Today is Earth Day and I am afraid I didn't play a great part. I drove my car up to Westminster College in New Wilmington, not far from Grove City, to speak to a journalism class, a most enjoyable and interesting experience, at least for me. (I don't know how the students liked it).
Just outside the small college town, I saw an Amish man ploughing his field with four horses, a splendid, fleeting vision of the 19th century. He was doing his part for Earth Day, even if he had never heard of it.
As I was gone for much of the afternoon, I must keep this short. As a discussion point, I include a press release that went out today.
A caveat is necessary: I respect those who oppose abortion as a matter of religious faith but the argument made in this release - that Planned Parenthood is to be blamed for environmental degradation - strikes me as bizarre and extremely counter-productive. The danger outlined may indeed be true but this linkage might make anyone reading this to think that environmentalists aren't the only extremists around. Read it and weep ....
EARTH DAY: SAFEGUARDING THE ENVIRONMENT FROM PLANNED PARENTHOOD
Washington, DC (22 April 2010) - Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion chain and birth control provider, is the main culprit behind America's increasingly polluted waters.
Over the past few years, scientists have discovered that male fish in the nation's streams, lakes and rivers have been growing female reproductive parts. Scientists point to synthetic estrogen from birth control that has made its way into the nation's water supply from sewage systems.
"This Earth Day, let's fight back and save our environment by eliminating Planned Parenthood's support. One way you can celebrate Earth Day is to join the fight against Planned Parenthood," said Marie Hahnenberg, director of American Life League's "The Pill Kills" project.
Planned Parenthood receives millions of tax dollars each year to distribute birth control pills that are toxic to our environment and pose a myriad of health risks to women and their preborn children, including blood clots and cancer.
But on Earth Day 2010, American Life League pointed to the birth control pill's startling and often overlooked impact on wildlife.
"What we demonstrated is that estrogen can wipe out entire populations of small fish-a key food source for larger fish whose survival could in turn be threatened over the longer term," Dr. Karen Kidd, of the University of New Brunswick told LifeSiteNews after an in-depth study of birth control's impact on lakes and watersheds. "We've known for some time that estrogen can adversely affect the reproductive health of fish, but ours was the first study to show the long-term impact on the sustainability of wild fish populations," Kidd continued.
Conrad Volz, co-director of exposure assessment at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute's Center for Environmental Oncology, pointed to the danger posed to human populations: "We need to pay attention to chemicals that are estrogenic in nature, because they find their way back into the water we all use."
American Life League's The Pill Kills Day on Saturday, June 5 will raise further awareness of the birth control pill's deadly impact on the environment. For more information, see www.thepillkills.org.
American Life League was cofounded in 1979 by Judie Brown. It is the largest grassroots Catholic pro-life organization in the United States and is committed to the protection of all innocent human beings from the moment of creation to natural death.