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The Internet’s First Abortion Class
For the first time ever, an American university is offering a dedicated online course on abortion.
Starting on October 13th, the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) will offer a six-week class called “Abortion: Quality Care and Public Health Implications” through the online course platform Coursera. Operating primarily in a public health framework, the course will address patient-centered abortion care both during and after the first trimester before proceeding to examine obstacles to safe abortions and abortion access worldwide.
Given the current proliferation of massive open online courses (MOOCs), this course would hardly be noteworthy if not for the fact that abortion education in U.S. medical schools and public health programs in the United States is still in lackluster shape. While the Guttmacher Institute estimates that 30 percent of American women will have an abortion by the age of 45, a 2005 review of U.S. medical school curricula on abortion revealed that less than a third of schools include a single lecture focused on abortion during the clinical years. A 2009 survey also found that a full third of North American medical schools do not include abortion education in preclinical courses either.
And the discipline of public health, as a committee from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists observes, has traditionally focused on “reducing the frequency of unintended pregnancy” in their approach to abortion, a stance that matches American sex education’s focus on abstinence over safe sex practices in both its idealism and its implicit moralism. Public health’s approach to abortion has shifted over the years with many prominent figures in the discipline nowemphasizing legal access to safe abortions worldwide, but public health curricula at many U.S. schools still tend to relegate abortion to a single unit or lecture within a course.
A 2005 review of U.S. medical school curricula on abortion revealed that less than a third of schools include a single lecture focused on abortion during the clinical years.
Residency training in obstetrics and gynecology fares slightly better with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education mandating that “access to experience with induced abortion must be part of residency education.” Even so, these requirements leave plenty of loopholes: residents with “religious or moral objections” are permitted to opt out and institutions themselves may opt out as well, referring residents interested in abortion care to an outside institution instead. As a result, nearly a quarter of U.S. ob-gyn clerkships do not include abortion training.
By creating an entire online course that exclusively addresses abortion, Dr. Jody Steinauer, an Associate Professor in Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at UCSF, is hoping to give the subject the sort of in-depth treatment it may not otherwise receive in a traditional classroom, even in ob-gyn training. Steinauer has a long history of advocating for change in abortion education from within medical institutions themselves. As a student, she founded Medical Students for Choice, a non-profit organization that advocates for the inclusion of abortion in medical school curricula. She currently serves as the Director ofInnovating Education in Reproductive Health, which provides abortion and family planning resources for clinicians.
In a phone interview, Dr. Steinauer said she believes that there are “two reasons” for the resistance she has encountered in her efforts to promote abortion education. First, she notes that “stigma about abortion prevents abortion from being discussed” despite the fact it is a common medical procedure. In an effect that some scholars have described as “the prevalence paradox,” the silence that results from this stigma leads people to “believe that [abortion] is not common,” thereby providing a false justification for its omission from courses and trainings. In other words, people tend to assume that abortions are infrequent simply because they are rarely discussed, in what amounts to a self-perpetuating cycle of silence and unchecked assumptions. Second, Steinauer says that the subject of abortion “sometimes makes people feel emotional” to such an extent that it “probably feels safer for professors and education leaders to not talk about it.”
Steinauer’s own approach to abortion education stresses two inevitabilities that she believes must be loudly acknowledged and accepted before meaningful education can take place: “Unintended pregnancies happen and women willaccess abortion.” In light of these facts, she defines her pedagogical priorities through a series of questions: “How can we, as a community that cares about women, help to decrease morbidity and mortality from unsafe abortions? How can we make abortions safer? How can we make them more accessible?” But she also emphasizes that her course will factor in the time that it might take people to consider these questions in light of the heightened emotions that crop up around discussions of abortion. The course will encourage students, she says, to “really reflect on your feelings about abortion… and then, take time to think about how you can best serve your community.” One assignment will ask students to “write about their feelings about abortion and how they should manage them.”
Steinauer’s decision to take her style of abortion education to the Internet, in particular, is especially intriguing in light of the polemical attitudes that surround the MOOC format in higher education. Academic commentators on The Chronicle of Higher Education and other academic publications frequently exhibit an agonistic relationship with MOOCs, worrying over their effectiveness, their place in the modern university, and their effects on accreditation systems.
The silence that results from this stigma leads people to “believe that [abortion] is not common,” thereby providing a false justification for its omission from courses and trainings.
But a stigmatized subject like abortion that barely receives adequate coverage at elite institutions could stand to benefit from an online format, providing educators like Steinauer with the flexibility, freedom, and time that teaching a controversial but important subject like abortion requires. Where medical, nursing, and public health curricula include a token lecture on abortion, Steinauer will be able to use the MOOC form to include a number of lectures on the topic from faculty across multiple disciplines. And when other institutions opt for silence in the face of abortion stigma, an extended and digitally-mediated conversation about abortion may be able to push past the institutional hesitation that too often lead to its total omission from classroom syllabi.
Steinauer stresses that teaching the course online will allow her to reach not only U.S. students who might not have access to abortion education at their home institutions due to cultural stigma, but a “global audience of learners” as well. MOOCs do indeed have an asymmetrically international reach and Steinauer is encouraged by the fact that “only about half” of those who tend to enroll in UCSF’s online health-related courses are from the U.S. Considering the fact that around13 percent of all maternal deaths worldwide are due to unsafe abortion, Steinauer believes that a global reach for abortion education is crucial.
When asked how she feels about paving the way for abortion education on the Internet, Steinauer was quick to relay her enthusiasm. “I think that if we can inspire even a small portion of the people who take the course to take steps in their communities to increase access to safe abortion and decrease stigma about abortion, then we have been totally successful,” she said. And when prompted to discuss the pushback she might experience as a public educator in this contested space, Steinauer noted that UCSF is “100 percent supportive of the course and feels that it’s critical learning content for all medical students and nursing students.” She estimated that over 3,000 people have already enrolled for the course.
While nearly a third of women will have an abortion by age 45, abortion care remains locked behind often insurmountable barriers to access, including prohibitive state laws, waiting periods, and insurance requirements. At the root of these barriers to access is a U.S. educational system that ignores the frequency of abortion, producing health care providers who have no formal training in abortion care. By frequency alone, this would be about as unacceptable as a general practitioner not being able to treat a urinary tract infection, a condition that affects one in five women. If stigma continues to stymie efforts to require abortion training for healthcare professionals, Dr. Steinauer might be right to move some of her educational efforts online. The Internet could be exactly what abortion education needs to move forward in the 21st century.
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It seems like everywhere you look these days while driving on the road – especially on college campuses – an odd-phrased bumper sticker with religious symbols spelling “COEXIST” can be seen. This phrase contains the spiritual ideologies of the major world religions.
Every letter in the “COEXIST” phrase has a symbol representing a religious system or spiritual ideology: “C” for the crescent and star (representing Islam); “O” being dotted with the Karma Wheel (Buddhism) “E” as energy in the relativity equation (Science); “X”illustrating the star of David (Judaism); the “I” representing the Pentagram (Wicca/Pagan); “S” for the Tao symbol; and “T” for the cross for Christianity.
There are other “COEXIST” symbols which are slightly different but mean the same thing. The one below is the most popularly used of the two and on any given day, you will see bumper stickers of this “COEXIST” movement on cars. It’s a fancy movement that is basically the same thing as the church of “okayness” and very similar to the “Chrislam” movement where other “religions” are trying to lead Christians astray into a false doctrine where everyone believes in all different paths to heaven when in fact, there is only 1 way to heaven!!
Jesus said “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through me” John 14:6
Do not be deceived into following this false doctrine just because celebrities and the world say to! Jesus is the ONLY way to heaven!
“Every letter in the “COEXIST” phrase has a symbol representing a religious system or spiritual ideology” The goal of this movement is the promotion of a pluralistic and universal Utopian worldview. At the heart of this movement is the abandonment of core absolutes and values (moral and spiritual.) This movement seeks to undermine personal beliefs and practices for the supposed “betterment” of world unification. Its most damnable feature, however, is the staunch rejection of the sovereignty and reality of Almighty God, His authoritative Word (the Bible), and His Savior to all fallen men, the Lord Jesus Christ (John 14:6; Acts 4:12; 1 John 2:22-23). The chief Promoter of this godless ecumenical movement is the godless music industry and the pop icon Bono from the band U2 Hollywood and the fashion industry also promote this movement with an array of clothing products, gear and bumper stickers.
A phrase from the Coexist website states, “Coexist is a concept brand for everyone, connecting people and planet, together we symbolize life, love and global harmony.”
The Coexist phenomenon is the product of the subjective secular Left. The majority of the Coexist followers are secular liberals. This ideology of religious pluralism actually intersects with all three political ideologies (liberal, moderate, and conservative), but it has its greatest hold in the secular liberal mind (Romans 1:18-32; 8:5-8).
The true core of the Left are secularists who wish to promote a delusional, pluralistic universe that combines all godless ideologies. However, their main goal and real agenda is to rid the world of all religious ideologies in favor of a secular, godless one.
“However, their main goal and real agenda is to rid the world of all religious ideologies in favor of a secular, godless one”.
Though at first glance the motivation behind this movement seems sincere, noble and virtuous, the very subtle hiss of Luciferian (Satanic) mass deception can be distinctly heard. This movement seeks to bring about a godless unification - while rejecting sound moral absolutes - of the scattered inhabitants of nations following the Tower of Babel rebellion ~4,300 years ago (Gen. 11:1-9; Dan. 2:31-35, 37-45; Rev. 13:12-14).
Lucifer is the Master Kool-aid maker and pourer when it comes to mass deception of unregenerate humanity. The taste of Lucifer’s Kool-Aid is sweet and satisfying to man’s fallen (i.e., unregenerate) humanity (John 3:19; Rom. 8:5-8; Gal. 5:17-21; 2 Cor. 2:14), while his poison brew of lies seeks to counteract the reality of the eternal and natural laws of Almighty God (Rev. 17:2-3). The final destiny of these Satanic Kool–Aid drinkers is physical and eternal death (Rom. 3:23; Rev. 20:12-15; 21:8). Lucifer’s master plan is the unification of all the scattered children of Babel (Gen 11:1-9; Rev. 13), and reigning over them as their fascist, despotic master (Isa. 14:12-17; Ezek. 28:13-19; John 8:44; Rev. 13:8, 16-18).
“The true core of the Left are secularists who wish to promote a delusional, pluralistic universe that combines all godless ideologies. However, their main goal and real agenda is to rid the world of all religious ideologies in favor of a single secular, godless one”
Prior to the creation of the 1st and 2nd heaven (the earth’s atmosphere and the stellar universe) and earth (Gen 1:1), the fallen Angelic realm rebelled against Almighty God in eternity past abandoning all absolute truth and reality(Isa. 14:12-17, Ezek. 13-19, John 8:44, Jude 6; Rev. 12:4), causing evil (spiritual darkness) to first appear in God’s perfect creation. Fallen Humanity also follows suit in attempting to replace the Reality (truth) of Almighty God and His Eternal Absolutes with that of a temporal earthly delusional (false) one. All that remains to those who reject God’s absolutes is a decadent, delusional state of “universal pluralism” that ends in darkness and eternal damnation (John 3:19; 2 Thess. 2:10-12; Rev. 20:12-15).
The philosophy of Pluralism stipulates that all religions or spiritual ideologiesexist on an equal footing. Universalism is the belief that any and all religions or philosophies lead to “God,” and everyone will be saved in the end regardless of what is practiced. Religion is the godless spiritual ideology of unregenerate (fallen) man.
The final outworking of the Coexist movement of pluralism, tolerance and universalism will lead to a global unity of all “faiths” (the Whore of Rev. 17) after the Rapture of God’s Church, as God’s infallible Word declares. In the end this “godless morass” will be violently destroyed by the Anti-Christ (Lucifer’s secular servant) and his confederacy of 10 nations or global regions (Rev. 13:1; 17:12, 15-17). Following the destruction and removal of this Whore (the Coexist movement), the Anti-Christ will fill the global void with the worship of himself and Lucifer by way of a blasphemous, idolatrous Image (Dan. 11:37; Matt. 24:15; 2 Thess. 2:4; Rev. 13:4, 8, 12, 15, 18:2). This will be the fulfillment of Satan’s age-long plan to gain worship and sovereignty in his delusional reality without Almighty God and His Eternal Sovereignty.
“Lawlessness and absolute anarchy will be the fruit of his demonic agenda,”
This short-lived reign will only last 3 1/2 years (Rev. 13:5), and his promise of “Peace and a Global Utopia” will be the furthest thing from the truth (Matt 24:21-22; 1 Thess. 5:3). Lawlessness and absolute anarchy will be the fruit of his demonic agenda until the God of Reality and Truth, the Son of Almighty God, comes to crush Lucifer’s godless rebellion and establish His Kingdom on earth in Reality and Truth for ever and ever! (Dan 2:44; 7:21-22; 2 Thess. 2:8; Rev. 19:11-21; 20:10)
True Coexistence is Only Possible through Jesus Christ
The Coexistence of fallen humanity can only come about through the Person and Work of Jesus Christ (John 17:20-23; Romans 10:4). He alone is Almighty God’s solution and remedy for His lost creation and the unregenerate state and condition of fallen man (Acts 4:12; John 14:6).
For any and all who place their trust in Him, Almighty God will deliver from the judgment, bondage and mortality of their fallen estate (Rom. 12:2; 1 Cor. 15: 42-44; Gal. 1:4; Heb. 2:14-15; 2 Peter 2:20).
Forevermore in the Kingdom age to come and in eternity future will they dwell in absolute righteousness to serve Almighty God in spirit and truth (John 4:23; Dan. 2:44; 7:13, 14, 18). They will be permanently delivered from the bondage and presence of a sinful nature and a cursed world (Rom. 7:24; 8:21-23; 1 Cor. 15:42-44; Rev. 21; 22:1-5).
To those who choose to Coexist in a state of spiritual delusion and rebellion against the eternal absolutes and natural laws of Almighty God, they will die (i.e., be separated) in their trespass and sin, and ultimately assigned to God’s Eternal prison called the Lake of Fire(John 8:24; Romans 3:23; Rev 21: 8, 27).
The Two Different Cohabitations of Forever …
Note the vastly different eternal destinies of those who by faith receive Almighty God’s remedy (solution) for their fallen estate, and those who by unbelief reject it.
The Redeemed: (see Matt 5:6; 25: 34; 1 Cor. 2:9; 1 John 3:2; Rev 21:1-7; 22:1-5). The Unregenerate: (see Isaiah 66:24; Matt. 3:12; 25:41, 46; Mark 9:48; John 8:24; 2 Thess. 2:12; Rev. 14:10-14; 21:8). Where do you want to go? Heaven or hell? The choice is YOURS alone!
Almighty God in His goodness wants to pardon you from your trespasses against His Perfect Person and Nature. He created you to know Him and to enjoy Him forever. He loves you and sent His Son to die in your place. He reaches out to you even now. Don’t turn your back on Him. Don’t deceive yourself or harden your heart, which may be heavy laden with sin, bitterness, and hate, and allow unbelief to deprive you of God’s great love and tranquility. Place your trust in Him and His never-changing Word. You will be so glad that you did. My friend, God’s love will transform you such that you will never be the same! Let it be so for you.
In the midst of a secular, “pluralistic universalism” Global movement which will soon engulf the whole world, be not deceived! Turn your heart to the One who is “the Way, the Truth and the Life,” even the Lord Jesus Christ!
God created us in His own image so we can know Him personally and have a joy-filled life. He did not make us as robots to automatically love and obey Him, but gave us a will and a freedom of choice. Since the beginning of time, we have chosen to disobey God and go our own willful way. We still make this choice today. This results in separation from God and ends in misery. The Bible says that disobeying God results in being separated from Him. Our attempts can never unite us with God. Through the ages, people have tried many ways to bridge this gap and reach God – without success. I believe that each one of us has a little puzzle piece in each of our bodies that only the love of God can fill. We try to fill it with all kinds of things like sex, boyfriends, children, drugs, alcohol, education, clubbing, partying and everything else that you can think of. The thing is nothing fits right in there. Only God can quench the longing of your soul.
Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second into their mother’s womb to be born!” Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. John 3:3-6
If you want a new life in Christ Jesus, ask Him into your heart today. Simply pray this: Lord Jesus Christ, I believe that You took the pain and the sins of world on the cross to give me new life. I ask You to come into my heart and to give me Your peace and joy. I confess that I am a sinner that I have gone my own way and have done wrong. Please forgive me for my sins. I receive You now as my Lord and Savior. Today I come home. Please fill me with Your Holy Spirit. Help me to follow You and to serve You all the days of my life. Thank you so much for loving me and forgiving me, in Jesus name I pray, Amen. If you prayed that prayer you are a new creature in Christ Jesus! You are Born Again!!!
The Bible is your spiritual food. You need to read and meditate on the Word of God daily to be fed as a Christian. When you don’t spend time daily in the Word of God your spirit withers and dies. Just like all “living things” your spirit needs food to thrive and grow. God communicates to us through prayer and His word. I start in prayer and I ask the Lord to reveal Himself to me through His Word and to give me a fresh filling of His Holy Spirit as I start my day, so that when I go out into the world it will be the Lord that they see through me and not me. Then I read the Bible. I usually start with only one chapter. Then I think about what I have read. Meditation on the Word of God opens the soil of the soul and lets the water of God’s Word percolate in deeply. The result is an extraordinary fruitfulness and spiritual prosperity”. Welcome to the family!!! God bless you!!! Maranatha!!!
Source: Original article courtesy of the Ignorant Fisherman with some additions by SimplyHeavenlyFood.tumblr.com. http://dlvr.it/79pqKh
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