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  • 3 Out Of 4 Quebecers Want Euthanasia Legalized

    08/12/2009 4:02:49 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 41 replies · 1,087+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 8/12/09 | Thaddeus M. Baklinski
    MONTREAL, August 11, 2009 ( - An Angus Reid-La Presse poll carried out on August 4 and 5 has found that more than three quarters of Quebecers agree that euthanasia should be legalized in Quebec.Jaideep Mukerji, Vice President of Public Affairs at Angus Reid Strategies, said he was surprised by the results of the poll of 800 adults in Quebec."You'd be surprised how Quebecers are in favor of euthanasia and that their opinion on the subject is clear," Mukerji told La Presse, adding that support for the legalized killing was consistent across most social and economic strata."The responses of Quebecers...
  • Michael Steele: Right on Rationing, Wrong on Reasoning

    08/01/2009 4:58:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 58 replies · 1,836+ views ^ | July 31, 2009 | Bobby Schindler
    Recently in a Washington Times radio interview, RNC Chairman Michael Steele was expressing his concerns regarding health care reform. He commented that the GOP’s handling of my sister Terri Schiavo is an example of what he fears, stating, “It is inserting itself into the very fabric of the decisions that you make, have to make every single day. It’ll make the Terri Schiavo case look like a walk in the park.” I understand the point that Michael Steele was trying to make. He was using Terri as an example of what it would mean if the government was to get...
  • The Doctor Will Kill You Now

    07/24/2009 2:15:40 PM PDT · by FarRockaway · 56 replies · 1,157+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Andrew Longman
    The doctor will kill you now Posted: July 23, 2009 1:00 am Eastern By Andrew Longman © 2009 I have commented before that the purpose of socialized medicine is not health care, but rather government-run death care. The choker bill presently being rammed down America's throat in the Congress is no exception. In light of the recent history where hospitals have forcibly dehydrated people to death, everyone should pay attention to their gag reflex. On page 430 of the 2009 Death Care Act we find: (B) The level of treatment …may range from an indication for full treatment to an...
  • Killing Those Deemed Unworthy of Life

    07/21/2009 3:07:29 AM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies · 922+ views
    Zenit ^ | 7/19/2009 | Father John Flynn, LC
    ROME, JULY 19, 2009 ( The idea that some people are genetically inferior, and need to be eliminated or prevented from reproducing, is a mentality that still persists, despite the battering it took after the atrocities committed by the Nazi regime. In a revealing interview published July 12 in the New York Times Magazine Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the Supreme Court of the United States was asked about abortion, among other topics. Referring to the Supreme Court decision that opened the doors to abortion, Roe v. Wade and subsequent decisions about abortion funding, Ginsburg commented: "Frankly I had thought...
  • Does Ted Kennedy deserve his extended cancer care?

    07/23/2009 12:29:02 PM PDT · by yoe · 41 replies · 1,338+ views
    American Thinker ^ | July 23, 2009 | James Lewis
    Senator Ted Kennedy, who is now 76 years old and was ( diagnosed with brain cancer) in May of last year, is telling the world that nationalized medical care is "the cause of his life." He wants to see it pass as soon as possible, before he departs this vale of tears. The prospect of Kennedy's passing is viewed by the liberal press with anticipatory tears and mourning. But they are not asking the proper question by their own lights: That question -- which will be asked for you and me when we reach his age and state in life...
  • Obamacare to Dictate End of Life Counseling

    07/21/2009 11:44:39 AM PDT · by paustin110 · 46 replies · 1,354+ views
    And So it Goes in Shreveport ^ | 07/21/2009 | Pat Austin
    Obamacare dictates end of life counseling every five years (or more)... See for yourself: Here is the section dealing with end of life counseling for seniors. This section talks about possible life sustaining treatment. These orders, of course, will be "standardized and uniquely identifiable throughout the State." This life sustaining treatment will be "guided by a coalition of stakeholders includes representatives from emergency medical services, emergency department physicians or nurses, state long-term care association, state medical association, state surveyors, agency responsible for senior services, state department of health, state hospital association, home health association, state bar association, and state hospice...
  • Dissolution of bioethics council is a loss for America

    07/17/2009 6:47:25 PM PDT · by bdeaner · 20 replies · 970+ views
    Catholic Education Resource Center ^ | 7/2/09 | Colleen Carol Campbell
    Last month, President Barack Obama quietly disbanded the President's Council on Bioethics, a deliberative body whose changing cast of erudite and ideologically diverse members had spent the past eight years thinking through today's toughest moral questions. Members received only one day's notice of the council's dissolution, forcing them to cancel a planned meeting and leave unfinished several major reports that were due to be released soon. Their abrupt dismissal received little press, aside from a New York Times article that noted Obama's reason for dismantling the council. According to White House press officer Reid Cherlin, the council was "a philosophically...
  • Embryonic Stem Cells 'Obsolete'

    07/16/2009 6:47:14 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies · 580+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 16, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Bioethics: The former director of the National Institutes of Health, once an enthusiast for embryonic stem cells, now says their future has "dimmed." So why is the administration bailing out research into such therapies while troubled states like California have committed billions?Aside from creating or saving a few research jobs, the administration's decision to federally fund embryonic stem cell research is, as we've noted, a bailout of bad science. It throws money at an avenue of research that time and adult stem cell progress have passed by. Applauding the administration's move was Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., who echoed the claims...
  • Why We Must Ration Health Care

    07/16/2009 2:27:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 56 replies · 1,247+ views
    NYT ^ | 7/16/09 | PETER SINGER
    You have advanced kidney cancer. It will kill you, probably in the next year or two. A drug called Sutent slows the spread of the cancer and may give you an extra six months, but at a cost of $54,000. Is a few more months worth that much? If you can afford it, you probably would pay that much, or more, to live longer, even if your quality of life wasn’t going to be good. But suppose it’s not you with the cancer but a stranger covered by your health-insurance fund. If the insurer provides this man — and everyone...
  • Why We Must Ration Health Care (You Must Die for the Greater Good- Peter Singer/NYT)

    07/15/2009 10:25:10 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 52 replies · 2,437+ views
    New York Times ^ | July 19, 2009 | PETER SINGER
    You have advanced kidney cancer. It will kill you, probably in the next year or two. A drug called Sutent slows the spread of the cancer and may give you an extra six months, but at a cost of $54,000. Is a few more months worth that much? If you can afford it, you probably would pay that much, or more, to live longer, even if your quality of life wasn’t going to be good. But suppose it’s not you with the cancer but a stranger covered by your health-insurance fund. If the insurer provides this man — and everyone...
  • In wake of G8, Pope warns of “dark scenarios” for world if absolutism of technology persists

    07/12/2009 11:36:34 AM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies · 659+ views
    asia news ^ | July 12, 2009
    Benedict XVI returns to the principal themes of his social encyclical reaffirming the need for a global commitment to development, to eliminate "social inequality and structural injustices that are no longer tolerable." The social question has become an "anthropological” issue which implies a way of conceiving man in truth, body and soul. Prayers for Honduras and a farewell ahead of holidays in Les Combes (Aosta Valley). Vatican City (AsiaNews) - "The absolutism of technology, which finds its clearest expression in certain practices contrary to life”, could "draw dark scenarios for the future of humanity": Benedict XVI returns to warn against...
  • Pope Presses Obama On Abortion Stem Cells

    07/11/2009 7:30:33 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 8 replies · 549+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | July 11, 2009
    VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI stressed the church's opposition to abortion and stem cell research in his first meeting with President Barack Obama on Friday, pressing the Vatican's case with the U.S. leader who is already under fire on those issues from some conservative Catholics and bishops back home...Afterward, the Vatican said the leaders discussed immigration, the Middle East peace process and aid to developing nations. But the Vatican's statement also underscored the pair's deep disagreement on abortion. "In the course of their cordial exchanges, the conversation turned first of all to questions which are in the interest of...
  • ‘Cardiac Death’ Allows One to Kill the Organ Donor

    07/10/2009 2:09:59 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 26 replies · 1,093+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 7/10/09 | Dr. John Shea MD FRCP
    Analysis by Dr. John Shea MD FRCP(C), Medical Advisor to LifeSiteNews.comJuly 10, 2009 ( - In 2006, research done by Dr. Gerald Buckberg, a cardio-thoracic surgeon and UCLA expert, demonstrated that a person can survive cardiac arrest for an average of 72 minutes if they are given the following treatment: cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, the use of a heart-lung machine to keep blood and oxygen circulating, and gradual restoration of blood and oxygen flow. This research was done at hospitals in Alabama and Ann Arbor, Michigan and also in Germany. Of 34 patients, seven died, only two had permanent neurological changes...
  • Pope gives Obama 'unannounced' gift: Vatican document on right to life and bioethics

    07/10/2009 9:56:50 AM PDT · by NYer · 49 replies · 2,260+ views
    cna ^ | July 10, 2009
    Vatican City, Jul 10, 2009 / 11:37 am (CNA).- Pope Benedict XVI received President Barack Obama this afternoon in his private library, and after 36 minutes of private conversation, the pair emerged without providing any details about their topics of conversation. Nevertheless, the Holy See revealed that the Pope gave Obama an “unannounced gift”--a Vatican document on bioethics and the right to life. "The G8 has been very productive, 20 billion dollars have been allocated [to poor countries]; that's something concrete," President Obama told the Pope when he asked about the summit, as photographers and journalists were ushered out...
  • Having A Child To Save Another's Life – 'Selective Breeding' Or Noble Aim?

    12/29/2001 5:54:10 AM PST · by Bad~Rodeo · 15 replies · 136+ views
    Researchers in Australia are applying for permission to help parents conceive specially selected babies whose primary aim will be to save the life of siblings with a fatal blood disease. The procedure, already used once - apparently successfully - in the U.S., has set off debate, as the potential benefits, risks and ethical implications are weighed against each other.. Doctors at the Monash Institute of Reproduction and Development in Melbourne are to seek approval in the days ahead on behalf of three couples, two Australian and one from New Zealand, who have children suffering from Fanconi anemia, a disorder that ...
  • We (the government) will decide if you are too old to live.

    06/25/2009 8:10:10 AM PDT · by Indy Pendance · 117 replies · 3,276+ views
    ABC ^ | 6-24-09 | Obama
    [Snip] STURM:My question to you is, outside the medical criteria for prolonging life for somebody elderly, is there any consideration that can be given for a certain spirit, a certain joy of living, quality of life? Or is it just a medical cutoff at a certain age? [Snip] GIBSON: But the money may not have been there for her pacemaker or for your grandmother's hip replacement. [Snip] OBAMA: But what we can do is make sure that at least some of the waste that exists in the system that's not making anybody's mom better, that is loading up on additional...
  • The New Jacobin Elite

    06/24/2009 11:20:11 PM PDT · by Avoiding_Sulla · 56 replies · 2,050+ views
    The New American ^ | Wednesday, 24 June 2009 | William F. Jasper
    The New Jacobin Elite | Print | Written by William F. Jasper    Wednesday, 24 June 2009 06:00 The Socialist Party of Great Britain is celebrating the reissuing of Peter Taaffe’s book, The Masses Arise: The Great French Revolution 1789 -1815. “Its republication by Socialist Publications, in time for the 220th anniversary of this great event in July 2009, is extremely timely,” says the party’s website. A different page on the party’s site promoting the same book instructs readers: “An understanding of the French Revolution remains crucial for all revolutionaries. Marx, Engels, Lenin and Trotsky studied it intensely to gain an...
  • White House (Obama's) War On Science

    06/24/2009 5:16:34 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 10 replies · 1,461+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 24, 2009 | INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY
    Science: The president's Council on Bioethics is summarily dismissed when it disagrees on the need for more federally funded embryonic stem cell research. The scientific method doesn't include firing those who disagree with you.Inspectors general are apparently not the only ones to pay for annoying the White House by doing their job. The 18-member council existed to provide the president with advice on the moral and ethical implications of the rapid advances in science and medical research. It exists no more. The council existed to ponder whether we should do something just because we can. Apparently President Obama wanted not...
  • Switzerland Govt May Ban Assisted Suicide Clinics, Would Affect Suicide Tourism

    06/24/2009 1:59:23 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 17 replies · 2,886+ views
    Life News ^ | 6/24/09 | Steven Ertelt
    Zurich, Switzerland ( -- The Switzerland government is considering a proposal that would ban the assisted suicide clinics run by the pro-euthanasia group Dignitas. The move would end the practice of so-called suicide tourism and move the European nation out of the category with Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.The 1942 Swiss law allowing assisted suicide has led to a practice where residents of other nations, especially England and Germany, travel to the country to end their lives.Federal government officials said last week that they want to discuss "legal barriers and a ban on organized suicide assistance."The proposal would limit who...
  • Obama Abruptly Sacks Bio-ethics Panel Critical of Embryonic Stem-Cell Research

    06/23/2009 4:21:10 PM PDT · by topher · 17 replies · 1,644+ views -- Your Life, Family and Culture Outpost ^ | Tuesday June 23, 2009 | By Peter J. Smith
    Tuesday June 23, 2009 Obama Abruptly Sacks Bio-ethics Panel Critical of Embryonic Stem-Cell Research By Peter J. SmithWASHINGTON, D.C., June 23, 2009 ( – The White House has dismissed the members of the President’s US Council on Bioethics just a few months before their mandate expires, indicating their services are no longer required by the President and that he is looking for a more “practical” advisory board. The New York Times reported that Reid Cherlin, a White House press officer, told the paper that President Barack Obama saw them as "a philosophically leaning advisory group" designed by the previous...
  • Obama Scraps President's Bioethics Council After Forcing Embryonic Tax-Funding

    06/22/2009 1:36:44 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 12 replies · 801+ views
    Life News ^ | 6/21/09 | Dr. David Prentice Note: Dr. David Prentice is Senior Fellow for Life Sciences at Family Research Council. Up to July 2004 he had spent almost 20 years as Professor of Life Sciences, Indiana State University, and Adjunct Professor of Medical and Molecular Genetics, Indiana University School of Medicine.The President's Council on Bioethics is no more. With a one-day notice, the members were told in a letter from the President that their services were no longer required. Pack up, get out. Forget the fact that they had a couple of interesting reports coming out soon, one more meeting, and that the Council's tenure...
  • Obama Scraps President's Bioethics Council After Forcing Embryonic Funding

    06/22/2009 3:05:46 PM PDT · by julieee · 11 replies · 694+ views ^ | June 22, 2009 | Steven Ertelt
    Obama Scraps President's Bioethics Council After Forcing Embryonic Funding The President's Council on Bioethics is no more. With a one-day notice, the members were told in a letter from the President that their services were no longer required. Pack up, get out. Forget the fact that they had a couple of interesting reports coming out soon, one more meeting, and that the Council's tenure would expire come this September. See
  • Assisted suicide debate beginning in Lake County

    06/14/2009 10:58:49 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 7 replies · 495+ views
    Lake County Journal ^ | 6/10/09 | Courtney Crowder
    In the Oscar winning movie “Million Dollar Baby,” the female boxer Maggie Fitzgerald ends up paralyzed from the neck down and asks her coach to end her life. “I got what I needed. I got it all. Don’t let ‘em [the doctors] keep taking it away from me,” she begs. When those words were uttered in 2004 the debate over assisted suicide was underway, but today the debate strongly rages on in the national spotlight. Jerry Dincin, Lake County resident and president of the Final Exit Network, thinks this is an issue that people need to start thinking about. “This...
  • Sextuplets mother ignored advice to abort

    06/13/2009 4:51:29 PM PDT · by PotatoHeadMick · 8 replies · 1,502+ views
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 13 Jun 2009 | Jonathan Wynne-Jones
    The mother of the UK's first sextuplets for more than a quarter of a century has told how she ignored medical advice to abort several of the foetuses. Nuala Conway, 26, from Dunamore in Co Tyrone, said she was warned about the high risks of carrying on with the multiple pregnancy, but decided to put her faith in God. She was given the option of terminating some of the unborn babies at 14 weeks and was advised that this was the best option. However, Mrs Conway, who is a Roman Catholic, said that the suggestion of a termination made her...
  • UK: Embryo mistake 'waiting to happen'

    06/14/2009 7:28:42 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies · 403+ views
    The solicitor representing an IVF couple whose last embryo was implanted in another woman by mistake has said it was "an accident waiting to happen". The couple had been trying for a second child with their only remaining embryo when the IVF Wales clinic in Cardiff, discovered the error. The woman wrongly implanted chose to have a termination after finding out what had happened. Their solicitor, Guy Forster, from national law firm Irwin Mitchell, revealed there had been two previous near misses at the clinic the year before. The Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust has apologised for the blunder and...
  • Wash. State Has First Death Under New Suicide Law

    05/22/2009 2:02:56 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 41 replies · 749+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 22, 2009
    A 66-year-old woman with terminal cancer has become the first person to die under Washington state's new assisted suicide law, an advocacy group said Friday. Linda Fleming, of Sequim, died Thursday night after taking drugs prescribed under the ''Death with Dignity'' law that took effect in March, said Compassion & Choices of Washington. The organization said Fleming was diagnosed last month with advanced pancreatic cancer. She would have had to have been diagnosed by two doctors as terminal in order to qualify for assisted suicide. The group said Fleming died at home with her family, her dog and her physician...
  • Leon Kass to deliver 2009 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities [May 21, 2009 at NEH]

    05/21/2009 5:40:07 AM PDT · by syriacus · 4 replies · 302+ views
    Dr. Leon R. Kass, a widely published author, award-winning humanities teacher, and one of America’s leading moral philosophers and experts on medical ethics, will deliver the 2009 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced today. The annual NEH-sponsored Jefferson Lecture is the most prestigious honor the federal government bestows for distinguished intellectual achievement in the humanities. “Leon Kass is an outstanding scholar, a gifted teacher, and one of our nation’s leading humanists,” said NEH Acting Chairman Carole M. Watson. “He has brought the wisdom of the humanities to bear on many topics, from bioethics...
  • Is Obama the First Pro-Euthanasia President?

    05/16/2009 11:07:26 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 38 replies · 1,561+ views
    Concerned Women for America ^ | 5/12/09 | By Dr. Mark Mostert
    Editor's Note: This article was originally published on the Disability Matters blog site. It is reprinted here with permission. There's been very little attention paid to an interview President Obama did with the New York Times the day of his major speech at Georgetown University on April 14. I was especially interested in the section of the interview dealing with health care, and to learn of the President's perceptions of end-of-life issues. It's not pretty. Read on. For starters, President Obama opined: I have always said, though, that we should not overstate the degree to which consumers rather than doctors...
  • Stem Cells from Blood Render Embryonic Sources Obsolete

    05/06/2009 9:35:06 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 54 replies · 1,686+ views
    ICR ^ | May 6, 2009 | Brian Thomas, M.S.
    Stem Cells from Blood Render Embryonic Sources Obsolete by Brian Thomas, M.S.* On the heels of President Barack Obama’s March 9 order to use public monies to support embryonic stem cell research,[1] another source of stem cells has become available—blood. Blood would be an ideal supplier for stem cells because it is a renewable tissue and harvesting blood components does not end life. These reengineered cells would also be patient-specific and avoid immune system difficulties, unlike embryonic sources which are derived from another person entirely. A recent study discovered a way in which blood could generate stem cells.[2] The researchers...
  • (Euthanasia Advocate) Nitschke ditching Britain for US

    05/03/2009 10:25:42 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 8 replies · 440+ views
    The Australian ^ | 5/4/09 | Peter Wilson
    PHILIP Nitschke is considering moving to the US to continue his campaign for voluntary euthanasia after a hostile reception from British immigration authorities on the weekend.The Australian campaigner known as "Doctor Death" said last night that until he was detained at Heathrow airport for nine hours on Saturday he had been considering moving to Britain to escape Australia's increasingly tight restrictions on the dissemination of information on how to kill yourself. "That looks unlikely now, because after that reception I guess the British will be less likely to let me stay," Dr Nitschke told The Australian. "I'm not sure, but...
  • Birth of Cloned Human Just Days Away? (U.S.-Based Fertility Doctor)

    04/22/2009 10:25:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies · 2,083+ views
    A United States-based fertility doctor claimed to have cloned 14 human embryos and transferred 11 of them into the wombs of four women. In an interview published on Wednesday, Panayiotis Zavos told Britain’s Independent newspaper that although none of the women had had a viable pregnancy as a result, the first cloned baby could now be born within a couple of years. “There is absolutely no doubt about it... the cloned child is coming. There is absolutely no way that it will not happen,” he said, quoted by the paper. “If we intensify our efforts, we can have a cloned...
  • Paramedics told: 'Let accident victims die if they want to' in new row over patient rights (UK)

    04/18/2009 11:42:54 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 37 replies · 3,206+ views
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 4/17/09 | Daniel Martin
    Health Service paramedics have been told not to resuscitate terminally-ill patients who register on a controversial new database to say they want to die. It has been set up by the ambulance service in London for hundreds of people who have only a few months to live so that they may register their 'death wishes' in advance. It is believed to be the first in the country, but other trusts around the country are expected to follow suit to comply with Government guidelines which state that patients' wishes should be taken into account, even at the point of death. Patients'...
  • President Barack Obama Warped and Twisted Science With Embryonic Stem Cell Order

    04/13/2009 1:15:20 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 8 replies · 537+ views
    Life News ^ | 4/13/09 | Joseph Infranco Note: Joseph Infranco is senior counsel with the Alliance Defense Fund, a legal alliance employing a unique combination of strategy, training, funding, and litigation to protect and preserve religious liberty, the sanctity of life, marriage, and the family.   On March 9, with a stroke of his pen, President Obama signed an executive order that provides federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. The president’s terse but chilling justification was that “science should trump ideology.” The statement is a masterpiece of legerdemain, disguising its false premise and frightening implications while miscommunicating the nature and meaning of science. The first...
  • Pro-life conference will look at medical ethics

    04/11/2009 10:27:27 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 6 replies · 352+ views
    Guelph Mercury ^ | 4/7/09 | Jakki Jeffs
    In a couple of weeks Guelph will host the 2009 annual Ontario provincial Pro-Life Conference. Pro-life leaders of national and international fame will present their expert opinions on issues from embryonic stem cell research to abortion, eugenics, reproductive technologies, physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia. Our conference spans the time frame from 1969 to 2009 and is titled "The Pro-Life Journey: A Voice for all Seasons." I believe it is more difficult today than ever to present our world-view in Canada. Induced abortion is as available as toothpaste and considered just as inconsequential, even though it has been the cause of over...
  • Texas Lawmakers See Competing Bills to Scrap, Defend 10-Day Futile Care Law

    04/09/2009 1:15:49 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 4 replies · 384+ views
    Life News ^ | 4/9/09 | Steven Ertelt
    Austin, TX ( -- Texas lawmakers have introduced competing bills that would either scrap or defend the controversial futile care law that has come under national condemnation. The law allows medical facilities to give families just 10 days to find places to care for their loved ones when a medical center refuses treatment.The statute allows hospitals and other medical facilities that believe a patient is too far gone to help to give their families just 10 days to find another facility that will offer the treatment or lifesaving medical care.With names such as Emilio Gonzales and Andrea Clark making the...
  • Controversial Conn. legislators propose and withdraw ‘disastrous’ suicide bill

    03/17/2009 10:31:34 AM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies · 462+ views
    CNA ^ | March 17, 2009
    Rep. Michael Lawlor / Sen. Andrew McDonald Hartford, Conn., Mar 16, 2009 / 04:31 pm (CNA).- The Connecticut legislators who sponsored a quickly withdrawn bill targeting the Catholic Church for financial and organizational restructuring have now introduced and hastily withdrawn a “disastrous” bill which would legalize assisted suicide in the state.Senator Andrew McDonald (D-Stamford) and Representative Michael Lawlor (D-East Haven), co-chairs of the State Judiciary Committee, first made headlines with their sponsorship of S.B. 1098. The bill was quickly removed after it provoked Catholic outcry for its provisions which would have removed the ability of bishops to govern their...
  • Obama: destroying human life for the 'greater good'

    03/17/2009 12:28:45 AM PDT · by Scanian · 14 replies · 586+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | March 17, 2009 | Chris Banescu
    On March 9th President Obama's executive order reversed the Bush administration's long-standing restrictions on using federal funds for embryonic stem cells research and authorized the destruction of live human embryos in medical experimentation. The administration ignored the promising results from adult stem cell therapies. It reopened a Pandora's Box of bioethical concerns and raised vocal opposition from many Christian leaders, including 191 Catholic bishops. Science is on the side of embryonic stem cell research, the president argued. Linking fetal stem cells experiments with "scientific integrity" in the order titled "Signing of Stem Cell Executive Order and Scientific Integrity", Obama proclaimed:...
  • Embryos and ethics

    03/14/2009 4:50:51 AM PDT · by MartinaMisc · 10 replies · 769+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 3/15/09 | Jeff Jacoby
    SHORTLY AFTER the president announced his new policy on funding embryonic stem-cell research, CNN's Larry King devoted a special program to the subject. His first guest was Mary Tyler Moore, the international chairwoman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation who has long been involved in raising funds and awareness for the treatment of Type 1 diabetes, a disease for which there is still no cure. "I am so pleased with the thought and care that he put into making this decision. I think it's a good one," Moore told King. "What's wonderful too is that this means that the United...
  • Morally Unserious in the Extreme (Charles Krauthammer)

    03/13/2009 10:53:01 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 52 replies · 3,749+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 3-13-09 | Charles Krauthammer
    <p>Last week, the White House invited me to a signing ceremony overturning the Bush (43) executive order on stem cell research. I assume this was because I have long argued in these columns and during my five years on the President's Council on Bioethics that, contrary to the Bush policy, federal funding should be extended to research on embryonic stem cell lines derived from discarded embryos in fertility clinics.</p>
  • Obama Signs Law Banning Federal Embryo Research Two Days After Signing Executive Order to OK It

    03/13/2009 8:12:20 PM PDT · by Between the Lines · 210 replies · 19,152+ views
    CNS News ^ | March 13, 2009 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    On Wednesday, only two days after he lifted President Bush’s executive order banning federal funding of stem cell research that requires the destruction of human embryos, President Barack Obama signed a law that explicilty bans federal funding of any "research in which a human embryo or embryos are destroyed, discarded, or knowingly subjected to risk of injury or death." The provision was buried in the 465-page omnibus appropriations bill that Obama signed Wednesday. Known as the Dickey-Wicker amendment, it has been included in the annual appropriations bill for the Department of Health and Human Services every fiscal year since 1996....
  • Using Embryos Without Limit Is Line Too Far

    03/12/2009 8:06:58 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies · 729+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | March 12, 2009 | CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER
    Last week, the White House invited me to a signing ceremony overturning the Bush (43) executive order on stem cell research. I assume this was because I have long argued in these columns and during my five years on the President's Council on Bioethics that, contrary to the Bush policy, federal funding should be extended to research on embryonic stem cell lines derived from discarded embryos in fertility clinics. I declined to attend. Once you show your face at these things you become a tacit endorser of whatever they spring. My caution was vindicated. Bush had restricted federal funding for...
  • AMA Supports President's Decision to Fund Stem Cell Research

    03/12/2009 5:01:58 PM PDT · by greatdefender · 15 replies · 596+ views
    AMA Supports President's Decision to Fund Stem Cell Research For immediate release March 9, 2009 Statement attributable to: Joseph Heyman, MD Board Chair, American Medical Association "The American Medical Association supports President Obama's decision to lift the ban on federal funding of stem cell research. Stem cell research holds great promise to treat diseases that science has so far been unable to cure, and this change in policy will allow researchers to accelerate their efforts by applying for federal research funds. "The AMA supports biomedical research on stem cells and has encouraged strong public support of federal funding for this...
  • Build-a-baby workshops on the rise [preselection of baby's gender, eye color, etc]

    03/12/2009 10:08:50 AM PDT · by Constitutionalist Conservative · 9 replies · 468+ views
    OneNewsNow ^ | March 12, 2009 | Charlie Butts and Marty Cooper
    A California firm called Fertility Institutes is advertising gender selection for in vitro fertilization (IVF), claiming to be the first to offer tests to pre-determine eye, skin, and hair color. reports on the rapidly growing trend of sex-selection abortion, an idea many have considered since IVF technology was forming in the 1970s. The Fertility Institute's advertisement guarantees a 100-percent success rate and reads as follows: "For the first time ever, patients having genetic screening for abnormal chromosome conditions in their embryos will be able to elect expanded testing that can greatly increase the odds of achieving a healthy pregnancy...
  • Use Aborted Children to Make up Shortfall of Transplant Organs: Oxford Stem Cell Expert

    03/12/2009 1:43:27 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 109 replies · 2,680+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 3/12/09 | Hilary White
    LONDON, March 12, 2009 ( - An Oxford University stem cell expert has urged the use of aborted children in organ transplants as a solution to the shortage of available organs. Sir Richard Gardner has called for a feasibility study on the possibility of obtaining organs from the bodies of aborted babies.He said, "It is probably a more realistic technique in dealing with the shortage of kidney donors than others."The Daily Mail reports that pro-life and Christian groups have called the proposal "morally abhorrent," and said it will result in abortions being timed to suit transplant patients. Dr Peter...
  • (Wuerl:) Lifting Limits on Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Politics over Science and Ethics

    03/10/2009 5:14:15 AM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies · 408+ views
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 3/10/2009 | Donald Wuerl
    Lifting Limits on Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Politics over Science and Ethics March 09, 2009 In a column to be published in the March 12 Catholic Standard newspaper, Washington Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl called the decision by President Barack Obama to void restrictions on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research “disheartening.” He went on to explain the Church’s support for ethical scientific research, such as adult stem cell research, noting its success over the past decades in addressing disease and illness. The column follows. Lifting Limits on Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Politics over Science and Ethics The announcement that...
  • Stem Cells: Does Their Origin Matter?

    03/09/2009 7:55:16 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 51 replies · 1,341+ views
    Answers Magazine ^ | Dr. Georgia Purdom
    Stem Cells Does Their Origin Matter? Preserving life—it is extremely important in the Christian faith. But what is the biblical definition of life, and how does this definition affect stem cell research?God clearly commands in Exodus 20:13: “You shall not murder [the intentional, predatory killing of another]” (NIV; see also Matthew 19:18; Romans 13:9). A big controversy today is that of determining when life begins. In the field of embryonic stem cell research (ESCR), this determination is especially crucial. Because technology is advancing faster than society’s ethics, we are left to solve such dilemmas in the midst of active...
  • Nadya Suleman And John Stuart Mill (Welfare for Longterm Contraception?)

    03/02/2009 9:59:03 AM PST · by GOPGuide · 17 replies · 647+ views
    Forbes ^ | March 2 2009 | John Tamny
    snip whatever one thinks of Darwin and genetics, assuming he was even partially right about genes, is there any hope for the children of such a hopelessly odd mother, not to mention a man who provided his seed because he was "in love" with her? The political culture of today says we can't answer this question publicly, but assuming Suleman's story is merely the tip of the iceberg, politicians who control the purse strings are eventually going to have to stake out a position here. Whatever side is taken, it would surely be interesting to know how many women, desirous...
  • Washington state to allow `dignity' deaths

    03/01/2009 12:21:37 PM PST · by greatdefender · 323 replies · 8,074+ views
    Yahoo-AP ^ | 03/01/2009 | RACHEL LA CORTE
    OLYMPIA, Wash. – Terminally ill patients with less than six months to live will soon be able to ask their doctors to prescribe them lethal medication in Washington state. But even though the "Death with Dignity" law takes effect Thursday, people who might seek the life-ending prescriptions could find their doctors conflicted or not willing to write them. Many doctors are hesitant to talk publicly about where they stand on the issue, said Dr. Tom Preston, a retired cardiologist and board member of Compassion & Choices, the group that campaigned for and supports the law.
  • "Brain Death" is Life, Not Death: Neurologists and Bioethicists Unanimous at Conference

    02/26/2009 3:08:22 PM PST · by wagglebee · 11 replies · 676+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 2/26/08 | Hilary White
    "Brain Death" is Life, Not Death: Neurologists, Philosophers, Neonatologists, Jurists, and Bioethicists Unanimous at Conference By Hilary White - Rome correspondentROME, February 26, 2009 ( - If a patient is able to process oxygen from the lungs into the bloodstream, maintain a normal body temperature, digest food and expel waste, grow to normal adult size from the age of four to twenty, and even carry a child to term, can he or she be considered dead? Can a person who is "dead" wake up and go on later to finish a university degree? Can a corpse get out of...
  • Bioethicist: Obama funding of embryo destruction would be discrimination

    02/17/2009 6:02:26 AM PST · by NYer · 11 replies · 442+ views
    CNA ^ | February 17, 2009
    David Axelrod Washington D.C., Feb 17, 2009 / 06:56 am (CNA).- White House adviser David Axelrod announced on "Fox News Sunday" that President Barack Obama is about to announce his next anti-life decision:  erasing every limitation  President George W. Bush placed on federal funding for embryonic stem cell  research  (ESCR).Under the previous administration, federal money for ESCR was limited to those stem cell lines that were created before Aug. 9, 2001, while no federal dollars could be used on research with cell lines from embryos destroyed from that point forward. Obama "right now is considering an executive order lifting...