Thu, 30 January 2014
We weren't able to cover everything I wanted to during the Life Report episode, but Dr. Poupard was gracious enough to spend some more time answering questions about this important topic.
1: How do birth control pllls and Plan B work, why do some people think that they are abortifacients and why do you think that they may not be?
2: Comment on article from Catholic Bioethics...Quarterly that cites studies indicating that Plan B is not an abortifacient and argues that the labels on Plan B may not mean anything. Is there a medical bias issue at play?
3: Question #1 from Dan: What about the studies cited in Randy Alcorn's book that breakthrough pregnancies while on oral contraceptives are more likely to be ectopic?
4: Question #2 from Dan: What is the state of the research on Progesterone-only pills like the mini pill and copper/hormonal IUD's?
Wed, 29 January 2014
We've been wanting to shoot an episode on this topic for several years, and it's finally done! It's sometimes a contentious topic among pro-life people, but it's an important one nonetheless. How should pro-life people think and talk about birth control, aside from the important religious debate about whether or not you should plan your family? Dr. Rich Poupard from Life Training Institute comes on the show to offer his expertise.
02:25 - Dr. Poupard summarizes what he's learned about the medical question of how birth control methods work.
04:55 - How does Plan B work according to the research and what does a woman's weight have to do with it's effectiveness?
08:45 - Do you think women are getting enough information about the effectiveness (or lack thereof) of Plan B?
09:25 - Why the new Plan B research will probably result in MORE abortifacient use, and not less.
12:32 - Were pro-abortion-choice advocates talking about the new Plan B/weight study when it came out, or have they been hesitant to discuss it publicly?
13:26 - What's the connection between abortifacient IUD's and implantables and Obamacare?
19:17 - Knowing everything you know, how would you train pro-life advocates to talk publicly about birth control?
23:24 - What should pro-lifers talk about when discussing the public policy side of this issue? Parental involvement?
26:05 - How would you answer in 60-seconds the direct question of whether Plan B causes abortions or not?
We'll be posting bonus audio with Dr. Poupard answering more questions about birth control pills and Plan B later this week at http://ProLifePodcast.net.
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Wed, 15 January 2014
We've got an unaired episode that was never published on YouTube for technical reasons that we recently resolved. Josh Brahm and Liz Goddard interview Bobby Schindler, the Executive Director of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network which works to protect the lives of the medically vulnerable and disabled from the threat of euthanasia.
Join the discussion at http://ProLifePodcast.net/185.
00:29 Can you give us a brief overview of your sister Terri's story?
04:18 Did Michael wait 30-45 minutes after Terri's collapse before calling 911?
05:27 Can you define "persistent vegetative state" for us, and whether you believe Terri was in a persistent vegetative state?
06:53 Is there an objective definition of PVS?
08:11 Did Terri fit that medical criteria for PVS?
09:04 What progress did Terri show in the first two years of rehab before Michael took her off of rehab?
10:15 What happened to the trust fund that was earmarked for Terri's therapy?
12:25 Why do you think that Michael refused to divorce Terri after moving in with Jody Centonze?
13:02 What is it that the medical professionals believed whom Judge Greer refused to allow to testify?
14:37 Is there anyway Terri could have survived without the feeding tube?
15:26 Do you know anything about recent research to determine the extent of someones brain injury?
17:01 Do you have any how often people are starved to death who are not in a PVS state?
18:30 What is the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network doing now, six years later?
19:49 What do you believe is still the number one misconception about Terri?
21:36 What kind of legislation could be passed that would prevent Terri's situation happening again?
22:21 How will the new healthcare law impact people with situations similar to Terri's?
23:36 Would you be in favor of legislation that would sever spousal rights on the behalf of an incapacitated person in the event where there's a clear conflict of interest, such as when the spouse acting as guardian begins a new relationship?
24:47 What would you say to people who try to frame Terri's situation as a "right-to-die issue?"
26:02 So the clear distinction for you is that food and water is basic care and that ventilators and respirators are medical care that in some cases can be stopped?
Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network: