Sep 10, 2006

Wikipedia Articles on Abortion

The Global Family Life News is an articulate publication of the Population Research Institute, founded by Fr. (Dr.) Paul Marx and headed by Steven W. Mosher. The August-September issue contains a section, Global Monitor, that describes population control issues in countries around the world. A new book written by the parents of Terri Schiavo is reviewed. The indefatigable Fr. Paul Marx also contributes three full pages to the current issue of this glossy, color publication.

The most interesting fact in this issue is noted by a woman who has returned from teaching English in China. She states that she found some of the wealthy Chinese families had quite a few children. For 12,000 yuan (approximately $10,000 US), a Chinese family can purchase the privilege of having another child. The government pockets the profits of selling people their own children.

Steven Mosher, the President of POP, was a speaker at a pro-life conference in Kansas City that I attended many years ago, before he became a Catholic. He was the first to tell the world that Chinese women were being forced to have abortions. There was a second non-Catholic who gave a talk on abortion at this conference. Dr. Bernard Nathanson was a Jewish doctor who was a co-founder of the National Abortion Rights Action League but who had recently become pro-life.
After the conference, Steven Mosher and Dr. Nathanson retired to a hotel room to talk with other speakers, mostly Catholic. I was told the meeting lasted until about 3 AM. I've often wondered if their conversion stories did not have a beginning in Kansas City.

A sidebar in Mosher's magazine encourages
you and any of your pro-life associates to become active as Wikipedia contributors and editors. There is a big problem with bias in articles on some topics, and abortion is one of those--there are a number of pages about abortion and related topics. Wikipedia works pretty much by consensus and numbers and there tend to be more pro-choicers making determined efforts to control articles than pro-lifers. They often try to get away with bias, and in greater numbers, they can. More pro-lifers need to balance things out, remove the bias, etc.
Anyone with school-age children knows Wikipedia is the largest on-line encyclopedia. It is accessed countless times a day, especially by young people, who will be influenced by what they find there. You can help.

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