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23 Nov 2015
The use of the abortion pill, known as RU 486, is increasing in Australia, and around the world. Even GPs have been trained to administer the two drugs that are used that make up a ‘medical abortion’ (info). We recently reported that the Tabbot Foundation had been set up to provide the RU 486 drugs IN AUSTRALIA – sending them by POST after an initial PHONE CALL!
Of course, often medical problems result from the use of the drugs, with the woman needing to attend a hospital or doctor to receive emergency medical help.
Another situation that has arisen from the administration of the RU 486 ‘medical abortions’ is that some women REGRET taking the first abortion drug ( Mifepristone) and seek help from a doctor or pro-life counselling centre to see if they can REVERSE the effect of the drug and stop the abortion taking place.
The GOOD NEWS is that it can be reversed – so long as appropriate action is taken quickly enough.
Real Choices, a group in Australia that provides “professional education and training around reproductive health issues including unintended pregnancy and assisted reproductive technologies, particularly for the health and welfare professions and individuals working in the volunteer sector”, led by Debbie Garratt, a registered nurse, has a page on their website titled, “Reverse Medical Abortion”.
The webpage states,
“If you have taken Mifepristone (the first drug given in medical abortion) in the last 24 hours, reversal may still be possible for you. In the United States, there is currently about a 55% success rate for women to successfully continue a pregnancy and have a healthy baby.
We can find a physician to help you with the progesterone protocol, but it is very important that you act quickly for greatest chance of success. We can provide your doctor with the protocol and follow up requirements. The treatment involved inserting a progesterone pessary into your vagina each day during the entire first trimester of pregnancy and having ultrasound to determine foetal heartbeat. . .”
They link to a website in the USA called Abortion Pill Reversal which explains the procedure and protocols involved.
For a good article about the US program, which says they have almost 300 doctors world-wide to help women that call their 24/7 hotline, see:
Doctor Saves 213 Babies After the Abortion Has Already Started, Wait Until You See How, Life News, 4/11/2015.
“A North Carolina doctor is saving unborn babies and giving their mothers hope that they can reverse a nearly fatal mistake. Dr. Matthew Harrison has helped 213 mothers reverse the effects of their chemical abortions and saved their babies’ lives by using a new abortion pill reversal technology, Fox 46 in Charlotte, North Carolina, reported. . .”
Real help in Australia – Australian Mifepristone Reversal
Real Choices has recently announced that they are launching “Australian Mifepristone Reversal” which will provide support, medical assistance and a protocol for reversing the effect of RU 486. Debbie writes, “Before we can begin making this option known to women, we must recruit enough medical practitioners around Australia prepared to offer the service. We now have the finalised protocol and patient information and consents ready to go as well as a 3 year business plan and we are ready to begin recruitment….”
They plan to develop a ‘network of medical practitioners to make available progesterone therapy to women seeking reversal of mifepristone after commencing a medical termination of pregnancy’, to ‘develop an evidence base to support the use of progesterone in mifepristone reversal’ and ‘better understand the experiences of women who seek mifepristone reversal’. They are also inviting financial support to assist in establishing the service which they hope to have operational 24 hours a day.
If you are a medical professional (a doctor - or a nurse who could support a woman undergoing the reversal), or involved in pregnancy counselling, please contact Debbie at Real Choices for more information if you would like to be involved.
A new website has been set up - http://mifepristone.org.au/
For the rest of us…
If you’re not a medical professional, it’s important to know that a medical abortion can be reversed if action is taken quickly enough. You might like to support Real Choices as they establish this important service.
As Debbie writes, the reversal of the medical abortion provides hope to women.
Debbie recently wrote,
“In the past 8 weeks, we have been contacted by 4 women desperately seeking reversal of a medical abortion. This may not seem like many, however in that time, we have not marketed or promoted this service anywhere at all. In fact at the time the first 2 contacted us we hadn't even made our final decision to launch Australian Mifepristone Reversal. It was these contacts that affirmed for us that this is a service women are calling for, and are entitled to access.
Many women feel highly ambivalent about abortion decisions, with large numbers going ahead with a procedure feeling like they have no other choice. For women beginning a medical abortion, there is a time period between taking the first drug, mifepristone, and before taking the second one, that reality hits and they can experience immediate and serious remorse and often panic.
If there are 4 women able to find us when we haven't even marketed the service, how many more must there be who go home and sit in their desperation believing there is nothing they can do?”
20 Nov 2015
Responding to the statements made by the leader of Australia’s Muslims – and a call from Senator Cory Bernardi for the ‘reform of Islam’.
Senator Cory Bernardi has published a forthright and enlightening blog titled, “Denial must stop, Islam needs reform” to vindicate his comments about ‘Islam being the real problem’, which he made five years ago.
Of course, he was harshly criticised by the media and other politicians when he said that Islam itself promotes violence and is the ‘problem’.
His statement made five years ago included this:
“Islam itself is the problem. It’s not Muslims. Muslims are individuals that practice their faith in their own way but Islam is a totalitarian, political and religious ideology…It has not moved on since it was founded and there are these extremists that want to see fundamentalist Islamic rule implemented in this country. They are continually trying to change our laws. They’re seeking special accommodations to indulge in it and unfortunately this Government is allowing them and encouraging them, in many instances, to get away with it.”
“Five years later I stand by my comments and am prepared to call out my critics as being wrong. In fact, because of their actions I think they actually owe the Australian people an apology. If we had been able to have a sensible discussion about the authoritarian nature of Islam and its undeniable link as an inspiration and justification for the barbaric actions of terrorist acts then things might be different today….”
PLEASE READ Cory’s blog BELOW – it contains detailed comments about ‘reform’….
But so many Muslim leaders don’t want to acknowledge that there is any need to ‘reform’ what Islam teaches, or admit that the writings of the Qur’an and the example of Mohammed, which are the model for faithful Muslims, promote violence and include prescriptive commands to carry out violent acts against unbelievers.
Muslim leaders often blame other factors for the Islamic terrorist attacks we are witnessing around the world. In Australia, in the wake of the Paris bombings by Muslim men who were associated with ISIS, the leader of Australia’s Muslims, the ‘mufti’, Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamed, didn’t condemn the terrorist attacks by Islamic militants in Paris – instead he blamed racism and foreign polices as ‘causative factors’.
The Media Release from the mufti and the Australian National Imams Council stated:
“These recent incidents highlight the fact that current strategies to deal with the threat of terrorism are not working. It is therefore imperative that all causative factors such as racism, Islamophobia, curtailing freedoms through securitisation, duplicitous foreign policies and military intervention must be comprehensively addressed.” (Media Release from ANIC, 15/11/2015)
There has been a public outcry about these statements made by the leader of Australia’s Muslims, ‘mufti’, Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamed.
But how many picked up another MAJOR flaw in the Media Release – the title of the Media Release (and stated in the text) says it all “ANIC MOURNS LOSS OF INNOCENT LIVES TO TERRORIST ATTACKS”.
The question we must ask is “WHO is INNOCENT in Islam?”
The answer is that ‘true Muslims’ are the ‘innocent’ ones! So unbelievers are not ‘innocent’ and neither are Muslims who don’t follow the sort of ‘Islam’ that those who are killing others ascribe to.
Following a public outcry about the statement by ANIC, where radio journalist Ray Hadley was critical and government ministers Scott Morrison and Peter Dutton publicly criticised his response, the mufti and the Australian National Imams Council issued a SECOND Media Release, claiming they really didn’t mean to blame US (and Islamophobia etc) for the attacks.
HOWEVER, the Media Release reiterated the statement about INNOCENT lives:
“We wish to emphasise it is incorrect to imply that the reference to causative factors provides justification for these acts of terrorism. There is no justification for the taking of innocent lives. The sanctity of human life is guaranteed in Islam.”
But it did go on this time to state,
“Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamed and ANIC have consistently and unequivocally condemned all forms of terrorist violence.”
(Second ANIC Media Release, 17/11/2015)
That raises ANOTHER question, “What is ‘terrorist violence’ according to Islam?”
Andrew Bolt has written a clear and definitive reply to the mufti’s statements – click here.
Denial must stop, Islam needs reform, Cory Bernardi, 18/11/2015.
Read Cory's enlightening comments!
19 Nov 2015
The attacks on Paris have focused the attention of the West on the increased potential for terrorism across the world. Many reporters are asking about the motivation for the attacks.
This post is a reflection on the responses to the attacks, and a look at the intake of Syrian refugees by the West, including in Australia.
It is now known that some of the attackers were born and raised in Belgium. However, one of the attackers had recently come through Greece hidden in the huge wave of Syrian refugees. He had a FAKE Greek passport – in fact, Serbian police have arrested a man who had an almost IDENTICAL passport, with the same name, Ahmad Almohammad, date of birth and place of birth. The only difference was the photograph. Serbian authorities have now seen a total of EIGHT identical passports with this same name and birth details!
[Links to all articles are at the END of this post.]
For a long time, political leaders have been reticent to speak about Islam itself – the teaching in the Qur’an and the example of Mohammed that inspire violent attacks against non-Muslims, such as ‘Kill the infidel where you find them’ (Sura 9:5) There is also violence by some Muslims against other Muslims, who the first group don’t think are following the Qur’an closely enough. Many world political leaders have promoted Islam as ‘a religion of peace’.
Even this week, some Australian political leaders are still saying that it is only a few ‘fanatics’ that are the problem – and that they aren’t following ‘true islam’.
The Victorian Labor government has passed the Public Health and Wellbeing Amendment (Safe Access Zones) Bill 2015 in the Legislative Assembly on Thursday 12 November.
[Actual text of Bill here. The KEY sections of the Bill are BELOW.]
The Bill proposes an ‘exclusion zone’ of 150 metres – called a ‘safe access zone’ - and the penalty is a prison term of up to 12 months!
The Bill has been drafted by the government in response to an earlier private member’s Bill introduced by Sex Party MLC Fiona Patten.
Prohibited behaviour includes ‘communicating about abortion’ - as well as prohibiting things like harassment and intimidation (which are already banned by other laws!) The Bill also prohibits filming of people accessing an abortion facility, or a place where abortions are done, and gives police powers to search premises looking for videos etc.
The Bill will be DEBATED and VOTED on by the Legislative Council NEXT WEEK, where the vote will be tight.
If you live in Victoria, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR FIVE Members in the Legislative Council NOW. Ask them to vote AGAINST this BILL.
Either EMAIL them or PHONE them - make sure you tell them in the FIRST LINE or subject what you are writing to them about - and ALSO that you are in THEIR electoral REGION.
In particular, please point out that this Bill severely restricts free speech where even offering help to a woman would be BANNED. The government has refused to say whether SILENT PRAYER within the 150 metre exclusion zone would be allowed!
In your email or phone call, highlight the extreme SIZE of the exclusion zone (as pointed out by the Coalition’s Robert Clark) and the excessive penalties.
Right to Life Australia list TEN REASONS why we should OPPOSE the proposed ‘abortion clinic buffer zone’ – click here to read their report.
ALL EMAIL ADDRESSES for the Members of the Legislative Council are BELOW under the ACTION heading.
First, some sections from the Bill:
The purpose of this Part is
(a) to provide for safe access zones around premises at which abortions are provided so as to protect the safety and wellbeing and respect the privacy and dignity of
(i) people accessing the services provided at those premises; and
(ii) employees and other persons who need to access those premises in the course of their duties and responsibilities; and
(b) to prohibit publication and distribution of certain recordings.
The Bill contains an extensive list of ‘prohibited behaviour’ –
prohibited behaviour means
(a) in relation to a person accessing, attempting to access, or leaving premises at which abortions are provided, besetting, harassing, intimidating, interfering with, threatening, hindering, obstructing or impeding that person by any means; or
(b) subject to subsection (2), communicating by any means in relation to Abortions in a manner that is able to be seen or heard by a person accessing, attempting to access, or leaving premises at which abortions are provided and is reasonably likely to cause distress or anxiety; or
(c) interfering with or impeding a footpath, road or vehicle, without reasonable excuse, in relation to premises at which abortions are provided; or
(d) intentionally recording by any means, without reasonable excuse, another person accessing, attempting to access, or leaving premises at which abortions are provided, without that other person's consent; or
(e) any other prescribed behaviour;
The penalty for disobeying the act is a prison sentence of up to 12 months!
If you don’t know which REGION you are in for the Legislative Council – click here and type in your postcode.
This also provides all details for your MLCS by clicking ‘VIEW’.
Click here or full list of Legislative Council Members.
13 Nov 2015
Back into the fray after a couple of weeks holiday!
A lot has been happening – I’ve tried to just include some of the key developments from the past few weeks! Please read, pray and act…
Read the Update: News Update – 13 Nov – fgm, abortion, adoption, Islam, SRI . . .