Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Planned Parenthood allows alleged molester to approve victim's abortion

I first saw this on LifeNews.com, but the full story can be found on the Cincinatti Enquirer.

It's easier to get an abortion than an aspirin

By Peter Bronson
Enquirer staff writer

Public schools require permits, doctor's permission and written consent from parents to give a Tylenol to a student. It's much easier for an eighth-grader to get an abortion.

All it took last year for a 14-year-old "Jane Roe" was a cell phone number. A staffer at a local Planned Parenthood clinic called the number and got permission - from a 21-year-old man who was molesting the girl and coerced her into an abortion.

The man, now in prison, pretended to be her father on the phone, then posed as her brother at the clinic. He paid with his credit card, and had the girl injected with Depo-Provera birth control, so he could resume having sex with her three days later.

"Jane Roe presented her school identification card, which showed that she was a junior high school student," a lawsuit by the girl's parents says. "(He) presented his Ohio driver's license, which showed that he was 21 years of age and his last name was different than Jane Roe's. (Planned Parenthood) did not question (either) about the differences in their ages or their different last names."

And that was under Ohio's parent notification law. State law also requires notice to law enforcement, because a girl 13 or under who seeks an abortion is automatically a victim of rape.

"I believe they took the ostrich approach," said Brian Hurley, the lawyer for Jane Roe's family. "I think they are doing everything possible to discourage parental consent."

Staff 'actively misled'

Planned Parenthood lawyer Alphonse Gerhardstein says the clinic was deceived. "It's pretty clear that even with trained staff interviewing her, they were actively misled about the age of the partner and the relationship of the partner."

Planned Parenthood has countersued Jane Roe for fraud.

"I think there's tremendous irony," Hurley said. "Here's an organization that portrays itself as a protector of young girls. They know that teenage girls feel tremendous pressure to hide a pregnancy from parents. I think it's unconscionable."

He also claims the failure to notify parents and police is part of a "pattern of practices." That could escalate his local lawsuit into a national battle. Planned Parenthood is already fighting attorneys general in Kansas and Indiana to block access to records of abortions on underage girls. Prosecutors say abortion clinics failed to report child sexual abuse.

Hurley is also seeking Planned Parenthood's records of abortions for girls age 13 and under. "In every single instance, they were obliged to turn that over to police, but the prosecutor's office has never been contacted about suspected abuse."

Gerhardstein says Planned Parenthood takes notification seriously. "They have a program to discourage relationships with older men."

Agreed: outrageous

Hurley says Jane Doe never met with a doctor and was not informed about the surgery or its risks. Planned Parenthood insists they complied with the law. In court records, Hurley says Planned Parenthood was reckless and outrageous. Gerhardstein says Hurley's claims are scandalous and outrageous.

Whatever happens, Cincinnati's Jane Roe should have her name on the "new" 1998 Ohio parent-notification law that is still stuck in court. It requires women to meet face-to-face with a doctor, and minors must get written consent from a parent for an abortion.

Seven years later, the courts still can't agree that surgery to kill an unborn child should require the same parental consent needed for a Tylenol at school.

That's outrageous.

Monday, September 26, 2005

The Mommy Test

Got this one in an e-mail.

"I was out walking with my 4 year old daughter. She picked up something off the ground and started to put it in her mouth. I took the item away from her and I asked her not to do that.

"Why?" my daughter asked.

"Because it's been laying outside, you don't know where it's been, it's dirty and probably has germs" I replied.

At this point, my daughter looked at me with total admiration and asked,"Wow! How do you know all this stuff?"

"Uh," .I was thinking quickly, "All moms know this stuff. It's on the Mommy Test. You have to know it, or they don't let you be a Mommy."

We walked along in silence for 2 or 3 minutes, but she was evidently pondering this new information.

"OH...I get it!" she beamed, "So if you don't pass the test, you have to be the daddy."

"Exactly" I replied back with a big smile on my face and joy in my heart."

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

I just finished reading this novel by Gregory Maguire. It started off very interesting because of all the references to our favorite Oz characters. I think that is where most of the appeal lies throughout the book: we all wonder how we can see the events that unfold through a different point of view. We get excited as each characetr is introduced in the novel and see how their relationships turn out. Yes, there is Dorothy, Glinda, The Wizard, and the Wicked Witch of the East, all connected in intriguing and surprising ways to our "heroine".

However, I will say that if this novel wasn't so closely related to the Baum books or the movie, then the appeal would not be there. The novel is about political strife, the nature of good and evil, the absurdity or necessity of religion, and other themes of similar depth and magnitude. But it left me feeling very dissatisfied with the conclusion of events, and the story moved along very slowly. If I wasn't so interested in connecting its ending to its inspirtations, I wouldn't have finished the book (learning my lesson from a really bad book I wasted my time finishing).

While I found the book interesting, I wouldn't put it on the shelf of literary classics. And certainly not recommended for those who are easily offended by crude sexual language/situations, homoerotic situations, or events intended primarily for shock value (in my opinion). Plus, many of the characters and events were placed merely to finish what the author started, and not because there was a lot of sense or forthought put into the chain of events (such as the dwark and the Yackle). A lot is never truly explained, and it isn't done in a way that left me feeling thoughtful, but rather in a way that makes me say, "Now where the heck did that come from?"

And I thought we were overpopulated?

Thanks to smockmamma for this one.

France to begin giving financial incentives for citizens to have third child.

Maybe I should move there? Afterall, if they are paying people to have 3 kids, what do they do for people who have 5?

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Motherhood Rut

So the kids have been in school for a month, and I have been trying really hard to stay on a routine and get everything done. I have to admit that I've been in a spiritual, emotional rut about it though. I just don't have it in me to do everything I want to with the kids. Afterschool hours are now off limits to most plans because of homwework, reading time, dinner, clean-up, and getting everyone ready for bed. I seriously can't see how people who have numerous afterschool activities are able to cope, and I really don't know how working moms do it. Just sorting through all the paperwork that gets sent home can take 30 minutes at times.

Last night I went to a Boy Scouts meeting to check it out for the boys. They really wanted to do it, but I found myself in the predicament of having to say no. My second son is in 1st grade, which means he is a part of the Tigers, which involves parent participation at every meeting. I have my two younger daughters with me, which they said would be fine....but I spent so much time chasing after my 3 year old that there was no way I could've been involved with anything my son was doing. To top it off, the meetings are on the same night, same place, but at different times, so we end up being at the meeting place for two different meetings for about an hour and a half. My daughters can't be expected to sit there doing nothing every week. And then there's the fact that being pregnant, I was so uncomfortable and tired. I almost broke into tears just being there.

This on top of tennis lessons, piano lessons for my oldest, catechism every week, helping in their classrooms, my commitments to the MOMS Club, helping out with marriage prep at the Church, and the fact that my husband is gone due to school and teaching RCIA, so I am doing this all alone. I just lost it last night after everyone went to bed. I am not stupid enough to try and do it all, but I guess I feel guilty that I have that selfishness in me that I don't just lay it all down for the kids like some moms do. You know, the moms who have no life but do everything for the kids. I mean, I know that isn't a good way to live, but I feel guilty that I don't even have the desire in me to do that! I just am not made that way... too selfish with my time and MY needs. Does that make sense?

So Gorgeous Redhead told me that we just have to offer it up as part of having a large family. He said we have to accept that we will have to give up some things, such as having all the kids involved in every activity, but that there are so many blessings and benefits to it all as well. Also, being pregnant and then having a baby right in the middle of the school year just makes things very limited right now, but that maybe next year it will be more manageable.

But for now, I'm exhausted. I sleep at least an hour a day when the kids are at school and my youngest is watching a movie (another source of guilt), but I just don't have the physical energy to stay awake sometimes. Things aren't getting done...and I am feeling very helpless and...scared. It's not like when the baby is born I will have any more energy, with sleepless nights and nursing every two hours. I have to admit for the first time since getting pregnant, I have been scared of how I am going to do it all come December.

Not sure if a lot of this is hormones or lack of iron (found out I am anemic and need to take iron pills), but I am just so tired and exhausted and I'm really trying hard not to be. But that only ends up making it worse; the more I try the more it seems I fail, which makes me feel as bad as I did before, so I go take another nap. The cycle continues.

Sorry for the babbling....I just don't have the energy to make this post sound intelligible. But I thought I should post something since it has been so long, even if it's a request for prayers that I survive motherhood!

Prayers that:

-my daughter finally gets this potty training thing down so that my house will stop having patches of smelly urine infiltrating it and driving me mad.

-we don't go completely broke from all the registration fees that all activities seem to require.

-that I manage to be able to keep my head on straight with all the fundraising booklets that are sent home at least once a week. You'd think these people would coordinate fundraisers so that the kids aren't selling 5 different things all in the month of October, but of course not...that would be too SANE!

-that all this exhaustion really will be cleared up with an up in my vitamins and iron.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Prayers for the Torres family

Baby Susan has died from an infection. The Torres story was an inspiration, even if it didn't have the happy ending we all were hoping for. The fact they valued life even at the earliest stage is an example to us all.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Summer Movie Slump

I saw a mere three movies this summer. One was the last in the Star Wars saga, and the other two were movies I saw only because my book club read the books and wanted a girls night out. Those two were The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants and Must Love Dogs. Sisterhood was cute and fun, but one you could wait to see on video. Must Love Dogs was horrible and I wouldn't even waste a free movie coupon on it.

Reports are out on how the movie business did this past summer, and the results aren't good. From TVGuide Online:

POST MORTEM: Hollywood has crunched the final summer box-office numbers, and the stats be scary. This summer's releases grossed a total $3.15 billion, down an alarming nine percent from Summer 2004. And when you compare the number of actual tickets sold compared to last summer, the deficit balloons to 13 percent. I blame the $17 Sno-Caps.

I am really hoping that movie execs wake up and realize the problem. Yes, it is way, way, way, WAY too expensive to see a movie at the theater, but there bigger problem; it is way, way, way, WAY too expensive to see a BAD movie at the theater. Hollywood, make better movies! Please! No more junk and recycled ideas. No more poor writing and bad acting. Or rather, no more use of good actors in bad parts just becuase they think one hefty paycheck will tide them over through their string of high quality indie films.

How many truly good movies were at the theaters this year? From what I can tell, Batman Begins was pretty much it, at least from what I hear. Anyone else see any good, full-price-theater-ticket-worthy movies this summer? Cuz if this summer's picks were the best it gets this year, then the Netflix classics section will be loving me for the remainder of 2005.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Planned Parenthood to the rescue!

Planned Parenthood "helps" hurricane victims with free morning-after pills

First of all, how many people do they really think will need to utilize this freebie? Maybe I'm not reading the right newspapers, but I haven't been hearing anything about the rampant sexual intercourse occurring in the non-air-conditioned shelters with no drinking water or lights. But maybe Planned Parenthood is thinking that with all the victims worrying over the loss of their homes, the whereabouts of loved ones, their grieving over deaths of family members, the stress of surrounding violence, rioting, and looting, the health scare arising due to unsanitary conditions, and the millions of other problems facing them at this moment, that the victims may also be wondering where in the heck they can get some lovin' in as well.

I can see it now. Along with the miles of cars driving out of New Orleans with evacuess, the cars driving in to New Orleans with families searching for ways to help loved ones, with the medi-vans and helicopters rushing in with food, water, medical supplies, and volunteer workers, HERE COMES THE PLANNED PARENTHOOD VAN WITH FREE MORNING AFTER PILLS! I bet the victims are thinking, "Yes, we are saved! Never mind the bottled water, diapers, clothing, transportation, ice, or even some money to aid local emergency agencies. Give us our birth control!" Well done, Planned Parenthood, well done!