by Steven Ertelt
May 1, 2006
Young Woman Who Had an Abortion Regrets Decision, Wants to Help Others
Tuscaloosa, AL (LifeNews.com) — Kimberly Goins is one of millions of women across the nation who have had an abortion and regret their decision. As she completes her junior year in college, she told the University of Alabama student newspaper her story. "My freshman year started off well, but it ended up being the worst year of my life because of some mistakes I made. At the age of 19 and during my first year in college, I got pregnant. I told almost no one. Only my closest friends and my boyfriend knew. I decided to have an abortion. Eventually, I had to tell my family what I had done. My parents made me come home. I hate that I can say I have had an abortion. For a long time, I pretended that it never happened. I wouldn’t think or talk about it. I did not even want to admit to myself that I had done such a terrible thing. After I had the abortion I sank into a deep depression for most of that summer. I honestly could not you what I did that summer. It is a complete blur for me because I wasn’t completely there. Eventually, though, I decided not to stay down. I had made a mistake, and I regretted that mistake, but I knew that I had to move on. I prayed and repented. In the fall, I went back to the University, and I have been here since. Despite my mistakes, God has blessed me. I will never forget what I did, but from this day forward, I will use my experience as my testimony."
Singapore Fighting Underpopulation Problems As Abortion Widely Available
Singapore, Singapore (LifeNews.com) — As abortion and contraception became widely available in this tiny but influential Asian nation, the country’s fertility rates have gone down and it now faces an underpopulation problem. The fertility rate, which was as high as six in the late 1950s, fell to 1.83 in 1990, and as low as 1.24 in 2004. With just 4.4 million people, Singapore cannot afford to see its population shrink as that could affect its labor market and talent pool, as well as the more sensitive issue of racial mix. Dating programs and some financial and child care incentives don’t seem to be working. Alarmed by the still-plunging fertility rate, the government has increased its financial incentives to encourage bigger families, amounting to cash gifts of $1,889 for the first child and savings of up to $12,000 each for the third and fourth child.
Missouri House Approves Parental Consent for Sexual Ed Bill, No Abortion
Jefferson City, MO (LifeNews.com) — The Missouri state House has approved legislation that would require parental consent for teenager students to participate in sexual education classes. The measure also makes it so groups that do abortions, like Planned Parenthood, are prohibited from teaching the courses or providing materials for them. The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Cynthia Davis, R-O’Fallon said she was surprised to learn from her son about the content of the sexual education class he was taking. "If the schools are aboveboard, why would they want to hide anything from parents?" she asked. Lawmakers removed an amendment that would have altered the teaching for contraception. Current state law allows teaching both the positives and negatives of it.
Alabama Man Charged With Wrecking His Car Into Local Abortion Business
Tuscaloosa, AL (LifeNews.com) — A federal grad jury has charged an Alabama man with wrecking his car into a local abortion facility. Dalton Ray Skinner, 43, was charged with crashing into the West Alabama Women’s Center abortion facility in January. If convicted, he could face one year in prison and fined as much as $100,000. Skinner allegedly drove his 1998 Nissan Sentra into the front entrance of the abortion facility on January 19. The door and a wall was damaged but no one was inside and no one was injured in the incident. The abortion business is located close to the University of Alabama. Skinner is not affiliated with any pro-life organization.
James Kopp, Who Shot New York Abortion Practitioner, to Act As Attorney
Buffalo, NY (LifeNews.com) — James Kopp, the vigilante who was convicted of killing abortion practitioner Barnett Slepian in 1998 will act as his own attorney. He told a judge this week that he was considering doing that even before he and his lawyer clashed over courtroom strategy. “I would call that the precipitating (reason) but I’ve been thinking about it for a while on general principles," Kopp told U.S. District Judge Richard Arcara. Those comments, AP reports, come as Kopp says he is prepared to defend himself against charges that he violated the FACE law by killing the abortion practitioner. Public defender John Humann, who had been representing Kopp, who has no association with the pro-life movement, had tried to keep Kopp’s confession and details of how he killed Slepian from appearing in this second part of the trial. Kopp, on the other hand, wants to keep his confession public because he is proud of his actions and doesn’t want to hide from them. Arcara has not decided whether to allow Kopp to defend himself, but warned him it’s a dangerous idea.