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Volume 3 Issue 10 First in Time, First in Right October 2011
GENOCIDAL ABORTION UNDER OUR NOSES?
Extra! Extra! Extra!
If this conspiracy happened without the Reproductive Health bill, how much further danger could there be if it were enacted into law?
3.4 million Filipino women injected with hCGlaced Tetanus Vaccine!
Couples for Christ Foundation for Family & Life USA
The incident happened in the mid‐1990s, but after seven years of cover‐up by mainstream, the heinous crime still would not disappear in the internet. The Blogspot of TV2 in Tirsdag, Denmark (blog.tv2.dk) writes about it as late as four months ago on June 7, 2011 in an article entitled Abortion by Free Tetanus Shot. (Forandringernes tid)
Still aching for Justice
During the early 1990s, the World Health Organization (WHO) had been overseeing massive vaccination campaigns against tetanus (stivkrampe) in a number of countries, among them Nicaragua, Mexico, and the Philippines. In October 1994, HLI received a communication from its Mexican affiliate, the Comite' Pro Vida de Mexico, regarding that country's anti-tetanus campaign. Suspicious of the campaign protocols, the Comite' obtained several vials of the vaccine and had them analyzed by chemists. Some of the vials were found to contain human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG), a naturally occurring hormone essential for maintaining a pregnancy. hCG and Anti‐hCG Antibodies
In nature the hCG hormone alerts the woman's body that she is pregnant and causes the release of other hormones to prepare the uterine lining for the implantation of the fertilized egg. The rapid rise in hCG levels after conception makes it an excellent marker for confirmation of pregnancy: when a woman takes a pregnancy test she is not tested for the pregnancy itself, but for the elevated presence of hCG. However, when introduced into the body coupled with a tetanus toxoid carrier, antibodies will be formed not only against tetanus but also against hCG. In this case the body fails to recognize hCG as a friend and will produce anti-hCG antibodies. The antibodies will attack subsequent pregnancies by killing the hCG which naturally sustains a pregnancy; when a woman has sufficient anti-hCG antibodies in her system, she is rendered incapable of maintaining a pregnancy. Human Life International reported the sketchy facts regarding the Mexican tetanus vaccines to its World Council members and affiliates in more than 60 countries. Soon additional reports of vaccines laced with hCG hormones began to drift in from the Philippines, where more than 3.4 million women were vaccinated. Similar reports came from Nicaragua, which had conducted its own vaccination campaign in 1993. The Known Facts Here are the known facts concerning the tetanus vaccination campaigns in Mexico and the Philippines: •Only women are vaccinated, and only the women between the ages of 15 and 45. (In Nicaragua the age range was 12-49.) (But aren't men at least as likely as young women to come into contact with tetanus? And what of the children? Why are they excluded?) •Human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG) hormone has been found in the vaccines. It does not belong there -- in the parlance of the O.J. Simpson murder trial, the vaccine has been "contaminated." •The vaccination protocols call for multiple injections -- three within three months and a total of five altogether. But, since tetanus vaccinations provide protection for ten years or more, why are multiple inoculations called for? •WHO has been actively involved for more than 20 years in the development of an antifertility vaccine utilizing hCG tied to tetanus toxoid as a carrier -- the exact same coupling as has been found in the Mexican-PhilippineNicaragua vaccines.
The Anti‐Fertility Gang
Allied with the WHO in the development of an anti -fertility vaccine (AFV) using hCG with tetanus and other carriers have been UNFPA, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank, the Population Council, the Rockefeller Foundation,
October 2011 Page 3 lic" sources. Four new vials of the tetanus vaccine were submitted by DOH to St. Luke's (Lutheran) Medical Center in Manila -- and all four vials tested positive for hCG! From outright denial the stories now shifted to the allegedly "insignificant" quantity of the hCG present; the volume of hCG present is insufficient to produce anti-hCG antibodies. But new tests designed to detect the presence of hCG antibodies in the blood sera of women vaccinated with the tetauns toxoid vaccine were undertaken by Philippine pro-life and Catholic groups. Of thirty women tested subsequent to receiving tetanus toxoid vaccine, twenty-six tested positive for high levels of anti-hCG! If there were no hCG in the vaccine, or if it were present in only "insignificant" quantities, why were the vaccinated women found to be harboring anti-hCG antibodies? The WHO and the DOH had no answers. New arguments surfaced: hCG's apparent presence in the vaccine was due to "false positives" resulting from the particular substances mixed in the vaccine or in the chemicals testing for hCG. And even if hCG was really there, its presence derived from the manufacturing process. But the finding of hCG antibodies in the blood sera of vaccinated women obviated the need to get bogged down in such debates. It was no longer necessary to argue about what may or may not have been the cause of the hCG presence, when one now had the effect of the hCG. There is no known way for the vaccinated women to have hCG antibodies in their blood unless hCG had been artificially introduced into their bodies!
the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, and a number of universities, including Uppsala, Helsinki, and Ohio State. The U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (part of NIH) was the supplier of the hCG hormone in some of the AFV experiments. The WHO began its "Special Programme" in human reproduction in 1972, and by 1993 had spent more than $356 million on "reproductive health" research. It is this "Programme" which has pioneered the development of the abortificant vaccine. Over $90 million of this Programme's funds were contributed by Sweden; Great Britain donated more than $52 million, while Norway, Denmark and Germany kicked in for $41 million , $27 million, and $12 million, respectively. The U.S., thanks to the cut-off of such funding during the Reagan-Bush administrations, has contributed "only" $5.7 million, including a new payment in 1993 by the Clinton administration of $2.5 million. Other major contibutors to the WHO Programme include UNFPA, $61 million; the World Bank, $15.5 million; the Rockefeller Foundation, $2.5 million; the Ford Foundation, over $1 million; and the IDRC (International Research and Development Centre of Canada), $716.5 thousand.
WHO and PHL Health Department Excuses
When the first reports surfaced in the Philippines of tetanus toxoid vaccine being laced with hCG hormones, the WHO and the Philippine Department of Health (DOH) immediately denied that the vaccine contained hCG. Confronted with the results of laboratory tests which detected its presence in three of the four vials of tetanus toxoid examined, the WHO and DOH scoffed at the evidence coming from "right-to-life and Catho-
Why A Tetanus Toxoid "Carrier"?
Because the human body does not attack its own naturally occurring hormone hCG, the body has to be fooled into treating hCG as an invading enemy in order to develop a successful anti-fertility vaccine utilizing hCG antibodies. A paper delivered at the 4th International Congress of Reproductive Immunology (Kiel, West Germany, 26-29 July 1989) spelled it out: "Linkage to a carrier was done to overcome the immunological tolerance to hCG."(8)
The original article entitled Are New Vaccines Laced with Birth‐Control Drugs? by James A. Miller, special correspondent for Human Life Inter‐ national was published in HLI Re‐ ports, Human Life International, Gaithersburg, Maryland; June/July 1995, Volume 13, Number 8.
Vaccine Untested by Drug Bureau
After the vaccine controversy had reached a fever pitch, a new bombshell exploded; none of the three different brands of tetanus vaccine being used had ever been licensed for sale and distribution or registered with the Philippine Bureau of
Food and Drugs (BFAD), as required by law. The head of the BFAD lamely explained that the companies distributing these brands "did not apply for registration."(9) The companies in question are Connaught Laboratories Ltd. and Intervax Biologicals, both from Canada, and CSL Laboratories from Australia. It seemed that the BFAD might belatedly require re -testing, but the idea was quickly rejected when the Secretary of Health declared that, since the vaccines had been certified by the WHO -- there they are again! -- there was assurance enough that the "vaccines come from reputable manufacturers."(10) Just how "reputable" one of the manufacturers might be is open to some question. In the mid-`80s Connaught Laboratories was found to be knowingly distributing vials of AIDS-contaminated blood products.(11)
At this juncture, evidence is beginning to appear from Africa.(12) HLI has called for a Congressional investigation of the situation, inasmuch as nearly every agency involved in the development of an anti-fertility vaccine is funded, at least in part, with U.S. monies. FOOTNOTES
(1) "Abortifacient vaccines loom as new threat," HLI Reports, November 1993, pp. 1-2. (2) World Council Reports, 28 November 1994, pp. 4-5. (3) A call placed by this writer on 5 May 1995 to the Montgomery County (Maryland) Health Department, Epidemology Division -- Infectious Diseases -- Adult Immunizations, elicited the following information: Q. For how long a time does the tetanus vaccination offer protection? A. 10 years.
Q. Have you ever heard of any adult requiring three tetanus vaccinations within a 3 or 4 month time period, and a total of 5 vaccinations in all within a year or so? A. Whaaaat! Never. No way! Reports from the Philippines appear to confirm the 10year immunity afforded by tetanus toxoid vaccinations: prior to the campaigns begun in 1993, the so-called booster shots were given only every 10 years. (4) More than a score of articles, many written by WHO researchers, document WHO's attempts to create an anti-fertility vaccine utilizing tetanus toxoid as a carrier. Some leading articles include: "Clinical profile and Toxicology Studies on Four Women Immunized with Pr-B-hCG-TT," Contraception, February, 1976, pp. 253-268. "Observations on the antigenicity and clinical effects of a candidate antipregnancy vaccine: B-subunit of human chorionic gonadotropin linked to tetanus toxoid," Fertility and Sterility, October 1980, pp. 328-335. "Phase 1 Clinical Trials of a World Health Organisation Birth Control Vaccine," The Lancet, 11 June 1988, pp. 1295-1298. "Vaccines for Fertility Regulation," Chapter 11, pp. 177-198, Research in Human Reproduction, Biennial Report (1986-1987), WHO Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction (WHO, Geneva 1988). "Anti-hCG Vaccines are in Clinical Trials," Scandinavian Journal of Immunology, Vol. 36, 1992, pp. 123-126. (5) These institutional names are garnered from the journal articles cited in the previous footnote. (6) Lancet, 11 June 1988, p. 1296. (7) Challenges in Reproductive Health Research, Biennial Report 1992-1993, World Health Organization, Geneva, 1994, p. 186. (8) G.P. Talwar, et al, "Prospects of an antihCG vaccine inducing antibodies of high affinity...(etc)," Reproductive Technology 1989, Elsevier Science Publishers, 1990, Amsterdam, New York, p. 231. (9) "3 DOH vaccines untested by BFAD," The Philippine Star, 4 April 1995, pp. 1, 12. (10) "BFAD junks re-testing of controversial shot," Manila Standard, 7 April 1995; "DOH: Toxoid vaccines are safe," The Philippine Star, 7 April 1995. (11) "Ottawa got blood tainted by HIV." Ottawa Citizen, 4 April 1995. (12) A nearly two-year old communique from Tanzania tells a familiar story: tetanus toxoid vaccinations, five in all, given only to women aged 15-45. Nigeria, too, may have been victimized; see The Lancet, 4 June 1988, p. 1273.
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THIS READING REQUIRES ADULT SUPERVISION Ideologues of the Malthusian Apocalypse, godless medical science and the greedy pharmaceutical companies have it all figured out. Everything starts with legislating the contraceptive mentality through something like the RH bill, especially in a Christian country such as the Philippines. Then they are free to destroy our patrimony to suffer the evil consequences of the demographic winter now devastating Europe.
OUR IMPENDING CHEMICAL FUTURE
The Dark Agenda beyond enacting Condoms and Pills
We have intentionally changed the title of this arti‐ cle from “Contraceptive Vaccines ” because at some point, it began repackaging itself as “fertility‐regulating vaccines”. The more you read, it evolves to transform itself to “abortive vaccines” or “sterilization”. We reprinting in its bare coldness, this paper of P.D. Griffin of the Special Programme of Research, Develop‐ ment and Research Training in Human Reproduction, of the World Health Organization in Geneva , Switzerland, to show how cocksure and deliberate the secular genius of man has arrived in deleting the procreative inten‐ tions of Creation. Note however that whenever he asserts something is “safe”, it is usually followed by a big “if”. In short, all these prognostications are conditional! Towards the end, the paper itself submits that “It is imperative, therefore, that long‐term safety studies are carried out to determine the nature, extent and conse‐
quences of such long‐term use.” What a cop out! Since the proponents of these measures are usually liberalist ideologues, they only think of safety measures, after the fact, if ever at all. In the Philippines IN 1994, they intentionally laced tetanus vaccines with sterilizing hCG and ap‐ plied it to 3.4 million Filipinas, but they are still de‐ nying they did it up to now, even in the face of damning evidence. –Editor
Introduction The methods of birth control currently available can be broadly classified into steroid hormone methods (oral pills, injectable preparations and implants), inert and medicated devices (IUDs), barrier methods (condoms and caps), chemical methods (spermicidal foams and gels), surgical methods (salpingectomy and vasectomy), and various combinations of these approaches. Whilst these methods have found wide acceptance in many parts of the world and have had a major impact in the family planning arena, the range of options is limited. In addition, many of the methods have drawbacks associated with them, such as concerns about the safety of their long-term use, inconvenience of use, unreliability, and permanence of effect, which limit their acceptance and availability in the widely differing social, cultural, religious, service and personal settings of users in many countries, particularly in the developing world. Safe, effective and acceptable contraceptive vaccines may be an attractive addition to the
currently available range of family planning methods in that they would: • Confer long-term (but not permanent) protection following a single course of immunization. • Be free of overt pharmacological activity and the metabolic and endocrine disturbances that often accompany other methods of birth control. • Not require insertion of a device or implant. • Remain effective without continuous conscious action by the user. • Be inexpensive to manufacture.
Strictly speaking, the term contraceptive vaccines should be used only in connection with those vaccines which have an effect prior to fertilization. Over the years, however, this term has been used to describe all vaccines which have an anti-fertility effect, irrespective of whether this occurs prior to fertilization or after fertilization and prior to the completion of implantation of CHANGE OF SEMANTICS the blastocyst. In an attempt to avoid the confusion caused by this incorrect usage, the term fertility regulating vaccines (FRVs) has been introduced. This latter definition will be used from now on in this paper.
-specific reactions involving both antibodies and immune cells. However, many of these approaches would not be acceptable for clinical use EXTREME since the immune responses elicited to some of these molecules, whilst having an SENSITIVITY antifertility effect, can produce endocrine and other metabolic disturbances and/or have the potential for eliciting immunopathology. Molecules for development into FRVs suitable for eventual use by men and women need, therefore, to be carefully selected.
Selection of molecules for FRV development
The most attractive candidates for FRV development are molecules which: • When eliminated or neutralized by immunological means will result in a safe, effective and acceptable means of fertility regulation. • Are restricted to the intended target cell or tissue. • Are present in a site where a controlled immune response will not lead to immunopathology. • Are present transiently and/or at low levels compared to the anticipated immune response. • Will not elicit other undesirable immune responses. • Can be chemically characterized and easily manufactured in large quantities and at low cost. The molecules most closely satisfying these criteria are tissue-specific proteins expressed on, or produced by, the mature gametes and the trophectoderm of the preimplantation embryo. A large number of laboratory experiments and clinical studies have been conducted over the past two decades to evaluate the safety and efficacy of a number of prototype FRVs based on these molecules (1,2,10,20).
Options for FRV development
The early stages of mammalian reproduction comprise a complex series of events which, for convenience, can be divided into three stages. • The production and transport of the male and feCurrent status of FRV development male gametes (sperm and ova). Anti-sperm vaccines • The interaction of the gametes leading to fertilizaResearch on anti-sperm vaccines has focused, prition. marily, on two types of sperm antigens: • The process of implantation of the developing em- • Functional antigens such as the enzymes known bryo into the uterine endometrium. (or suspected) to be required for sperm metaboIt has been clearly demonstrated, in a large number lism (lactic dehydrogenase-X) or involved in sperm of studies carried out over the past two decades or -egg interactions and the processes leading to fermore, that varying types and degrees of antifertility aftilization (acrosin and hyaluronidase). fects result from active and/or passive immunization • Structural antigens such as the molecules expressed against many of the functionally and structurally imon the sperm cell membrane and which may be portant molecules that are present during these three involved in gamete interaction and fusion. stages of the reproductive process (1,2,10,20). The an• Sperm enzymes. tifertility effect can be produced through antibodyVarying degrees of fertility reduction have been obmediated neutralization of the biological actions of hyserved in several animal species (mice and rats ~ 55%, pothalamic and pituitary hormones and inhibition of sperm enzyme activities, and through a variety of tissue rabbits ~ 70%, and baboons ~ 30%) actively immunized with mouse lactic dehydrogenase-X (LDH-X or LDH-
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C4) and with a synthetic peptide based on a portion of face of the ZP only during the peri- and post-ovulatory the molecule (7). Recent work on this antigen has pro- period and that are involved in sperm-ZP interactions. gressed to the point at which a cDNA expression liIn addition, amino acid sequence data on some of brary, derived from human testis, has been screened the protein components of the ZP have also been obwith polyclonal and monoclonal antibodies raised to tained and mice immunized with a 16 amino acid pepmurine LDH-C4 (6). As a result of this research, the nu- tide of one of the ZP proteins have produced anti-ZP cleotide sequence coding for human LDH-X has been antibodies and exhibited reversible indeduced and engineered into an expression vector sysfertility with no evidence of ovarian LONG tem (12). A vaccine containing the LDH-X antigen predamage (13). TERM pared in this way is currently being evaluated in a preTo date, however, no convincing RISK liminary efficacy trial in baboons. data have been presented to indicate Although anti-acrosin antibodies have that a zona-specific antigen of defined NOT EXACT been shown to inhibit the action of this chemical structure can inhibit fertility without causSCIENCE enzyme on substrates in vitro and that ing an inflammatory reaction in the ovary which might anti-hyaluronidase antibodies could inbe indicative of a risk of acute ovarian disturbances or hibit rabbit in vitro fertilization, active immunizalong-term immunopathology. tion of rabbits and sheep with these two enzymes, either Anti-conceptus vaccines A number of placenta-specific antigens have been alone or in combination, did not result in a significant investigated as vaccine candidates. As with studies on reduction in fertility (14). No major vaccine research sperm antigens, both structural antigens, forming part programme involving these particular antigens is curof the trophoblast cell membrane, and functional antirently in progress. gens, such as placental hormones, have been evaluated. Sperm membrane antigens The recent advances that have occurred in the field Structural placental antigens of molecular genetics and in the production of monoPregnancy-specific ß1 glycoprotein (SP-1) is a placlonal antibodies (MAbs) now provide an opportunity to cental protein which is rapidly secreted by the syncytiidentify, isolate, and synthesize peptides, representing otrophoblast and can be detected by immunofluorespart or all of the primary structure of selected protein cence in the cytoplasm and on the plasma membrane molecules, which can be subsequently evaluated as antiof this tissue (4). Although an antifertility effect was fertility immunogens. Two sperm antigens identified in observed when female baboons and cynomolgus monthis way, SP-10 and PH-20, have been shown to have keys were actively immunized with human SP-1, in the promising antifertility effects when injected into laboramajority of cases (50-80%), this effect was manifested tory animals (3). Further antifertility studies with these as a late abortion. antigens, in primates, are underway or planned. In contrast, no antifertility effect was observed in Anti-ovum vaccines similarly treated rhesus monkeys, nor in rhesus monBecause of its crucial role in the gamete interactions keys immunized with rhesus SP-1, even in the presence leading to fertilization, the majority of the research diof high titres of anti-SP-1 antibodies. Similar studies in rected at developing an anti-ovum vaccine has focused baboons indicated that the rate of secretion of SP-1 in on the zona pellucida (ZP), the jelly-like glycoprotein early pregnancy was probably too high to be neutralcoat surrounding the egg, as a source of potential candi- ized by the antibody in the maternal circulation. date antigens. Another placental antigen PP-5, unlike SP-1, is not Active or passive immunization with crude preparafound in the cytoplasm of trophoblast cells but appears tions of solubilized whole porcine ZP has been shown to be an integral component of the cell membrane. It is to reduce the fertility of the fepresent in a low concentration in trophoblast tisOPS COMPLICATIONS! males of several species of laborasue, is not secreted into the maternal circulation tory animals including baboons and is very difficult to isolate from placental tis(9). sue. However, amenorrhea, of variable duration, was obHowever, a small group of female monkeys was acserved in the majority of the immunized baboons, sug- tively immunized with human PP-5 and a substantial gesting possible intraovarian complications. Efforts are reduction in fertility was shown. Attempts to extend now underway to isolate antigens expressed on the sur- these studies, by immunizing rhesus monkeys with
rhesus PP-5, were thwarted by the major difficulties exunit of the hormone (ß-hCG) (21,22). The other type perienced in obtaining a sufficient number of rhesus pla- of anti-hCG vaccine, developed with support from the centae from which the protein is isolated (5). WHO Task Force on Vaccines for Fertility Regulation, To facilitate and accelerate definition of the chemical is based on a portion (the carboxyterminal peptide or structure of the more promising candidate antigens, tro- CTP) of the beta subunit of the hormone (ß-hCGphoblast-derived gene libraries are being screened with CTP) (15-18). appropriate MAbs and PAbs to isolate and subsequently The reason for these two different approaches to sequence the genes coding for these molecules. the development of anti-hCG vaccines is that in 1974 From the nucleotide sequence thus obtained, the priWHO opted for the theoretically safer approach of the mary structure of the antigen can be deduced and corre- CTP vaccine following demonstration of the crosssponding peptides synthesised for evaluation as candireactivity of antibodies raised to the whole ß-subunit dates for vaccine development. Several candidate molewith human luteinizing hormone (hLH) and the concules have been identified in this way and are currently cerns that this raised about possible ovulation inhibibeing evaluated for tissue-specificity tion, menstrual cycle disturbances, and potential imand antifertility efficacy (3). REMEMBER munopathology. Hormonal placental antigens Such antibodies are not raised by the CTP vaccine. THE PHILIPPINE By far the greatest amount of work Although recent data from the Population Council and SCANDAL? carried out over the past two decades NII clinical trials with their respective ß-hCG vaccines has been concerned with the development and indicate no menstrual cycle disturbances and no affect clinical testing of vaccines directed against the glycopro- on ovulation, the question of long-term immunopatein hormone, human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG). thological or other sequelae, if any, of the elicited cross The principal function of hCG, which is produced by -reactive immunity to hLH, is still unresolved. the trophectoderm of the pre-implantation embryo The Population Council ß-hCG vaccine has been within a few days of fertilization, appears to be the tested in a Phase I clinical trial and has been reported maintenance of the corpus luteum in the ovary thus ento be immunogenic and free of short-term side-effects suring its continued production of progesterone. (22). The NII ß-hCG vaccine has been tested in both Since progesterone is needed for the successful comple- Phase I and Phase II clinical trials and has also been tion of implantation of the blastocyst, if the production reported to be free of short-term side-effects as well as or function of hCG can be inhibited immunologically, being effective in preventing pregnancies (21). the corpus luteum would regress, its production of proA Phase I clinical trial has been conducted with the gesterone would decline and menstruation would occur ß-hCG-CTP vaccine (11). The antibody titres raised in at or about the expected time, thus mimicking the events this Phase I trial were estimated to be in excess of the that occur naturally in a non-conceptual cycle. level needed to neutralize the hCG in One type the maternal circulation at the time of of antiimplantation. A Phase II trial with this FILIPINAS AS husian hCG vacvaccine is scheduled to start in 1993 (8). GUINEA PIGS The Malt cine, develAll of these anti-hCG vaccines ss eologues, godle id oped by require multiple injections to achieve and ce and the the Popu- maintain levels of immunity that are considered medical scien lation effective. Studies are underway to develop various harmaceutical Council in formulations of these vaccines that will provide greedy p New York long-acting protection following a single injection. ve all companies, ha and by the Data obtained in preliminary studies with the ßNational hCG-CTP vaccine incorporated in biodegradable poly what’s next. figured re Institute of mers indicate that it may be possible, using this tech are almost the Immunol- nology, to produce a vaccine offering one year of proThey bill. ogy (NII) tection from a single administration (19). with the RH in New Future prospects and needs BUY THEIR Delhi, is Vaccine optimization L YOU WIL ? RES? based on The single-injection version of the anti-hCG vaccine URDEROUS WA the whole is likely to be the first FRV vaccine to enter wide-scale M beta sub- clinical use. However, further studies are underway to
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A Beautiful Story
Jaime Thietten sings for the unborn
Sometimes the stories with the ability to inspire others are the ones we keep locked inside out of fear or insecurity. If we could find the key to those private places, unlocking our anxiety and realizing we are not alone, it would lead us to greater things in this world. It would allow us to be comforted, while also encouraging those around us.
trained, Salt Lake City-based performer has already recorded four studio CDs and a Christmas collection independently, but thanks to an increased concert schedule and pair of recent signature songs, she's sure to become a dynamic voice for the power of love and the significance of sharing. Much of Thietten's relatability comes in her exciting and emotional journey which first found her singing at age two, performing solos publicly by 13 and touring regionally throughout the 2000s When it comes to powerhouse vocalist Jaime (sharing the stage with Jay Leno, The Gaithers, Michael English, Phillips, Craig & Dean, and Avalon Thietten, there are many threads woven to name a few). throughout her story. Regardless of the subject matter she's singing No matter what the audience, her messages are about, encouragement, inspiration and motivat- grounded in the Gospel, specifically themes of ing hope are her strongest themes. hope, forgiveness, resilience and perseverance, all While she's still a fresh face to the world of wound around a deep caring for the world around Christian music, the Idaho-born, Nashvilleher.
October 2011 Page 1 1 Chance.' It literally had me in tears and the song has since led to tours of New Zealand and Canada and has opened more doors than I ever thought possible.' Even though the song speaks of a young woman who chooses abortion, her eventual regret of the decision steers those on the fence towards adoption which resonates especially close to home for Thietten and her husband, youth minister Pete Espil. 'My husband and I have been trying for 10 years and have been unable to conceive up to this point, so when I first heard the song, it really stirred up a lot of emotions," she relates. 'It strengthened my belief of how important it is to protect life and that there is no such thing as an 'unwanted child'. “And knowing how good my husband is with kids makes it even more heart wrenching. Pete has worked with kids for 14 years and I have seen how God has used him in leading youth groups of over 200 kids. We know that God's plan and timing are perfect, so whether we adopt or are able to have our own baby, we've left it in His hands. “My Chance' is just another reminder of how sacred life is. And I hope those hearing it, who are facing this choice, will know how beneficial adoption can be for everyone involved." Thietten's commitment to using her music as a ministry platform comes from a series of situations she faced earlier in life, starting with her marriage. She and her husband Pete have been married for 12 years and while they love each other deeply, marriage hasn't always been a "rose garden" for them. For the first 7 years of their marriage, Pete battled alcoholism. "He was an alcoholic from the get go and us girls always think we can change our guys," recalls Thietten. "He was pretty absent in those first few years (of marriage) emotionally and that made a lot of responsibilities fall on me. Now, he's been sober since 2005, which has made our marriage feel like a honeymoon all over again. I had to let go of the resentment I'd built up and apply the hope, forgiveness and love I'm always singing about to my marriage, which has helped rebuild it beyond my wildest dreams." In fact, Pete has since then contributed to Jaime's career by putting his pen to musical paper to write the lyrics for 'Yesterday's News,' an emotionally charged song about the homeless, written from an experience he and Jaime had while walking in downtown Boise, Idaho one night. "I love the message and I am so glad Pete sat down and wrote such a beautiful song," says Jaime. "He's
'We need to appreciate and respect life at all costs, from the unborn, to the elderly, to the disabled and the homeless,' urges Thietten. 'We need to reach out and help those around us, despite our differences, and I feel it's my mission to remind people of that and to do something to make a difference. ‘You don't have to look very far for someone in need, and the world can change in a moment with a simple smile or a thank you. Reach out to those closest to you, friends, family, neighbors because affecting one person's life at a time is very important. There's so much to be done in each of our homes and neighborhoods, so let's start there.' Thietten's vision for such outreach stems from her latest single 'Love's Work Is Never Done,' which follows the tradition of Josh Groban's 'You Raise Me Up' or 'Because You Love Me' by Celine Dion (whom she's often compared to) in terms of its anthemic balladry and universal appeal. Thus far, the track has been a concert cornerstone that propels audiences to make a difference in their communities, while at the same time encouraging the weary. 'It's such a timeless song and really encapsulates the idea of being put on this earth with a purpose and serving others along the way. It's even ministered to me in seeing how God has formulated His plan for my life and has prepared us for each step in this ministry,' enthuses Thietten. One specific example of the true calling on her life comes as a result of another single called 'My Chance,' a pro-life song written by Rick Shadrick and JT Tallent. 'I wasn't very educated on the topic at first, but seeing my nephew being born was a big turning point for me,' she remembers. 'It changed my whole outlook on the miracle of life and I knew I had to get involved, so I started by ordering a bunch of literature for my merch table during the early part of my career. It eventually ran out and I didn't reorder it because there was so much to carry around as it was. After my move to Nashville I did a lot of praying about my career because things had sort of come to a halt. I learned that night that God will definitely answer sincere prayers because as soon as I had prayed, as clear as if He were sitting in the room with me, I heard God say 'I want you to be a voice for the unborn.' I almost fell out of my chair, because I wasn't sure if I had heard him right, but a few days later I got an email from a friend of a friend who had no clue that God and I had that talk and it turned out to be the lyrics to 'My
such a great writer." It has rapidly become another concert favorite, and encourages audiences to make a difference by seeking out and helping the weary, marginalized and forgotten in their communities. Just as things started heading in the right direction for Jaime and Pete, Jaime's parents, after 37 years of marriage, announced their divorce. The trauma was overwhelming and caused Jaime to seek out additional help from support groups. In time she learned how to cope with this tragedy and was comforted in knowing that what she was feeling wasn't crazy or immature, that she wasn't alone and that it would just take time to heal. "Yet again, I had the opportunity to work through and apply those wonderful gifts of hope, forgiveness and love," to which she added, 'it wasn't always easy." As Thietten readies her latest season on the road, the family is also in the midst of another change, this time stemming from their move from Music City to Salt Lake City, Utah to be closer to Pete's family following his father's unexpected stroke. Although Jaime isn't ready to leave Nashville, she stays positive, saying "After everything that we've been through, I know that God has us covered. Family comes first. And when it comes to my performances and music career, planes make the world a small place." Anyone who catches Thietten on stage is sure to see her personal beliefs and relate to the idea of picking herself back up and leaning on the Lord with every unplanned road block. And as long as she's reaching a single soul along the way, it's been worth all the pain she's ever had to endure. 'I'm trying to do the best with what God has given me and use the experiences I've gone through to encourage others to do the same,' she summarizes. There is no question that she will continue to perform and record her music with the purpose of inspiring others for as long as God allows her this privilege. Her message of hope, forgiveness and service may be just the thing to comfort such a pressured world. And there is no question that her music, ministry, marriage and life will continue to be led by prayer and filled with service to others. 'I may fail at times, but that's where forgiveness comes in. His Word says 'love is patient, love is kind, and love never fails,' which is something I hold close my heart every day, and I will never forget that 'Love's Work Is Never Done.''
MY CHANCE is the story of a young woman who had an abortion when she was young… and later in life regrets the decision. The song and the video display a compassionate, moving perspective. Val Halamandaris, president of the National Association for Home Care, says “Jaime Thiet‐ ten delivers a passionate performance and an important message that will touch your heart and soul.”
JAIME THIETTEN VIDEO COLLECTION:
MY CHANCE is for the unborn http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGI‐ mZxacOk&feature=related Video Story behind ‘MY CHANCE’ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcBmta eCDNA&feature=related Two songs from EWTN ‘Life on the Rock’ : 1) YESTERDAY’S NEWS about our homeless http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71XlgLH yWGg&feature=player_embedded 2) OPEN DOOR http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pq3tQZ yC2ac BECAUSE YOU LOVED ME a la Celine Dion: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kz_8Ur BpFVg RECKLESS LOVE Tribute to Jesus http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUOzG8 By ArtistData by Sonicbids 2FbDM&feature=related
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The debate in the halls of Congress regarding the Reproductive Health Bill ,has spilled beyond the streets and onto the internet. For the past twelve years, proponents of this proposed legislation has woven all antics and lies often dropping names and a snowjob of dazzling theories. The article below attempts to slam‐dunk this input into the population issue to convince the general public that childbearing is toxic to Philippine progress.
Population Pressure, ASSERTION: Development and Conflict in the Philippines
Rwanda in the Pacific?
By Walden Bello
Congress of the Philippines
Along with its neighbors, the Philippines was burdened with a high poverty rate and faced the same challenge of overcoming underdevelopment four decades ago. Today, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Thailand have drastically reduced poverty and possess vigorous economies. In contrast, over 26 per cent of the population of the Philippines is trapped in poverty and the economy languishes in a state of underdevelopment. Explaining the Divergence What accounts for the difference? Economic policy? Hardly, since all four countries followed exportoriented economic strategies over the last four decades. Structural adjustment? Not really, since all four economies were subjected to some variety of market-oriented reform, though it is arguable that adjustment was milder in our neighbors than in our country. Asset and income redistribution? No, since as in the Philippines, state-promoted asset and income redistribution programs in
Thailand and Indonesia were either weak or nonexistent. Corruption? Again, all four countries have been marked by high levels of corruption, with Indonesia being a consistent topnotcher in annual surveys. There is, in fact, one very distinctive feature that separates the Philippines from its neighbors: unlike our country, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Thailand managed to rein in the growth of their populations through effective state-sponsored family planning programs. And while successful family planning is not the whole story, economists and demographers have a consensus that it is an essential element in the narrative of economic advance in our neighboring countries. Failure to Launch
One might compare the Philippines to an overloaded passenger plane that is trying very hard to take off but cannot quite get more than a few feet above the ground and is fast approaching the end of the runway. The country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew by only 4.5 per cent in the last decade. With population growing at 2.2 per cent per annum, the average yearly growth rate of GDP per capita (GDP divided by total population) was only 2.3 per cent. This was
simply too low to make a difference in terms of containing poverty. Indeed, while Indonesia, Vietnam, and Thailand have reached the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving the number of people living in poverty by 2015 ahead of schedule, the Philippines is definitely going to miss it. And with so much of GDP being devoted to consumption as opposed to investment –owing partly to the high population growth rate – neither was there much of a chance that the country would be able to attain, in this decade, the 6-8 per cent annual GDP growth rate that economists say is necessary to launch the country into sustained growth. The challenge is enormous. Even if the fertility rate were to be brought down to the replacement level of 2 births per reproductively active woman in the next decade, owing to population momentum – or the tendency of a population to grow despite a rapid decline in fertility owing to a simultaneous decline in the death rate – the Philippines will probably not see its population stabilize until the latter part of this century. Had the country attained replacement level fertility in 2010 – which it did not – the population would still have continued to grow and reach 150 million in 2060, after which it would have stabilized. If the replacement level fertility is achieved in 2030 –
which is more realistic, according to demographers – the population will stabilize at 200 million in 2080. Under a less optimistic scenario of replacement level fertility being attained even later, say in 2050, the population will stabilize at more than 250 million towards the last years of the century. The numbers are worrisome since a population of 200 million or 250 million would be a tremendous burden on the country’s carrying capacity, or the number of people a region can support without suffering significant environmental degradation. When carrying capacity is outstripped by population growth, an ecological crisis develops, then erupts in many directions.
Beyond Carrying Capacity?
There is no firm measure of the country’s carrying capacity. However, there are strong indications that the Philippines was either close to or pushed beyond its carrying capacity as early as the mid-eighties, when the population was around 55 million. With the countryside unable to support a rapidly expanding population, migration to urban areas, especially Metro-Manila, escalated. And with uncontrolled expansion of shantytown communities, waterways were clogged and polluted, with the Pasig River nearing biological death and Laguna Lake in irreversible ecological decline by the mid-1990’s. Water became an increasingly scarce resource as ecological stress intensified, with 58 per cent of ground water contaminated by human, industrial, and toxic waste by the end of the century. But there were two things that were new with the population shifts that began in the late seventies and early eighties. An important study by Robert Repetto and Wilfredo Cruz found that prior to that period, the direction of internal migration had been from the depressed rural areas to the cities. Since then, however, internal migration also pushed up to the upland areas, open access forests, and artisanal fisheries. Deforestation accelerated, with the country losing, by 2005, over a third of its already much reduced forest cover of about 10 million hectares in 1990. The Philippines now has the distinction of having the third highest deforestation rate in the
a war is necessary to wipe out an excess of population and to bring numbers into line with the available land resources." Jared is not a Malthusian, but he concludes that, population pressure was one of the important factors behind the Rwandan genocide that Malthus’ worst-case scenario may sometimes be realized, and that Rwanda may be a distressing model of that scenario in operation. Severe problems of overpopulation, environmental impact, and climate change cannot persist indefinitely: sooner or later they are likely to resolve themselves, whether in the manner of Rwanda or in some other manner not of our own devising, if we don’t succeed in solving them by our own actions. Rwanda may be an extreme case. But have we not had similar dynamics of conflict related to population pressure in the Philippines? Beginning in the 1950’s there were statesponsored and spontaneous migrations Population Growth from overpopulated Luzon and Visayas to relatively underpopulated and Social Conflict Mindanao – known in the 1960’s as Population and conflict is an un"virgin land." These intensified concomfortable correlation that many of flicts over land and territory, with us try hard not to acknowledge. Yet it Muslims and indigenous peoples is a threat looming in countries that have failed to manage their population marginalized from their lands by Christian settlers and becoming a wisely, like the Philippines. Take Rwanda. The genocide that took place minority in their own homeland. A key indicator of the acuteness in that country in 1994 has been one of of the demographic crisis was the the most tragic events of our times. The common explanation is that it was flaring up of the Moro rebellion from the 1970’s on, with its understandprecipitated by an ethnic conflict beable demand for an independent or tween Hutus and Tutsis. However, the famous environmen- autonomous homeland for the talist Jared Diamond’s careful study of Bangsa Moro people to stop the masthe Rwanda genocide in his book Col- sive encroachment of thousands of lapse reveals that in many cases, fellow impoverished non-Muslim settlers into their ancestral homeland. Hutus were also victims of the Hutu In the decades between 1980 and rampage. One of the main factors be2000, the height of social conflicts in hind the genocide, he argues, Mindanao, Southern Mindanao, Cenwas population tral Mindanao, and the area now covpressure, noting ered by the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) consishow even tently registered much higher populaamong Rwandans, there was tion growth rates than the national talk about "how average. In 2000-2007, the average population growth rate for ARMM Akbayan partylist Congressman was 5.4 per cent – the highest in the country – while the national average Walden Bello world, after Honduras and Nigeria. The second new feature of the population movements at the end of the seventies was the massive exodus of Filipinos to work in foreign climes that kicked off during that period. The labor export program was originally a small affair involving 50,000 workers when it was instituted in 1975. But with the push factor of unrestrained population growth, it soon ballooned to become one of the main absorbers of surplus labor, with 6.3 million Filipinos being deployed for overseas work from 1984 to 1995. By 2011, with an estimated 8 million of its labor force overseas, the Philippines had become the world’s second largest labor exporting country, with remittances from abroad becoming a key source of survival for millions of families and serving as the mainstay of an economy crippled by a combination of wrongheaded economic policies, unrestrained population growth, and permanent ecological crisis.
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Walden Bello and Jared Diamond have something in common with was 2.04 per cent. Like Diamond in the case Timothy Longman ‐ ‐ Binghampton University and the wild association of Rwanda, we are not claimbetween population and development, and religion. Bello calls it ing that population pressure was the only factor in the mas- “the scorched‐earth rearguard action of the Catholic Church hierarchy…” sive crisis in Mindanao that Will the real Walden Bello please come forward?. broke out in the seventies and continues until today. Undoubtedly, inequality, religion, and culture also played a role. But looking at these figures, one cannot but conclude that unrestrained population growth has been a major factor in the conflicts in the Southern Philippines. And one cannot fail to note A quick content analysis as well that there is another of Walden Bello’s wild imaginings element common to both cannot drag me to a comparison Rwanda and the Philippines: Catholicism is the religion of of the Philippine scenario to the majority in both countries. is Rwanda . Being a lay missionary In necessari This is not, however, the place to Africa for the past five years unitas, in for a comparative study of the and thus considerably widely edurelations among population opinabilibus growth, religion, and social libertas, in cated about that continent than conflict in Rwanda and the omnibus most, that is too much of a Philippines. caritas. stretch of my imagination. In conclusion, it has been a LINAWAN ADO PAG dozen years since the reproRwanda is so yesterday, why ductive health bill was first did Congressman Bello took it as introduced in Congress. Since his piece de resistance? First, he based his prognosis on two, it was first debated, the popuHow could the genocide of 800,000 yes only two, local Presbyterian parishes lation of the country has grown from 75 million to 94 Rwandans in a brief span of 100 days in Kibuye before the genocide to demonmillion. The scorched-earth be viewed outside and beyond what is strate that progressive forces were seekrearguard action of the Cathointernationally accepted as tribal or eth- ing to democratize the churches, that lic Church hierarchy against nic conflict between the Hutus and the Hutu politicians used the genocide of rationality and collective reTutsis? Tutsis to assert political power and crush sponsibility has unfortunately I could only assume that Walden democratic reform, and that church leadcondemned millions of those must have stumbled into the book of ers supported the genocide to secure children who joined our counTimothy Longman Christianity and Geno- their own ecclesiastical power. try in the last 12 years to grindcide in Rwanda. Second, when Longman said in his ing poverty and a precarious I also got hold of the same book book that church buildings became the existence. But we now have but I did not buy its message. Longman primary killing grounds in the 1994 genothe opportunity to break with the past and chart a different began by saying that Rwanda's churches cide, my alarms started bursting. What an future. We really have no have consistently allied themselves with elaborate distortion between $59 worth choice but to pass the Reprothe state and played ethnic politics. of front and back hard covers. Tell me ductive Health Bill now since But I became suspicious of his from sheer gut, in case mass killers were 2011 may well be the last opthinking process despite his being a coming down your way where would portunity for our country to consummate PhD and having his long most people seek sanctuary but church acquire that booster that would litany of works and grants because of buildings? Obviously, it was precisely allow it to clear the runway and two things: there where the murdering men reach for the sky.
Denying Malthusian connections but making the conclusion anyway
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caught up with their victims. Did he for instance cite the blast of passion resulting from shooting down of the plane of Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana, a Hutu, on April 6, 1994? This was the immediate cause that unleashed the violent passions percolating for more than a century since the Belgians left. Did he credit Mgr. Thaddée Ntihinyurwa of Cyangugu preaching against the genocide from the pulpit and trying unsuccessfully to rescue three Tutsi religious brothers from an attack. Did he mark the martyrdom of Sr. Felicitas Niyitegeka of the Auxiliaires de l’Apostolat in Gisenyi who smuggled Tutsis across the border into Zaire , until she was executed by a militant militia in retaliation. What I found closer to the truth was the book Left to Tell: Discovering God in the Rwandan Holocaust (2006), where Immaculee Ilibagiza, a Tutsi woman and Christian, described how she hid with seven other Tutsi women for 91 days in a bathroom in the house of a certain Pastor Murinzi. At the St Paul Pastoral Centre in Kigali , about 2,000 people found refuge and most of them survived, due to the efforts of Fr Celestin Hakizimana. This priest intervened at every attempt by the militia to abduct or murder' the refugees in his centre. No, his wholesale indictment of Christianity was propelled more by his rush to reinforce his thesis than render responsible historiography. I never picked up the Longman book again when I found out its working title while still a work in progress. That title was “Commanded by the Devil: Christianity and Genocide in Rwanda ”. The only close similarity between Rwanda and the Philippines is its 94% Christian dominance. But its breakdown was even nowhere typical - 57% Catholic, 26%
Protestant, and 11% Seventh Day Adventists. We have 86% Catholics, 6% other Christians. But how can he explain the fact that the ethnic tensions between the Tutsis and Hutus overflowed beyond Rwandan borders to the eastern side of Democratic Republic of Congo where another 5.4 million have also been killed only since 1996? I hope he does not say because DR Congo is 96% Christian. The political points of departure are remote, so as to draw a pattern. In the first place, the Philippines has diverse ethnicities. More than hundred, I think and none so dominant as to have any political power implications. Even the oft-repeated “imperial Manila ” is not ethnic based but geographical. In our country, where the levels of education is so high and traditional respect is still dominant, no unique tribal manifestation can be attributed to power struggle. The closest to genocide occurring in our country were the massacres at Balangiga in Samar , and Bud Dajo and Bud Bagsak in Sulu both perpetrated by the American colonizing forces. The recent Ampatuan massacre cannot even audition for a copycat. Instead of Rwanda , Walden should be alluding to countries affected by the recent Arab Spring, like Tunisia , then Egypt , then Libya , and now Syria . Instead of Rwanda , he should be citing the case of Norway where a gruesome massacre perpetrated by a single person recently shocked the whole world. Or the riots in England where flash mobs, mostly of the white young generation, took to the streets torching establishments along their way. What do these two groupings have in common? The population issue with related implications. In the case of the Arab Spring, a growing young population began protesting against oppressive regimes, have denied their own people of basic human rights and ser-
vices. Walden's economic bulb should have illumined us that overpowering dissonance started from food shortages that ultimately blew the whistle on bad governance, underlined by incompetence, abuse of power, greed and corruption. There are many credible studies not drowning in Walden's pond, that show by sheer common sense that corruption and attendant bad policies motivated by and ruled by patronage politics, have caused cyclical poverty in the Philippines. Gloria Arroyo's plunder and peNoy Aquino's runaway incompetence are the most recent illustrations. Billions of pesos diverted from the modernization of our agricultural industry to political war chests of the Arroyo conjugal kleptocracy could have already propelled our country to self-sufficiency in our basic staples, livestock and fisheries. Now agriculture is back to its historical 2.9% per year from 8.5% at the middle of 2004. And of late, could you imagine what the taxes and customs duties estimated in the billions could have done to improve our educational and health services had 1,900 container vans of imported goods were not lost in broad daylight under Aquino’s very nose? The neighboring countries that Walden mentioned are not yoked with the foreign debt that he had lavishly attacked in most of his books about Philippine economy. By the end of 2010, the total outstanding foreign debt of the Philippines is US$ 60 billion, or 31.8% of its GDP. It’s debt servicing aggravated by corruption, not consumption that is eating up the GDP! I guess Walden’s detour was intentional, thus beclouding the entire integrity and credibility of his article.
IGNORING VITAL SIGNS
In another part of the world, a self-
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styled terrorist complained about the unmitigated and aggressive migration of Muslims into Norway edging out what he saw were resources that could have instead benefited its white population. Clearly racist, he turned his rage on the Labor Party, whom he called as whitetraitors to Europe . In a remote sense this resonates in Walden’s citings of the myopic writings of Robert Repetto and Wilfredo Cruz. But deforestation in the Philippines is not significantly due to expansion of habitable countryside. Although it could one of the factors, it is a drop in the bucket compared to the massive exploitation of our natural resources, especially our forests, since we gave parity rights to the Americans after World War II and illegal logging recalling actors like the Enriles in Cagayan Valley, the Aquinos in Agusan and the Barbers in Surigao of the 1970s. Walden’s favorite collaborator when he was in Washington DC is Transparency International. Read its treatise on forest anti-corruption advocacy -http:/ illegal-logging.info/uploads/ TIAPProgFOREST.pdf that identifies intervention in specific geographic areas that have nothing to do with Repetto and Cruz’ or Jared Diamond’s dicey hallucinations about population. He denies their Malthusian connections but he makes the conclusion anyway. Finally, social scientists in the past few weeks have been isolating the root cause of the recent disturbances in Europe to "fatherless" generations that have slowly multiplied through the past few decades because of mindless depopulation policies. Besides having the highest rate of teenage pregnancy in Western Europe, the statistics are so staggering to mention here, so let me just give you the link: http:// crossrhythms.co.uk/articles/life/ Rioters_Are_NOT_Scum_They_Are_The_ Fatherless/44210/p1/ In an article in The Australian last August 11, Theordore Dalrymple said the riots in Britain are a backhanded tribute to the long-term intellectual torpor, moral cowardice, incompetence and career opportunism of the British political and intellectual class. I think simply of it as the dire consequence of the demise of the English family, its citizens’ addiction to entitlements and the death knell of a socialist government. Indeed, the rioters toll moral bankruptcy of a dying society that began when its government legislated the contraceptive mentality and abortion into the British way of life. What scandalizes me is that Walden seems to have bought the Millenium Development Goals (MDG) hook, line and sinker inconsistent with the anti- imperialist ideologue that I came to know him. This shift is suspicious. Congressman Walden Bello is one of the strong advocates for the Reproductive Health Bill, the collateral for an MDG grant of about $400 million dollars to the Philippines, accompanied by a huge cache of lobby money through the Planned Parenthood office in Metro Manila available to all its who will vote for its passage. The bill enables the present Aquino government to promote unabashed population control and put its dissenters behind bars. Its American patrons have finally found “village idiots” to crash the privacy of the Filipino bedroom, where they have been denying religion and basic morality equal access. While Walden is also the last person who will run away when it comes to condoms, I am more peacefully settled in my faith and conscience heeding the warnings of Pius X’s Pascendi Dominici Gregis’ stern warnings against modernism as early as the 1900s and Paul VI’s prophetic Humanae Vitae against contraceptive mentality that leads to abortion and many social ills. What heretics are selling to the Filipinos had already sown its fatal harvest of death and moral decadence in Europe . I don’t want the Norwegian assassin and the British rioters to tell the Filipinos 20 years from now, “We told you so… and you did not
THE DISTAFF SIDE
Am I seeing the fading of an activist? Has Walden’s anti-imperialist credo found a weak spot in the Reproductive Health bill that President Obama is exporting to our soil. I first met Walden in 1963 when Jolly Benitez and he organized a leadership training program that I attended representing San Beda high. Capping the event, the delegates were even treated to a weekend at the Bello family-owned Cielito Lindo island in the middle of Laguna de Bay. Both Jolly and he were from Ateneo. Jolly of course became a prominent figure during the final chapter of the Marcos regime, as the brains behind the Department of Human Settlement, a great idea that perished with the former dictator. I would reconnect with Walden when I was drafted by President Aquino to serve as a diplomat in Washington DC, a few days after the Edsa revolution. Oh, he was the guru of the leftist anti-American, antiWorld Bank pinoy civil society in the United States. I don't need to elaborate, just buy his books for as low as $9 in the internet and consider yourself briefed in detail about the real Walden in those days. His next milestone, was when AKBAYAN won partylist seats in the Philippine Congress. The last photo I saw of him was when he visited one of the Spratly islands in protest of alleged Chinese "intrusion" in one of the disputed "territories" there.
October is an eventful month for all prolifers in the United States. Instead of serializing the 2011 brochures of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, publishing all eight of them in a supplement following this issue, to serve as quick primer, for the January 23, 2012 March for Life. You can access them in their original formats at http:// www.usccb.org/about/pro-lifeactivities/respect-lifeprogram/2011/2011-respect-lifeprogram-pamphlets.cfm and order copies using that website.
Philippines have so clearly rejected it? It reappears because it is fueled by mind-boggling amounts of money from international population control organizations, including the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), who By Adam Cassandra opposition to the have long expressed their concern LifeSiteNews bill with the backing of pro-life that there are too many poor FilipiSeptember 9, 2011- A diplo- organizations across the country. nos for their comfort.” “The new bill and its previous Rep. Kimi Cojuangco of the matic cable recently published versions have raised the volume of Pangasinan province in the Philipby the controversial website the vigorous public debate on repro- pines, a co-sponsor of the RH Bill, Wikileaks confirms the depth ductive issues among between [sic] actually admitted that the bill was a of support by the U.S. govern- civil society, NGOs, the Catholic means of population control during ment for population control ini- Church and legislators,” said Amb. an exchange with another representiatives in the Philippines over Kenny. “The controversy has gener- tative, saying the bill was the past 40 years, including sup- ated news media coverage and edito- “definitely” a population control rial commentary from all sides.” measure, and agreeing that to curb port for the highly contested Many Filipinos have the country Reproductive Health (RH) Bill tioned the international openly ques- poverty,population. needs a support of smaller currently under consideration in the bill by organizations pushing a Another pro-RH Bill legislator the Philippine legislature. population control agenda. Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago “Landmark appropriations and Philippine Senate Majority Leader also admitted Monday that the bill draft legislation reflect increasing Vicente Sotto recently expressed still needs to be cleaned up of all commitment within the Philippine concern over the “sinister” populareferences to population control, Government to further expand and tion control motives of some of the while acknowledging the influence sustain programs started forty years bill’s backers, saying, “We find in the bill of U.S. National Security ago with U.S. Government’s assisgroups, NGOs, pharmaceutical com- Study Memorandum (NSSM) 200 tance through USAID,” former U.S. panies or business interests behind during Senate debate. Ambassador to the Philippines Kris- the bill or supporting people behind NSSM-200, authored by former tie Kenny said in the cable. the bill, so this adds to our fears.” Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, “The U.S. Government continues “The same bill has been filed and “explicitly laid out a detailed stratto be the largest donor in the Philip- re-filed since 1998’s 11th Congress egy by which the United States pine population sector supporting (it is now the 15th), but as we have would aggressively promote popuefforts to improve local government seen, its Western promoters have no lation control in developing nations service delivery and increase private intention of taking ‘no’ for an answer in order to regulate (or have better sector contributions to family health this time around,” said Dr. Ligaya access to) the natural resources of outcomes,” Kenney added. Acosta, Regional Coordinator for these countries,” according to Dr. The cable, sent from Manila to Asia and Oceania for Brian Clowes, DirecWashington, D.C. in July of 2008, the international protor of Research at was released by Wikileaks at a time life organization HuHLI, in his 2004 of intense debate within the Philipman Life International publication Kissinger pine legislature, and among the Fili(HLI), earlier this year. Report 2004: A Retropino people, about the state funding “Why, one might spective on NSSM-200. of contraceptives, abortifacients and ask, does it keep reap“According to other “family planning” services pearing, sometimes NSSM-200, elements through the RH Bill. with different names or of the implementaAs the cable notes, the Catholic slightly revised content, tion of population Church in the Philippines has led the if the people of the control programs DR. LIGAYA ACOSTA
WKILEAKS BLOWS WHISTLE:
‘Sinister’ depopulation funding by US government for the past 40 years; HLI cites NSSM 200
could include: a) the legalization of abortion; b) financial incentives for countries to increase their abortion, sterilization and contraception-use rates; c) indoctrination of children; and d) mandatory population control, and coercion of other forms, such as withholding disaster and food aid unless [a country] implements population control programs,” wrote Dr. Clowes. “The U.S. government has never renounced NSSM-200, but has only amended certain portions of its policy. NSSM-200, therefore, remains the foundational document on population control issued by the United States government.” While it is highly unlikely that parties involved in promoting the RH Bill in the Philippines, or elsewhere, are directly familiar with NSSM-200, it is clear that its goals and assumptions have now become fundamental to the human development policies of the U.S. and other international governments and non-governmental organizations. “USAID technical assistance enables pharmaceutical companies to launch lower-priced contraceptive products,” Ambassador. Kenny said in the cable, later adding, “Within the past three years, annual funding levels for population and family planning from the US Government have increased from around $13M to $15M.” Under a section titled “So far, so good,” the ambassador noted that, “The use of oral contraceptive pills has increased steadily among the
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poor (by 30% in the past five years),” adding, “The poor spend around US$0.40 for pills, and the rich pay about US$1 for the same method.” Amb. Kenny also pointed out that USAID assistance is “expanding the availability of accurate information on modern family planning methods within grass-roots communities.” [emphasis added]. The RH Bill currently contains a provision to fine and jail opponents who spread as-yet-undefined “malicious” falsehoods about the bill. Dr. Acosta, who lives and works in the Philippines, said in an excerpt of a soon to be released interview while visiting the U.S. last month, “The American people have to know that America, very sadly, has become the greatest exporter of the culture of death – abortion, contraception – all of these things.” “There’s so much money…I’m so amazed. I know that America is in crisis, but why is it…that America is giving billions of dollars, not only to my country, the Philippines, but all over Asia, Oceania and all over the world, to promote abortion and contraception?” “What is important to note is not so much the scary-sounding name of a forty-year-old document like NSSM-200 that very few people have read, but to note how this new cable shows that its policy recommendations have been so perfectly implemented, and how language has
evolved to make it sound like a positive thing for poor nations to stop having children for the sake of wealthy nations,” said Dr. Clowes in response to the release of the Wikileaks cable. “Even a proponent of the Philippines RH Bill, Senator Santiago, admits the concerns about population control, and stresses the need to use less offensive language – women’s health, poverty alleviation, and the like – to achieve the very same ends.” “The question remains unanswered,” added Dr. Clowes. “When did it become acceptable for rich nations to pour billions of dollars into poor nations, all in an effort to get the poor to behave as the rich would prefer?” (HLIWorldWatch.org)
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SENATE PRESIDENT ENRILE:
Pro‐Reproductive Health / DOH statistics mere Extrapolations, padded by a New York company
extrapolations by the Guttmacher Institute and the UP Population Institute. The New York-based Guttmacher Institute is the former research arm of the pro-abortion group Planned Parenthood, the largest provider of abortion services in the US. To arrive at the total number Tuesday’s floor debates brought of abortions in a year, Santiago into the open how pro-RH lobbyists said the Guttmacher methodolhave been calculating the supposed ogy simply multiplies the number number of abortions in the country, of women hospitalized for comwhich Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago plications due to abortion “by a claims is at 570,000 annually. factor of 6 or 7.” She did not exUnder interpellation by Senate plain how the so-called multiplier President Juan Ponce Enrile, Santiago was derived. — a sponsor of the RH bill — re“In other words this may or vealed that the figure came from 2008 may not be true,” Enrile said, to which Santiago replied in the affirmative. “But to imply that they were pulled out of thin air is unfair,” die thers ,’ is Santiago said. mo day The Guttmacher paper in every R hype! question, available publicly on st P the Internet, estimated 3.371 milju lion pregnancies in 2008 – out of which 17% (573,000) supposedly SENATOR PIA CAYETANO led to “induced abortions.” Guttmacher claimed that based on hospital records, there were 90,000 admissions in 2008, which means the multiplier used by Guttmacher was between 6 and 7 to produce an inflated figure of 573,000 induced abortions – easily half of abortions in the United States, where abortion is legal. During the debates, Enrile pointed out that Guttmacher made the extrapolation based
MANILA, September 7, 2011 –One of the Senate sponsors of the controversial “reproductive health” (RH) bill admitted Tuesday that statistics being used by pro-RH advocates are merely “extrapolations” and are therefore not exact.
on data from way back in 2000, or more than a decade ago. A check on the methodology of the 2008 extrapolation showed that hospital records were not really examined that year. The methodology states: “Numbers of induced abortions by region, 2008: We applied the regional number of induced abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–49 in 2000 (the most recent data available) to the numbers of women aged 15–49 in 2008.” The 2000 data is contained in the older study “The Incidence of Induced Abortion in the Philippines: Current Level and Recent Trends,” also by Guttmacher and UP. That study, published in 2005, claimed 78,901 women were hospitalized due to abortion complications across all regions in the country. Multiplying it by a factor of 6 inflates the figure to 473,408 – the supposed level of induced abortions in 2000.
ANECDOTAL EVIDENCE, INDIRECT ESTIMATES
The older study, however, admits having “limited information” on the prevalence of abortion, as it relied on “anecdotal evidence” and a 2006 survey of health workers which merely “suggested” that about one in four women with abortion complications needed to be hospitalized, or a multiplier of 5. To account for improvements in the “safety of abortion” over the years, Guttmacher and UP simply adjusted the inflation factor to between 5 and 7. Even the figure attributed to hospital records is extrapolated or merely based on “indirect estimates,” it turns out. A total of 2,039 hospitals were identified, but usable reports were obtained for only 1,658. For 1,180 hospitals, the study merely assumed that “the number of women admitted for abortion complications was half the number of patients admitted for the 10th leading cause of admission.”
Nearly 400 hospitals did not even have data at all, but were nevertheless assigned 6,000 supposed hospitalizations.
Guttmacher’s 2008 methodology, meanwhile did not consider factors known to reduce maternal mortality or even attempt to get more reliable counts. Santiago defended Guttmacher on Tuesday, saying: “Apparently they have a track record of reasonable accuracy.” Tuesday’s debates saw a calmer Santiago, who even used the word “opo” to answer Enrile’s questions. In contrast, the other RH sponsor, Sen. Pia Cayetano, was visibly irritated by the Senate President’s queries, which she dismissed as “repetitive.” “Don’t teach me how to interpellate,” SENATOR DEFENSOR Enrile said. “Don’t teach me how to answer,” Cayetano replied. Cayetano and Enrile clashed over the oft-repeated statistic of 11 maternal deaths a day, which had been found to be based on old data but is now being attributed by the pro-RH lobby to the maximum estimate by government statisticians. The World Health Organization (WHO) placed maternal deaths in 2008 at just 5.75 a day. In an apparent admission that “11 a day” is only for public relations purposes, Cayetano said: “’11 mothers die everyday’ is a phrase used by NGOs to drive home the point.” Enrile appealed to the pro-RH lobby not to take him to task for questioning the data used to push for the RH bill, saying he was doing so only to place the entire issue in the records of the Senate. To recall, pro-RH lobbyists last month waged a social-networking demolition job on Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III, who questioned the basis of the “11 a day” statistic. “I want to make sure that statistical numbers used for the possible passage of this bill are beyond doubt,” Enrile said.
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FORMER UST DEAN SAYS:
Santiago’s theology is twisted, phrase ‘Follow your Conscience’ has long been abused
knowledge and was perilous to its audience. Santiago studied theology at the Maryhill School of Theology, a proponent of liberation theology — the Marxist elements of which had been strongly condemned by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the former head of the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith who is now Pope Benedict XVI. In her speech, Santiago said: “If, after proper study, reflection, and prayer, a person is convinced that his or her conscience is correct, in spite of a conflict with the moral teachings of the Church, the person not only may but must follow the dictates of conscience, rather than the teachings of the Church.” But Aligan, quoting the late Pope John Paul II, said Catholics have the duty to know whether their consciences are right. Another theologian, Fr. Joel Jason, dean of studies of San Carlos Seminary, emphasized that one may not commit an act that is wrong even with a good intention. “Kahit na maganda ‘yung intention mo (Even if your intention is good), you cannot do something that is evil in order to get something good. If you do something evil, it will be tantamount to committing sin,” Jason said in The Varsitarian article. Jason said the Church will remain faithful to the teachings of Christ, however unpopular they are.
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Reacting to Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago’s speech sponsoring the “reproductive health” (RH) bill last month, Fr. Rodel Aligan, O.P. said the phrase “follow your own conscience” has long been abused. Aligan said a person cannot just invoke his or her conscience without studying the Church’s teachings as well as a careful scrutiny of one’s self before God. This is because one’s conscience, while certain, can be wrong. “A conscience may be right and certain or erroneous and certain. Generally, a certain conscience comes from right conscience,” the Dominican priest said in an interview with The Varsitarian, UST’s newspaper. “[A person] has the right to follow [his or her] own conviction provided that he or she remains sincerely disposed to continue his or her inquiry [about the teachings of God],” he added. The Varsitarian report quoted Aligan as saying Santiago’s speech, “The Reproductive Health Act, Part 1: Primacy of Conscience in Catho(Dominic Francisco, CBCPforLife) lic Theology,” contained little
MANILA, September 11, 2011–Theology should not be used to advance one’s personal advocacy, especially when it runs contrary to Church teaching, according to the former dean of the theology school of the University of Santo Tomas (UST).
THE TROJAN HORSE
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PLANNED PARENTHOOD EXPOSED: P26 million Abortion lobby money contrary to Philippine law
Senate debate reveals flagrant violation by three pro-RH NGOs
By Dominic Francisco
CBCP for Life MANILA, September 5, 2011–At least three nongovernment organizations have been found to be espousing the legalization of abortion in the Philippines, as senators resumed floor debates on the controversial “reproductive health” (RH) bill last Monday.
One of the sponsors of Senate Bill No. 2865, Sen. Pia Cayetano, did not deny that groups such as the Family Planning Organization of the Philippines (FPOP), the Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR), and LIKHAAN when interpellated by Sen. Vicente Sotto III. Sotto noted that promoting abortion is in violation of the Cory constitution that protects life from the first moment of conception. Sotto pointed out that FPOP received US$617,000 (P26 million) in funding from the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) – the world’s largest abortion provider – last year. FPOP’s website carries a document titled “Medical and Service Delivery Guidelines for Sexual and Reproductive Health Services,” which describes medical and surgical methods for inducing abortion. “Efforts should be made to inform the public that abortion is safest when performed early, and women who seek abortion should be encouraged to attend as early in the pregnancy as possible,” the document on the FPOP website states. ABORTION CRUISES FPOP is also on the listing of “Sexual Health Services and abortion clinics Worldwide” by the Dutch abortion group Women on Waves (WoW). WoW takes women aboard hired ships to undergo abortions in international waters, to escape national laws banning abortion. WoW states in its website: “If you live in a country where there is no access to safe abortion services and you would like to obtain a medical abortion with Mifepristone and Misoprostol, please go to Women on Web. This is an online medical abortion help service that refers to a doctor who can provide you with a medical abortion.” Mifepristone and Misoprostol are abortion drugs, and both are not legal in the Philippines. BOOK ON ABORTION LIKHAAN, meanwhile, published last year a Filipino translation of the book “Where Women Have No Doctor,” Chapter 15 of which has a section titled “Mga Ligtas na Paraan ng Pagpapalaglag” (Safe Abortion Practices).
The book is available to the public on the LIKHAAN website. Here are some excerpts from
the book: “Tinatanggal ang binubuntis sa pamamagitan ng paghigop, gamit ang ispesyal na tubo (cannula) na pinapadaan sa puwerta at cervix papasok sa matris. (The fetus is removed by suction using a special instrument inserted through the vagina to get to the womb or uterus.) “Puwedeng gawin ito na hindi pinapatulog ang babae, pero minsan, iniiniksyunan ng gamot sa cervix para makatulong sa sakit. (This can be done without making the mother sleep, but at times anesthetics are applied to help alleviate pain.) “Sa manu-manong proseso, tinatanggal ang binubuntis sa pamamagitan ng ispesyal na heringgilya. (A manual vaccum aspiration or MVA process is then applied through a syringe.) Kung hindi,
gumagamit ng maliit na makinang dekuryente. (If necessary, a small electrical machine is used.) “Mayroon na ngayong mga gamot na nagagamit ang mga doktor at health worker para magpalaglag. (There are now abortive pills that doctors and health workers prescribe.) “Pinapaimpis ng mga gamot ang matris at pinipiga palabas ang binubuntis. (The drug makes the uterus contract forcing out the fetus.) “Ang ilang gamot ay nilalagay sa loob ng puwerta … ang ilan ay iniinom, at ang ilan ay iniiniksyon. (Some drugs are drunk, some plaved inside the vagina or muscularly injected.) “Kung tama ang gagamiting gamot o kumbinasyon ng mga gamot, ligtas at mabisang paraan ito” (If used correctly, these drugs or combination of drugs are safe and effective.)
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to improve access despite the law,” sharing of “experiences and strategies about how to confront religious fundamentalists,” and finding the “best practices for linking abortion rights to other social justice and human rights campaigns.” Sotto pointed out that the RH bill opens the door” to abortion. Citing Section 3 paragraph I, the Senator read “While this Act does not amend the penal law on abortion, the government shall ensure that all women needing care for post-abortion complications shall be treated and counseled in a humane, nonjudgmental and compassionate manner.” “As far as I am concerned,” Sotto added, “the people and organizations behind this bill are the ones giving me the difficulty to accept this proposed legislation.” The Senator specifically mentioned the International Planned Parenthood Federation that “has lobbied worldwide for the legalization and repeal of all laws preventing legal access to abortion.”
Sotto: ‘RH bill opens door to abortion’
The Manila- and Amsterdam-based WGNRR, headed by UP professor Dr. Sylvia Claudio, talks about its “Abortion Rights Advocacy” in its website: “Throughout its almost 30 year history, WGNRR has made abortion advocacy a priority.” The Claudio-led group’s “specific goals” include the investigation of “ways
SENATORS SOTTO AND ENRILE AT A SENATE HEARING
ALERT: Yahoogroup writer Elsa Bayani surveys what increases the chances of the RH bill passing
The global initiative on Reproductive Health Bills is heavily funded before and after approval; to make sure it gets approved and then for the implementation. The Philippines is the best platform for this for many obvious reasons: 1. The population is not well-informed about issues; 2. The poor people are easy to control with promises of benefits - health care, free medicines, free check-ups, etc. 3. The instance of poverty is not only the best excuse, but a misleading excuse - that population control will alleviate poverty. This is only relative and has no direct relationship. Many successful people come from large poor families while even small families are unable to make it to succeed. 4. Population control is a global initiative - social scientists, engineers who are involved with pharmaceuticals, chemists, merchants, businessmen - they must sell their wares and services! 5. Governments have to pool their citizens together for easy facilitation of programs that lead to global control; 6. The Philippines is a microcosm of this global initiative - penalties in the RH Bill are beyond the expectation of a civilized society where human rights are trampled upon and where the right against invasion of privacy can no longer be invoked. 7. The funding of RH Bill is international - thus increasing its chances of approval. ‐ firstname.lastname@example.org
STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF FR. FRANK PAVONE
We in Couples for Christ Foundation for Family and Life – USA are saddened by the news that Fr. Frank Pavone has been recalled to the Amarillo Diocese by his bishop, Most Reverend Patrick Zurek. We do not understand why such an action is necessary and believe that Fr. Pavone be given the opportunity to continue his much-needed ministry in Priests for Life. We believe that Fr. Pavone is the main reason why Priests for Life has grown to be the leading Pro-life voice of the Catholic Church in the US today. With his passion in defending the unborn, his eloquence in exposing the evils of abortion while being sensitive and compassionate in reaching out to the supporters, participants, and victims of the abortion industry, and his great managerial and people skills, Fr. Pavone has not only positioned Priests for Life to stand in the gap in the fight to end abortion in the US but he has also awakened many Catholics to the great need for both the laity and the clergy to pro-actively rise in defense of the millions of babies that are killed through abortion. We are grateful to Fr. Pavone for the help he has extended CFCFFL particularly in providing keynote speakers for our national Pro-life conferences which had Fr. Peter West in 2010 and Fr. Pavone himself in 2011. In each case, Priests for Life did not charge a fee for the speaking engagements and yet the talks were exactly what we the laity needed to hear from the Church but which unfortunately is not preached from the pulpit on Sundays. There has been much success in Fr. Pavone’s ministry in Priests for Life that has inspired many Catholics to rally behind the cause for defending the innocent unborn and we in CFCFFL believe that taking out Fr. Pavone from Priests for Life will have an adverse effect on this very important aspect of the Church’s work and voice. Fr. Pavone is ideally equipped to be the inspiring leader of Priests for Life and thus we respectfully request Bishop Zurek to allow Fr. Pavone to continue serving in what we believe should be his full-time ministry. We offer our prayers for both Bishop Zurek and Fr. Pavone that their meeting on Fr. Pavone’s assignment will result in mutual understanding and pave the way for Fr. Pavone’s return to active leadership in Priests for Life. We pray that Bishop’s Zurek’s review of the finances of Priests for Life will reveal that all donations to the organization were spent prudently and faithfully in the mission of defending the right to life of the unborn and with due stewardship of the monies that belongs to the Church. Lastly, we pray that the Holy Spirit descend upon Bishop Zurek and Fr. Pavone that their relationship not only be restored but even strengthened as comrades in arms in the fight to defend life. We the laity in CFCFFL so fervently pray in the mighty name of Jesus and through our Lady of Guadalupe, the Patroness of Pro-life. Manny Hermano, 09/22/11
CFCFFL-USA National Pro-life Coordinator
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