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Abortion Clinics Stay Open – Even A Pandemic Must Not Be Allowed to Interfere with the Sexual Revolution

March 26, 2020

For Immediate Release

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“A death-dealing industry risking the lives of patients and staff to continue operating is the ultimate irony,” said Ruth Institute President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D. “What part of ‘elective” in ‘elective abortion’ do these people not understand?”

Both the US Surgeon General and the Centers for Disease Control have advised healthcare facilities to reschedule non-urgent appointments and elective procedures. So far, attorneys general in Ohio and Texas have specifically ordered abortion clinics to close their doors during the COVID-19 crisis. The Ohio AG told clinics to stop “non-essential and elective abortions.” In Mississippi, a similar order was blocked by a federal judge.


Morse observed: “Not surprisingly, some abortion facilities have responded by saying abortion is an essential service because it’s ‘time-sensitive.’ Officials in Ohio and Texas issued these orders because abortion clinics put a burden on EMTs and ERs when something goes wrong, as it all too often does. But the abortion lobby will not be deterred. What’s saving the lives of coronavirus patients compared to taking the lives of unborn children?”

Morse continued: “I wish other states would take the bold steps that Ohio and Texas have taken. ‘Elective’ abortions are, by definition, not life-threatening. I hope the Ohio and Texas AGs will prosecute abortion facilities that defy the orders to close during this emergency. The recalcitrance of the abortion lobby underscores the fanaticism and totalitarian ideology behind the Sexual Revolution.”

“As I explained in my book, The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies Are Destroying Lives and Why the Church Was Right All Along, abortion is a pillar of the Sexual Revolution, which holds that a good and decent society should do everything possible to separate sex from babies. If a child is conceived nevertheless, abortion is the failsafe.”

“In the abortion lobby’s mind, nothing must be allowed to interfere with unrestricted access to abortion – not even a pandemic in which it’s crucial to conserve medical resources for victims,” Morse remarked. “To the abortion lobby, the needs of COVID-19 patients are less important than the need to eliminate unborn children.”

The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit organization leading an international interfaith coalition to defend the family and build a civilization of love. Dr. Morse is the author of The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies Are Destroying Lives.

To schedule an interview with Dr. Morse, email media@ruthinstitute.org.

Reference:

“Abortion industry resists order to stop non-essential procedures in Texas and Ohio” https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/abortion-industry-demands-exemption-to-texas-ohio-suspending-non-essential-procedures


NYC Health Dept. Caters to Sex Addicts

For Immediate Release

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“At first I thought it was as joke,” said Ruth Institute President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., “but New York City’s Health Department really did issue guidelines on containing the Wuhan virus which recommend masturbation and warn against group sex, at least while the crisis lasts.”

The Health Department memo says, “Masturbation will not spread COVID-19, especially if you wash your hands (and any sex toys) with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after.”


“The next safest partner is someone you live with,” the city advises. “If you do have sex, have as few partners as possible.”

Morse commented, “Normal people know they should not participate in life-threatening activities. Do the residents of New York need to be told to abstain from casual sex, sex with strangers and orgies during this major public health crisis?”

The New York Post seemed to play the story for laughs, saying “it makes sense to give yourself a hand.” But Morse takes this seriously, “Memo to NYC Health Department: no one has ever died from abstaining from sex. If you think you’ll die without sex, you are probably a sex addict. It appears that the Department is run by and for sex addicts. It assumes that group sex, casual sex and orgies are normal.”

Morse continued: “This is all depressingly typical of the Sexual Revolution, which treats sex as a mere bodily function. It maintains that people have a right to sex, as much and any way they want, free of consequences. This is the perspective that allows the New York Health Department to think they are making a bold move. Recommending limits of any kind, but only for the duration of the pandemic, that’s a radical step for them.”

“One thing they never do is discuss sex in a moral context,” Morse observed. “For them, talking about sex and morality in the same breath is puritanical and obsessive. But since the Centers for Disease Control says there are 20 million new STD infections each year, maybe there’s something to be said for self-restraint.”

Morse concluded: “Other casualties of the Sexual Revolution include divorce, failure to achieve intimacy, fatherless families, declining fertility and a pornified culture. It’s unlikely that the New York City Department of Health has put out memos on any of this.”

The Ruth Institute’s upcoming Summit for Survivors of the Sexual Revolution – Protecting Children and Families (July 17-18 in Lake Charles, Louisiana) will examine many of these issues.

The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit organization leading an international interfaith coalition to defend the family and build a civilization of love. Find more here.

References:

“NYC Health Department gets graphic in coronavirus sex memo” https://nypost.com/2020/03/21/nyc-health-department-gets-graphic-in-coronavirus-sex-memo/

The memo itself: https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/imm/covid-sex-guidance.pdf

Sexually Transmitted Diseases – HealthyPeople.gov https://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/topics-objectives/topic/sexually-transmitted-diseases

Jennifer Roback Morse is the author of The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies Are Destroying Lives.

To schedule an interview with Dr. Morse, contact media@ruthinstitute.org.



Virtue Signaling Without Virtue: porn industry brags about its voluntary shutdown over coronavirus

March 20, 2020

For Immediate Release

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In response to calls by an industry lobbying group to voluntarily close down the so-called adult entertainment industry for two weeks to halt the spread of COVID-19, Ruth Institute President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., commented: “Wow. That is really decent of them to shut down their $16.9 billion per year business for two weeks. This is nothing more than them going on vacation or a spring break. Big deal.”

Morse added: “I wonder if they will figure out how to make X-rated movies where those involved keep social distancing. Perhaps, instead of having sex on camera, they could rub elbows.”


“The coronavirus is only one of their problems,” Morse explained. “‘Adult industry’ apologists brag about how ‘clean’ they are, because they test the performers for STI's and wipe down their S&M paraphernalia in their dungeons. For an industry that caters to human vices, a two-week shutdown is a meaningless move. It’s virtue-signaling from those without virtue.”

“More importantly,” Morse continued, “pornography is an affront to human dignity. Pornography does nothing to build up the spousal relationship, which is one of the natural organic purposes of human sexual activity. Instead, the use of pornography actively harms married love. According to Marripedia, an academic website on marriage, pornography use is strongly correlated with increased infidelity, separation, divorce and marital dissatisfaction. Keeping the ‘adult industry’ sanitary and voluntary does not change these basic realities.”

The Institute’s upcoming Summit for Survivors of the Sexual Revolution – Protecting Children and Families (July 17-18 in Lake Charles, Louisiana) will include a session on “Protecting Children from our Pornified Culture.”

The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit organization, leading an international interfaith coalition to defend the family and build a civilization of love. Find more information here.

Jennifer Roback Morse is the author of The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies Are Destroying Lives.

To schedule an interview with Dr. Morse, contact media@ruthinstitute.org.


“La caduta della fertilità sfondo della crisi da coronavirus in Italia”

Our  press release was published on an Italian website here.

Dopo la Cina, l’Italia ha il maggior numero di casi confermati di COVID-19, il coronavirus.
La dottoressa Jennifer Roback Morse, presidente del Ruth Institute, ha dichiarato: “L’invecchiamento della popolazione italiana è un fattore nella diffusione di una malattia a cui gli anziani sono particolarmente sensibili”.

Morse ha osservato: “fino al 17 marzo ci sono stati poco più di 26 mila casi confermati di COVID-19 e 2.503 morti in Italia. Solo la Cina ha più casi. E mentre la Cina ha la popolazione più grande del mondo, i casi in Italia sono concentrati in una popolazione numericamente molto più piccola di quella cinese.

Il numero totale di casi in Italia è di circa 435 per milione di abitanti, di gran lunga superiore ai 56 casi cinesi per milione di abitanti. Peggio ancora, mentre la crescita di nuovi casi è rallentata in Cina, sta accelerando in Italia”.


Il problema demografico italiano della caduta della fertilità dovrebbe essere visto come lo sfondo della sua crisi di coronavirus.

“Il tasso di fertilità in Italia è ora di 1,33 figli per donna, molto al di sotto del livello di sostituzione di 2,1”, ha spiegato Morse.

Di conseguenza, l’Italia ha una popolazione in rapido invecchiamento. Quasi un quarto, il 23% della popolazione italiana ha ora più di 65 anni.

Nel 2019, l’età media era di 46,3 anni, si prevede che salga a 51,4 anni entro il 2050. Ciò a sua volta ha dato all’Italia una contrazione dell’economia e un aumento dei costi del settore pubblico, a causa delle pensioni e dell’assistenza sanitaria. Anche la crescente popolazione anziana della nazione ha messo a dura prova il suo sistema sanitario, come dimostra la situazione del coronavirus.

“La risposta è ovvia”, ha detto Morse. “L’Italia dovrebbe (e avrebbe dovuto) promuovere la procreazione. La Russia ha una Giornata nazionale del concepimento per affrontare la crisi della fertilità. L’Ungheria ha recentemente introdotto incentivi alla nascita. Invece di cercare di coinvolgere più donne nella forza lavoro o di ammettere più migranti – entrambe soluzioni a breve termine, nella migliore delle ipotesi – l’Italia dovrebbe incoraggiare le famiglie italiane ad avere più figli. Una nazione senza figli non ha futuro “.

“Dobbiamo fare tutto il possibile per limitare la diffusione della malattia”, ha detto Morse. “Ma dobbiamo anche comprendere il ruolo dei dati demografici nel creare il tipo di popolazione soggetta al coronavirus e ad altre pandemie. Con un po’ di fortuna, e per grazia di Dio, l’Italia sperimenterà un boom di bambini post-COVID. Ogni nuovo bambino è un segno di rinnovata speranza nel futuro. Certamente, i nuovi bambini concepiti in Italia ora saranno un grande segno di speranza.”

 

 



The Role of Italy’s Aging Population in the Spread of the Coronavirus

March 17, 2020

For Immediate Release

For more information contact media@ruthinstitute.org.

After China, Italy has the most confirmed cases of COVID-19, the coronavirus. Ruth Institute President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., said, “Italy’s aging population is a factor in the spread of a disease to which the elderly are particularly susceptible.”

Morse noted, “As of March 17, there were almost 28,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 2,158 deaths in Italy. Only China has more cases. And while China has the world’s largest population, Italy’s cases are concentrated in a numerically much smaller population than China’s. The number of total cases in Italy is roughly 460 per million population,* far higher than China’s 56 cases per million population. Worse, while the growth of new cases has slowed in China, it’s speeding up in Italy.”


Italy’s demographic problem of falling fertility should be seen as the backdrop to its coronavirus crisis. “Italy’s fertility rate is now 1.33 children per woman, far below the replacement level of 2.1,” Morse explained.

As a result, Italy has a rapidly aging population. Almost a quarter, 23% of Italy’s population is now over 65 years of age. In 2019, the median age was 46.3 years, projected to rise to 51.4 years by 2050. This in turn has given Italy a shrinking economy and rising public sector costs, due to pensions and health care.

The nation’s growing elderly population has also put a strain on its health care system, as the coronavirus situation illustrates.

“The answer is obvious,” Morse said. “Italy should be (and should have been) promoting procreation. Russia has a National Conception Day to address its fertility crisis. Hungary has recently introduced birth incentives. Instead of trying to get more women into the workforce or admitting more migrants– both short term solutions, at best – Italy should be encouraging Italian families to have more children. A nation without children has no future.”

“We must do everything we can to limit the spread of the disease,” Morse said. “But we must also understand the role of demographics in creating the sort of population prone to the coronavirus and other pandemics. With any luck, and by the grace of God, Italy will experience a post-COVID baby boom. Any new baby is a sign of renewed hope in the future. Certainly, new babies conceived in Italy now are a great sign of hope.”

The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit organization, leading an international interfaith coalition to defend the family and build a civilization of love. Find more information here.

Dr. Morse is the author of The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies Are Destroying Lives.

To schedule an interview with Dr. Morse, contact media@ruthinstitute.org.

*The rate of cases per million population for Italy was conspicuously absent from this chart on the day I checked. I calculated the roughly 466 cases per million population by using the number of cases in Italy, (27,980, as of March 17) and dividing by Italy’s total population as reported here. Italy’s cases per million population is by far the largest in the world.

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