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  • Latin lessons: What a great Roman historian can teach us about IVF and egg freezing.

    09/08/2014 7:16:40 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 12 replies
    MercatorNet ^ | 8 September 2014 | Michael Cook
    My Latin is not what it once was and it was never much. So lately I have been making amends for schoolboy sloth by reading a few of the classics. I have just finished (in translation) and highly recommend The Annals of Imperial Rome, by Tacitus, which chronicles the years of Tiberius, Claudius, Caligula and Nero, (an) analysis of palace politics. Whoa! Excuse me: just where is all this going? Is this relevant to anything at all or is it just self-indulgent bloviation? Well, sort of. Be patient. Let me press on. It was a bit dismaying to read how...
  • Marijuana use may affect the size and shape of men's sperm

    06/06/2014 7:14:49 AM PDT · by shove_it · 28 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 5 Jun 2014 | Loren Grush
    ~snip~ “There are fewer risks than people think, and that makes sense to me,” Pacey said. “The single thing that affects fertility is how big your testicles are. If you’re blessed with big testicles, you’ll produce more sperm.”
  • Humanae Vitae: what if? (Context: JP2's "Theology of the Body")

    05/08/2014 11:09:28 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 26 replies
    Denver Catholic Register ^ | May 6, 2014 | George Weigel
    Cardinal Carlo Caffarra of Bologna has long been a vocal supporter of Humanae Vitae’s teaching on the morally appropriate means of family planning. So it was noteworthy that Cardinal Caffarra recently conceded that, while Humanae Vitae’s conclusions were true, its presentation of those truths left something to be desired. As the cardinal put it, “No one today would dispute that, at the time it was published, Humanae Vitae rested on the foundations of a fragile anthropology, and that there was a certain ‘biologism’ in its argumentation.” Which put me in mind of a document I discovered in 1997 in a...
  • Fertility and Marriage Validity

    04/25/2014 10:53:51 AM PDT · by Weiss White · 31 replies
    Canon Law Made Easy ^ | April 24, 2014 | Cathy Caridi, J.C.L.
    Q: If God established marriage for the procreation of children, does it affect the validity of a marriage if one spouse is infertile? What if you know for sure that you can’t have children, can you get married in the Church anyway? How does that work? –Donna A: As we’ve seen before in this space, the Church holds that marriage is, by its very nature, ordered to the well-being of the spouses and the procreation and upbringing of children (c. 1055.1). As Vatican II’s Constitution on the Church in the Modern World stated nearly 50 years ago, “By its very...
  • You Can’t Wish Away the Fertility Gap: We ignore it at our peril.

    03/27/2014 7:07:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 03/27/2014 | Bonnie Ramthun
    Jill Knapp begs us to “Please Stop Asking Me When I’m Going to Have Children.” Being that I am still a newly-wed and have just moved to a new city, I am in no rush to have a kid. This is an unacceptable answer to a lot of people. The constant reminders that your clock is ticking and that you don’t want to be confused for your child’s grandparents when they grow up are not making us move any faster. Having children is a big responsibility. What Jill doesn’t understand is that her fertility is not subject to whim...
  • A couple desperate to be parents asks: Will you help us pay for fertility treatments?

    01/21/2014 5:22:06 PM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 44 replies
    Post Standard, Syracuse NY ^ | 1/21/14 | By Elizabeth Doran | edoran@syracuse.com
    Frustrated by their inability to have a baby, Roger and Jasmine Hill of Canastota are going public in their effort to conceive a child. The young couple is asking for donations from the public to help pay for the costly IVF, or In-vitro fertilization, procedure they are hoping to try. There are incentives for those who help: $100 gets you a copy of the sonogram and a photo of the newborn, $500 gets you in the baby book and $1,000 gets you a T-shirt plus all the other rewards. Roger, who works at Walmart in Oneida and Jasmine, an accountant...
  • University investigates Utah clinic's sperm mix-up

    01/16/2014 11:48:59 AM PST · by Morgana · 14 replies
    FOX ^ | FOX
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The University of Utah is investigating a complaint that a convicted felon working at a fertility clinic replaced a customer's sperm with his own, fathering a girl 21 years ago. The mother of the girl, Pamela Branum, says she and her husband discovered a genetic mismatch in their daughter, and were able to trace her lineage with help from relatives of the now-deceased fertility clinic worker, Thomas Ray Lippert. "I don't think we're the only ones," Branum told CBS affiliate KUTV in Salt Lake City. "We think we're one of many" victims who used a...
  • Research: a Health Hazard

    06/16/2013 5:42:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 16, 2013 | Debra J. Saunders
    Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, D-Calif., believes that if her Assembly Bill 926 passes, researchers will be able to pay egg donors as they develop medical advances that can help all women. To her, the bill is an issue of simple fairness -- gender equity, really. Since a well-intended 2006 bill banned researchers from paying egg donors more than expense reimbursement, researchers have been at a competitive disadvantage, while affluent couples can offer fertile women top dollar. UCSF Professor Marcelle Cedars lamented at a hearing of the state Senate Health Committee on Wednesday that the status quo robs potential egg donors of...
  • Greek pregnancy clinics traded in foreign women’s ovaries

    04/24/2013 8:46:50 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin
    ekathimerini.com ^ | Wednesday April 24, 2013 (22:00)
    Eleven people have been arrested following a joint investigation by the police and Financial Crimes Squad (SDOE) that revealed a clinic in Thessaloniki was paying foreign women 1,000 euros each for their ovaries, which it then sold to patients in Greece and abroad who were seeking assisted pregnancies. The head of the Athens security police, Dimitris Georgatzis, said the clinic, which had a branch in Athens, had a number of clients from Northern Europe. A similar case was uncovered in 2010, when a clinic in northern Athens was accused of using ovaries from Bulgarian and Romanian women. The clinics in...
  • Valentine wish: Repair the State of Our Unions

    02/14/2013 5:26:38 AM PST · by Aspenhuskerette · 1 replies
    The Aspen Times ^ | February 14, 2013 | Melanie Sturm
    “First comes love. Then comes marriage. Then comes the baby in the baby carriage,” goes the rhyme. Unfortunately, in large swaths of American society, this rhyme is playing in reverse, with dire consequences for lower-income Americans. Given five decades of deteriorating marriage trends, it appears Americans concur with H.L. Mencken, who joked, “Marriage is a wonderful institution, but who'd want to live in an institution?” Since 1960, the percentage of married Americans plunged from 72 percent to 51 percent last year, a record low. Meanwhile, babies born to unwed mothers skyrocketed from 4 percent in 1960 to 41 percent in...
  • Fertility and immigration: Global demographics, not domestic policy, will control who comes and...

    02/08/2013 6:41:30 PM PST · by neverdem · 13 replies
    LA Times ^ | February 8, 2013 | Jonathan V. Last
    Global demographics, not domestic policy, will control who comes and who goes. In Washington, politicians are trying to reform America's immigration system, again. Both President Obama and Republican Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) are proposing "paths to citizenship" for an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants. Other proposals abound, including finishing the border fence, creating a better E-Verify system for employers and passing the last Congress' Dream Act. All of these ideas, however, fundamentally misunderstand immigration in America: Future immigration is probably going to be governed not by U.S. domestic policy choices but by global demographics.... --snip-- ...that Puerto Rico's fertility rate...
  • The Last Generation (America's Coming Demographic Disaster)

    02/07/2013 7:05:47 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 39 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 7, 2013 | Andrew Evans
    Are childrens’ car seats driving down the fertility rate in America?Jonathan V. Last sees car seats as part of a “huge constellation of factors in modern life” that “nudge” people toward having fewer children, he said during an interview about his book, What to Expect When No One’s Expecting: America’s Coming Demographic Disaster.Last said car seats effectively create a small “tax on people who want to have more than two kids” by making it harder to fit three kids into a normal sedan, which encourages parents to buy a larger car. This penalty may not dissuade people who already want...
  • Uncovered, the 'toxic' gene hiding in GM crops: Revelation throws new doubt over safety of foods

    01/25/2013 7:38:13 AM PST · by opentalk · 71 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | January 21, 2013 | Sean Poulter
    •EU watchdog reveals approval for GM foods fails to identify poisonous gene •54 of the 86 GM plants approved contain the dangerous gene •Gene found in food for farm animals producing meat, milk and eggs •Biotech supporters argue there is no evidence that GM foods are harmful A virus gene that could be poisonous to humans has been missed when GM food crops have been assessed for safety. GM crops such as corn and soya, which are being grown around the world for both human and farm animal consumption, include the gene. A new study by the EU’s official food...
  • Abortion Effect: U.S. Seeing Slowest Population Growth Since 1930

    01/01/2013 5:05:21 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | December 31, 2012 | Steven Ertelt
    After almost 40 years of legalized abortions throughout the United States — and longer in states that okayed abortions pre-Roe — the U.S. population has been decimated to the point that the nation is seeing the lowest population growth since the 1930s.Abortion has destroyed not only one generation of Americans but a second as well — people who should be boosting the fertility rate in their childbearing years now who were victims of abortions in the 1970s and 1980s. In total, more than 55 million Americans are been victimized by abortions and millions more were never born because their parents...
  • Abortions In The United States (VS death by guns?)

    12/18/2012 6:39:33 AM PST · by haffast · 5 replies
    ALL - American Life League ^ | Last updated July 26, 2012 | ALL - American Life League
    Abortions in the United States Total number of abortions in the U.S. 1973-2011: 54.5 million+ 234 abortions per 1,000 live births (according to the Centers for Disease Control) Abortions per year: 1.2 million Abortions per day: 3,288 Abortions per hour: 137 9 abortions every 4 minutes 1 abortion every 26 seconds These statistics include only surgical and medical abortions. Because many contraceptive measures are abortifacients (drugs that induce or cause abortions), it is important not to overlook the number of children killed by chemical abortions. Since 1965, an average of 11 million women have used abortifacient methods of birth control...
  • Baby, or your money back: (CA) fertility doctor mass produces, then sells embryos for $9,800

    11/21/2012 3:26:18 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    Life Site News ^ | November 21, 2012 | KIRSTEN ANDERSEN
    Dr. Ernest Zeringue Davis, CA, November 21, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A doctor in Davis, California is promising a successful IVF pregnancy for just $9,800, with an unheard-of money-back guarantee.  The catch?  Patients will be implanted with someone else’s baby. In-vitro fertilization (IVF) is notoriously expensive.  A single round of IVF averages $12,400, with no guarantee of a pregnancy.  Women wishing to become pregnant using the method must often undergo the procedure repeatedly until they end up with a baby or run out of money, since insurance typically limits how much can be spent on the procedure. Dr. Ernest Zeringue cuts...
  • The new sexual predators

    10/18/2012 4:14:34 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 47 replies
    Life Site News ^ | October 17, 2012 | Thaddeus Baklinski
    Value depends on scarcity. In the world of human reproduction, the most valuable entity is the fertile female—specifically, her eggs and womb. The fierce politics surrounding female fecundity and women’s reproductive rights rests not only on a woman’s ability to create new life, but also on the incredible amount of commitment and risk involved when her eggs and womb are accessed for procreation. Since women are fertile for a shorter period than men, since gestation takes 40 long weeks, and since labor and delivery pose life-threatening risks, young women will always face disproportionately high demands for access to their bodies....
  • My quin-credible family (UK woman chooses to give all her IVF embryos a chance at life)

    07/26/2012 2:32:01 AM PDT · by Méabh
    Daily Mail ^ | Johnston | Jenny
    Technically, it is Jeanette Fardelin’s children who are the bona fide modern-day miracles. Conceived on the same day but born six years apart — thanks to the wonders of IVF and the deep freeze — the five Fardelin siblings are ‘quintuplets’ for our age. But any working mum spending an afternoon with Jeanette and her brood would leave their neat Liverpool home concluding that she is the extraordinary one. How does she do it? (And by ‘it’, I don’t mean pop out five matching babies in six years. That one can be scientifically explained). The result? Five little miracles born...
  • European Civilization: Not Dead Yet (Encouraging Demographic Trend.)

    12/19/2011 9:52:16 PM PST · by dangus · 21 replies · 1+ views
    World Bank via Google | 12-20-11 | Dangus
    To those who've declared European civilization dead due to demographics, I've often replied that in Europe, there are ents. In J.R.R. Tolkein's "The Lord of the Rings" series, ents were extremely long-lived tree-like creatures who thought in terms of centuries, not years. They were painfully slow to act, but amazingly forceful when they do. What we're witnessing in Europe is a rebound of birth rates that is slow and incomplete, yet highly significant and growing. These rebounding birth rates are not due to Islamic and African immigrants. In many nations, the number of Islamic immigrants is much lower than perceived...
  • For Children: The Polar Express in Durango, Colorado (tissues optional)

    11/25/2011 5:57:48 PM PST · by CedarDave · 19 replies
    Durango & Silverton RR ^ | Dec 18, 2009 | Durango & Silverton RR
    Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad presents The Polar Express in Durango, Colorado.The Polar Express
  • Demographic Winter: A Disaster Movie In the Making

    10/16/2011 6:12:48 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 97 replies
    GrasstopsUSA email | October 12, 2011 | Don Feder
    A speech by Don Feder at Ave Maria University, September 20, 2011 Hollywood has a penchant for blowing things up – especially the world. Since the 1950s, apocalyptic movies (which come with a variety of special effects) have been all the rage. We’ve met our doom through nuclear war (“On The Beach,” “The Day After”), a worldwide super-plague (“Twelve Monkeys” “The Stand”), global warming (“The Day After Tomorrow,” “Waterworld,”), the earth’s core over-heating (“2012,” “The Core”), overpopulation (“Soylent Green”), a comet striking the earth (“Deep Impact,” “Armageddon”), sentient machines taking over (the “Terminator” and “Matrix” series), rampaging simians (the “Planet...
  • Canadian MDs consider denying fertility treatments to obese women

    Canadian doctors are considering a policy that would bar obese women from trying to have babies through fertility treatments – provoking debate over whether the fat have the same reproductive rights as the thin. Some studies find obese women face higher risks of medical complications while trying to become pregnant through in-vitro fertilization (IVF). The science is not certain and some believe a ban would be tantamount to discrimination, yet a growing number of fertility doctors worldwide already bar treatment based on a woman’s Body Mass Index. “We’ve had many angry patients say to us, ‘This is discriminatory’ and I...
  • New York Times Touts “Selective Reduction” as a “Half Abortion”

    08/10/2011 2:32:02 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Life News ^ | August 10, 2011 | Steven Ertelt
    As if the new York Times couldn’t sink any further down the hole of warped and twisted pro-abortion activism, the Gray Lady is out with yet another “news” piece that moves the newspaper further beyond the pale.Ruth Pawder is out today with a new story titled “The Two-Minus-One Pregnancy,” that focuses on “selective reduction” – the euphemistic phrase given to name the destruction of one or more unborn children in a multiple pregnancy situation where a mother has more than one baby resulting from an IVF pregnancy involving the implantation of multiple human embryos.The Times never makes it past the...
  • More and more Swedish women are having 3 kids

    06/22/2011 5:10:13 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 38 replies
    http://svt.se/ ^ | 06/22/2011 | svt.se
    (Translation from Swedish into English:) Stockholm: More and more Swedish families have a third child. "Trebarnstrenden," - The "three children trend" which has become increasingly manifest since the 1990s, was unexpected by demographers at Statistics Sweden (SCB), which lies behind the study. - We had expected a reduction of third child births given that women become older when they have their first child, about 29 years, and therefore would have a hard time getting a third child, says Lotta Persson, demographer at Statistics Sweden who carried out the study. Even in the early 1990s there were many who got a...
  • Mom to Freeze Own Eggs So Toddler Can Create Family

    06/10/2011 11:33:24 AM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 38 replies
    CBS News ^ | January 10, 2011 | David W Freeman
    Moms give birth to sons or daughters - pretty straightforward stuff. But when one English toddler grows up and starts a family, her child will be her own half-sibling. At least that's the plan. The toddler, two-year-old Mackenzie Stephens, was born without ovaries, so her 25-year-old mother, Penny Jarvis, intends to freeze her own eggs so that Mackenzie can use them someday to start her own family, the Daily Mail reported. Jarvis, of Sheffield, England, told the paper she was devastated when she learned that Mackenzie would be infertile - the result of Turner Syndrome, a female-only genetic disorder that...
  • Can Japan Rise Again?

    03/15/2011 5:24:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 15, 2011 | Pat Buchanan
    We can thank Providence that the earthquake was not 150 miles closer to Tokyo, else Japan's dead might number in the millions. Prime Minister Naoto Kan calls it the worst crisis since World War II. Yet, horrendous as it is, it does not, thus far, compare with that. For the earthquake dead are not 1 percent of those who perished in World War II. Between 1942 and 1945, Japan was stripped naked of an empire that embraced Formosa, Korea, Manchuria, the entire China coast, all of French Indochina (Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia), Thailand, Burma, Malaysia, Singapore, the Dutch East Indies (Indonesia),...
  • Police banned 'eggs is eggs' in case it offended infertile women

    01/01/2011 2:49:54 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | January 1, 2011 | John Bingham
    Writing on a popular online blog, the anonymous whistelblower, said that colleagues in his force had been ordered not to use the expression on “diversity” grounds. The blogger, who writes under the pseudonym Inspector Gadget, after the cartoon character, is understood to be a serving inspector in a county force in southern England, which he refers to only as “Ruralshire” – “a county in England, not too far from Metrocity”. [snip] In his latest posting, he dismissed the alleged ban on the phrase as “another nonsensical, empire-building, silly, frothy, pathetic and downright insulting example of political correctness gone mad”. "We...
  • Economist magazine admits low fertility is killing Japanese economy

    12/14/2010 4:25:32 PM PST · by wagglebee · 18 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 12/13/10 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    December 12, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The socially liberal Economist magazine is admitting that the Japanese economy is in deep trouble due to low fertility rates and an aging population, which threaten to bankrupt the social security system and lead to perpetual economic stagnation. In a special section devoted to Japan appearing in the November 20-27 edition, the Economist laments that “Japan is heading into a demographic vortex. It is the fastest-aging society on Earth and the first big country in history to have started shrinking rapidly from natural causes.” However, the causes that the Economist calls “natural” include artificial birth...
  • The Eternal Return of Overpopulation - Getting the cause of high fertility backwards.

    10/19/2010 6:43:41 PM PDT · by neverdem · 71 replies
    Reason ^ | October 19, 2010 | Ronald Bailey
    Overpopulation panic is back. Concerns about a world too full of “filthy human children” motivated eco-terrorist James Lee when he held employees of the Discovery Channel hostage at gunpoint in September. But the deranged Lee is far from alone when it comes to worrying about overpopulation. The May-June cover of the progressive magazine Mother Jones asked, “Who’s to Blame for the Population Crisis?” British journalist Matthew Parris wrote an op-ed in September in the London Times asserting, “If you want to save the planet, stop breeding.” Parris further coyly suggested that we study “China’s example, for lessons good and bad.”...
  • The power of aliyah

    08/12/2010 4:34:10 PM PDT · by ventanax5 · 13 replies
    Ynet news ^ | Yoram Ettinger
    In 2010, a surge in the Israeli Jewish fertility rate is a long-term, unique, global phenomenon, while fertility rates decline sharply in the Third World in general and in Muslim countries in particular. In 2010, there is a 66% Jewish majority in 98.5% of the area between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean (without Gaza) – and a 58% Jewish majority with Gaza. That Jewish majority benefits from a demographic tailwind and from a high potential of aliyah (Jewish immigration) and of returning Israeli expatriates.
  • Taiwan: Birth rate continues to decline (Birth Rate of 1.03)

    05/19/2010 12:15:19 PM PDT · by GOPGuide · 9 replies · 345+ views
    Focus Taiwan ^ | 2010/05/14 | Focus Taiwan
    Taipei, May 14 (CNA) Taiwan's birth rate has been dwindling over the last few decades and had dropped to an average of 1.03 births per woman last year from 3.09 recorded in 1976, according to data released Friday by the Ministry of the Interior (MOI). The number of births in 2009 fell to 191,310 from 425,125 recorded in 1976, while the crude birth rate -- the annual number of births per 1,000 of the total population -- was only 8.29 last year, a big drop from 25.92 in 1976. Both figures are new record lows, the MOI statistics show. The...
  • Catholics pray for 'Jews' conversion'

    04/03/2010 9:09:05 PM PDT · by pissant · 157 replies · 2,352+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 4/3/10 | staff
    ROME – On Good Friday, two days before Easter, a prayer titled “Let us Pray for the Conversion of the Jews” was recited in Latin by traditionalist Catholic congregations in Italy, plus 16 sections of the Society of Saint Pius. The ultra-conservative society, whose excommunication was lifted by Pope Benedict XVI last year, has yet to be fully reintegrated into the Catholic Church, because of its refusal to accept the reforms of the Second Vatican Council. In 2007, in an effort to bring the traditionalist elements of the Church back into the fold, Benedict issued a “Motu Proprio” declaration allowing...
  • British fertility clinic raffling human egg

    03/14/2010 11:55:41 AM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies · 372+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 3/14/10 | afp
    LONDON (AFP) – A British fertility clinic said Sunday it was raffling off a human egg this week to promote its "baby profiling" service, which it insists is legal under UK law. The winner can select the egg donor by education, upbringing and racial background. The London Bridge Fertility, Gynaecology and Genetics Centre said the treatment actually takes place in the United States. Women interested in having a baby by in vitro fertilisation are invited to attend a seminar on Wednesday, which is organised by Bridge's US partner, the Genetics and IVF Institute (GIVF), based in Fairfax, Virginia.
  • The Sooner Marriage, the Better: 88% of Women's Eggs Gone by 30

    02/02/2010 11:57:53 AM PST · by GonzoII · 45 replies · 1,431+ views
    Life Site News ^ | Monday February 1, 2010 | James Tillman
    Monday February 1, 2010 The Sooner Marriage, the Better: 88% of Women's Eggs Gone by 30 by James Tillman Monday, February 1, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- A new study from the Universities of St. Andrews and of Edinburgh is offering a more accurate understanding of fertility and its decline with age, which researchers say is steeper than previously thought. The study, which involved about 325 women of different ages from the United States and Europe, investigated the number of eggs that remain in the ovaries over time.  This number, said the researchers, peaks at about 20 weeks after conception and subsequently drops...
  • New York doctor works to deliver care consistent with Catholic values

    01/10/2010 1:35:28 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies · 1,587+ views
    Catholic Review ^ | January 10, 2010 | Beth Griffin
    Dr. Anne Mielnik, left, founding director of Gianna - The Catholic Healthcare Center for Women, prays with patient Judith Guzman in the center’s newly opened office in New York Dec. 30. Located in midtown Manhattan, the center is dedicated to providing primary care, obstetrics, natural family planning and infertility treatment with a Catholic pro-life approach. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz) NEW YORK – “Catholic women in many communities feel they have no access to health care that is consistent with their values,” said the founding director of a new women’s medical center in midtown Manhattan that will provide “authentically Catholic” primary...
  • Fewer babies in recession

    08/15/2009 12:22:51 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 4 replies · 329+ views
    The Straits Times ^ | August 8, 2009
    ATLANTA - THERE aren't just fewer jobs in the US recession. There are fewer babies, too. US births fell in 2008, the first full year of the recession, marking the first annual decline in births since the start of the decade and ending an American baby boomlet. The downturn in the US economy best explains the drop in maternity, some experts believe. The Great Depression and subsequent recessions all were accompanied by a decline in births, said Carol Hogue, an Emory University professor of maternal and child health and epidemiology. And the numbers have never rebounded until the economy pulled...
  • Mighty Quinn: August 8 (Supermodel: Being Pregnant Better Than Chanel Bag)

    08/14/2009 1:41:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies · 2,256+ views
    The quote of the week comes from pregnant Czech supermodel Karolina Kurkova: "You know, it's probably the new thing to be pregnant. It's not to have the Chanel python bag. It's to be pregnant." The 25-year-old joins fellow Victoria Secret models Adriana Lima, Gisele Bundchen and Heidi Klum, who are also expecting. As for baby names, Kurkova won't say. "There are a few names that we like. But I'm keeping them a secret. I don't want Adriana or Heidi or Gisele stealing my baby's name."
  • The Closing of the Christian Womb

    08/11/2009 9:47:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies · 878+ views
    Asia Times ^ | Aug 11, 2009 | Spengler
    A century ago, Christians dominated the intellectual and commercial life of the Levant, comprising more than one-fifth of the 13 million people of Turkey, the region's ruling power, and most of the population of Lebanon. Ancient communities flourished in what is now Iraq and Syria. But starting with the Armenian genocide in 1914 and continuing through the massacre and expulsion of Anatolian Greeks in 1922-1923, the Turks killed three to four million Christians in Turkey and the Ottoman provinces. Thus began a century of Muslim violence that nearly has eradicated Christian communities in the cradle of their religion. It may...
  • Birth Rate Is Said to Fall as a Result of Recession (Illegal Aliens Leaving?)

    08/06/2009 6:04:21 PM PDT · by GOPGuide · 4 replies · 970+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 6, 2009 | SAM ROBERTS
    snip Americans are having fewer babies snip “It’s the recession,” said Andrew Hacker, a sociologist at Queens College of the City University of New York. “Children are the most expensive item in every family’s budget, especially given all the gear kids expect today. So it’s a good place to cut back when you’re uncertain about the future.” In 2007, the number of births in the United States broke a 50-year-old record high, set during the baby boom. But last year, births began to decline nationwide, by nearly 2 percent, according to provisional figures released last week. Those figures from the...
  • India pays couples to put off having children

    08/01/2009 6:12:21 PM PDT · by GOPGuide · 8 replies · 1,161+ views
    Guardian ^ | 2 August 2009 | Gethin Chamberlain
    Thousands of couples in India who agreed to put off having babies for at least two years after their wedding will collect cash payments this month as health officials attempt to curb the country's rapidly growing population. Neighbouring China shows the first signs of relaxing its strict policy of one child per couple in the face of an ageing population, India is searching for a way of restricting the size of families as the battle over scarce resources grows. The country's population stands at 1.2 billion and is expected to reach 1.53 billion by 2050. But increasing pressure on resources...
  • UK Couples 'Forced To Go Abroad For IVF'

    07/31/2009 7:38:59 AM PDT · by Bushwacker777 · 5 replies · 335+ views
    Sky News ^ | July 31 | Jon di Paolo
    "Increasing numbers of childless British couples are being forced to have fertility treatment abroad because of patchy NHS provision and plummeting donor rates, campaigners have told Sky News. National guidelines say all primary care trusts (PCTs) should offer three courses of in vitro fertilisation (IVF), but in reality more than two in three do not. And even those who can afford to go private are finding the number of egg and sperm donors increasingly scarce. The decline has been blamed on a change in the law ending donor anonymity and the lack of any payment as an incentive. A recent...
  • Obit: Maria del Carmen Bousada (became a mom at 66)

    07/16/2009 10:29:41 AM PDT · by OrangeHoof · 28 replies · 571+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 7-16-09 | AP
    MADRID (AP) — A Spanish woman believed to have become the world's oldest new mother when she gave birth at 66 has died at 69, leaving behind twin toddlers, newspapers reported Wednesday. Maria del Carmen Bousada, who reportedly died Saturday, gave birth in December 2006 as a single mother after getting in vitro fertilization treatment at a clinic in Los Angeles. The births ignited a firestorm of debate over how old is too old for a new mother, and how much responsibility fertility clinics have over who gets treatments. Bousada told an interviewer she lied to the fertility clinic about...
  • New Ovarian Transplantation Technique Gives Greatly Improved Results

    07/11/2009 11:59:33 AM PDT · by GOPGuide · 5 replies · 779+ views
    Medical News Today ^ | 30 Jun 2009 | Medical News Today
    Ultra-fast freezing of ovarian tissue from women who have lost their fertility as a result of cancer treatment can lead to it being used in transplants with the same success rate as fresh tissue, a researcher told the 25th annual conference of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology 29 June. Dr. Sherman Silber, Director of the St. Louis Infertility Centre, St. Louis, Missouri, USA, said that freezing tissue by the vitrification method, which avoids ice formation, meant that oocyte (egg) viability was almost identical with that seen in fresh oocytes. Dr. Silber and colleagues used standard viability testing...
  • My Daughter, 13, Got Pregnant by Swimming in Hotel Pool, Claims Mother

    07/10/2009 9:58:32 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 62 replies · 2,919+ views
    Mail Online ^ | 06/09/2009 | Mail Online
    A mother is suing a hotel claiming her teenage daughter fell pregnant simply from using a hotel swimming pool. Magdalena Kwiatkowska says the 13-year-old conceived after coming into contact with 'stray sperm' in the water of an Egyptian resort.
  • Study: Ugly Men More Fertile, Produce More Sperm During Sex

    07/10/2009 9:43:39 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 73 replies · 10,549+ views
    Foxnews ^ | 7/10/2009 | Staff
    Women wanting to get pregnant should find themselves an ugly man, new research suggests. Scientists have found attractive males produce less sperm during sex. Researchers think good-looking males are biologically geared to hold back their sperm in each encounter to increase their chance of impregnating more females. But unattractive males know they are not going to bed so many females — so when they do get lucky they give it all they've got.
  • Dead End of Secularism

    07/02/2009 11:00:16 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 11 replies · 451+ views
    www.tothesource.org ^ | June 11, 2009 | Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse
    Dead End of Secularism Secularism was to be the wave of the future. Leading secular theorists such as Peter Berger taught that secularism would be the inevitable result of the inexorable march of progress and that its many advantages would simply drive out religion in all of its forms. No serious discussion was possible or necessary. Religion would be deposited unceremoniously on the dustbin of history. But a funny thing happened on the way to the dustbin: secularism has not only failed to triumph over religion, it can’t even reproduce itself. In spite of enormous institutional advantages conferred on it...
  • Woman denied fertility treatment because husband has children (National Healthcare Alert)

    06/04/2009 10:58:04 AM PDT · by Bushwacker777 · 14 replies · 722+ views
    UK Telegraph ^ | May 9 | Jonathan Wynne-Jones
    "Janine Macallister, 27, from Newport, in Shropshire, should be entitled to IVF treatment under national guidance but has been told by her local health service that she is not eligible. Fertility charities fear that an increasing number of couples are experiencing similar discrimination due to the inconsistent approach of primary care trusts. Rationing body the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence says three full cycles of IVF treatment should be provided for women aged between 23 and 39 who have had fertility problems for at least 3 years. Individual PCTs, however, have drawn up their own restrictions, limiting treatment...
  • Will the Rapid Growth of Islam Continue?

    05/08/2009 9:06:51 AM PDT · by bilhosty · 14 replies · 1,222+ views
    Rich lee bruce ^ | not shown | Rich lee Bruce
    The total number of Muslims is huge, a little more than one fifth of the world's populaton. The growth rate of the Muslim population, which averaged 1.9 between 2000 and 2006, is also far higher than the world's population growth rate, which averaged 1.22% in the same period. It is also much faster than any other major religious group. Muslim Population Growth Rate Declining But Muslim population growth is declining faster than the total world population growth. For example, consider the following table of growth rates based on the figures in the World Christian Encyclopedia.
  • Octomom, Then and Now: From foreclosure to new 1/2 $million 'crib'

    03/13/2009 11:48:58 AM PDT · by Polarik · 24 replies · 1,704+ views
    Reuters ^ | 03/13/09 | Polarik
    Time flies! From Reuters (02/18/09): The grandmother of California's newborn octuplets faces the threat of foreclosure on the house she has shared with her daughter and six of her grandchildren, property records revealed on Wednesday. According to a mortgage default notice filed last week with the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder's Office, Angela Suleman is more than $23,000 behind in payments on her house in the Los Angeles suburb of Whittier, an agency spokesman said. The default notice was first made public when a copy of the document, giving Suleman three months to settle her debt in order to avoid foreclosure,...
  • Octuplets doctor has another patient expecting quadruplets

    02/13/2009 6:54:59 AM PST · by Zakeet · 55 replies · 1,290+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 13, 2009 | Kimi Yoshino, Jessica Garrison and Alan Zarembo
    The patient, who is in her late 40s, wanted one baby. Dr. Michael Kamrava transferred at least seven embryos to her. She is now hospitalized without insurance. A few months after Dr. Michael Kamrava helped Nadya Suleman become pregnant with octuplets, he transferred at least seven embryos to another patient. She was in her late 40s and wanted just one baby. Now she's five months pregnant with quadruplets and hospitalized at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, according to several sources familiar with the situation. The new case could add to concerns about Kamrava's practice and about whether the fertility industry...