Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Saying No to Abortion One Human Being at a Time by Penny Starr

Read this article from Cybercast News Service. The writer, Penny Starr, shares how she has never regretted keeping her son, whom people around her said she should have aborted.

Saying No to Abortion One Human Being At A Time by Penny Starr

Excerpt from the article:

"People like to frame abortion as a women’s rights issue or with innocuous descriptions like “reproductive freedom” or “reproductive health.” They say having an abortion is a “personal” and “private” matter between a woman and her doctor.

The truth is - and no amount of debate can change this fact – that starting at conception a human life begins to take shape, and if that life is not ended by the cruel tools of an abortionist, a child will emerge.

And I am not the only person who is eternally grateful that I chose life instead of death.

His name is Paul, my beloved son."

Monday, October 20, 2008

Oral Contraceptives: One can still get pregnant

Oral contraceptives are believed by many as not being an abortifacient. Manufacturers say it is not abortifacient. However, let us remember that life begins at conception. Therefore anything that kills a conceived life from the time of conception is essentially an abortifacient. Life begins at conception, not at implantation into the uterine wall. The living human being began his or her life at the moment the haploid cells of his mom and dad came together to become a zygote.

You are probably wondering, why is an oral contraceptive an abortifacient?

There are two types of artificial contraceptives: one that prevents the sperm and egg from meeting (like the condom) and another that makes the uterine lining hostile to a conceived life (IUDs and birth control pills). The birth control pill primarily acts to suppress ovulation(release of eggs) by tinkering with the body's negative feedback mechanism for the female hormones that cause the release of eggs by the ovaries. However, this action is not written in stone. It is not foolproof and 100% effective. Eggs can still be released and subsequently fertilized by a sperm, conceiving a new life, a human being.

This is from the product monograph of an oral contraceptive in the US:

"The pregnancy rate in women using conventional-dosage oral contraceptives (containing 35 mcg or more of ethinyl estradiol or 50 mcg or more of mestranol) is generally reported as less than one pregnancy per 100 woman-years of use. Slightly higher rates (somewhat more than one pregnancy per 100 woman-years) reportedly occur with some oral preparations containing 35 mcg or less of ethinyl estradiol, and rates of about 3 pregnancies per 100 woman-years reportedly occur with oral contraceptives containing progestins only." This is from Medscape.com.


So pregnancy still occurs. This only means that an egg can still be released AND fertilized even if a woman uses birth control pills.

Furthermore, the product monograph states:
"Conventional-cycle combination products are usually associated with a shortened period of endometrial proliferation followed by an early but brief and limited secretory activity in the epithelium of endometrial glands. After several oral contraceptive cycles, thinning or regression of the endometrium may occur, resulting in reduced menstrual flow or possible amenorrhea."This can also be seen on Medscape.com

An embryo needs to implant his or herself onto his or her mom's uterine wall, on the endometrium. However, if the birth control pill makes the endometrium hostile by thinning it, where will the embryo implant?

There is a 2007 study in the Obstetrics and Gynecology journal, Obstetrics & Gynecology 2007;110:1003-1009 © 2007 by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Its title is "Pregnancy Risk Among Oral Contraceptive Pill, Injectable Contraceptive, and Condom Users in Uganda, Zimbabwe, and Thailand"

(I disagree with the title "pregnancy risk". Pregnancy is NOT a disease.)

However, the abstract states these results:
"The overall 12-month cumulative probability of pregnancy of injectable contraceptive users was 0.6% (95% confidence interval [CI] 0.3–1.0), with similar risks in Uganda (0.3%, 95% CI 0–0.7), Thailand (0.6%, 95% CI 0–1.2), and Zimbabwe (1.0%, 95% CI 0.3–1.7). The 12-month cumulative probability of pregnancy for OCP users was 9.5% (95% CI 8.1–11.0%), with similar risks of pregnancy in Uganda and Zimbabwe (14.6%, 95% CI 11.7–17.4; and 10.2%, 95% CI 8.0–12.5, respectively) but substantially lower risk in Thailand (0.5%, 95% CI 0–1.2). The overall 12-month cumulative probability of pregnancy for women intending to use a given method at baseline was 2.0% (95% CI 1.4–2.6%) for injectable contraceptives, 15.7% (95% CI 14.1–17.3%) for OCPs, and 25.8% (95% CI 23.2–28.4) for condoms. Women in Thailand experienced lower pregnancy risk with condoms (18.4%, 95% CI 11.1–25.7) than in Uganda (29.5%, 95% CI 25.7–33.4), and Zimbabwe (23.3%, 95% CI 19.4–27.2)."


This just goes to show that oral contraceptives are not 100% reliable in suppressing ovulation. Pregnancy can still occur, which means that eggs are still released. These eggs can still be fertilized to conceive a new human being. However, that new human being can die because of a thinned endometrium. This explains how an oral contraceptive pill can cause death of an embryo and thus have an abortifacient effect.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

"Bella" movie promoted by Jaeson Ma

Watch and listen as campus minister and youth preacher Jaeson Ma of Namesake shares about the movie "Bella" to Hongkong students. Jaeson Ma himself was almost aborted by his mom, but his mom ran out the clinic. Jaeson Ma also shares about Eduardo Verastegui, the handsome actor in Bella, who gave up his Hollywood career because he didn't want to make a movie that offended his God. This is a powerful message by Jaeson Ma.




Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Pro-life Exhibit at UE: UE is PRO-LIFE!

Promotional Poster made by the UE Recto University Student Council
based on our Psalm 35:1-2 picture. Note the UE logo in the word PRO-LIFE.


this was my organizer's ID. note the text at the bottom:
UE IS PRO-LIFE!


The Lord opened a door for us at Christian Pro-life Resources through the help of the University Student Council of UE Recto.

We held our 3rd run of the pro-life art exhibit at the Admissions Lobby, near the USC office. Eight pieces of pro-life paintings by UE alumna E.R.A., an AB Fine Arts graduate ('07, from UE Caloocan) were displayed on easels. Also on display were two tarpaulins with pro-life pictures and rubber fetal models, that were actual sizes of 7, 8, 9, 10, and 12 week old babies in the womb. We also gave away "Diary of An Unborn Baby" fliers in Tagalog and English.


2 Corinthians 10:4-5 says, "The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ."

I read this passage before we went to set up the exhibit. When we got to the site, it was small, but even if it was small, I knew that the artworks in the exhibit had the divine power to demolish strongholds in the students' minds that set themselves up against the knowledge of God. They were not our weapons, they were God's. In the King James version, 2 Cor 10:4-5 says, "For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ." So even if MTV, which is the antithesis of moral values and godliness, had a larger set up at the UE quadrangle, it was no match to God's power. We were not intimidated. Because the Bible says in1 Sam 14:6, "Nothing can hinder the LORD from saving, whether by many or by few."


The USC also organized the Pro-life Seminar at the P.O. Domingo Center for Information Technology, a cool high-tech building. I gave a lecture on "The Sanctity of Life from the Biblical and Medical Viewpoints". Eman Cauriz of the JREV worship team was also there and he sang four songs.

We also showed the music video of Nick Cannon -"Can I Live". To view it on this site click on this link: Can I Live by Nick Cannon video

"UE is PRO-LIFE" is a prophetic declaration. A declaration of life for the unborn generation. A declaration of life to the young people who may be tempted to kill their babies through abortion. God has put the Christian officers of the USC where they are now to be a prophetic voice praying for God's glory to be made known and manifested in their University.