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Freep this new liberal poll - Georgetown's Doctrine of Medical Research - ABORTED Fetal cells
The Georgetown Voice ^ | 3-4-04 | Shanthi Manian

Posted on 03/05/2004 7:53:12 PM PST by cpforlife.org

Georgetown Voice - Cover Issue: 03/04/04

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Georgetown's Doctrine of Medical Research By Shanthi Manian

The country's oldest Catholic university has been conducting research on aborted fetal cell lines for several years. What might surprise you is that this research has been sanctioned by several Catholic bioethicists and even Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, leader of the Archdiocese of Washington.

While the president of the United States struggles with questions of stem cells and cloning, Georgetown University Medical Center has become embroiled in a 25-year-old debate. Last summer, Debra Vinnedge, the founder of a Catholic organization in Florida, discovered that Georgetown University Medical Center has been in possession of normal cell lines derived from aborted fetuses for several years. She demanded that this research be stopped immediately, or that Georgetown sever its connection with the Catholic Church. But Georgetown says it hasn't done anything wrong.

According to University bioethicist Rev. Kevin Fitzgerald, S.J., Georgetown's research has saved thousands of lives and could save thousands more. But Vinnedge and her supporters don't think anyone should be benefiting from what they see as murder, even if Georgetown didn't have anything to do with it. Should Georgetown be allowed to continue its life-saving research? Or has it committed the Catholic sin of "cooperation with evil"?

If you didn't know her name, you might think you already know her. As the head of a watchdog organization, Vinnedge spends much of her time keeping an eye on the government and other important organizations in this country. She is friendly and talkative, but resolute. Her mission is never far from her mind. Under her guidance, her small non-profit group has become an authority in its field in the past five years.

Her field, however, may not be so familiar. Vinnedge's group, Children of God for Life, is a highly specialized branch of the anti-abortion movement in the United States. Her goal is to end medical research using cell lines derived from aborted fetal cells and prevent use of the products of that research.

Cell lines were developed in the 1950s, when scientists discovered that they could maintain mammalian cells outside the body. These aren't stem cells, but normal cells induced to replicate in a Petri dish. By forcing these cells to reproduce continually, the scientists created a huge medium for experimentation. Today, mammalian cells, housed in cold storage repositories, can be distributed to researchers throughout the world.

Cell lines derived from aborted fetuses have been a staple of medical research for years. Research on fetal tissue has been legal in the United States for 11 years, and research using the derivative cell lines has been happening for much longer than that.

Today, almost all children in the United States are given the measles, mumps and rubella vaccines that are cultivated on aborted fetal cell lines. The recently revived smallpox vaccine and vaccines for chicken pox, Hepatitis A and rabies are also grown on these cell lines.

One of Vinnedge's most extensive campaigns is an effort to stop the use of those vaccines. Children of God for Life hopes to provide "ethical" alternatives that were developed using monkey or chicken embryos. Vinnedge says such alternatives exist for many of these vaccines but are simply not produced in this country.

Vinnedge doesn't use any fancy equipment to track the use of aborted fetal cell lines. At regular intervals, she runs simple Internet searches on various cell lines that she knows to be derived from aborted fetuses. Because research institutions typically publish their studies online, its easy for her to find out if they are using the offending cell lines.

Last July, during one of these routine searches, she discovered that a number of researchers at Georgetown were using aborted fetal cell lines in their studies. Once cell lines are removed from the repository, they are the responsibilty of the researcher, and these could have been obtained anywhere. But officials confirmed that Georgetown had four aborted fetal cell lines in its own repository, which houses more than 300.

The four cell lines were created between 25 and 40 years ago, according to Amy DeMaria, the Director of Communications at the Medical Center. WI-38 was developed from the lung tissue of a fetus aborted in Europe; this was the line used to create the measles, mumps and rubella vaccines that Vinnedge so detests. MRC-5 and IMR-90 were also derived from fetal lung tissue. The fourth line, HEK-293, was derived from the kidney tissue of an aborted embryo.

Vinnedge said she was shocked to find that a Catholic university was using these cell lines. She wrote a letter to McCarrick asking him to investigate the matter further. When no reply came, she pressed on with phone calls and more letters. She finally received a response in December.

"Most of the problems in your letter have been resolved and I am peaceful that the concerns expressed in your letter are no longer valid," McCarrick wrote, according to Vinnedge. Satisfied with the response, Vinnedge replied to the Cardinal thanking him for his help. Several Catholic newspapers hailed his actions as a victory for the anti-abortion movement.

But in January, Vinnedge learned that their celebration was premature. DeMaria confirmed that while the cell lines had been removed from Georgetown's repository, research using those cell lines had not been discontinued. What happened?

When McCarrick received Vinnedge's letter, he promptly contacted the University. At the time, the Medical Center was unaware that these lines had been derived from the cells of aborted fetuses: The lines were not developed at Georgetown. When officials discovered the origins of the four lines in question, they turned the job over to the Center for Clinical Bioethics.

Founded in 1991, the Center, in addition to running an M.D./Ph.D. program in Bioethics, provides ethical advice to doctors, nurses and patients at Georgetown University Hospital, which the Virginia corporation MedStar has run since purchasing it in 2001. After the Cardinal's inquiry, GUMC enlisted Fitzgerald, along with Director Carol Taylor, C.S.F.N., Ph.D., and Medical School Professor Dr. John Collins Harvey, to determine whether the research was licit.

Fitzgerald said, however, that he didn't expect much of a controversy to develop. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops had affirmed in August 2001 that research on aborted fetal cell lines, when the researcher was not involved in the abortion itself, was permissible for a Catholic institution.

"Catholic moralists have concluded that individuals, when they have no practical alternative, may use vaccines to protect their health and the health of their loved ones without serious sin, even if the vaccines were cultured in fetal cells that ultimately came from an elective abortion," a conference press release stated.

Indeed, according to Fitzgerald, the use of vaccines cultured on cells derived from aborted fetuses has been considered acceptable for at least seven years. "My first reaction was, 'didn't we deal with this already?'" Fitzgerald said. "I was not terribly concerned."

Fitzgerald and his colleagues presented the problem to experts at the University and several Catholic organizations in the country, including the National Catholic Bioethics Center and the Catholic Health Association. Meanwhile, McCarrick was working with ethicists as well.

By December, both McCarrick and the Medical Center had determined that the use of these cell lines for research was in accordance with Catholic teaching. "While using such cell lines would not be our preference, Catholic medical centers are morally justified in doing so under the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services, as well as widely accepted Catholic moral theology," DeMaria said.

Nevertheless, four researchers (of 18 who were using the cell lines) volunteered to modify their studies and discontinue the use of the aborted fetal cell lines. Fitzgerald said that this was not to remedy something illicit, but "to do the best that we can do."

The University acknowledges that the use of cell lines derived from aborted fetuses is not the most desirable situation; they would rather have no connection with abortion at all. In accordance with this desire, the University took the further step of removing the cell lines from the repository. However, Fitzgerald says that the life-saving results of the research outweigh the downsides of an indirect connection to what the Church sees as an evil act.

So the research has been allowed to continue, with McCarrick's approval. Some still question whether he made the right decision.

Vinnedge says that Catholic moral theology is clear on the issue of aborted fetal cell research, but most theologians disagree. The disparity lies to some extent in the biological nature of these cell lines.

Cell lines are cultures of cells that are able to continue reproducing outside the body indefinitely. Normal cells can only reproduce a certain number of times before they die in a process called cell senescence.

In some cells, however, this process malfunctions. Inside a human body, this out-of-control reproduction produces a tumor. But in a Petri dish, this gives researchers an unlimited supply of cells that maybe abnormal but are still human. The first cell culture was developed from cervical cancer tissue removed from a woman named Henrietta Lacks in Baltimore in 1951.

In the 1960s, researchers determined they could infect normal human cells with viruses that interfere with senescence, a process called immortalization. These cells could therefore continue to reproduce. Although they had been changed from their original form, and those mutations were initially unknown, these cells presented an enormous opportunity for research on the human cell.

The Catholic Church has not spoken specifically on the issue of fetal cell lines. However, the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services are explicit on the issue of research on fetal tissues. Directive 66 states, "Catholic health care institutions should not make use of human tissue obtained by direct abortions even for research and therapeutic purposes."

According to the National Catholic Bioethics Center, the intention of Directive 66 is to prevent researchers from directly collaborating with the abortion doctor or arranging for an abortion to take place in order to obtain tissue. Neither of those events took place at Georgetown; the researchers didn't even know they were working with aborted fetal cell lines.

Moreover, Fitzgerald says these aren't fetal tissues. "We are not using cells from aborted fetuses and we are not using tissue from aborted fetuses, we are using cell lines," he said.

He argues that the process cells must go through to be able to live outside a body is so distorting that by the time they are ready for use, they hardly resemble human cells. "Any time you have a cell line that is reproducing indefinitely, there has been some kind of genetic change," Georgetown Biology Professor Ellen Henderson confirmed.

Since the research is not specifically forbidden by canon law, theologians must ask whether it constitutes a violation of any of the tenets of Catholicism. Opponents allege that using these lines constitutes "cooperation with evil" because it implicitly condones the original abortion. They also argue that it encourages future abortions by suggesting to mothers that some good can come out of the act.

Scientists say that no new fetal cells are needed, but Vinnedge believes that this is not true. "Over the time that these cell lines are replicated, they become unstable," she said.

But according to Henderson, cells that were successfully transformed would never need to be replaced. "Once you get these permanent cell lines, they really are stable and they can pretty much grow indefinitely," she said.

Fitzgerald also emphasized that because these lines already exist, they are stable and they are useful for all kinds of research, scientists do not need to make more. "I don't see much of a market for reinventing the wheel," he said. He noted that out of the hundreds of countries in the world, only one has created a new fetal cell line in recent years. The Dutch company Crucell has created PER.C6, which has been used in the creation of new vaccines, antibodies and gene therapies.

Joseph Giganti, the Director of Media and Government Relations at the American Life League, a Catholic organization that opposes the research at GUMC, doesn't accept Fitzgerald's argument. But he suggested that even if these cell lines were technically sanctioned by the church, there might be benefits to ending their use.

"If we do things the right way, God will honor that we tried to do that, and our research will be more fruitful," he said. The president of the American Life League sits on the Board of Directors of Children of God for Life.

Whether this research encourages future abortions seems to be a question of biology. The question of cooperation is harder to answer. Rev. Kevin Wildes, S.J. says the easiest way to look at the problem, and the way it has traditionally be dealt with, is in terms of a spatial metaphor: Whether or not one is cooperating with evil has to do with how close to the evil act one is.

For Giganti, using these cells is no different from using Nazi research on hypothermia. "To perpetrate that information and use that kind of science is to perpetrate that evil," he said. Vinnedge is also skeptical of the spatial argument. "Time doesn't diminish sin," she said. She noted that children continue to be born every day with the original sin of Adam and Eve.

Wildes isn't so sure. "These acts happened years and years ago," he said. "The evil act happened independently. We weren't cooperating with it in any way." Wildes holds that there is a difference between cooperating with evil and benefiting from it, that one can use the products of an evil act for a greater good while still having remorse that the act itself occurred.

The National Catholic Bioethics Center supported Wildes in a statement on the controversy at Georgetown. "Simply knowing the origin of the lines does not make the researcher complicit in the evil act originially committed," the statement reads. Because the researchers were not directly involved in the abortion of the fetus, moral theology does not condemn their research, which saves millions yearly.

The National Catholic Bioethics Center likens ending the research at Georgetown to forbidding anti-abortion groups from using pictures of aborted fetuses in their presentations, because those pictures required an evil act to occur in order to exist.

Moreover, Henderson said, in many cases no alternatives to these cell lines exist. Of the 18 researchers using these lines at Georgetown, only four were able to transition to other lines without impairing their research. "Once you have a cell line and you've identified the mutations, you don't want to go around changing it," Henderson said.

Much of this research is devoted to the creation of life-saving technologies. Fitzgerald and his colleagues have determined that the enormous benefits from continuing this research outweigh the potential evil of what he says is at most "remote material cooperation."

These arguments still don't convince Giganti. "It's very clearly a very Machiavellian argument," he said. "That is not a kind of morality that has been considered acceptable."

Whether or not this research constitutes cooperation with evil, theologians have one more issue to address. Donum Vitae (The Gift of Life) states, "... the moral requirements must be safeguarded, that they be no complicity in deliberate abortion and that the risk of scandal be avoided."

According to Wildes, the possibility of scandal is one that defines many Church positions. The fear is that although an act may be formally licit, Catholics not involved in the situation might misinterpret it. This confusion might lead them to condone or even participate in evil acts.

Fitzgerald feels that this issue was resolved by the removal of the cell lines from the repository. "This research is seen as justified, but we don't want to give the impression that we are indifferent to the fact that abortion has become implicated," he said.

However, Giganti feels that the risk still exists. "We wish to see any Catholic University pave the way on how moral, licit research can be done," he said. He called upon Georgetown to do more. "Stop using this tissue and come out saying that you are doing it, to prove that it can be done. We can find these solutions and we can do things the right way," he said.

The story may be over for Georgetown, but Vinnedge isn't ready to give up. When she realized that the research was continuing at Georgetown, she said, she was outraged. "I found out the truth at the end of January from the Washington Post," she said with some resentment. "It was a complete surprise to me."

Since January, Vinnedge has been collecting signatures on a petition to the Cardinal. "We the undersigned respectfully request that you immediately put an end to the research using aborted fetal cell lines at Georgetown University or take action to remove its Catholic identity," the petition reads. She says she currently has over 2500 signatures, and she plans to submit the document to the Cardinal within the next 30 days.

That isn't all. Vinnedge is convinced that this research is in violation of Catholic teachings, and she is convinced that the Pope will agree with her.

According to Ladislas Orsy, S.J., a canon lawyer and Visiting Professor at the Law Center, Vinnedge cannot appeal the Cardinal's decision. Appealing, he said, would require a court decision, which did not take place here. "It is what I call an administrative matter," he said. "The Cardinal gives his best judgment without a formal legal investigation."

Orsy said that the most Vinnedge can do at this point is write a letter of complaint to the Vatican and request further examination. However, the Vatican is under no responsibility to oblige her request. And although he cautioned that he is familiar with only the most basic facts of this case, he thinks it is extremely unlikely that the Vatican will respond. "They will not move. The explanation that the University offered is satisfactory and there is nothing wrong in it," he said. "They are busy people there, too."

If the Pope agrees with the Cardinal, Vinnedge will have no other recourse. But she is quite confident, despite the fact that, according to Fitzgerald, the vast majority of Catholic moral theologians say this research is licit. She expects the problem to be solved within months. "Pope John Paul II has already spoken about this," she said. "It would be shocking if it went any other way."

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: abortion; cannibalism; fetalcells; fetalresearch; georgetownu; murder
When people are running scared they do stupid things. Check out the latest ridiculous, misquoted pack of garbage article I have read to date on Georgetown's aborted fetal cell line research. It made front page and is so poorly written, it amazes me the reporter was allowed to send it to print. Mind you she told me she is not Catholic, does not understand Church teaching and does not understand the science either. Well that's obvious and when she told me that they were telling her things like "the cell lines are not even human any more, its been so long since the abortions" - I burst out laughing and asked her, well what are they then, CARROTS??? Those cell lines are in fact, 100% genetically intact - so perfect that according to the man who produced them himself, from the original abortions - Leonard Hayflick - one could use those cell lines to reproductively clone the aborted babies from 40 years ago today. I do notice though that she did not print the most damning thing the Jesuits told her about me. She said that they told her, "The trouble with CoG for Life is that they are just a bunch of conservatives..." I told her then I was in good company because so is the Catholic Church, so what does that make them?? Liberals??? They did not print that! Now go read the article at www.georgetownvoice.com and when you get there, look to the right of the page for the poll. It asks are the fetal cells "wholly beneficial" or "damaging" 86% say they are beneficial and only 14% say this research is damaging. Dirty poll playing going on - let's hear it from the so-called "conservatives"! P.S....Signatures on the petition are over 3000 now...
1 posted on 03/05/2004 7:53:13 PM PST by cpforlife.org
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To: MHGinTN; Coleus; nickcarraway; Mr. Silverback; Canticle_of_Deborah; TenthAmendmentChampion; ...
PING – The Georgetown Voice is conducting a poll on the use of stem-cell lines from babies murdered by abortion in their research. This is tantamount to cannibalism.

It is a liberal news source and needs a good Freeping!

Please go to the original article and in the RIGHT-HAND column you’ll see “on-line poll” Please vote.

Also, Debi Vinnedge, in her e-mail to me (above) notes about the author of the article: “Mind you she told me she is not Catholic, does not understand Church teaching and does not understand the science either.” Points to know when reading this.

2 posted on 03/05/2004 7:57:01 PM PST by cpforlife.org (The Missing Key of the Pro-Life Movement is at www.CpForLife.org)
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To: HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity; Land of the Irish; shhrubbery!; LibertyAndJusticeForAll; ...
Special PING - Freep this new liberal poll - Georgetown's Doctrine of Medical Research - ABORTED Fetal cells
3 posted on 03/05/2004 8:00:12 PM PST by cpforlife.org (The Missing Key of the Pro-Life Movement is at www.CpForLife.org)
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To: cpforlife.org

Please let me know if you want on or off my Pro-Life Ping List.

4 posted on 03/05/2004 8:01:04 PM PST by cpforlife.org (The Missing Key of the Pro-Life Movement is at www.CpForLife.org)
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Background info at: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1069121/posts
5 posted on 03/05/2004 8:01:49 PM PST by cpforlife.org (The Missing Key of the Pro-Life Movement is at www.CpForLife.org)
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To: 2ndMostConservativeBrdMember; afraidfortherepublic; Alas; al_c; american colleen; annalex; ...
and while your freeping, please vote oppose http://www.injersey.com for cloning and stem cells at the bottom of the page, thanks.

Renewed push for NJ Clone & Kill Bill, A2840/S1909. Immediate Action Needed!!!
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1000063/posts

New Jersey, NJ, surpasses all states in teenage abortion rate
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1091035/posts
6 posted on 03/05/2004 8:04:31 PM PST by Coleus (http://www.injersey.com Please vote oppose to stem cells and cloning, poll at the bottom)
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To: Coleus
Won't it be wonderful when the day comes that we don't have to battle pro-abortion Catholic Institutions and instead can focus all our effort on the groups that should be our enemy? (e.g Planned Parenthood, NARAL)
7 posted on 03/05/2004 8:08:53 PM PST by Diago
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Voted 'beneficial' and bumped.

Wholly beneficial.



 
 (57%)
Damaging.


 
 (43%)

8 posted on 03/05/2004 8:09:08 PM PST by gcruse (http://gcruse.typepad.com/)
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Children of God for Life

Meet the Board of Directors

zimmerman.gif (13360 bytes)Spiritual Advisor
Fr. Anthony Zimmerman, STD
Retired Professor of Moral Theology at the Divine Word Seminary of Nanzan University, Nagoya, Japan

Father Zimmerman was ordained in 1946 and has spent most of his life since then as a missionary priest in Japan, where he currently resides. He is a retired professor of moral theology from the Divine Word Seminary, which is affiliated with Nanzan University, Nagoya, Japan. Father Zimmerman loves the Roman Catholic Church and prides himself on being loyal to the Magisterium, even when he tries to explore new territory where doctrine and science interact.

Father Zimmerman's doctoral thesis is on papal teachings and so called "overpopulation." He is an expert on population issues, natural family planning and is the author of several books and many articles. He has attended three World Population Congresses. He brought Mother Teresa to Japan in 1981 and 1982 to oppose abortion and help the nation become more friendly towards natural family planning.

Father Zimmerman is a member of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, the Society of Catholic Social Scientists and the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population.

To read some of Fr. Zimmerman's outstanding works on theology, moral doctrine or other Church teachings visit: http://CatholicMind.com
To contact Fr. Zimmerman with questions or personal guidance email:  nb5a-zmmr@asahi-net.or.jp


President and Executive Director, Debi Vinnedge

Founder, Children of God for Life 1999
Campaign for Ethical Vaccines, October 2000
Dedicated to bioethics issues of Stem Cell Research, Human Cloning, Abortion and Fetal Tissue research.

Debi is a nationally recognized author and speaker and has provided written testimony for the Embryonic Stem Cell Research (ESCR) Congressional hearings. She has appeared on both local and national television programs, including Fox News Channel's Hannity and Colmes, a nationally syndicated program focusing on current events and issues.  

She has been a guest speaker on several national radio broadcasts, including USA Radio, EWTN and Human Life International. Her work has been publicized in Our Sunday Visitor, New Covenant Magazine, American Life League's Celebrate Life, the National Catholic Register, Human Life International Reports and numerous diocesan newsletters and periodicals.  

Ms. Vinnedge resides in Clearwater, Fl and is an active member of St. Catherine of Siena Parish where she volunteers as a sacristan, lecturer and Eucharistic minister to the the homebound and nursing homes.   She has been married 28 years and has 2 children and 4 grandchildren.



 
Vice President, Pro-Life Activities, Judie Brown
Personal Note From Judie
"Children of God for Life has made an enormous difference to  parents throughout our nation, as they seek answers to tough questions regarding whether or not to obtain vaccinations for their children when the vaccines are produced using fetal body parts from aborted children.  Seeking positive alternative vaccines and pressing pharmaceutical firms to stop marketing such ghoulish products is what makes Children of God for Life such an asset to all of us who struggle defend and protect our most vulnerable brothers and sisters in Christ - the pre-born."

Other Current Position:   President,  American Life League, Inc.
1179 Courthouse Road, Stafford, VA  22554
Phone:  (540) 659-4171        

Academic History:
St. Mary's Academy  1958-1962
El Camino Junior College  1962-1963
University
of California - Los Angeles 1963-1965
New York Management School   1976-1977

Honors:
Knights of Columbus Service Award (1976)
Outstanding Young Women in
America (1979 & 1980)
Protector Award, Pro-Life Action League (1982)
Most Admired Conservative Woman Not in Congress (1983 and 1984)
Life Leader Award, Greater
Pittsburgh March for Life (1985)
Honorary Doctor of Humanities,
Valley Christian University (1985)
International Human Life Award, Human Life International (1990)
Friend of the Youth Award, Diocese of
Monterey , California (1991)
Solution of Hope Award, Mom's House (1995)
Rosemary Schrode Respect Life Award,
Kentucky State Council - Knights of Columbus (1996)
Elected to Top 100 Catholics of the Century by Daily Catholic (1999)
Michael Award, Crossroads, Inc., (2000)
Certificate of Appreciation, Pro-Life
Philippines Foundation, (2000)
Disciple for Christ Award, Rachel’s Vineyard, (2002)
Plaque of Appreciation, St. Matthew’s Respect Life group,
North Carolina , (2002)

Associations (Member/Advisor):
Corresponding Member, Pontifical Academy for Life

EWTN Experts Forum

Pro-Life National Coordination in Ecuador

Legatus

National Lawyers Association

Scholars for Social Justice

Saints' Stories, Inc. (Honorary Board of Directors)
Catholic Association of Scientists & Engineers
The Intercollegiate Federation for Life
Cardinal Newman Society
Lady of The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of
Jerusalem
World Federation of Doctors Who Respect Human Life, U.S. Section Secretary
Citizens United Resisting Euthanasia 
Fellowship of Catholic Scholars
Honorary Advisor of The Society of Blessed Gianna Beretta Molla
100% Pro Life PAC (Advisor)

Publications: 
Celebrate Life
magazine (Formerly ALL About Issues) - Publisher - 1979-1996
It Is I Who Have Chosen You
- 1997 Autobiography by Judie Brown
Choices in matters of life & death
1987 Book by Judie Brown with Paul Brown
Veritatis Splendor:  A Study Guide
by Judie Brown
Contraception and Abortion
by Judie Brown
Abortion Your Risks
by Judie Brown
Moral and Logical Arguments
by Judie Brown & Robert Evangelisto
Exceptions:  "Abandoning the Least of These"
by Judie Brown & Brian Young
Life Guide Series: 
by Judie Brown  


Vice President, Robert J. Saxer, MD
Deacon Robert Saxer, M.D. is President of the National Catholic Medical Association and Co-Founder of the Florida Catholic Medical Association. He is also a member of PFCC (Physicians for Compassionate Care), a co-leader for the annual mass for healthcare providers and is presently on sabatical from his medical practice to promote pro-life causes.
Dr. Saxer was instrumental in developing the CMA resolution which petitions the pharmaceutical industry to develop vaccines that do not utilize aborted fetal tissue and encourages Catholic physicians to use existing options whenever possible for those offering an ethical alternative.

Studies
Undergraduate
B.S. Biology Cum Laude, Springhill College, Mobile, Ala. 1953
B.A. Theology Summa Cum Laude,
Saint Leo College Florida, 1984   
Graduate:                                     
Doctor of Medicine,
St. Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri   1957
Postdoctoral Training                   
Internship St. Louis County Hospital, Clayton, Missouri    1957-1958
Pediatric Residency
Fitzsimmons Army Hospital- Univ. Colorado, Denver, Colorado    1961-1963
Bioethics  (Diocesan Pilot Program)
Pope John 23rd Center St. Louis, Missouri    1981-82

In June of 1995 Dr. Saxer left the active practice of Pediatrics to pursue, full time, the promotion of the Pro-life cause. He has worked closely with the Florida Catholic Conference especially in the promotion of Pro-Family legislation. There they also work with a coalition of Pro-life groups such as  Fl. Right to Life, Christian Coalition and Eagle Forum.  He serves on the Catholic State Respect Life Committee as well as being the legislative liaison for the Fl. Catholic Medical Association. He is a member of the Catholic Leadership Conference, a group composed of the heads of national Catholic organizations who are in positions of influence in business, education science, politics and the arts.
Dr. Saxer and his wife Joyce have 5 children and 14 grandchildren.


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Vice President - Jay Carpenter, MD

Dr. Jay Carpenter is on the founding Board of Directors for Professionals for Excellence in Health Care, a group of physicians, attorneys, nurses, pharmacists, and related health care professionals dedicated to the ethical treatment of persons, born and unborn.  Dr. Carpenter entered into private practice in Internal Medicine in 1984 in Clearwater, FL. 
Graduate:
Stanford University, 1976
University of Minnesota Medical School, 1980
Professional:
Former Chief of Staff, Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater, FL
President and Medical Director, La Clinica Guadalupana, a pro-life medical clinic assisting the indigent and Hispanic community
Medical Consultant - Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg
Medical Consultant - Fertility Care Services of Tampa Bay
Medical Consultant and NFP Instructor - Creighton Model of Fertility Care
Member Knights of Columbus
Personal
Jay is married to Jana Carpenter, RN and the father of eight home-schooled children.


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Secretary-Treasurer Jan Halisky, Esq.

Jan Halisky, Attorney has practiced law in Clearwater, Florida since 1974.  He has been President of the Pinellas County Right to Life Committe since 1976 and  past President of Florida Right to Life (1981-1984) Mr. Halisky was also chairman of the Florida Right to Life Political Action Committe (PAC) from 1984-1988 and the Vice President of the Kimberly Home, a pregnancy crisis center in Clearwater, Fl. (1980-19950  He is a member of Lawyers for Life and is also on  the Board of Advisors for Professionals for Excellence in Health Care, (PEHC) a group of physicians, attorneys, nurses, pharmacists, and related health care professionals dedicated to the ethical treatment of persons, born and unborn.  He is also a frequent contributor and Editor for the Pinellas County Pro-Life newsletter, a home-schooling parent and he is actively involved with both Church and community activities centered on the family.

A Personal Note To Our Readers
From Executive Director Debi Vinnedge

"I want to tell each and every one of you who reads this that you, as an individual can make a difference. A big difference!  I know I didn't feel that way when I began this work.  I wondered what one person could possibly do to bring about changes.  And I have to admit it was frightening to consider challenging the sheer immensity and power of the pharmaceutical industry when we began the Campaign for Ethical Vaccines. But I also knew that if I turned my back on all those parents and children - my fellow pro-life brothers and sisters, it would be like saying "no" to our Lord.  And while moral theologians and ethicists argued whether one was complicit in the evil of abortion by using fetal tissue vaccines, I believed the only real "complicity" on my part would be if I did nothing about it.

I can never take credit for the success that would follow, knowing fully well Who is really in charge around here!  Every time I have felt myself failing, every time I became discouraged, every time I thought no one was listening, God has put someone in my path to help me.  Every time!  He has never failed me. And even though I sometimes think He is awfully slow to respond, I realize everything happens according to His perfect timing. 

So if you are reading this, share it with your friends and tell them to share it with others.  The "domino effect" has enormous power and it is exactly why Children of God for Life has been so successful thus far.  Do we have ethical alternatives yet?  No, but it is in the works.  Have we broken the pharmaceutical companies of their nasty practices yet?  No, but we are making noise and headway. In the fall of 2001 we were able to lobby effectively for ethical alternatives for smallpox while the vaccines were still under early development. And we are fighting the development of new vaccines for Ebola and HIV that seek to use a new aborted fetal cell line called PER C6.  But more than this, what we have done is educate hundreds of thousands of parents and physicians on the origins of these vaccines.  We have distributed thousands of our fee brochures so the public can order those vaccines that do offer ethical alternatives - and reject those using aborted fetal tissue. We have linked our forces with organizations such as the Catholic Medical Association, One More Soul and the Christian Medical and Dental Association to help parents find pro-life doctors to care for their families. We have changed the hearts of hardened pro-abortion advocates who if nothing else, understand that parents are entitled to choose medical treatments and protection for their families that do not violate their moral or religious beliefs. If we've touched your heart, share the news of our work with a friend.  If not, contact me directly.  It just means I have more work to do.  For I do believe that with God all things are possible!"

 

 

9 posted on 03/05/2004 8:10:52 PM PST by cpforlife.org (The Missing Key of the Pro-Life Movement is at www.CpForLife.org)
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To: cpforlife.org; Akron Al; Alberta's Child; Andrew65; AniGrrl; Antoninus; apologia_pro_vita_sua; ...
Special PING - Freep this new liberal poll - Georgetown's Doctrine of Medical Research - ABORTED Fetal cells
10 posted on 03/05/2004 8:10:53 PM PST by Land of the Irish
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To: gcruse
You are consistent.
11 posted on 03/05/2004 8:12:48 PM PST by cpforlife.org (The Missing Key of the Pro-Life Movement is at www.CpForLife.org)
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NCBC: “Cell-Line Research at Georgetown” with Response from CoGForLife.org

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1078395/posts
12 posted on 03/05/2004 8:28:05 PM PST by cpforlife.org (The Missing Key of the Pro-Life Movement is at www.CpForLife.org)
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To: cpforlife.org
You are consistent, as is Satan.
13 posted on 03/05/2004 8:48:12 PM PST by Land of the Irish
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To: gcruse
Since there wasn't a "murder is murder" option, I went with "Damaging"
14 posted on 03/05/2004 9:28:25 PM PST by CounterCounterCulture
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To: cpforlife.org
62% "damaging" to 32% "wholly beneficial when I voted.
15 posted on 03/05/2004 9:32:00 PM PST by shhrubbery!
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To: Land of the Irish
Yes indeed.
16 posted on 03/05/2004 9:49:23 PM PST by cpforlife.org (The Missing Key of the Pro-Life Movement is at www.CpForLife.org)
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To: Coleus
"Catholic moralists have concluded that individuals, when they have no practical alternative, may use vaccines to protect their health and the health of their loved ones without serious sin, even if the vaccines were cultured in fetal cells that ultimately came from an elective abortion," a conference press release stated. ... So when the clone and kill methodology gets up a head of steam (purposed cannibalism), these same 'moralists' will sanction the methodology as 'a practical alternative' if the crowd is headed through that wide gate to Hell. No wonder the cino democrat politicians feel safe from Church condemnation!
17 posted on 03/06/2004 4:17:55 AM PST by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote life support for others.)
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To: MHGinTN
When I voted:

Wholly beneficial.
 (36%)


Damaging.
 (64%)
18 posted on 03/06/2004 6:10:44 AM PST by samiam1972 (Live simply so that others may simply live!)
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To: cpforlife.org
The National Catholic Bioethics Center likens ending the research at Georgetown to forbidding anti-abortion groups from using pictures of aborted fetuses in their presentations, because those pictures required an evil act to occur in order to exist.

That is TOTALLY ABSURD. They must be so in bed with the medical mafia and the pharmaceutical industry that they've lost their minds. There is an issue of JUSTICE to the child involved here. This is clearly wrong.

19 posted on 03/06/2004 7:31:42 AM PST by HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
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To: HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity; Land of the Irish; MHGinTN
What's the Latin phrase for this situation: Absurdum infinitum?

Here is the section that got me most:

By December, both McCarrick and the Medical Center had determined that the use of these cell lines for research was in accordance with Catholic teaching. "While using such cell lines would not be our preference, Catholic medical centers are morally justified in doing so under the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services, as well as widely accepted Catholic moral theology," DeMaria said.

If there is "NOTHING WRONG" why would anyone say: "using such cell lines would not be our preference"?

The way I interpret this is:

Our preference would be to always use ethically obtained sources. These cell lines are from murdered children and so they would not be our preference. HOWEVER, we don't live in a perfect world AND there is a WHOLE LOT of MONEY and POWER to be gained, which (being candid & off the record) trumps our Faith and Morals here at Georgetown. Additionally, we have several compromised "ethicists" who have given us a pass, and if that does not survive higher scrutiny we can always say that we were only trying to help save lives.

Chesterton nailed this down when he wrote: "Moral issues are always terribly complex, for someone without principles."

20 posted on 03/06/2004 4:33:55 PM PST by cpforlife.org (The Missing Key of the Pro-Life Movement is at www.CpForLife.org)
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To: cpforlife.org
bump
21 posted on 03/06/2004 4:46:19 PM PST by rbmillerjr
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To: cpforlife.org
Poll is at 35% / 65% ... damaging is the least characterization I can think of; more like corrosive or degenerate.
22 posted on 03/06/2004 8:02:04 PM PST by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote life support for others.)
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To: cpforlife.org
Have any professional medical "ethicists" come out clearly against this Georgetown travesty? I can't imagine any "Catholic ethicist" in his right mind suggesting that this is OK and acceptable. Seems like money issues must be involved.
23 posted on 03/07/2004 11:06:57 AM PST by HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
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To: HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
YES!!! Not only has the Catholic Medical Association condemned them, but here is what Father Howard, President of the American Bioethics Advisory Commission had to say -

Which was an earlier thread--here:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1082390/posts

Georgetown not acting in accordance with Church doctrine

February 13, 2004

American Life League's American Bioethics Advisory Commission has issued the following statement in response to a recent article (1/30/04) in The Washington Post, "GU [Georgetown University] to Continue Controversial Research." Speaking on behalf of the ABAC is Fr. Joseph Howard, M. Div., director.



The Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services (4th ed., 2001), which was approved by the U.S. bishops, tells us that 'Catholic health care institutions should not make use of human tissue obtained by direct abortions even for research and therapeutic purposes' (Directive #66) Georgetown University's decision to continue their research on cell lines that they now know are derived from aborted children appears to be in direct contradiction to this rule and the Church.



The university's claim that the potential benefits of this research justify continuing it not only flies in the face of Directive 66, but also lacks any sound moral judgment. The Church has never accepted the Machiavellian argument that the ends justify the means as a licit rationale for one's actions. And one cannot dismiss the fact that these actions can lead to grave scandal among the faithful and weaken the Church's impact of similar moral teachings.



As a Catholic university, Georgetown's curriculum and research should be beyond reproach. The Catholic Church embraces the scientific pursuit of knowledge, but never at the expense of an innocent human life. Georgetown University Medical Center should cease any further research using these cell lines derived from abortion. It should raise the bar on how this research is conducted by devoting its time and money to forms of research that do not involve moral ambiguity and scandal.
24 posted on 03/07/2004 4:54:20 PM PST by cpforlife.org (The Missing Key of the Pro-Life Movement is at www.CpForLife.org)
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