'Argument from authority' can often be a compelling and important position from which to make a point.  In the case of pre-term (under 37 weeks gestation) and extreme pre-term births (under 28 weeks gestation) in women with previous abortions, the argument is made by the National Academies Press (NAP), an mega-institute funded by the United States Congress and comprised of the most prestigious scientists, authorities and experts in the fields of medicine, engineering and science (www.nap.edu). Their web-site claims that “the institutions represented by the NAP are unique in that they attract the nation's leading experts in every field to serve on their award-winning panels and committees. This is the right place for definitive information on everything from space science to animal nutrition.”

In this issue we interview pro-life blogger, Suzanne Fortin. She's publisher of Big Blue Wave. Suzanne lives in Ottawa and is the mother of four children, the last of whom was born just as we went to print with this newsletter.

When Jonah rushes in the door from school every day, he always greets his mother with a warm and boisterous, “I’m home Mummy!” before running and throwing his arms around her.  He is full of love and affection, with deep, brown eyes, an infectious smile, and an inability to stay annoyed with others.  He loves public speaking, playing with toy figures, watching puppet shows and movies, and participating in sports like Tae Kwon Do and swimming, and his mother, Cindy, says his peers at school “absolutely love him.”  His family, of course, adores him.  Jonah is like most other children, full of enthusiasm and childlike interests. The biggest difference is that 12-year-old Jonah has Down Syndrome, and most people in our society would have killed him before he was born.

Once upon a time, there was a people – an entire country, moreover – that professed a great love of all things natural. Except, that is, for one of the most important natural processes of all.

The people, let’s call them Canadians, praised the natural beauty of their great land. They looked in awe at the magnificent mechanismsof the natural world around them.

It has been some time since we have heard any news about the abortion drug, RU-486, or mifepristone, but a study published in May in the Australian Family Physician, a medical journal for Australia’s general practitioners reported their findings that chemical abortions using RU-486 are significantly more dangerous than surgical abortions.