Life Advocates

Right to Life Advocates, founded in 1974 — 501(c)(4)

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Life Advocates

Also known as Right to Life Advocates, founded in 1974, net earnings of which are devoted exclusively to charitable, educational and Pro-Life purposes. Life Advocates supports positive, pro-life solutions to human problems as alternatives to abortion, euthanasia, infanticide, or other deliberate destruction of human beings. We have been involved in the legislative process from the beginning, promoting issues and legislation protecting the innocent unborn, as well as other important issues affecting families.

Statement of Purpose

That all men are created equal and are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights, among which is...

AND That the very existence of human life conveys a supreme value that is absolute and unsurrenderable, regardless of: size, age, degree of development, physical or mental competence, state of health, condition of dependency, or any relative values such as wantedness or usefulness, or political, religious, social, financial, or racial characteristics or conditions;
AND That human life begins at the moment of union of the mother's ovum and the father's sperm and is one continuum and inviolable until natural death unquestionably has occurred.


The right to life of each human being shall be equally preserved and protected by every other human being in the society and by the society as a whole. If doubt exists whether a human being exists and is alive, then because of that possibility that a human life does exist, it shall be assumed that there is a human life until all doubt can be dismissed, otherwise the full rights of a human being shall be preserved and protected.

No relative value judgment shall be exercised favoring or denying one human life relative to another, so that attack upon human life is allowed.

Pursuant to these principles, we, live human beings, join in the defense of the RIGHT TO LIFE of all human beings, so that, and we, may share the liberty and pursuit of happiness we all so cherish.

To this end, LIFE ADVOCATES support positive pro-life solutions to human problems as alternatives to abortion, euthanasia, infanticide, or other deliberate destruction of human beings. We seek to form our society in such a way that any such deliberate and violent action will remain an unspeakable crime.

In The Press

Kate Fehlhaber
How babies know their mother’s voice — even in the womb

October 23, 2016

It is no surprise that a child prefers its mother’s voice to those of strangers

Beginning in the womb, a fetus’ developing auditory pathways sense the sounds and vibrations of its mother. Soon after birth, a child can identify its mother’s voice and will work to hear her voice better over unfamiliar female voices.

A 2014 study of pre-term infants showed that playing a recording of the mother’s voice when babies sucked on a pacifier was enough to improve development of oral feeding skills and shorten their hospital stay. A mother’s voice can soothe a child in stressful situations, reducing levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, and increasing levels of oxytocin, the social bonding hormone.

Scientists have even traced the power of a mother’s voice to infants’ brains: A mother’s voice activates the anterior prefrontal cortex and the left posterior temporal region more strongly than an unfamiliar voice, priming the infant for the specialized task of speech processing. While it makes intuitive sense that a mother’s voice has special power over infants and toddlers, what happens as children grow up? Daniel Abrams, a neurobiologist at Stanford University School of Medicine, and his team of researchers set out to answer this question using functional MRI (fMRI), a neuroimaging technique that measures brain activity by detecting metabolic changes in blood flow. The researchers examined 24 children between the ages of 7 and 12, who had normal IQs, had no development disorders and were raised by their biological mothers.

While in the MRI machine, these children listened to recordings of nonsense words spoken by their mothers or by other women. The researchers specifically chose nonsense words so as not to trigger brain circuits related to semantics. Regardless, the children were able to accurately identify their mother’s voice more than 97 percent of the time in less than one second. But what actually happened when these older children heard their mother’s voice?

The team hypothesized that listening to her voice would produce more activity in the so-called “voice-selective” brain regions, involved in recognizing voice and processing speech, compared with when they heard unfamiliar female voices. But what the scientists found was even more remarkable. A mother’s voice activated a wide range of brain structures including the amygdala, which regulates emotion, the nucleus accumbens and medial prefrontal cortex, which are part of a major reward circuit, and the fusiform face area, which processes visual face information.

This pattern of brain activity can be likened to a neural fingerprint, where a mother’s voice triggers specific activity in her child’s brain. The investigation didn’t stop there. The team found that the more neural connection between these “voice-selective” brain regions and those related to mood, reward and face processing, the more social communication abilities a child had. In other words, the neural fingerprint of a mother’s voice within a child’s brain can predict that child’s ability to communicate in the social realm.

If that neural fingerprint is thought of as a biomarker in a child’s brain, then how different does it look in children with disorders in social function, such as autism? And how does the neural fingerprint change in adolescence and into adulthood? The answers to these questions remain unknown, but it is now scientifically proven that most of us carry a mother’s voice in the neural patterns of our brain: bedtime stories, dinnertime conversation and the chatter we heard before birth identify us, uniquely, as surely as the fingerprint, enabling emotional development and social communication in childhood and, probably, through life.

Originally published by Aeon Media


Source: New York Post ©

Doree Lewak
Birth control is turning women into hormonal messes

October 13, 2016

More than 1 million women between 1995 and 2013, suggests a 40 percent greater chance of being prescribed an antidepressant after six months of using birth control compared to nonusers

Michelle was crouched in the corner of the shower — water streaming over her as she lost sense of time and place — when her husband of less than a year broke down the door. “It was something you’d see in a movie — he found me crying on the floor in the fetal position,” says the 37-year-old, who now lives on Long Island and declined to give her last name for privacy reasons. “At that point, he may have thought I was trying to drown myself.”

Michelle, then 25, transformed from a bubbly, blushing bride with an “upbeat and sweet” disposition to someone suddenly gripped by demons. “I was a happy newlywed, living my life on the Upper West Side, and I soon became suicidal. I would tell [my husband],‘I don’t want to live anymore. I want to take my life.’ ”

The cause of her dangerous transformation? Her birth-control pill, an estrogen- and progestogen-based oral contraceptive, which she was prescribed about a month after tying the knot to control severe cramps. “I was very depressed and didn’t want to get out of bed,” says Michelle, who works in a law office. “My husband would come home from work and find me staring blankly at the TV in the dark. It was frightening”


Source: New York Post ©

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