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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Soccer and Faith...

An excellent post about preparing our children to live faithful and faith filled lives.

Vaccination Questions

It was brought to my attention not too long ago, that some vaccines are created using fetal cells harvested from aborted babies. This was quite a surprise and I was not sure whether to believe this was actually occurring or not. When I talked with my family doctor about it, he simply said that many people would be surprised at some of the things pharmaceutical companies do in the production of drugs or vaccines. (He was not very helpful in putting my mind at ease!) It took me several months to find out any concrete data about this, but on Tuesday, I came across a discussion in the Faith and Family blog about the ethics of using these vaccines. Ah Ha! I was quick to investigate an article about where the Vatican stands on vaccines. I also found the link to a list of vaccines made using aborted fetal cell lines and possible ethical alternatives to be very helpful.

Armed with this information, I went to my 4 month old's well-baby checkup yesterday. We have a wonderful family physician and he has a brilliant nurse who is in charge of all the vaccinations and records. She really is super good and very sweet. Therefore, I talked with her about the vaccinations and my concerns. I had printed out the list of 'bad' vaccines and their 'ethical alternatives'. (She did not know that some vaccines are made using aborted fetal cells.)

Now I am a firm believer in vaccinations. I believe we have fewer childhood diseases and fewer child deaths because of our vaccination program here in the States. I know that very bad reactions can and do occur in a very small percent of babies and children, and if your baby is in that small percent it is so devastating! I can only imagine! However, compared with the devastation of these diseases prior to vaccines, I am willing to take that risk, and have done so with all of my children. I agree with the Vatican article that vaccines are important in "protecting the whole population and avoiding death and malformation." Having said that, I also believe that vaccines (and anything) should not be made using aborted fetuses.

My goal in speaking with our nurse was to see, first which vaccines, manufactured by which company, we were receiving and second, if any of the 'ethical alternatives' were available. I was going to get the vaccinations, but I was hoping to get the alternatives.

The results of my investigation... She was due for two shots, one was made ethically (not using a fetal cell line), the other was made using an aborted fetal cell line. We discussed the alternative vaccines, but because of the combination, were unable to use the alternative, however next time she will be able to have the alternative.

Unfortunately, there is not always an ethical alternative available for prolife parents who want to have their children vaccinated. I will continue to have my children vaccinated, preferably with a vaccine manufactured without the use of aborted fetal cells. Perhaps by spreading the word and even contacting vaccine manufacturing companies, better alternatives will become available.

What do you think?

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Fighting Fair

Some ideas on how to have a fair and loving argument/discussion with your spouse.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Contraceptives...

A really good article on the 'fine print' of contraceptives...

http://www.archden.org/index.cfm/ID/2777

Parenting without screaming...

I found this excellent parenting advice on the Faith and Family online magazine/blog. I have found their blog to be helpful in connecting with other catholic parents and learning better parenting skills. The following post is about when we scream/yell too much and some strategies to control our anger, such as prayer. The article also contains some suggestions for creative discipline, instead of yelling.

http://www.faithandfamilylive.com/magazine/yell_no_more/

I know there are days when I yell far too much and seem unable to think of another way to handle the situation. One reason I am posting this link is so that I can go back and read it if I need to! :)

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Online Registration!

The Dalhart chapter of CCL is now online! Our classes for 2010 have been loaded up onto CCL's online registration. If you want to attend any of our classes in 2010, just follow this link:

http://register.ccli.org/

and search for us by location! You register and pay online and CCL will ship your class materials straight to you.

NFP Promotional Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIrQwjCUbf0&feature=player_embedded

This is a fabulous video about what NFP is and how it can affect your marriage! It's only 5 minutes and well worth the time!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Planned Parenthood Conducts Clinical Trials on Minors

http://lhla.org/breaking_news/?p=3076

This is a scary news story about the clinical trials that Planned Parenthood (PP) has been conducting on minors over the last 30 years and continues to conduct today. A list of the PP's involved in these research trials is provided in the article.

These trials should cause outrage in our society especially from parents! Girls used in these studies were as young as 13! Sex with minor girls is sex abuse and is illegal in most states and yet PP is allowed-even funded by the government in some cases-to exploit these young girls in research trials. Instead research and time and energy should be spent in preventing sex abuse and sexual activity in children!

NFP/Fertility Conversation

http://www.faithandfamilylive.com/blog/fertil#When:11:00:37Z

I found this conversation on the Faith and Family blog. This is what they say:

"This weekly thread is a place where you can share your struggles, triumphs, links, resources, concerns, and questions about all things related to Natural Family Planning.
Please join the conversation!"

So, if you have questions or comments and want to hear from others, this might be a good place to go!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Baby 1 versus Baby 2

This is a very funny post about the first baby versus the third baby and mothering. It brightened my day, and I can relate since we have 4 children! A good read...

http://kathleenbasi.com/2009/10/02/baby-1-versus-baby-3/

Side Effects of Oral Contraceptives

Here is an article about the oral contraceptives, Yaz and Yasmin.

http://nfpworks.wordpress.com/2009/10/04/health-concerns-over-popular-contraceptives/#comment-775