Presbyterians Pro-Life
Health Risks of Abortion, Part 1 of 3 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Patricia Lee June, M.D.   

Julia in utero"Abortion stops a beating heart". Induced abortion affects the health and life of more than just the baby who is aborted. This article focuses on physical health risks to the mother and her later children. 

There is a popular misconception, even among many medical professionals, that legal induced abortion is "safe": that it carries less health risks than childbirth. Early evidence that studied only complications that were reported in the week following induced abortion did show lower death rates among mothers after first trimester abortions than with childbirth (second and third trimester abortions had higher death rates). These studies were misleading both because many women do not disclose their abortions and thus these complications and deaths from abortion are not counted, and also because they do not include late deaths. More recent long-term studies show that abortion is riskier.

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1991 Women's charge rings on! PDF Print E-mail

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Women from one of PPL’s Chapters crafted a declaration in 1991 that still rings as a proclamation of commitment for pro-life presbyterians today. PPL calls women to accept this charge as we honor all our mothers in May.

We, women and members of Presbyterian Churches – sisters, daughters, mothers, and grandmothers – believe children are a gift from God, created in His image.

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Helping others with chronic diseases and why it matters PDF Print E-mail

Fotolia 21481057 MIn a previous article, Dr. Martha Leatherman and I wrote about helping people who have terminal illnesses. Love, care, and support for those at the end of life can be a powerful witness to Jesus Christ. It can be a powerful witness against assisted suicide and euthanasia. Equally important is love, care, and support for those with chronic illnesses. Chronic illnesses include asthma, Crohn's disease, fibromyalgia, muscular dystrophy, and many others. These are long-lasting and ever present in the person who has them. Living with these conditions can lead to depression and hopelessness. The musician Kurt Cobain took his own life. It was reported that he had Crohn's disease, and was tired of living with it. We can only speculate if things would have been different if he had a Christian friend who cared for him.

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BOP Annual ROC Report raises concerns PDF Print E-mail

AnnualReview2012 1The PCUSA Board of Pensions recently released their 2012 Annual Report. On the very last page is the Relief of Conscience (ROC) Plan Report Facts. This annual ROC report is required by an action of the PCUSA General Assembly in 2008. Three items in the report raise concern for pro-life members of the PCUSA.

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Choices PDF Print E-mail
Written by Beth Walls   

© creative soul - Fotolia.com choices illus.I was having a conversation with a group of friends this week while at a lunch meeting and the discussion turned to the topic of abortion. One of my table mates quoted the staggering number of abortions that have been performed in the United States since Roe v. Wade was passed in 1973. Another table mate asked if anyone had read the book, Freakonomics. None of us had. So my friend explained that in this book the author stated that until the early 1990's the rate of crime in the United States had been steadily increasing but then it leveled off and then started to decline. The premise of the book is that now is when all of those aborted babies would be in their late teens and early twenties. Therefore the authors correlate that Roe V Wade was responsible for lowering the crime rate.

I should mention that all of my table mates were men and none of them knew my personal history.

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