The “Why” of Abortion Decline

first_imgUnited Families International 24 June 2015This month the media reported that the rate of abortions in the United States has declined by 12% since 2010.  The latest U.S. abortion rate of 16.9 was the lowest recorded rate since 1973. In some states such as Indiana, Missouri, Ohio, and Oklahoma, abortions even fell more than 15%, and in the state of Utah, abortions have decreased by 16%. While this is all very welcome news, there is a great deal of controversy over the possible reasons why.Abortion-rights advocates such as Planned Parenthood insist that the reason is “better access to birth control and sex education.” However, as Valerie Huber, president of the National Abstinence Education Association points out, if that logic held true, California would have lower abortion rates than other states. California has a more comprehensive sex-ed policy than most states, yet “the most recent Guttmacher analysis found California abortion rates to be more than 20 percent higher than the national average.”Comprehensive Sex-ed Does Not WorkThere is ample evidence that comprehensive sex education and contraception for teens are not effective in reducing teen birth rates or abortion rates.For example, Dr. Monique Chireau of Duke University studied abortion rates in Britain, and found that “Despite 10 years of intensive efforts using typical prevention strategies including expanding sex education, increasing availability of contraception, increasing access to abortion (without parental consent) the teen birth rate continued to rise at 4% per year, and 50% of teenage pregnancies in Britain end in abortion.”Another UK study discovered that comprehensive sex education in English schools “improved knowledge about condoms,” but “there was no significant effect on either pregnancies or terminations.”  The study followed the students until age 20, with the same results: no reduction in pregnancies or abortions. Today “Britain still has the highest rate of teenage pregnancy in Western Europe despite being one of the world’s biggest users of contraceptives.In the United States, a 2012 study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that contraception education and availability was not effective in preventing teen pregnancies. In fact, almost half of the teens who gave birth that year were “using contraceptives” when they conceived.Coincidentally, two days before the abortion decline was announced this month, the CDC announced a shift in their position from years past, now urging monogamy and abstinence as “the most reliable protections.”In the end, comprehensive sex education and contraception “prepares young men and women not for the fullness of friendship, intimacy and love, but for casual relationships and recreational sex.”  It does not protect them, it puts them at greater risk for physical and emotional harm.On the other hand, abstinence education works. A landmark 2010 study by Dr. John B. Jemmott among urban middle-school students found that “abstinence-only education helped to delay their sexual initiation.”  Similar abstinence-education programs in African schools have seen an impressive 61% drop in teen pregnancies.The Real Reasons Abortions are Declining in the U.S.We believe that several factors are contributing to the decline in abortions, including good laws, good information, and good youth involvement.Good Laws:The Law is a Teacher.  As our friend Ryan T. Anderson explains, “Our laws shape our culture, and our culture shapes our beliefs, which in turn shape our behaviors.”  Pro-life laws teach individuals and communities that all stages of life from conception to natural death are valuable and worthy of protection.Since 2010,  31 states have enacted a total of 231 laws discouraging abortion. Among them are laws requiring longer waiting periods, offering anesthetic for fetal-pain, and providing and explaining ultrasounds.  We believe that many of these laws are having a direct impact on women’s choices, by giving them more time, more disclosure, and more education.  Even “the CDC grants that, at least in theory, pro-life legislation like waiting periods, parental involvement and other regulations might have an impact on abortion rates.”In addition, the National Right to Life Committee points out, “the debate itself affects not only the discussion of abortion in that state, but across the country.”   For example, in 2012, Utah passed a law requiring a woman to wait 72 hours before having an abortion. The next year South Dakota passed a similar law. In 2014, Missouri passed one, and just a few weeks ago North Carolina passed a 72-hour-wait law.Good laws prompt other good laws, and help shape the way a nation thinks.Good Information:What a woman knew about her pregnancy in 1970 was different than it is today. With the availability of ultrasound and other technology, a woman can not only see an image of her baby, but can watch her baby moving and playing in the womb. This information is powerful!  Surveys show that anywhere from 78% to 86% of women who see the image of their unborn child before the abortion procedure choose not to go ahead with it.Another important source of information for today’s young women is the internet. Online research is second nature to the millennial generation. They can easily find fetal development images, ultrasound videos,  4D ultrasound photos, photos of pre-birth babies during fetal surgery, babies in the womb learning to “cry in their mother’s tongue,” and evidence that unborn children can feel pain.The web also provides actual videos of abortion procedures, as well as ways to connect with other women, many of whom have regretted having an abortion.Access to good information can help a woman choose a better life for her baby and herself.Good Youth Involvement:Nationwide, the biggest drop in abortions has been among teens. “Teens accounted for nearly a third (29.2%) of abortions the CDC counted in 1980, but only 13.9% in 2011.”  This could be due in part to an overall decline in teen pregnancies and teen birth rates.There is also a growing youth movement within the Pro-Life Movement — and “these youngsters are in many cases even more adamantly pro-life than their parents.”  A recent Washington Times headline announced, “Millennials bucking trends on abortion approval. Over half now say practice is wrong.”Back in 2010, when pro-abortion NARAL president Nancy Keenan observed the March for Life in Washington DC, she was shocked at how many of the participants were young people.  She told Newsweek, “I just thought, my gosh, they are so young, There are so many of them, and they are so young.”  This youth-trend has continued, and this year nearly 2/3 of the crowd at the January 2015 March for Life appeared to be under 30.Charmaine Yoest, president of Americans United for Life explains, “There’s an entire generation of women who saw a sonogram as their first baby picture. There’s an increased awareness of the humanity of the baby before it is born.”Pro-life millennials are joining groups such as “Generation Life,” “Feminists for Life,” and “Students for Life.”  Many of this generation feel they are survivors of the sexual revolution, as expressed by twenty-eight year old Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life:“The undeniable fact is that nearly a third of my generation was killed by abortion. We are missing brothers, sisters, cousins, friends, husbands and wives. But [we’re] determined to set it right. We’ve seen the ultrasounds of our siblings, Googled ‘abortion’ and seen the bloody images, and sat with a friend as she cried about her abortion. . . This isn’t our grandmother’s pro-life movement anymore: It belongs to this generation of survivors — to those of us who could have been legally aborted when we were in our mothers’ wombs, and survived.”Conclusion:We believe that good laws, information and youth involvement have contributed to the decline in abortion rates throughout the U.S. But we can’t leave out the powerful impact of parents and religion.Despite the strong pull of media and peers, “Parents are teens’ number-one influence against making poor choices when it comes to drinking, drug use, and sexual behavior.”  Parents, take heart!  You are still the most powerful force in your children’s lives.Religious practices are also an important protection against poor sexual decisions.  Dr. Patrick Fagan, Director of the Marriage and Religion Research Institute (MARRI) sums up a lifetime of research with, “the greater the level of religious practice, the lower the level of teen sexual activity.”One clear example of the influence of parents and religion can be seen by comparing the abortion ratios of three counties within the state of Utah.  The abortion ratio (abortions for every 1,000 babies born) in Summit County is 143.5, and in Salt Lake County is 100.  But in Utah County, where there are many more practicing members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (which opposes abortion except in cases of incest, rape, or the life of the mother), the abortion ratio is 22.9.Please do not be swayed by the false assumption that comprehensive sex education and  easier access to contraception have caused the decline of abortions in America. They have not worked in the past and they will not work in the future.  Rather, we should continue to uphold pro-life laws, give women good information, and strengthen young people — especially through intentional parenting and regular religious practice.Warm Regards,Laura BunkerUnited Families International Presidentlast_img read more

Government of Dominica discloses salary negotiation details regarding three public sector bodies

first_img Share 119 Views   no discussions Share Tweet Sharecenter_img LocalNews Government of Dominica discloses salary negotiation details regarding three public sector bodies by: – March 8, 2012 Sharing is caring! The Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica commenced wage and salary negotiations for the 2009/2012 Triennium in December 2009 with the three Public Sector Representative Bodies, namely; Dominica Public Service Union (DPSU), Police Welfare Association (PWA) and the Dominica Association of Teacher(DTA)s, in keeping with Part IV of the Public Service Act Chapter 23:01of the Revised Laws of the Commonwealth of Dominica.The Government’s proposal to the unions included, inter alia, an offer to pay wage and salary increase of 2% for 2009/2010 and that the outcome of a Human Resource Consultancy and Job Evaluation and Classification Exercise be awaited before continuing salary negotiations in respect of the periods 2010/2011 and 2011/2012.Negotiations for the first year were successfully concluded. Government approved a 3% increase in wages and salaries, increase in allowances as well as otherbenefits as detailed hereunder:Members of the DPSU will receive;One-time contribution of $150,00 towards the union’s Tertiary Education Fund, Increase in all allowances to health care workers ranging from 5% to 25% and introduction of new allowances, Grant of travelling officer status to various offices in the Ministries of Health, Education and National Security, Payment of casual mileage to various officers, One-time contribution of $18, 000 towards the union’s health and wellness programme, Grant of duty–free concessions on purchase of vehicles to Public Officers who are Travelling Officers,Allocation of 30% of the Ministry of Education’s financial assistance budget to Public Officers, including Teachers$2,500 under the Early Childhood Education (ECE) Programme for the unions ECEP. Members of the PWA will receive;One-time contribution of $100,00 towards the Association’s Tertiary Education Fund, Increase in allowances and introduction of new allowances, Allocation of six(6) residential land lots in Hillsborough Gardens, four (4) lots in Bellevue Chopin and ten (10) lots in Union Estate, Grant of duty–free concessions on purchase of vehicles to Police Officers who are Travelling Officers andGrant of $100,000 towards the Association’s Health and Wellness Programme.Members of the DAT will receive;One-time contribution of $120,00 towards the Association’s Tertiary Education Revolving Fund, $20, 000 annually towards teacher training summer workshops, Allocation of 30% of the Ministry of Education’s financial assistance budget to Public Officers, including Teachers, Provision of protective clothing for Technical/Vocational Teachers, Free medical attention for teachers injured on the job at government institutions and at private institutions locally and overseas.Additionally, Government has made funds available to the Government Housing Loan Board under in the amount of $7,498,841.35 to enable certain categories of Public Officers to obtain mortgages with an interest rate of 4%. To date, a total of 49 loans have been disbursed.Inthe 2006/2009 Triennium, Government paid an increase of 6% and also approved the following benefits:To the DPSU;Increase in all allowances to Public Officers, except health professionals, Medical insurance to Customs and Fire Officers, $15,000 towards the union’s health and wellness programme, $82,000 for the purchase of a two-bedroom model house for the establishment of a Day-Care/Nursery, $300,000 towards continuing education programmes for members, Three days paternity leave. To the PWA;Increase in allowances, $200,000 towards the Association’s Education Programme, Three days paternity leave. To the DAT;Payment of a subvention as assistance for the conduct of the Association’s summer programme/workshop, $200,000 towards the Association’s Education Programme, $68,000 for the payment of the outstanding mortgage on the office building owned by the Association, Three days paternity leave to teachers.The Human Resource Consultancy, conducted by the Caribbean Centre for Administration Development (CARICAD)at a cost of EC$540,000was concluded in August 2010, and copies of the seven reports have been provided to the unions, who were integrally involved in all components of the project throughout its duration.Regrettably, there was significant protraction in the commencement of the Job Evaluation Exercise due to various challenges confronted with confirming the financing. Recognising the importance of the exercise, funds under the Medium Term Public Sector Reform Programme totaling approximately EC$400, 000, which had been allocated for other modernization activities in key sectors, were diverted to finance this activity.The consultancy has commenced, and a CARICAD consultant visited from February 15 – 17, 2012 to conduct an assessment of the work undertaken by the Establishment, Personnel and Training Department from May 2010 in reviewing and revising all Job Descriptions in the Public Service in preparation for the exercise. The consultant has expressed great satisfaction with the extent and quality of the work of the Human Resource Management and Development Team and anticipates that the evaluation process will be significantly advanced as a result. The various evaluation committees are being constituted and will include representation from all three unions. Training of the committees will commence shortly, following which the full consultancy team will come in to continue the process.The first Job Evaluation and Classification activity was conducted in the Dominica Public Service in the early 1990’s. Since then, a review has not been undertaken service-wide. Therefore, the findings and recommendations emanating from the exercise are important for effective and sustainable human resource planning and budgeting.Section 25(1)(b)of the Public Service Act makes provision for the renewal of an existing agreement, with or without modification. Accordingly, Government has proposed to the unions that the 2009/2010 Collective Bargaining Agreement be extended to June 30, 2013. It is anticipated that by that date, the Job Evaluation would have been completed and the requisite decisions taken with respect to the recommendations to be implemented. Wage and salary negotiations in respect of the outstanding periods 2010/11 and 2011/2012 would then continue from a more informed position.Discussions on this new proposal are continuing with the unions. Both the Dominica Public Service and the Police Welfare Association were unavailable to meet on Friday March 2, 2012. However, the meeting with the Dominica Association of Teachers progressed satisfactorily and the Government will await further communication from the DAT on its response to the proposal. New dates for the meetings with the DPSU and the PWA will be arranged. Government is confident that the dialogue with the unions will continue in the same harmonious spirit that has prevailed in the past and that the decisions arrived at will be mutually agreeable by all parties in the interest of sustained public sector growth and national development.Government Press Releaselast_img read more

Real Madrid ‘ready to offload Bale for free’ amid transfer uncertainty

first_img Loading… Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?The Most Exciting Cities In The World To VisitWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do This9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way? Read Also: Pogba makes coronavirus fund-raising pledge“We talk regularly but I am not going to tell you what I tell my players. We know what Gareth Bale can bring. He has to be fit and ready to do that.“There are times when he isn’t named in the squad but I wouldn’t read too much into it.“Everyone has a role and Gareth is a player I will need between now and the end of the season.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Bale was linked with a move to the Chinese Super League last summer but the Spanish giants pulled the plug on a big-money move at the last minute.center_img Real Madrid are reportedly weighing up the possibility of allowing Gareth Bale to leave for free this summer – in a desperate bid to get the Welsh superstar off the books.Advertisement The 30-year-old remained put but has suffered another injury-struck season and continues to play a minor role under Zinedine Zidane since the Frenchman returned for his second stint as Madrid boss.Bale did not move away from the Spanish giants in the January window either, despite links with a move back to Tottenham and his agent, Jonathan Barnett, insists that Bale will see out his contract after a move to China was blocked in 2019.But the Bernabeu club are now prepared to let him leave for nothing, according to Spanish daily Marca.Real have seemingly made it clear that they can no longer afford Bale and his high wages, reported to be £15.4million a seasonLast month Real Madrid manager Zidane insisted that there is no bad blood between him and Bale, despite the Welsh star saying that he plans to see out his contract at Santiago Bernabeu.“I have no issue with that, none whatsoever,” Zidane said of Bale seeing out his contract, which runs until the summer of 2022.“He has a contract and he wants to stay here.last_img read more