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For more than thirty years, the Pro-Life Movement in the United States has been fighting the anti-life policies and programs of the March of Dimes. During these same thirty plus years the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Pro-Life Secretariat has defended the eugenic policies of the March of Dimes a position backed by a majority of the American bishops.
Engel is calling for a fair and open hearing and a re-assessment of these policies by the Catholic hierarchy of the United States. We heartily agree and we encourage our readers to follow the Plan of Action outlined by Mrs.
Engel at the conclusion of this article. This article will remain on line as is for as long as Catholic March of dimes exists as a web site and the policy of the March of Dimes does not change.
Please support the Michael Fund with your prayers and financial contributions. We can always pray if not able to donate funds. Engel did not include the following in her Plan of Action, but we thought it might be useful: Contact Priests for Lifee-mailing a copy of this article or pointing them to it on the web.
Introduction On December, the U. I quote the final paragraph of the conference report given by Dr. To some, this has become an unwelcome development. If we do not meet this force head-on, it could become a threat to the science of genetics, to amniocentesis programs, to sex education in public schools, and to help with the problem of teenage pregnancy, and it could seriously diminish our effort to prevent mental retardation.
We must emphasize the importance of the protection of equal rights the right of the child to be well born and the right of the mother to have healthy children. Koch's closing statement in this eugenic blueprint of the Carter Administration and the U.
National Institutes of Death and thinking, "If it weren't for the Pro-Life Movement's attack on the March of Dimes, we Pro-Lifers might never have become the nation's number one threat to the eugenics movement in the United States.
Indeed, it is even more wonderful and remarkable when one recalls that it did so in spite of the official and vigorous opposition of the United States Bishops' Pro-Life Office which has distinguished itself by becoming the nation's number one defender of the March of Dimes [MOD].
More than half a century has passed since the American Church first entered upon this fateful and fatal alliance with the March of Dimes. This article is written in the hope that pro-life Catholics will not have to wait another fifty years before the American bishops finally cut their ecclesiastical umbilical cord to the March of Dimes.
Roosevelt, who had been stricken with polio sixteen years before. Comedian Eddie Cantor, a Tammany Hall Democratic fund-raiser, came up with the catchy slogan, "March of Dimes," and the "President's charity" was off and running in search of the elusive cure for polio.
President Basil "Doc" O'Connor, Roosevelt's law partner; hired a battery of top-level Madison Avenue publicists and psychologists to refine the MOD's public image and fend off critics' accusations of financial malfeasance by agency officials and of the MOD's alleged exploitation of the public's fear of polio in order to bolster revenues.
the experience. We're excited for you to join us at the next annual March for Babies. Together we hope, remember and celebrate at our walk sites nationwide. The American Bishops and the March of Dimes: A Time for Re-Assessment by Randy Engel. Editor's note: For more than thirty years, the Pro-Life Movement in the United States has been fighting the anti-life policies and programs of the March of Dimes. During these same thirty plus years the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Pro-Life Secretariat has defended the eugenic policies of the. Free business-day shipping within the U.S. when you order $25 of eligible items sold or fulfilled by Amazon.
Many Catholic dioceses and local parishes and schools as well as organizations like the National Council of Catholic Women and the Sons of Italy participated in these early fund-raising efforts and in the immunization of students with the Salk vaccine.
Over the years the MOD came to develop a special relationship with the Catholic Church that was the envy of other national health agencies, none of which ever even came close to duplicating that relationship.
These close ties of the American Church to the March of Dimes continued through the late s when the foundation announced that since it had "conquered" polio, it would now turn its financial and research resources towards a new "Birth Defects Prevention Program.
Coalition for Life, which I head, centered upon the fact that the March of Dimes since had turned its attack against birth defects into a national campaign to eliminate pre-born children who have birth defects.
The MOD began its "Screening to Kill program" or "Search and Destroy" operations with the creation of so-called "genetic hygiene" or "genetic counseling" centers at major medical institutions throughout the United States.
Here, pregnant women thought to be at risk for certain genetic disorders such as Down syndrome or Tay Sachs disease could undergo prenatal diagnosis via mid-trimester amniocentesis, abort any suspected "defective" fetuses, and carry to term only "normal" progeny.
Such eugenic-based programs presupposed the existence of liberal abortion laws permitting abortion well into the second and if necessary third trimester of pregnancy. Before a physician attempts a mid-trimester amniocentesis on a woman who is usually anxious to keep her baby, providing the child does not have a birth defect, he must practice his skills.
And how can he gain such experience without opening himself up to a malpractice lawsuit? The answer is simple. He practices on TBAs, that is, to-be aborted mothers. Not only did the MOD finance the development of mid-trimester amniocentesis techniques involving TBAs but it also funded more dangerous fetal diagnostic procedures such as first trimester chorion villus sampling [CVS], but second-trimester fetoscopy on babies about to be aborted.
As early asthe MOD began to fund experiments in in-vitro fertilization by Dr. Georgiana Jagiello at Guy's Hospital Medical School in London, England, which involved the creation [and destruction] of human embryos in order to assess early chromosomal damage resulting from particular drugs and chemicals.
That same year, the MOD awarded a grant to Dr.Many women, especially those who are anxious after a past pregnancy loss, breathe a sigh of relief after the pregnancy reaches the point at which the baby would be able to survive if born early.
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