Tuesday, November 28, 2006
She neglects to mention that his office also oversees Office of Adolescent Pregnancy Programs, which oversees the federal funds spent on abstinence education. This office has a budget of $30.7 million for 2006.
You could make the case that the Secretary overseeing both programs should be equally committed to both, or that he should be nine times more committed to contraception because his office spends 9 times more on artificial birth control than on abstinence.
Or you could ask yourself whether it is possible to be genuinely evenhanded between the two philosophies of believing that sex in any context is an entitlement on the one hand and that marriage is the proper context for sex on the other.
I wish Mr. Tully were more specific, or that LifeSite News had given a link to further information. This is a serious charge, if true. It needs further corroboration than given here. Does anyone know anything more specific?
Paul Tully, Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) general secretary, commented: "The author of this story works for one of the most wealthy and politically powerful pro-abortion lobby groups in the world, the Wall Street-based Guttmacher Institute. The "research" was funded by the Hewlett Foundation, a notoriously pro-abortion body.
"Reports of the study claim that Dr Singh found out about the rate of admission to hospital following complications from unsafe abortion. This is not what she did. Dr Singh's "findings" were not factual data established by research, but guesses extrapolated from estimates.
"The burden of the study is clearly to promote the killing of more unborn babies in poorer countries, regardless of the fact that women do not want abortions.
"Marge Berer (Editor, Reproductive Health Matters), supports Singh's study, saying: "When legal restrictions on abortion are reduced, the rate of deaths and morbidity decreases greatly." This is contradicted by hard data from Poland, which imposed new legal restrictions on abortion in the mid 1990s and consequently showed improved maternal and infant health."