in fact she considers it wrong, whereas Jennifer will disapprove of infidelity in marriage but on all other sexual matters, she refrains from judgment. It is simply not her concern.

Jennifer is genuinely certain that her opinions about food are not only nutritionally correct, but also, in some deep meaningful sense, morally correct - i.e. she feels that others ought to do soemthing like what she does. And Betty, on the other hand, feels exactly the same way about what she calls sexual morality... Betty's Kantian imperative concerns sex not food, and Jennifer's concerns food not sex. In just over sixty years, in other words - not for everyone, of course, but for a great many people, and for an especially large portion of sophisticated people - the moral poles of sex and food have been reversed. Betty thinks food is a matter of taste, whereas sex is governed by universal moral law of some kind; and Jennifer thinks exactly the reverse.

At this point, the impatient reader will interject that something else is driving the increasing attention to food in our days, namely, the fact that we have learned much more than humans used to know about the importance of a proper diet to health and longevity... One reason that people today are so much more discriminating about food is that decades of recent research have taught us that diet has more potent effects than Betty and her friends understood, and can be bad for you or good for you in ways not enumerated before.

All that is true, but then the question is thIs: Why aren't more people doing the same with sex?

Today, however, two generations of social science replete with studies, surveys, and regression analyses galore stand between the Moynihan Report and what we know now, and the overall weight of its findings is clear. The question raised by this record is not why some people changed their habits and ideas when faced with compelling new facts about food and health; it is rather why more people have not done the same about sex.

In the end, it is hard to avoid the conclusion that the rules being drawn around food receive some force from the fact that people are uncomfortable with how far the sexual revolution has gone- and not knowing what to do about it, they turn for increasing consolation to mining morality out of what they eat.

- Mary Eberstadt, Adam and Eve after the Pill

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Banality of Evil

The matter-of-fact tone of this woman is chilling. She actually believes she is helping the young woman she is talking to. Nothing wrong here, move on.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Double Standard

Hustler Magazine photoshopped a picture of S.E. Cupp performing oral sex.

Brian Lilley's ByLine

The double standard - Jon Stewart, Bill Maher call Sarah Palin abusive names, and get away with it. But when Rush Limbaugh called Sandra Fluke a "slut", he was maligned by everyone, even advertisers who pulled their advertising. And President Obama personally called Fluke to apologize for Limbaugh's remark. Has he called S.E. Cupp for something far worse than name-calling?

The left does whatever they want, calls anyone they want horrific names, and no one calls them out on it. The same standard is never applied to the right. Imagine if Nancy Pelosi or Michelle Obama had been photo-shopped by Hustler Magazine? If they do it to a conservative journalist, why don't they do it to women on the liberal left?

Down Syndrome Abortion Stats

It is commonly stated by pro-life advocates, that 90-92% of babies diagnosed with Down Syndrome are aborted. From the blog of Bristol Palin, comes a reasoned correction to that figure.

I just read Bristol’s post about babies who are born with DS being one of the 8%. I love the poem she includes, and I think her point is an important one. Still, I’ve learned recently that it’s an inaccurate number. It’s widely cited by many people, but it’s based on a single study from a single hospital in the 1980′s. Overall, it seems that about 70% of babies prenatally diagnosed with DS are aborted, and that the abortion rates vary greatly from region to region across the US. Moreover, lots of women don’t seek prenatal diagnosis, whether out of ignorance or because they don’t want to risk an amnio or because they don’t think the information is necessary. So out of all babies conceived with DS, 50% are actually born. Still a terrible reality that 50% are aborted, but a much better situation than the 8% number implies.

I think it’s important to get the accurate numbers out there so that women who are facing decisions about prenatal testing and abortion recognize that they are not alone if they decide to forgo the testing and/or keep the baby with DS. There are thousands of other women making the same decision who want to support them and love their babies.

Read more at Bristol Palin's blog

Hmmm, another blog I am going to have to read.

Sacred Music

Last night, my husband and I watched this on Vision TV.

Those southern Baptists surely know how to express their witness with joy. Just imagine if we sang like this in our churches, I am sure that more people would have their faith stirred up. Years ago, my daughter led a small choir in our Catholic church and for Good Friday, she led the choir in Were You There? I remember, during one practice, a woman came up from the basement seeking out the music that she had heard. And so many people were moved by that hymn which presents our faith as incredibly personal. We need more of this in church.

Then we were treated to a half hour show of God's Favorite Music - with different versions of the Ave Maria. As my husband said, first we got the best of Protestant music, then we were treated to the Catholic. How uplifting! In case you don't know how Bobby McFerrin is, remember the song Don't Worry, Be Happy? - that's him.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Progressive ideas hark back to the pagan world

A good article by Hilary White

Western Civilisation End Game

Taking the longer historical view, however, the idea that the pro-life and pro-family point of view is “retrograde” is heavily ironic. We in the Western World have been Christianised for so long that we have unconsciously subsumed these civilisation-building principles without being able any longer to articulate and define them. We have had our civilisation for so long that we have forgotten the barbarism it defeated and tamed. The result of this societal amnesia is that we are increasingly condemning as “retrograde,” or “oppressive” the very concepts that built, nurtured and protected our society.

Only Christianity, and Christian philosophy and jurisprudence, has ever proposed to treat financially or physically or socially unequal human beings equally in law. The very concept of “person” in law did not exist until it was developed by Christian philosophers who also developed the notion of “human rights” based on nothing more than membership in the species, made in the image of the author of all creation.

And now Pope Benedict is sounding the alarm that those Christian concepts of law and philosophy are being rejected by governments, on so fundamental a set of priorities as the nature of the family. What is to stop our societies from sliding all the way back to our retrograde, and violent, pagan past?
h/t LifeSiteNews

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Brave Bishops in Quebec

On Saturday evening about 450 young people accompanied by Bishops Lepine (Montreal), Dowd (Montreal), Lacroix (QC) and Prendergast (Ottawa) took part in a Eucharistic procession which started at St. Josep’s Oratory and cut right through the heart of downtown Montreal arriving at the Cathedral: Mary Queen of the World.

For five kilometres, the four bishops walked shoulder to shoulder sharing the task of carrying the monstrance every step of the way. As one got fatigued the other bishop stepped up and took on the weight for his brother bishop. It was an incredible witness of episcopal friendship, collaboration and solidarity.

When we turned onto St. Catherine’s Street, Bishop Lepine, the Archbishop of Montreal, held the monstrance high and quite bravely lead us down the middle of St. Catherine’s with 450 young people joyfully clapping, singing and bearing witness to Christ in the midst of the glamour, glitter and sensuality of St. Catherine’s night life as it unfolded.

In this act, it was as though the Archbishop was reclaiming the city and its people to Jesus. Those who passed by were visibly touched by this public witness to Christ, many stopping to applaud us, take pictures, join in the procession, or with arms tightly crossed to their chest watch curiously. The procession did not go unnoticed!

People, young and old, were being drawn to their apartments and shop windows to witness not a protest of aggression unfolding, but a procession of love outpouring. Moreover, spectators were being drawn out of themselves, out of the mundane and into the mystery and joy of the Christian faith. To say the least, it certainly was a juxtaposition to the recent protests in Montreal.

Salt & Light

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Abortion Caravan

Copying the path of the Abortion Caravan in 1970, which sought to make abortion free and available for all Canadian women, this time the Abortion Caravan will show the injustice of abortion. How? by exposing what is chosen.

Monday, May 14, 2012

On Chen Guancheng

Stephen Mosher has written about Chen Guancheng. If anyone has the credentials to write about this man, Mosher does. Mosher was arrested in China in 1980 when he reported on forced abortions and sterilizations being carried out in the south of China.

Of course, our experiences were widely separated in space and time. I was living in the far south of China in 1980 when the one-child policy was first imposed upon the peasants of the Pearl River Delta. Chen was living in the far northern province of Shandung in 2005 when that same policy, some 25 years later, resulted in the arrest and abortion of thousands of women in his county alone.

We were both arrested for our trouble, but here the similarities end. I was held for three days and then released, largely due to my get-out-jail-free card—also known as a U.S. Passport.

Chen, on the other hand, was a subject of the People’s Republic of China. He was arrested, brought before a kangaroo court, and sentenced to four years in prison for “disturbing the public order.” Thereafter he was put under “house arrest,” without even the pretense of a trial. Up to a hundred security personnel patrolled the streets of his village to make sure he was kept sequestered and silent.

A self-taught country lawyer selflessly trying to help his fellow citizens would be a sympathetic figure to many Chinese. Add to this the fact that he is blind, is the father of two small children, and has been jailed by corrupt officials on trumped up charges.

But what makes him an iconic figure to his countrymen is his exposé of the one-child policy.

Bear in mind that almost every Chinese family has been impacted in some way by the loss of a loved one because of the one-child per family policy. Virtually everyone in China is missing a son or a daughter, or a brother or a sister because some Communist Party hack found out that their wife or mother was pregnant with an “illegal” second or third child, arrested them for the “crime” of being pregnant, and took them in against their will for an abortion.

Chen documented 7,000 such cases, taking down the names and addresses of those women who were victimized, as well as the particulars of the officials who committed these crimes.

Now you can see why the Chinese Communist Party is so eager to silence Chen. Not only has he exposed their crimes against the Chinese people, he has at least the potential to generate massive protests against the brutal one-child policy.


Saturday, May 12, 2012

Happy Mother's Day

There are a lot of weird things going on in the world. Sometimes you just have to wonder how things got so upside-down: when good things like motherhood are called a punishment; when men marrying men and women marrying women is called a marriage; when children are conceived and implanted like a commodity.

Supermodel Christy Turlington is calling on women to ignore your kids on Mother's Day to support global access to abortion ; an article in the Halifax Chronicle Herald celebrates the March for Life as a day to be thankful for abortion access; the list goes on.

So I am going to ignore all those weird and cranky stories and wish Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there. Young or old, tired and worn out or perky and fresh, full of enthusiasm or a little weary of the daily tasks. To the mothers I know, my own two daughters working through the tiring years of young childhood, to my friend A who has lost two of her three sons, to all the women who have miscarried children (be sure to give them a name), to all the grandmothers in our lives - a simple Happy Mother's Day with wishes for peace and happiness and much love. After all, it is just about love, love that has the power to change everything. That's what mothers do for the world, they remind everyone that it is love that matters most, love that can carry you through any difficulty or crisis.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Vetting Obama

Sorry, I can't help it, I have to post this video. Even though I am a Canadian, I know that the American election is going to affect all of us in ways that we cannot even comprehend. And that is why I am convinced that this man should not get a second term. People really do think that Obama is okay, that he will do just fine if he gets a second term as US President. But this man is scary, he is untruthful, he has an agenda that does not advance the best interests of the American nation. And people need to know this.

March for Life 2012 Ottawa

Record numbers came out for the largest rally in Canada. Almost 20,000 people marched on Parliament to show their solidarity with the unborn of our society. And still the CBC doesn't report it. Thank God for SunNewsMedia which was on hand to get photos and to interview people. And Brian Lilley gave a lot of time to this on Byline last night.

Here in Halifax, we had 20 people come out for the prayer vigil on Wednesday night. The weather was terrible, rainy and cold, which accounts for the poor numbers. Usually we get 100 people for the vigil. On Thursday, at the gathering outside Province House, we had about 80 people present, and 20 of those were youth from the CCO Impact team that is here for the summer months. Thanks guys for coming out; when youth form the majority of the pro-life support, we will win this issue. I should add to that, blacks - i.e. when blacks and youths form the majority .... because in the US, it is the black population that is suffering the most from abortion.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Obama's flip flop on gay marriage

As President Barack Obama seeks to deal with the furor surrounding his vague view on gay marriage, he faces the complicating factor that his re-election campaign may be dependent on donations from the gay community.

The campaign is counting on those contributions to make up for money it is losing from other wealthy donors who previously supported the president but were soured by his performance in office, Politico reports.

Gay donors have given more than expected so far, as they were impressed by Obama’s firm stance in overturning the military's “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, the news service reports. The importance of gay donors is reflected in the makeup of the Obama campaign’s finance committee. It includes 15 gay men this year, compared to one in 2008, a source told Politico.

Top gay fundraising officials include the campaign’s finance director Rufus Gifford, Democratic National Committee Treasurer Andrew Tobias, and White House social secretary — traditionally an important but unofficial, fundraising job — Jeremy Bernard, Gifford's former partner.

A review of donors done by The Washington Post finds that about one in six of the Obama campaign's top bundlers are gay.

....... The effort to court gays is being complicated now by Obama’s stance on gay marriage. In the past he has said he opposed it but that his views are “evolving.”

........ “No one disputes that this guy has gotten more done for LGBT equality at the federal level than all 43 previous presidents combined,” top Obama bundler Andrew Tobias, who serves as treasurer of the Democratic National Committee, told the Post. “No one disputes that. Or that there will be further progress if he gets a second term.”


So it is really all about the money. Obama has to have their cash, so he has done what is necessary to get it. And he calls it "evolution".

As Ben Shapiro says:
In politics, it's unclear what it means for a position to "evolve." Typically, evolution naturally aspires toward a higher form of life; the same should hold true of positions. The problem is that if you recognize that a position you don't hold is more correct than a position you do hold, there shouldn't be evolution -- there should be choice. If supporting same-sex marriage is on a higher moral plane than opposing it, then a politician's statements about "evolving" have no meaning -- the politician should switch positions immediately. - Obama Evolves, Politics Devolves

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Which side of history will you be on?

Empty Cribs to Crosses

Today, I received an email from a young father who works for CCO Halifax (Catholic Christian Outreach). A beautiful story, one that needs to be shared. Something not stated in the story is that this crib was used by the 16 children born to this man and his wife.

This year, for the March for Life in Regina on May 10th, the "Rose Pledge" campaign will continue and we will be adding the "White Cross" campaign. Witnessing displays of little white crosses all in a row gives one a huge feeling of regret, sadness and the realisation of the lost little lives.

I mentioned to my father-in-law that we would possibly need a bunch of little white crosses to display at the March for Life in Regina and would he have any idea about the size of these crosses, and what material to construct them with. I also thought that they should be white and that we would need to paint them all. I thought M.. would be a good person to ask these questions because he has made a lot of little cedar crosses for his children, grandchildren and for Catholic Christian Outreach young people who have visited the family farm. He left that day with a mission in mind of designing and constructing little white crosses.

A few days later he showed up at my house with two boxes of white crosses, 2 large ones and 53 small ones, 55 crosses in total. He explained to me that he had walked into his barn, noticed an empty crib that was left there and the idea came to mind of cutting this empty crib into the crosses that we would need. As he was cutting up this crib, he had an overwhelming feeling of all the aborted babies who would never fill an empty crib like this one. He said that the rungs were all the right measurements to make an easy job of figuring out how long and wide each of the crosses should be. He said that it all perfectly worked out in the design just like God designs the perfect body of each little baby. He constructed the 2 larger crosses from the top rails and the and the 53 smaller ones from the rungs.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Contraception and the Culture of Death

The first thing that clicked was the link to abortion. While not every woman who uses contraception would have an abortion or even necessarily supports the pro-choice movement, it became clear that, on a society-wide level, the widespread acceptance of contraception makes people feel like abortion is necessary. When women are told to go ahead and participate in the act that creates babies, even if they are certain that they are in no position to have a child, babies become the enemy, and women begin to feel like the only way they can have real control over their bodies is through the services of their local abortion facility.
- read it all here
Why do we call it a culture of death? by Jennifer Fulwiler

March for Life 2012

This week, thousands will join together in Ottawa to march through the city to the Parliament buildings in support of life for the unborn. Last year, the crowd was counted at over 15,000 and it gets bigger every year. If you are in Ottawa, make an effort to join the March. It will be an uplifting event for all who attend.

Here in Halifax, we will hold a silent prayer vigil on Wednesday evening at 8 pm on South Park Street outside the Victoria General Hospital, the site of over 1700 abortions last year.

On Thursday, May 10 at noon, we will gather outside Province House on Granville Street to protest Canada's position on abortion. Our country has absolutely no laws on abortion, putting us in the same class with three other nations - China, North Korea and Vietnam. And we pay for all of those abortions with our tax dollars. Please come and show our legislators that this is intolerable and needs to be changed.

Guest speakers will be Andre Turcot, pro life representative of the Knights of Columbus in Nova Scotia and Sara Hall, maritime director of the National Campus Life Network.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Being UpFront

Two stories this week illustrate the point that it is important to be vocal and public when something is wrong.

The release of Cheng Guangcheng and the move of himself and his family to the United States was only achieved by many people being very loud and clear about the abuse of human rights in China. Efforts were made to keep this out of the spotlight since Hillary Clinton was in China for talks on economic issues, and she feared the criticism of human rights would jeopardize those talks. But as Reggie Littlejohn, the lawyer working to expose the human rights abuses of China's one-child policy, said:

“Some say that quiet, back door diplomacy is the way to deal with the detention of Chinese human rights defenders. But human rights activists have found that high profile, public pressure is far more effective.”

As well, the woman who helped Cheng to escape from house arrest, He Peirong, has also been released after a week of incarceration.

Although much smaller in scale, the case of William Swinimer in Nova Scotia (the high school student banned from school for wearing a Christian t-shirt) has also been dealt with quickly. Swinimer's suspension from school was overturned yesterday, after the story was broadcast across the country. Every talk show was dealing with the subject and the overwhelming majority of callers sided with Swinimer and found his suspension to be a blatant abuse of his right to free speech.

Just in one week, it has been made clear that abuses of rights and wrongful treatment of individuals deserves clear and public action. Most people recognize injustice when they see it; therefore wrongful actions need to be exposed so that they can be corrected.

h/t LifeSiteNews

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Free Speech Muffled in Nova Scotia

CHESTER BASIN, N.S. — A Grade 12 student in Nova Scotia has been suspended for wearing a T-shirt publicizing his religious beliefs.

NS student suspended for wearing Jesus t-shirt

The 30 comments all seem to support this kid, which is good to know. School officials are going to look silly when this case becomes public. As one commenter said "If a student had a t-shirt with follow Muhammed on it would he/she be susppended? I doubt it as the School board would be afraid to take such action against a Muslim student."

A local businessman is going to print up 100 of these t-shirts so that other students can wear them to school to show their support for William Swinimer.

Rights in Abortion

As I wrote previously:

If she (Joyce Arthur) is going to discuss rights, then they should be equal rights. Taking away the right to life of the fetus is not equal to taking away a woman's right to end her pregnancy. A woman does not lose her life if she carries through a pregnancy; however the fetus dies in every single abortion.

I am glad to see that Andrea Mrozek Natalie Sonnen agrees:

Certainly there is a conflict of rights, as there always is in these important social issues (slavery, for example). But the crux of the issue is this: the woman stands to lose some of her rights to bodily integrity, privacy and autonomy to a lesser or greater extent during her pregnancy. This loss is temporary. However, the child stands to lose his or her ENTIRE LIFE. It’s an absolute, complete, unmitigated loss of existence, including all of the rights that are predicated upon life, including bodily integrity, privacy, autonomy etc. - ProWomanProLife

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Tuning out baby's heartbeat

In many states, pro-life groups have successfully enacted laws requiring women to receive an ultrasound before an abortion procedure. Texas law goes one step farther, requiring women seeking abortion to hear their children’s heartbeats and a medical explanation of the sonogram. Denise Paolucci, 35, has decided to combat the new law by providing iPods to women seeking abortion – enabling them to tune out the required information.

This recent action, as well as the entire debate over ultrasound laws, has blatantly highlighted the pro-choice movement’s obsession with drowning out truth. Rather than providing women with honest medical information, pro-choice advocates opt to conceal the facts. They wish to silence massacre with melody, blood with ballads, slaughter with song. The beat of a child’s heart is muffled by the beat of its mother’s favorite music.

But why the opposition in the first place?

Is it because the sound of the heartbeat makes a woman sad? If so, the follow-up question is, why do these sounds cause emotion? Is it because the knowledge of a beating heart makes a woman uncomfortable? Then why does this make her uneasy?

Women should know what they’re getting when they walk into a crisis pregnancy center, abortion advocates cry. But when it comes to a life-altering medical procedure, the calls for clear information disappear and are even condemned when they come from the other side. It seems as though the values of truth and honest information matter only when they are encouraging abortion.

Live Action News

McGuinty and Dan Savage

So Dalton McGuinty is allied with Dan Savage, the homosexual bully in the second to last post here. While it doesn't explain why McGuinty is doing this, it does reveal that he is in league with the leaders of the homosexual agenda in the US.

As Michael Voris says so bluntly: this is not about bullying, this is about advancing the radical homosexual agenda on our kids.

Abortion and Demographics

On Talk Radio 95.7 in Halifax, Todd Veinotte brought up the recent discussion of the private member's bill put forth by Stephen Woodworth, a bill that was immediately rejected by PM Harper. Todd opened the phone lines for comments and the first caller was a local union president (I didn't catch which union) who defended a woman's right to choose and said that he was tired of this subject, that the issue was settled once and for all. He has no desire to see it resurrected.

He prefaced his remarks by saying that he was a father and a grandfather, I suppose to give weight to his support for the "choice" of abortion.

I am confounded by the level of ignorance that is out there. Does this fellow have no idea of the declining population and the effect that abortion is having on that demographic? I am sure that he is right in there with all the others opposing any pension cuts and he fully expects the government to keep doling out the benefits even after the pot is empty.

Last year, my little province of Nova Scotia welcomed 900 new immigrants to this province, while in the exact same year aborting over 2000 new members of the populace. So where are the tax payers who are going to pay for your pension buddy? In 1950 there were seven workers for every person over the age of 65; the stats now show four working persons for every retiree and that number is declining rapidly. It is estimated to be two persons working for every retiree by 2050.

The fact is, that in a society that provides social benefits such as ours (health care, unemployment insurance, old age pensions), we require a healthy population growth to provide the tax payers who will be footing the bill for all these things. The entitlement mentality is not just held by the young; even old grandfathers think they are entitled to it all, while their daughters and grand-daughters abort their descendants.

I am not saying that women exist solely to be baby machines; I am saying that a woman's "right to choose" abortion is not a private decision between her and her doctor; it affects all of us. Perhaps those who support abortion should be willing to sign off on their pension benefits now.