John Campbell PhD, a retired nurse educator and YouTuber with 2.4 million subscribers has made an illuminating video on human development highlighting new evidence that children dream in the womb. Dr Campbell said, “when I was a zygote, all the genetics that is in me now, all the potential that is in me now was already there. So we start off as a single cell, quite amazing, but scientifically undeniable.” He showed a series of photos of an unborn child, noting milestones such as cardiac contraction beginning at 3 weeks, stress hormone responses at 18 weeks, and a clear sleep-wake cycle by 30 weeks, with REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, alternating with deeper non-REM sleep. “The evidence now” said Dr Campbell Is “indicating quite strongly that from 28-29-30 weeks the child is dreaming. What they dream about of course I don’t think we’ll ever know.”
A study involving close to 8 million pregnancies debunked the notion that abortion is a normal experience for mother, finding that it is rare for a woman to have both births and abortions. Out of 5 million women with at least 1 pregnancy, less than 6% have both births and abortions. Women in the study population almost never used abortion as a means to space their children. CLI president, Charles Donovan, said, “The abortion industry wants America to believe that abortion is a normal experience for mothers. They want to make it acceptable to target vulnerable women and children citing estimates and surveys conducted at abortion centres, to support the narrative that everyone is doing it”. According to the study, these narratives simply aren’t true. By comparison, the frequently cited “turnaround study” in the abortion industry is based on interviews with just 813 women. “Most mothers are not undergoing abortions. We know that instinctively. We know that based on logic. Now we know it based on data.” Key findings from this study are that abortion is not a normative experience, women with both births and abortions have more abortions than births, and abortion is rarely used in healthy families to space out children.
Analysis of a nationally representative dataset reveals that since 2016 more than 800 000 lives have been saved through the community based care of pro-life pregnancy centers. Charles Donovan, President of CLI said, “ Pro-Life Centers help women fulfill their dreams by listening to their concerns and building a network of community support to partner with the mother through pregnancy and beyond. This is what the violent activists are trying to silence.” The new analysis was based on a nationally representative group of more than 1100 Care Net Pregnancy centers’ de-identified data since 2008. Moira Gaul MPA, lead author of the analysis explained: “More than any other group, pro-life centers are best equipped to support women facing unintended pregnancies in a post.”
A summary of spontaneously reported adverse reactions from the so called “gold standard “ abortion pill regimen shows numerous reports of serious events resulting in hospitalization. Reports of life threatening sepsis, numerous reports of haemorrhaging and numerous failed abortions were among the findings. The report released by The Canada Vigilance Program, concerns the abortion pill regimen Mifegymiso, the name used in Canada for the combined use of Mifepristone and Misoprostol. The report highlights the fact that the adverse reactions were reported on a voluntary basis. Health Canada also released a 195 page adverse events report on Mifigymiso, some of which is documented on the blog of pro-life blogger Patricia Maloney.
There is increasing evidence to show that a foetus may feel pain as early as 12 weeks gestation. Currently the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), “Facts are Important”, states that foetal pain cannot occur before 24 weeks gestation. Updated findings, particularly from two studies done in 2016, suggest that subcortical structures develop much earlier than 24 weeks and are enough for perception of pain. The ACOG’s “Facts are Important” does not reflect these studies and has not been updated since 2013. The Charlotte Lozier Institute recommends the ACOG makes several revisions.
The South Dakota Legislature passed a proposal form that aims to make the state one of the hardest places in the U.S. to get abortion pills. The bill would require women seeking an abortion to make three separate trips to a doctor in order to take abortion pills and make it clear that women in the state cannot get them through a telemedicine consultation. But women in South Dakota are still required to make two trips to an abortion clinic to get the pills. First, for an initial screening, then they must wait 72 hours before they can return to the clinic to get both drugs in the two-dose regimen. This bill would add a third mandatory visit that would require women to wait at least a day before returning to the abortion clinic to take the second drug in the regimen.
Abortion remains a crime in 14 of Europe’s 52 countries. Malta is the only country which is part of the European Union that strictly prohibits abortion. Poland has tightened its abortion laws as it is now illegal to abort a baby on the grounds of foetal defects. Abortion is also illegal in Andorra and San Marino. Twenty-six European countries give healthcare workers the right not to provide or recommend abortions based on their personal beliefs. Sweden, Iceland and the UK are the top 3 European countries which provide the easiest access to abortion services. The Netherlands, France and Denmark come next. The countries which have the most difficult access to abortion care are Malta, Andorra, Gibraltar, Lichtenstein, Monaco and Poland.
US Senator, Roger Marshall MD (Obstetrician/Gynaecologist), will introduce the Ultrasound Informed Consent Act1 to the Senate on the 10th of March 2022. Among other provisions, the Act would require abortion centres to perform an ultrasound with simultaneous explanation to the mother what the ultrasound is depicting. The heartbeat must be made audible and ultrasound images of the baby be explained in detail including the presence of arms, legs, internal organs etc. A copy of the images is to be provided to the mother. As a condition of receiving Federal funds or assistance, an abortion provider must perform an ultrasound before performing an abortion. Senator Marshall has delivered thousands of babies but “never imagined [he] would be fighting harder in the Senate than [he] did in the ER and delivery room to protect mothers and babies”.
Idaho leaders want to pass a bill that bans abortions once a heartbeat is detected. The Idaho Senate approved the bill which bans abortions from 6 weeks gestation. The House State Affairs Committee voted to send the bill to the full Idaho House of Representatives where it is expected to pass. The bill may be debated and voted on as early as the 11 of March 2022. This bill will potentially deter the abortion of hundreds. Planned Parenthood, which is America’s biggest abortion company, opposes the bill but stated they will not do abortions after 6 weeks if the bill becomes law.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) issued new abortion guidelines on the 3rd of March 20221. The guidelines urge changes including no gestational age limits to an abortion, no requirement that doctors do abortions, no parental consent for minors, no waiting period and better access to medical abortion pills including through telemedicine. The WHO claims that easy and free access to abortion services is “lifesaving care” and that current abortion restrictions are resulting in women undergoing unsafe abortions which are resulting in preventable death and injury. The WHO states that abortions are “extremely safe” when carried out using their recommended methods. However, their recommendations are more likely to endanger women’s lives. A 2013 study from the University of California showed that abortions conducted by non-physicians (nurses, midwives, physician assistants) were twice as likely to result in complications compared to abortions conducted by physicians2.