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In the Feb. 4 issue of Report magazine, “Brave New World” columnist Celeste McGovern writes of a gruesome method of blood doping used by some female athletes to boost athletic performance. Since enhancing drugs and even regular blood doping can be identified by regulators, the pregnancy-abortion scheme, while officially banned, is virtually impossible to stop.

Mona Passignano, director of research at the Texas pro-life group Life Dynamics, is quoted by Report quoting from a Finnish sports medicine expert: “Now that drug testing is routine, pregnancy is becoming the favourite way of getting an edge on competition.” One Russian athlete told a reporter that as long ago as the 70s, gymnasts as young as 14 were ordered to sleep with their coaches to get pregnant – and then abort. The procedure is so well known it has made it to the textbooks. LifeSite found the method described in an online textbook in physiology by Dr. Poul-Erik Paulev of the Department of Medical Physiology, University of Copenhagen (Medical Physiology And Pathophysiology Essentials and Clinical Problems).

Professor Paulev writes that pregnancy seems to increase muscle strength in female athletes. “Female top athletes – just following the time when they gave birth to their first child – have set several world records. Of course, this is acceptable as a natural and unintended event. However, in some countries female athletes have become pregnant for two to three months, in order to improve their performance just after the abortion.”