Is adoption right for you?

If you are in an unplanned pregnancy and the idea of parenting seems too overwhelming, adoption may be the perfect option for you. Perhaps you’re not ready to be a parent or circumstances make you unable to raise a child – no worries. Adoption is an incredibly loving option for you and your baby. Most adoptive mothers say placing their child up for adoption was the best decision they made.

If you’re considering adoption, you probably have lots of questions. Here are some answers to common questions about adoption.

What are my adoption options?

You have several options in the adoption process: closed adoption, semi-open adoption, or an open adoption. When you place your baby up for adoption, the adoption agency and adoption counselors will work with you to determine what is the best option for you. The main goal of every adoption counselor is to make you comfortable and happy with the decision you choose.

Closed adoption: In a closed (or confidential adoption), the agency will choose a family to place your child with. The birth mother and the adoptive family identities are kept confidential from each other. The adoption is facilitated by the adoption agency. After the adoption, there is no communication between the birth mother and the adoptive parents/child.

Semi-open adoption: In a semi-open adoption, the adoptive family and the birth mother identities are usually kept confidential from each other. The adoption agency facilitates the adoption. After the adoption is complete, some contact may remain between the birth mother and the family although the identities are usually kept confidential. This could include letters, emails, or even visits organized through the adoption agency.

Open adoption: In an open adoption, you, your adoption agency, and the adoptive parents work together to plan how closely you want to keep in touch. Open adoptions include the birth mother meeting the potential adoptive family and selecting which family she would like the baby to be adopted into.  Open adoptions can also include visits between the birth mother and the adopted child after the adoption has been finalized as well as phone calls, emails, and letters to stay in touch with the family and the child. Open adoptions typically include a very open and welcoming relationship between the birth mother, the adoptive family and the child throughout the child’s entire life.

More details can be found here.

What will my child think of me?

You are a superhero! You are showing incredible love for your baby by choosing adoption. Your baby will grow up knowing that you want – and will always want – the very best for him or her. You are providing the baby with a life full of love and compassion. Some adoptive parents are only able to have children because of your strength in placing your baby up for adoption. Here’s more information for you.

What if I change my mind?

You can change your mind at any point in the adoption until you sign the parental right surrender documents (signed after the baby is born). You do not have to make the adoption decision immediately. You can wait to decide on adoption even until after the baby is born. Do not let anyone pressure you into choosing a family or an adoption agency before you are ready. There will incredible and loving families waiting to adopt your baby when you are ready to make your decision.

In Illinois, birth mothers must wait until 72 hours after birth to give final consent for adoption. This means 72 hours after the final papers are signed, the birth mother can change her mind about adoption. After those 72 hours, the adoption is complete. Fathers, however, can relinquish their rights earlier.

Can I talk to someone about it?

Here are a few adoption agencies where you can get in touch with adoption counselors to learn more about the adoption process:

Bethany Christian Services: 1-800-Bethany (1-800-238-4269)

American Adoptions: 1-800-236-7846

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois: 888-671-0300

Adoption Center of Illinois: 1-800-676-2229

St. Mary’s Services: 1-800-ST-Marys (1-800-786-2797).

You can call whichever one you like. Or call all five. The important part is that you feel comfortable with the agency you choose. You don’t have to go with the first agency you call. Just which one feels right for you and your baby. While we don’t facilitate adoptions, we are happy to walk with you, every step of the way through your adoption process. Just give us a call (312-422-9300) or drop us an email (confidential@IllinoisRightToLife.org). No matter what, you’re not alone. We will be here for you.

And don’t forget…

Once the adoption is complete, pursue your dreams! What are your life goals? Do you hope to finish high school, go to college, find a spouse, or travel the world? Read about other young women who have pursued their dreams after adoption, and watch the story of a young birthmother who was able to stay in college. Many mothers who choose adoption are college students. There are even scholarships available through some adoption agencies to young mothers who choose adoption.

What will the world do without Planned Parenthood?

What would a world without Planned Parenthood be like?

This week, Joss Whedon, Planned Parenthood supporter and screenwriter, made a short-film that’s gone viral, depicting what he envisions would happen if Planned Parenthood suddenly did not exist. Planned Parenthood has promoted the short film on their page, encouraging viewers to “#StandWithPP.”

A woman dies of cancer, a high school student contracts an STI, and a young woman becomes pregnant and can’t go to college – all scenarios that Whedon says would occur if Planned Parenthood were out of the picture.

But is this true? Would this happen? Is Planned Parenthood so critical to healthcare that if it suddenly disappeared, it would hurt our women?

To answer this, here’s what we need to consider:

1.Where do most women obtain their health care services?

There are about 63 million women of reproductive age (15-44) living in the United States, according to the Guttmacher Institute. As stated on their website, Planned Parenthood serves about 2.7 million men and women annually. This means that about 4.3% of American women go to Planned Parenthood.

In Illinois, there are about 2.6 million women of child-bearing age, according to the Guttmacher Institute. Illinois Planned Parenthood states on their website that they serve 60,000 men and women per year. This means that 2.3% of Illinois women use Planned Parenthood’s services.

So where do the other 97% of women in Illinois and 95% of women nationally go to receive health care?

Community care centers, federally qualified health centers, and other women’s clinics.

It seems to be that a large majority of women look outside Planned Parenthood for their health care needs.

2.Where do women receive the best quality of care?

A quality health care provider knows that women are more than just their ovaries. They treat the entire woman, including but not limited to their reproductive systems. They’ll provide her with comprehensive, safe, and honest services that address her most essential needs, as well as a variety of others.

According to Mayo Clinic, the top causes of death for women are heart disease, stroke, and cancer. To treat these major concerns, community care centers and federally qualified health centers provide women with mammograms, immunizations, heart screenings, and osteoporosis and diabetes care. They also offer comprehensive reproductive services and a variety of other amenities to meet their needs.

So what does Planned Parenthood provide?

Planned Parenthood provides abortion and other reproductive services. Contrary to popular thought, they do not provide mammograms.

The figure below shows a list of the services provided by federally qualified health centers compared to Planned Parenthood’s services.

Charted below are the services offered by federally qualified health centers compared to Planned Parenthood’s services. The information was taken from the Medicare Benefit Policy Manual and the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and compiled by the Alliance Defending Freedom.

 

Healthcare Service Provided Planned Parenthood Federally Qualified Health Centers
Emergency First Responder Care
Mammograms
Immunizations
Diabetes and Glaucoma Screenings
Pediatric Eye, Ear, Dental Screenings
Well-Child Services
Radiological Services
Cardiovascular Blood Tests
Bone Mass Measurement
Nurse on Staff
Birth Control
Manual Breast Exams
UTI Inspections
STD Testing
PAP/HPV Testing
Pelvic Exams

At the same time, keep in mind…

No Illinois Planned Parenthood is licensed by the state, according to the Department of Public Health. Planned Parenthood’s unlicensed abortion providers insert surgical tools into women’s bodies, and yet their facilities have not received a health and safety inspection in 16 years.

So what happens if you’re in an unplanned pregnancy? Planned Parenthood’s only solution: abortion. A recent investigation by Live Action showed that Planned Parenthood does not provide pregnant women with prenatal care or other support services.

Fortunately, the young pregnant woman in the video doesn’t need to feel like she is helpless and her dreams of going to college are over. In Illinois, there are over 100 pregnancy help centers available to women in unplanned pregnancies, who are there to walk with them and obtain for them the help and support they need to continue on with their pregnancies, while being able to pursue their dreams.

3.Where will people go if Planned Parenthood is defunded?

There are 700 Planned Parenthood facilities in the United States. Meanwhile, there are 13,540 other comprehensive care clinics located around the country, that provide the same services as Planned Parenthood, except for abortion. According to a study by the Alliance Defending Freedom. That means there are 20 comprehensive care clinics for every Planned Parenthood facility, nationwide.

In Illinois, there are 16 Planned Parenthood facilities. There are also 670 alternative care clinics located throughout the state. This means that for every Planned Parenthood facility in Illinois, there are about 41 alternative clinics, where patients can receive comprehensive care.

A list of the federally qualified health centers can be viewed here. The rural health clinics can be viewed here.

So what if Planned Parenthood disappeared? In this video, Students for Life of America shows us what would happen:

If Planned Parenthood was suddenly eliminated, community care centers and federally qualified health centers would provide women with numerous alternatives. This would spark growth and development for other women’s health care centers as well.

Now, do we need Planned Parenthood?

Based on the facts, it’s pretty fair to say that our state and our country will not suffer if federal funding is taken away from Planned Parenthood. A vast majority of American women do not go to Planned Parenthood, but seek outside care. Planned Parenthood also does not provide the quality, holistic health care services which other federally qualified women’s clinics do.

Furthermore, Planned Parenthood is not “critical to women’s health care.” Women have hundreds of alternative options that are widely available throughout the country. Shouldn’t women be able to decide with their own money which health centers stay open, rather than having one particular chain (Planned Parenthood) reinforced by the federal government?

Finally, and most importantly, the pink, decorative façade may be appealing, but this cannot smudge out the 888 children who are dying every day at Planned Parenthood clinics. Acording to its most recent annual report, Planned Parenthood ended the lives of 323,999 children by abortion in just one year. Nearly, 37 children lost their lives every hour. “Watch. Share. Slay.” Interesting choice of words for Planned Parenthood to use on their webpage promoting the short film.

So does an organization like this deserve the $528.4 million taxpayer dollars given to it just last year, according to its annual report?

The case against Planned Parenthood is so extensively appalling that we, along with a majority of Americans today, say no.

 

The Abortion Pill: The REAL Story

Glamour Magazine calls it the DIY abortion.

Planned Parenthood makes it look like it’s as easy as popping two pills.

But what’s the real story behind the abortion pill? Is it really as simple as 1, 2, 3?

Here are the fact.

Former abortionist, Dr. Anthony Levatino, who performed over 1,200 abortions, explains the reality of the abortion pill in this special footage on medication abortion:

First, the woman is given Mifopristone, or RU-486 at the clinic. This chemical blocks the natural hormone produced in a woman’s body when she is pregnant (progesterone) and breaks down the lining of the uterus. The baby, whose heart is already beating, is starved to death and dies in the mother’s womb.

24-48 hours later, the woman takes the second pill – Misoprostal (or Cytotec) – at home and alone, without doctor supervision. This pill forces the woman into labor, causing severe cramping, contractions, and heavy bleeding, which can last anywhere from a few hours to several days. As Dr. Levatino describes, the woman is left to suffer alone and will eventually give birth to her dead baby.

Planned Parenthood says that a hot shower, a heating pad, and some ibuprofen should do the trick and get the woman back on her feet and back to school/work right after. Easy, right?

Not so fast.

As the Doctor explains, bleeding lasts on average 9-16 days. 1 in every 12 women experience bleeding more than 30 days, and 1 in every 100 women require hospitalization. Other side effects from the abortion pill include abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, and headaches. Sadly, the abortion pill has even been known to cause maternal deaths, often due to infection or undiagnosed ectopic pregnancy. A recent study published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology found that women who have medical abortions have a four-fold higher risk for complications and problems. Here are testimonies from several women who have taken the abortion pill.

Keep in mind, the abortion pill is a medical abortion performed during the 1st trimester, up to the 10th week of pregnancy. At this point, an unborn child’s heart is already beating (detectable at 21 days), his or her brain and organs are growing, and he or she has all 10 fingers and 10 toes. The abortion pill not only wreaks havoc on a woman’s body, but destroys the other human being growing within.

There is nothing simple, easy, and safe about the abortion pill, and Planned Parenthood, Glamour Magazine, and the abortion industry need to stop trying to paint over the truth.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If a woman has taken the first abortion pill and decides she wants to save her baby’s life, it may not be to late! It is possible (if she acts fast) through abortion pill reversal (APR). You can learn more about this new, life-saving treatment here.

Illinois Senate passes HB 40

Today, the Illinois Senate voted to pass HB 40.

This is the bill that provides free abortions to those on Medicaid and state employees for any reason, including birth control – paid for by Illinois taxpayers (you and me). We’re deeply saddened that our leaders in the Illinois Senate find it more important to focus on increasing the number of abortions in Illinois rather than fixing our state’s debt crisis.

Nevertheless, thank you to all those who called their state senator and asked them to vote no on this bill. We know it is discouraging to see such an extreme and out of touch pro-abortion bill pass. But our senators need to hear from you. In fact, the debate on this bill went on for nearly an hour today. During that time, several of our pro-life legislators stood and passionately defended the unborn, speaking out against the bill. Some of these legislators include:

Senator McCarter

Senator Anderson

Senator Rooney

Senator Bivins

Senator Righter

Senator McConchie

In the end, the bill passed with 33 votes (22 were opposed). You can see the vote tally here.

On April 14th, Governor Bruce Rauner publicly stated he would veto HB40 should it reach his desk. According to the Chicago Tribune,

“‘Gov. Rauner is committed to protecting women’s reproductive rights under current Illinois law. However, recognizing the sharp divisions of opinion of taxpayer funding of abortion, he does not support’ the pending legislation, spokeswoman Eleni Demertzis said.”

We are very grateful for Governor Rauner’s strong position against HB40 despite his pro-choice views. We need you to call Governor Rauner’s office and thank him for his promise to veto HB 40 once it reaches his desk. You can call his office right now at: 217-782-0244.

Be sure to thank our Governor for putting his foot down, promising to veto this bill, and sending legislators back to work on fixing our state.

Illinois House votes to pass HB 40

Today, the Illinois House voted to pass HB 40.

This is the bill that provides free abortions to those on Medicaid and state employees for any reason, including birth control. Where is the state going to get the money to pay for this?

From you and me – taxpayers.

We’re deeply disappointed that the leaders of the Illinois House find it more important to focus on increasing the number of abortions in Illinois rather than fixing our state’s debt crisis.

On April 14th, Governor Bruce Rauner publicly stated he would veto HB40 should it reach his desk. According to the Chicago Tribune,

“‘Gov. Rauner is committed to protecting women’s reproductive rights under current Illinois law. However, recognizing the sharp divisions of opinion of taxpayer funding of abortion, he does not support’ the pending legislation, spokeswoman Eleni Demertzis said.”

Last week, our executive director, Emily Troscinski, was quoted in news publications, such as the Chicago Tribunethanking the Governor for his firm stance against HB40. We are very grateful for Governor Rauner’s strong position against HB40 despite his pro-choice views.

Now it’s your turn. We need you to call Governor Rauner’s office and thank him for his promise to veto HB 40 once it reaches his desk. You can call his office right now at: 217-782-0244.

We know it is discouraging to see such an extreme and out of touch pro-abortion bill pass. But our pro-life lobbyist, Ralph Rivera, told us how the debate on this bill went on for two hours today. During those two hours, approximately 10 of our pro-life legislators stood and passionately defended the unborn speaking out against the bill.

This was a fantastic testament to how hard these Representatives have worked to try and stop this bill. In the end, the bill passed with 62 votes. Every Republican state representative voted against the bill, as well as 5 pro-life Democrats.

You can  see the vote tally here.

We’re thankful that our Governor is putting his foot down, vetoing this bill, and sending the legislators back to work on fixing our state.

If you have an extra minute, after you call Governor Rauner and thank him, please call your state senator and tell him to vote no on HB40. HB40 now must pass the Illinois Senate, we expect it to do so easily. However, while pro-abortion legislators control the Senate, it’s important for them to hear from you. You can find your state senator here.

The Governor Takes a Stand on HB 40

We have BIG NEWS.

Last week Friday, April 14, 2017, word broke that Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner plans to veto HB40 if it comes to his desk.

As reported in the Chicago SunTimes, Rauner spokeswoman Eleni Demertzis said in a statement,

“Gov. Rauner is committed to protecting women’s reproductive rights under current Illinois law. However, recognizing the sharp divisions of opinion of taxpayer funding of abortion, he does not support HB40.”

In an email, spokesperson Allie Bovis wrote, “Governor Rauner does not support HB40 and will veto the bill if it reaches his desk.”

“We are overjoyed that Governor Rauner has said he will veto this radical legislation,” said Emily Troscinski, executive director of Illinois Right to Life. “HB 40 would force all Illinoisans to pay for abortions through all nine months of pregnancy and for any reason, for those on Medicaid. This bill is out-of-touch, extreme, and bad policy for Illinois, and we applaud the Governor for his firm position against it.”

After reading the full text of the bill, these were the Six Most Shocking Things we learned about HB40:

  1. It makes abortion a “health benefit” for state employees, paid for by you.
  2. It forces Illinoisans to cover the cost of abortions for those on Medicaid, done for any reason during all nine months of pregnancy.
  3. It removes language protecting women from abortion doctors with a criminal history against women.
  4. It allows state grants to go to organizations that refer for, counsel for, or provide abortions.
  5. It trashes the long-standing policy of Illinois to recognize the unborn child as a human being.
  6. It poses an unpredictable financial burden to the state.

The news of the Governor’s intentions come after Representative David McSweeney called on the governor to make his position on the radical bill clear. Two days prior, Representative McSweeney told the Illinois Review that “If Governor Rauner makes his intentions known before HB 40 is called, there’s a very good chance that the bill will not pass the House.” 

State Rep. Peter Breen, R-Lombard, told the Chicago SunTimes that the bill was being sold as related to Roe v. Wade “but the bill itself would require taxpayer funding for abortions of healthy babies.”

“That’s something that the broad majority of Illinoisans are against,” said Representative Breen. “To me, the governor’s decision is in accord with what folks in Illinois want.”

State Representative Tom Morrison also said in Capitol Fax,

“I am pleased Governor Rauner has chosen to veto HB 40 should it come to his desk. The Democrat lawmakers behind this initiative want to force Illinois taxpayers to pay for elective abortions through all 9 months of pregnancy. Taxpayers would be on the hook for abortions for any reason – even sex selection abortions would’ve been covered. This may come as a surprise a lot of people, even those who hold ‘pro-choice’ views. The Governor is doing the right thing by promising to veto HB 40.”

Now, we hope, encourage, and pray that the Governor will hold true to his promise.

Reality Check

The tragic and very real truth is starting to come out.

Abortion has been disguised behind the easy, “quick fix” to an unplanned pregnancy – but it can’t keep this up much longer.

Now, testimonies from women, videos about abortion procedures, and new scientific studies are revealing the reality of what abortion actually does to the human child in the womb and can do to the mother.

The truth is not pretty, but the largest abortion provider in the United States – Planned Parenthood – can’t afford to have its number one business get such a bad rap. So what are they doing?

They’ve made their own videos to “explain” the abortion pill and the in-clinic abortion.

So we decided to do a reality check and see how realistic their “explanations” were.

 

Video #1: The Abortion Pill

As Planned Parenthood puts it, it’s as simple as popping two pills, right?

Not even close.

Former abortionist, Dr. Anthony Levatino, who performed over 1,200 abortions, explains the reality of the abortion pill in this special footage on medication abortion:

[Please be aware – the following video and description are graphic in nature]

 

So what’s the real story behind the abortion pill?

First, the woman is given Mifopristone, or RU-486 at the clinic. This chemical blocks the natural hormone produced in a woman’s body when she is pregnant (progesterone) and breaks down the lining of the uterus. The baby, whose heart is already beating, is starved to death and dies in the mother’s womb.

24-48 hours later, the woman takes the second pill – Misoprostal (or Cytotec) – at home and alone, without doctor supervision. This pill forces the woman into labor, causing severe cramping, contractions, and heavy bleeding, which can last anywhere from a few hours to several days. As Dr. Levatino describes, the woman is left to suffer alone and will eventually give birth to her dead baby.

Planned Parenthood says that a hot shower, a heating pad, and some ibuprofen should do the trick and get the woman back on her feet and back to school/work right after. Easy, right?

Not so fast.

As the Doctor explains, bleeding lasts on average 9-16 days. 1 in every 12 women experience bleeding more than 30 days, and 1 in every 100 women require hospitalization. Other side effects from the abortion pill include abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, and headaches. Sadly, the abortion pill has even been known to cause maternal deaths, often due to infection or undiagnosed ectopic pregnancy. A recent study published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology found that women who have medical abortions have a four-fold higher risk for complications and problems.

Here are testimonies from several women who have taken the abortion pill.

NOTE: If a woman has taken the first abortion pill and decides she wants to save her baby’s life, it is possible (if she acts fast) through abortion pill reversal (APR). You can learn more about this new, life-saving treatment here.

 

Video #2: In-Clinic Abortion

 

So it’s just “gentle suction?” And you’ll be “back to your normal activities the next day?”

Think again.

What Planned Parenthood tried to portray as a simple operation is an invasive surgical procedure called an “Aspiration” or “Suction D&C.” Dr. Anthony Levatino explains in detail what this procedure really entails:

[Please be aware – the following video and description are graphic in nature]

The procedure is a lot less “gentle” than Planned Parenthood portrays it to be. Metal rods and a suction catheter are forced into a woman’s body. A baby, with a heartbeat and fully developed toes, arms, and legs, is torn apart by the force of the suction – 10 to 20 times more powerful than a regular vacuum. The procedure itself is so violent that the woman risks perforation or laceration of the uterus, damage to her internal organs, infection, hemorrhage, and in rare cases, even death. These injuries may then cause future complications, such as pregnancy loss or premature birth.

NOTE: This is only one type of in-clinic abortion. The two other surgical abortion procedures, which Planned Parenthood does not explain, are described in detail here.

On their website, Planned Parenthood even admits that with this invasive procedure, “serious complications may be fatal.” They also list a number of other complications including allergic reaction, blood clots, injury, infection, and heavy bleeding.

Still, what often gets overlooked are the severe repercussions abortion can have on a woman’s mental health. The most comprehensive and largest study of the mental health risks associated with abortion, was published on September 1, 2011, in the prestigious British Journal of Psychiatry. The study was a meta-analysis that examined 22 other studies that had been published between 1995 and 2009. The study involved 877,181 women – 163,831 of whom had abortions. Here’s what the study found:

 

  • Women who have had an abortion have an 81% higher risk of subsequent mental health problems compared to women who have not had an abortion.
  • Women who aborted have a 138% higher risk of mental health problems compared to women who have given birth.
  • Women who aborted have a 55% higher risk of mental health problems compared to women with an “unplanned” pregnancy who gave birth.
  • Women with a history of abortion have higher rates of anxiety (34% higher), depression (37%), alcohol use/misuse (110%), marijuana use (230%), and suicidal behavior (155%) compared to those who have not had abortions.

 

Abortion is not the simple, easy, and safe solution that Planned Parenthood tries to paint it to be. Instead of disguising the truth, we need to show abortion for what it really is: an invasive procedure that puts the mother’s safety and well-being at risk, and ends a human life. Science, medical personnel, and many women who have experienced abortion can agree.

It’s time we give Planned Parenthood a reality check.

 

Thinking about using IVF? Read this first…

Besides the typical side effects of headaches, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, there are many dangerous risks to using in vitro fertilization, or IVF. The risks associated with this treatment can directly impact both the mother and the baby created. It is impossible to know all the side-effects and many statistics are unavailable, due to the fact that IVF is a new technology. However, the known serious risks that accompany IVF are as follows:

 

Risks for the Mother

1. Bleeding, infection, and damage to the bowel:

Researchers at Mayo Clinic state that the egg retrieval process always carries this risk. An aspirating needle is used to collect the eggs. This can cause severe injury inside of the woman.

2. Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (HCG):

According to researchers at Mayo Clinic, the fertility drugs injected into a woman’s ovaries can cause them to swell and become very painful. This can last a week to several weeks, and can sometimes cause rapid weight gain and shortness of breath. The US National Library of Medicine says that 3-6% of women undergoing IVF experience this syndrome.

3. Miscarriage:

According to researchers at Mayo Clinic, the rate of miscarriage for IVF users is 15-20%. However, the chance of a miscarriage also increases with maternal age, and with the use of frozen embryos.

4. Ectopic pregnancy:

Mayo Clinic reports that about 2-5% of woman may experience an ectopic pregnancy. In an ectopic pregnancy, the embryo implants itself outside of the uterus and cannot survive. Ectopic pregnancies can be dangerous for women.

5. Ovarian cancer:

According to a study published in Europe’s leading reproductive medicine journal, Human Reproduction, researchers in the Netherlands tested 25,152 women who experienced fertility problems. Out of the 77 women who developed cancer, 61 of them had used IVF. The lead researcher, Professor Van Leeuwen, of the Department of Epidemiology in The Netherlands Cancer Institute in Amsterdam, says:

“Our data clearly show that ovarian stimulation for IVF is associated with an increased risk of borderline ovarian tumors and this risk remains elevated up to more than 15 years after the first cycle of treatment.”

6. Emotional Stress:

The American Pregnancy Association reaffirms that psychological stress and emotional problems are “common,” especially when IVF is unsuccessful. Mayo Clinic also says,

“Your chances of having a healthy baby using IVF depend on many factors, such as your age and the cause of infertility. In addition, IVF can be time-consuming, expensive, and invasive.”

The cost of a single IVF cycle typically ranges from $12-$17 thousand dollars.

7. Death:

As reported in Science Daily, another study conducted in the Netherlands found a higher death rate for women with IVF pregnancies than for pregnant women in the general population. Specifically, there were 42 deaths per 100,000 IVF pregnancies, in comparison to six deaths among 100,000 normal pregnancies.

In an editorial for the British Medical Journal, Dr. Susan Bewley, obstetrician at Kings College in London, along with other experts, warned that although they may be infrequent, deaths related to IVF are a reality. Older women, women with multiple pregnancy, and those with underlying diseases are most likely at risk. They also argue that the dangerous side-effects to IVF, like ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome, should be systematically reported and addressed.

 

Risks for the Baby

1. Premature delivery and low birth weight:

A recent study performed on 12,287 babies produced through IVF published in the journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology concluded that IVF babies are at a significantly higher risk for being born premature and with a low birth weight. The researchers also state:

“Early preterm delivery, spontaneous preterm delivery, placenta previa, gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, and neonatal intensive care admission were also significantly more prevalent in the IVF group.”

They later recommend,

“In vitro fertilization patients should be advised of the increased risk for adverse perinatal outcomes. Obstetricians should not only manage these pregnancies as high risk but also avoid iatrogenic harm caused by elective preterm labor induction or cesarean.”

 

2. Birth Defects:

Dr. Maureen L. Condic, Associate Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy at the University of Utah School of Medicine, documents in an in-depth report the serious health risks to babies produced in vitro. She states the following:

“While most human infants born as a result of assisted reproductive technologies (ART) are healthy by most measures, a growing body of data indicates that children produced in the laboratory are at significantly greater risk for a wide range of medical issues, including neurological disorders, cancer, congenital abnormalities, and imprinting disorders.”

A study conducted at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), found that babies conceived through IVF had a 25% increased risk of birth defects, in comparison to children conceived naturally.

Dr. Condic also says that scientists are only now beginning to see the negative repercussions of Assisted Reproductive Technologies. This is due to the fact that the individuals produced by these technologies are finally reaching adulthood, and the complications and side effects are just beginning to be made manifest.

 

Are there alternatives to IVF?

There are in fact alternatives to In Vitro Fertilization. These alternatives preserve and protect human life, are safe for women and children, and have relatively higher rates of success.

One option that is always available for infertile couples is adoption. When a couple chooses to adopt, they give a child the gift of a home, a family, and most especially, love. If you are interested in adoption, you can learn more at:

Bethany Christian Services: 1-800-Bethany (1-800-238-4269)

American Adoptions: 1-800-236-7846

Adoption Center of Illinois: 1-800-676-2229

In addition to adoption, there is a new women’s health science called Natural Procreative Technology, or NaPro, which has proven to be a successful alternative for couples with fertility challenges. Scientists take a fertility-care based approach, rather than a fertility-control approach. Surprisingly, women with several types of fertility challenges have shown significantly higher pregnancy success rates when using NaPro, in comparison to IVF. If you would like to learn more about this fascinating new technology, visit: www.NaproTechnology.com .

Does an unborn baby feel pain? If so…when?

Does a baby in the womb feel pain?

In an abortion, can the unborn child feel the pain of being dismembered?

In May of 2013, Dr. Maureen Condic, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy at the University of Utah, testified before Congress when the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, prohibiting abortion after 20 weeks gestation, was under consideration. She stated:

“There is universal agreement in the scientific community that an unborn child experiences fetal pain by at least 20 weeks old.”

Now, studies are showing that pain may be felt even earlier … and more intense than in adults.

But how do we know?

Here’s what the scientists say:

 

1. Pain receptors develop early.

In her testimony before Congress in May of 2012, Dr. Colleen Malloy, MD, a board certified Neonatologist and Assistant Professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, described the following developmental milestones of an unborn child, indicating very early perception of pain:

  • At 8 weeks gestation, facial sensory receptors appear.
  • At 14 weeks gestation, sensory fibers grow into the spinal cord and connections are made with the thalamus (part of the brain).
  • Between 13 and 16 weeks gestation, monoamine fibers (nerve cells or fibers) reach the cerebral cortex (another part of the brain).
  • Between 17 and 20 weeks gestation, thalamo-cortical relays (pathways to the brain for sensory information) penetrate the cortex.
  • No later than 20 weeks gestation, pain receptors are present and linked.

 

2. Unborn babies “flinch, jerk, and recoil” from sharp objects.

From her professional experience, Dr. Malloy explains that new technologies, such as the 4D ultrasound, show vivid images of babies kicking and moving in utero. That being said, she attests that a baby at just 8 weeks gestation can be seen moving in response to stimuli. By 20 weeks gestation, the baby will respond to sound and move, wince, and recoil from sharp objects and incisions. For instance, when sampling blood from the liver, the baby in utero will move away from the needle. Dr. Malloy say’s,

“You can see it in real time. It’s like watching a movie.”

 

3. Stress hormones elevate like adults.

When we experience pain, stress hormones are released. Interestingly, the hormonal response to pain is identical among an unborn child, a premature baby, and an adult, according to Dr. Malloy. In fact, when a needle is used to draw blood from a baby at 18 weeks gestation, a stress hormone (B-endorphin) is released in massive amounts, increasing by 500 %. Cortisol, another stress hormone, rises by 183%. In addition, Substance P, a neurotransmitter involved in transmitting pain, is found at 11 weeks gestation, and at 13 weeks, Enkephalin, involved in perceiving pain, is also detected.

 

4. Higher concentrations of anesthesia are needed for unborn babies.

In a report commissioned by the U.S. Department of Justice, Dr. Kanwalkeet Anand, an anesthesiologist and leading expert in the field of fetal pain, wrote:

“It is my opinion that the human fetus possesses the ability to experience pain from 20 weeks of gestation, if not earlier, and the pain perceived by a fetus is possibly more intense than that perceived by term newborns or older children.”

How could this be?

According to Dr. Malloy, there is published data showing that a baby’s pain mitigation system does not develop until the latter part of pregnancy. This means, the child is “completely nerves.” Analogous to a burn patient, the baby is without pain protective barriers.

Pain transmitters in the spine are abundant during the first part of pregnancy, but pain inhibiting transmitters are sparse until later. In fact, when babies in utero undergoes surgery, their stress hormone response is 3 to 5 times higher than in adults.

And so, it makes sense why increased concentrations of anesthetic drugs would be required for premature infants than for adults.

 

Thanks to technology imaging and clinical neonatology, life inside the womb is becoming less and less of a mystery. We know a lot more about the rapid development babies in utero, and science is continuing to affirm their humanity – and fragility.

So does the unborn child feel the pain of being dismembered in an abortion?

Dr. Colleen Malloy attests:

“These are the patients that I perform procedures on every day, and I can guarantee you that when I put a chest tube in, or I intubate a patient, or put an IV in, they feel it.”

4 Things to Know about Stem Cell Research

Unless you are the self-proclaimed science nerd of your friend and family circle, most people don’t quite understand stem cell research and the ethical issues surrounding it.

If you try to learn more from Google, you will likely be bombarded by medical lingo until you feel immersed in a foreign language.

Have no fear, here’s a few things you need to know about stem cell research to impress your science nerd friends.

1. What exactly is embryonic stem cell research?

Human embryonic stem cell research usually begins when scientists manufacture conception within a lab.  Once conception has been manufactured, the tiny human is allowed to grow for about 3-5 days.  Then, the developing human is usually killed in order to harvest the stem cells for research.

2. Why is embryonic stem cell research unethical?

At conception this tiny human’s hair color, eye color, and sex have already been determined. The tiny human’s DNA is completely unique from the mother and father and will never again be repeated in the history of the human race. To conduct embryonic stem cell research, scientists usually stop that rapidly growing tiny human from developing – which otherwise left alone – would become a fully formed human being.  Remember, you and I started out this small too!

3. Is embryonic stem cell research successful?

Not exactly. Not only is it very controversial, it has been found highly ineffective as well.  Adult stem cell research has been found to be significantly more successful.

4. So Adult Stem Cell research is ethical, right?

Not so fast. Most of adult stem cell research is ethical and shows very encouraging results to cure neurological and other diseases. However the word “adult” in stem cell research is used to describe the age of the cell not the age of the person its is taken from. Therefore, adult stem cells can also be used to describe cells taken from an aborted child.

 

Where can you find more information?

You can find more information at www.stemcellresearch.org. You can also find additional information at Wisconsin Right to Life.