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Tuesday, November 30, 2010
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• Direct Conversion May Make Embryonic Stem Cell Research Obsolete
• Partial-Birth Abortion Inventor Moves Clinic Next to Pediatricians Office
• ACOG Again Denies Conscience Rights of Doctors on Abortion
• BirthOrNot Couple Closes Abortion Vote, Checking for Fraud
More Pro-Life News
• Women Veterans Bill of Rights Bill Presents Abortion Concerns
• Pope Benedict Thanks Pro-Life Movement at Worldwide Prayer Vigil
• Milwaukee, Wisconsin Sees Billboard Focusing on Blacks, Abortion
• Worldwide Abortion Prayer Vigil Shows Support for Human Life
• Pro-Life Group Opposes Women Veterans Bill of Rights
• Pro-Life Report Highlights Adoption Benefits for Children, Families
• Pro-Life News: GOP Chair, Pregnancy Centers, Gianna Jessen, Ohio, Britain
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Direct Conversion May Make Embryonic Stem Cell Research Obsolete
Scientists made a major step towards making embryonic stem cell research obsolete when they used direct reprogramming to convert adult stem cells to an embryonic-like state. Now direct conversion is moving the ball forward.
The process of direct conversion involves changing one kind of specialized stem cell into another kind and it eliminates the need for controversial embryonic stem cells, which some scientists promote because they can change into most any kind of cells.
It is also an improvement on the direct reprogramming technique pro-life advocates applauded because it moved the debate in a more ethical direction.
I think everyone believes this is really the future of so-called stem-cell biology, John Gearhart of the University of Pennsylvania, who is engaging in direct conversion research, told the Associated Press.
This is something that s really caught fire because it s an easy strategy to use, Gearhart said. Everyone s out there trying their different combinations (of chemical signals) to see if they can succeed.
Gearhart also says direct conversion is helpful because embryonic stem cells are producing immature cells and the new process would produce mature cells that provide better prospects for patients and cures. Full story at LifeNews.com
Partial-Birth Abortion Inventor Moves Clinic Next to Pediatricians Office
A group of Ohio pediatricians don t care for their new neighbor late abortion practitioner Martin Haskell, who invented the grisly partial-birth abortion procedure Congress banned.
Haskell has closed his Cincinnati, Ohio abortion business and reopened in the community of Sharonville, about twelve miles to the north.
The new facility is located next door to Liberty Sharonville Pediatrics and parents will now have to enter a common driveway and pass by Haskell s surgical abortion business to get to the pediatricians office.
Dr. Steve Brinn, M.D., was so upset that he wrote a letter to the editor that appeared in the Cincinnati Inquirer on Saturday expressing his opposition to the abortion business.
Imagine our shock and disbelief, when we learned that an abortion clinic was opening in the building 50-feet from our front door. Why would a clinic performing abortions be so insensitive to a group practice treating children for 31 years? he wrote. Full story at LifeNews.com
ACOG Again Denies Conscience Rights of Doctors on Abortion
by Bill Saunders
The hostilities toward conscience rights are abundant. This month the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) reviewed and reaffirmed the 2007 Ethics Committee Number 385, entitled The Limits of Conscientious Refusal in Reproductive Medicine.
And last week a pro-life nurse was denied the right to sue the hospital where she was forced to participate in abortion. There has never been a greater need to pass comprehensive conscience protection measures than there is now.
The ACOG Ethics Committee rule requires pro-life physicians to refer for abortions. Furthermore, it disparages the notion of conscience to nothing more than a subjective feeling. It suggests that pro-life physicians should relocate in order to better refer patients to nearby abortionists. And it proposes that patient autonomy trumps a physician s right to conscience. Full story at LifeNews.com
BirthOrNot Couple Closes Abortion Vote, Checking for Fraud
The couple behind the controversial BirthorNot web site, claiming to be taking a vote on whether or not to have an abortion, have closed the voting and will now check for fraud.
The final BirthorNot vote shows 77 percent, or more than 1.55 million votes, saying the couple should have an abortion while 22 percent, or about 448,000 votes, came in for giving birth to the baby.
In recent media interviews, husband Pete Arnold admitted the web site is a hoax and that the couple doesn t intend to have an abortion. He earlier claimed the web site was legitimate.
But wife Alisha Arnold posted a response on the web site the next day bashing her husband for the remarks and saying the decision ultimately rested with her. She admitted the two differ on the issue of abortion and said she considered an abortion at the beginning of the pregnancy, but added I don t believe I could go through with an abortion now. Full story at LifeNews.com
Women Veterans Bill of Rights Bill Presents Abortion Concerns
The House of Representatives will consider a bill this afternoon that presents pro-life advocates with concerns about abortion and funding abortions with taxpayer dollars.
HR 5953, the Women Veterans Bill of Rights, contains language would establish a list of 24 rights for women veterans of the armed services to be displayed prominently and conspicuously in each facility of the Department of Veterans Affairs and distributed widely to women veterans.
The rights women veterans should have according to HR 5953 include the rights to health care and health care providers. Although that sounds innocuous, one pro-life source on Capitol Hill told LifeNews.com this morning that the rights could then be used as a basis to require funding for abortion and access to abortion at veterans facilities in much the same way ObamaCare contained little or no prevention of abortion funding.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) does not currently do abortions and abortions are currently excluded from the VA health benefits package, because abortion is excluded from the scope of general reproductive health care under the law that guides the department. Full story at LifeNews.com
Pope Benedict Thanks Pro-Life Movement at Worldwide Prayer Vigil
In his remarks on Saturday night celebrating the worldwide prayer vigil he called for the international pro-life community to pray for an earnest end to abortion, Pope Benedict thanked the pro-life movement.
Dear brothers and sisters, our coming together this evening to begin the Advent journey is enriched by another important reason: with the entire Church, we want to solemnly celebrate a prayer vigil for unborn life. I wish to express my thanks to all who have taken up this invitation and those who are specifically dedicated to welcoming and safeguarding human life in different situations of fragility, especially in its early days and in its early stages.
[T]here is no reason not to consider [the human embryo] a person from conception. It s not a question of a collection of biological material, but of a new living being, dynamic and marvelously ordered, a new individual of the human species. This is how Jesus was in Mary s womb; this is how we each were in our mother s womb. Full story at LifeNews.com
Milwaukee, Wisconsin Sees Billboard Focusing on Blacks, Abortion
A pro-life group in Wisconsin and an organization run by a black pro-life advocate have teamed up for the latest in what has become a national campaign to focus on how abortion targets black children.
The Radiance Foundation, along with Pro-Life Wisconsin, is launching the TooManyAborted.com campaign in Wisconsin featuring 13 billboards going up in Milwaukee with two different messages.
On the heels of massive national and international media coverage of the Endangered Species campaign, featuring billboards throughout Atlanta, Georgia and the rest of the state, the new billboards present residents of Wisconsin s largest city with the message Black Children Are In Danger and Black & Beautiful.
The sponsors hope to reveal the loss of hope and possibility that abortion brings, Radiance director Ryan Bomberger told LifeNews.com this morning. Full story at LifeNews.com
Worldwide Abortion Prayer Vigil Shows Support for Human Life
When was the last time prayer made the news? It happened this past weekend, as Pope Benedict XVI led a worldwide prayer vigil for nascent human life.
The Pontiff urged bishops around the globe to participate in the event, which was consistently advertised on cable news tickers on Saturday.
Accompanying the prayers were some pointed remarks aimed at defending perhaps the most vulnerable among us the human embryo. Full story at LifeNews.com
Pro-Life Group Opposes Women Veterans Bill of Rights
The National Right to Life Committee has mailed a letter to members of the House of Representatives urging a no vote on the Women Veterans Bill of Rights, a measure presenting abortion and abortion funding concerns for pro-life advocates.
As LifeNews.com reported this morning, NRLC is worried about the potential for the legislation to open up to VA to abortions and, as was the case with ObamaCare, Right to Life says the only way to prevent this is for a blanket provision added to the bill excluding abortion.
The measure does not contain such a Hyde Amendment-type provision, ergo NRLC is opposed to the bill and may included it in its legislative scorecard, which is quoted frequently by media outlets and political campaigns to rate lawmakers on abortion and pro-life issues. Full story at LifeNews.com
Pro-Life Report Highlights Adoption Benefits for Children, Families
In a new paper released today by the Marriage and Religion Research Institute at the Family research Council, Dr. Patrick Fagan demonstrates how adoption improves children s lives significantly.
Fagan is Senior Fellow and Director of the Marriage and Religion Research Institute and the paper is titled Adoption Works Well: a Synthesis of the Literature.
It examines the relationships among family, marriage, religion, community, and America s social problems, as illustrated in the social science data. Full story at LifeNews.com.
Pro-Life News: GOP Chair, Pregnancy Centers, Gianna Jessen, Ohio, Britain
Full story at LifeNews.com.
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