“Jadelle” an answer to Child Abuse?

Dame Lesley Max, a children’s advocate made a call on Friday for better promotion of contraception in order to tackle child abuse. This call has been backed up by a Families Commission Report which says “There may be scope for targeting family planning education to parents who have had previous children removed.”

The issue of child abuse in New Zealand is a very significant and worrying one.  Yes, something needs to be done, and it needs to be done fast in order to save the lives of so many innocent children. 

It has been suggested that “Jadelle” would be a great contraceptive device to encourage woman to be fitted with.  The Families Commission has also suggested that this would be a suitable contraception for teenage mothers in order to prevent a second pregnancy.

Jadelle is a two rod implant (a second generation Norplant device).   Inserted into the arm it functions by releasing a low-dose progestin levonorgestrel into the woman’s (girl’s) body over a five year period.  The effect of this hormone being released into the body is three-fold:

  1. It inhibits ovulation;
  2. It thickens cervical mucus making it difficult for sperm to make it’s way to the ovum;
  3. It thickens the lining of the womb making implantation of the newly conceived baby difficult.

Rather than being a true contraceptive the Jadelle implant is an abortifacient, meaning that when the first two actions fail and a child is conceived the final action is for the womb to reject that child.  That is in itself an horrific child abuse.

It is concerning that a particular group is being targeted for the use of Jadelle or any other contraceptive or abortifacient device.  Margaret Sanger, the mother of the contraceptive movement was always keen to target those who were seen to be unfit parents.  Certainly people are making judgements about how fit those on welfare, or who are teens are to be parents.  These are the people being targeted at this time in New Zealand, and it seems that Jadelle is the preferred method of temporarily sterilizing them at this time.  (There have been calls from members of the public for actual sterilization of those on welfare).

This is akin to eugenics.  New Zealand must be very careful that we do not try to eradicate child abuse in this country by deciding who will be fertile or not.  When Norplant was first introduced to the American public (it is no longer available) a number of judges ordered woman to be fitted with the device because they had been convicted of abusing children.  (From Facts of Life by Brian Clowes – HLI). 

Women do not need contraception thrown at them with the idea that everything will then be all right.  The use of Jadelle will only put a sticking plaster over the problem, with new problems lurking underneath.

Those who work with families need to befriend those in need.  Everything in our world today has come down to policies and procedures which equals more paperwork and red tape.  People need people.  Human interaction and caring.  Families need practical support (whether they be large or small).  Mothers, fathers and children need people to whom they can talk to without fear of dire consequences (although those who are neglecting or hurting and killing their children must accept the consequencs of their actions – even if that means that their children are removed from their ‘care’ and they are jailed).  Families need true community.  Something that in the hustle and bustle of modern life we have forgotten.


Changing the Culture of Child Abuse

Yet another innocent’s life has been brutally ended at the hands of those who are supposed to love and care for them. Yet again, New Zealanders are asking the question “How do we stop this endemic violence in our country?”

There are many practical things that we must do to stop the violence in homes, so that children are protected and kept safe.  These are discussed widely and many agencies and people do their best to provide practical help and support.  However, we need to do much more as we are not seeing any change to the rate of child abuse in this country.  But I would like to put you today that there are two things in our country that need to change, and in doing so a real difference to the incidence of child abuse in New Zealand will be made.

1.  We need to reinstate a culture where it is okay for babies to be adopted.  It has become normal to expect that every pregnant girl or woman who does not abort will parent their child.  It does not matter how old the mother is, or what the family situation is.  Of course, adoption is not for every girl or woman that finds herself pregnant in less than ideal situations.  There are certainly times when the decision to parent the baby is the right one for everyone involved.  But there are now so many young mums – just children themselves – bringing up babies.  There are babies that are going home to family situations where alcohol, drugs and violence are the norm.  I believe that the option of open adoption should be encouraged, and it should be seen as a choice of real love for the child.  In a small way, adoption has the potential to protect some vulnerable children from violence.

2.  We need to end ALL abortion in this country.  Until we understand that at conception a new human being is created with an immortal soul and has inherent dignity; until our government protects these most innocent of our society, we cannot possibly expect the child abuse in our country to end.  Abortion is the most brutal of murders.  If it is okay to end the life of a child in the womb of its mother (whose responsibility to love, care and protect her child beginning at conception), pro-abortionists should not find the abuse and killing of children after birth so abhorrent.  The only difference between these two acts of violence is that the pre-born child is not seen and cannot be physically kept away from harm unless the mother chooses to protect him/her.  With a child already born, those of us who have a moral conscience are able to step in and physically remove a child from a situation of harm if necessary.

There is a link between abortion and child abuse.  This fact is not widely known by the general public, nor acknowledged by those who promote abortion.  There has been some research into this link and Dr Phillip Ney is a leader in this field.  He has found that there is a link between previous abortions and child abuse.  Some of the factors from a previous abortion that contribute to child abuse include:

  • increased anxiety in pregnancy;
  • hindered bonding;
  • diminished partner support;
  • the child can be devalued;
  • increased depression in the mother.

If we as New Zealanders are truely serious about ending the scourge that is our child abuse problem, then we need to work to end abortion, promote adoption and provide the social support networks and practical help that families need to bring up children well.  We need to see the inherent dignity of each and every individual – born and unborn, and we must not tolerate any killing of innocent life for any reason at any time of the life cycle.

The Tragedy of Child Abuse and it’s Link to Abortion

Once again the incredibly tragic scourge of child abuse is in the news and nearly everyone is talking about this most horrific crime.

In particular we are remembering two very special twin boys who should be enjoying their first year at school. They should be enjoying the warmth and loving comfort of an adoptive family who would be doting on their every breath and move and milestone. They should be enjoying a family puppy and outings and all the things in life that real families offer their beloved children.

But as we all know, these twin boys died at the hands of an extended, drug taking, careless and unloving family.  A family who did not provide the basic essentials of life for these little ones.  A family, who even after these little one’s death, could not speak for them and bring their murderer to justice.  We all know these little baby boys as the Kahui twins.

The media attention given to every aspect of this horrifying event and the details of the present inquest, along with the impending release of the mother’s story, show us the true power of the media! We are reminded that since the death of these poor little boys, more than 63 other little ones have been murdered one way or another at the hands of so called family here in God’s Own.

It is very interesting to note that the media, the medical profession, the legal profession and even many churches will NOT acknowledge the link between abortion and the needless abuse of helpless children after birth.

We all know that violence begets violence and we are in huge need of a strongly funded research paper on the link between abortion and child abuse. Working with post abortive women it is evident that that they have deep feelings of regret, pain and sorrow in their lives. They will often mention that is very difficult to bond with other siblings of the aborted child due to a disassociation and other very complex problems. I deeply believe that once we have succumbed to the violence and abuse that is abortion, it is much easier to abuse those children who are in our care.

To stem the tide of this shocking abuse in our nation, we need to take stock and look at what is really happening. The evil one has over taken every traditional institution in this country when it comes to acknowledging and nurturing all human life from the very moment of conception right through to natural death.

The media can play the most vital role here of re-educating the nation to one of respect and love for humanity over and above other living creatures.

Years ago when many pro-lifer’s were deeply involved with Operation Rescue, the founder, Terry Randall, openly challenged the media to Show an aborted baby!  Show an abortion taking place on TV every night at prime time for a week!  Show it, and abortion will stop.  Show the reality of this abuse of women and their offspring.

But of course as always, a veil of silence appears.  The steel grid is dropped and nothing is said or done. The powers to be just still churn out more and more PC ideals on all of us who tend to act like sheep and go along with the latest fads of so called women’s right to choose.

This past week alone, we have witnessed the real power of social internet networking, the real power and control of the media on this child abuse manner.

We need to start a revolution to put pressure on the media to show and tell what the real abuse of abortion is all about.

Then we might see a nation that will at least start to think about and see the deeper issue attached to this horrible reality.  The reality that these little boys, and 17,500 even tinier babies who were sucked from their mother’s wombs, cannot go to school and live in a loving family, because they are dead!!