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  • Modest but Meaningful Protection from Human Embryo Genetic Manipulation

    12/17/2015 5:54:12 PM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 17, 2015 | David A. Prentice
    Genetically-manufactured babies, gene-manipulated human embryos, human-animal chimeras, human clones—all science fiction, right? No, these various types of laboratory-manufactured human embryos are already reality. Last spring, Chinese scientists announced they had experimented with genetic manipulation of human embryos, and scientists in the U.S. want to join in the experiments, also recently approved in law in the U.K. At a recent Washington, D.C. conference, instead of thoroughly debating the ethical concerns, American, British, and Chinese genetic engineers discussed the "glorious potential" of gene-modified humans seeking ways to further, not hinder, experimentation. The headlong rush ignores concerns for safety, ethics, alternatives, and public...
  • The Tangled Web We Weave When We Artificially Conceive

    07/11/2015 3:40:02 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | July 10, 2015 | REBECCA TAYLOR
    I have acquaintances that a decade ago decided to adopt some “leftover” frozen human embryos created with in vitro fertilization (IVF). Presuming they were essentially adopting children, the couple first consulted an adoption attorney. Imagine their surprise when he referred them to a property-rights lawyer. In our state, human embryos are considered to be “property,” not people. Back in 2002, a Rand Corp. report revealed that there were 396,526 frozen embryos in the United States. There are certainly many more today, and in many states, these little lives have no more legal worth than a house or a car. This...
  • You Have a Voice Regarding 3-Parent Embryos

    03/24/2015 3:20:04 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Catholic Stand ^ | March 24, 2015
    Our health, a precise equilibrium, may be disrupted by any disease at any given time. Scientific progress has moved beyond the realm of diagnoses and care of disease, and has now entered the new arena of prediction and prevention while still in the embryonic stage of life, in spite of unknown factors and risks. With the advancing technology comes challenges of safety and efficacy, along with ethical and social considerations. The 3-parent embryo or mitochondrial transfer technology ultimately raises one of the greatest questions we will perhaps ever face as voting Catholics. Are we willing to genetically modify humans on...
  • Judge awards frozen embryos to 42-year-old doctor who froze fertilized eggs with boyfriend

    05/20/2014 9:41:13 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 14 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 17MAY2014 | Daily Mail reporter
    A judge is siding with a Chicago woman seeking to use frozen embryos to have a child over the objection of her former boyfriend. Karla Dunston was diagnosed with lymphoma four years ago. Knowing chemotherapy would make her infertile, she had embryos frozen before treatment. Her then-boyfriend, Jacob Szafranski, provided the sperm. They broke up a year later and Szafranski changed his mind, leading to a lengthy court battle.
  • Facing Massive Opposition, British Government Halts Three-Parent Embryos

    11/05/2013 3:00:44 PM PST · by NYer · 13 replies
    Life News ^ | November 5, 2013 | PETER SAUNDERS
    The legalisation of three parent embryos for mitochondrial disease in Britain has been facing massive opposition all over the world with so little response from Westminster. But an answer to a parliamentary question this week gives the first sign that the government may be pausing to draw breath before implementing the new technique. Apparently they are not going to proceed with three parent children regulations for now but rather have opted for yet another consultation. In response to a Parliamentary question asked this week by Lord Alton Government minster Earl Howe said that the Government will publish draft regulations...
  • Stem cells: Living adult tissue transformed back into embryo state

    09/12/2013 12:22:25 AM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 6 replies
    BBC News ^ | 11 September 2013 | James Gallagher
    The living tissue inside an animal has been regressed back into an embryonic state for the first time, Spanish researchers say. They believe it could lead to new ways of repairing the body, for example after a heart attack. However, the study published in the journal Nature, showed the technique led to tumours forming in mice. Stem cell experts said it was a "cool" study, but would need to be much more controlled before leading to therapies.
  • Madison diocese bans school trips to research center

    09/09/2013 8:53:06 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies
    MADISON Children who attend Catholic schools within the Madison diocese wont be taking any more field trips to a renowned research center because it conducts research using embryonic stem cells. The Madison Catholic Diocese, which announced its decision in a letter Thursday, said the research at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery runs counter to Catholic teachings on the sanctity of human life, the Wisconsin State Journal reported. Any plans to have students visit the center should be halted immediately, and alternative, morally acceptable means of meeting the educational objectives should be utilized, wrote Michael Lancaster, the superintendent of Catholic...
  • Baby, or your money back: (CA) fertility doctor mass produces, then sells embryos for $9,800

    11/21/2012 3:26:18 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    Life Site News ^ | November 21, 2012 | KIRSTEN ANDERSEN
    Dr. Ernest Zeringue Davis, CA, November 21, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A doctor in Davis, California is promising a successful IVF pregnancy for just $9,800, with an unheard-of money-back guarantee.  The catch?  Patients will be implanted with someone else’s baby. In-vitro fertilization (IVF) is notoriously expensive.  A single round of IVF averages $12,400, with no guarantee of a pregnancy.  Women wishing to become pregnant using the method must often undergo the procedure repeatedly until they end up with a baby or run out of money, since insurance typically limits how much can be spent on the procedure. Dr. Ernest Zeringue cuts...
  • Evangelicals seek a future for thousands of frozen embryos

    09/11/2012 7:50:56 AM PDT · by AnalogReigns · 2 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 10, 2012 | Krista Kapralos
    The embryo was frozen in liquid nitrogen when Gabriel and Callie Fluhrer found it. They didnt know whether that embryo would grow to be a boy or a girl, or whether it would even grow at all. But to the Fluhrers, it was worth the risk. That tiny collection of cells was a baby, they believed. And if they didnt pluck it from the warehouse where it had been stored since its biological parents decided they didnt need or want it any longer, it was likely to die. If were going to stand against abortion, its not simply picketing a...
  • Bill authorizes prosecution for death of an embryo

    04/24/2012 9:44:43 AM PDT · by SmithL · 1 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 4/24/12 | Tom Humphrey
    NASHVILLE The Senate approved and sent to Gov. Bill Haslam on Monday legislation that allows criminal prosecution for causing the death of "a human embryo or fetus at any stage of gestation in utero." The bill (HB3517) marks the second change in two years to a law that since 1989 had it a crime to cause the death of a "viable fetus." That was changed last year to eliminate the word "viable." Sen. Mae Beavers, R-Mount Juliet, the sponsor, said legislators have since learned that, under the scientific definition of a fetus, the term only applies when eight weeks...
  • Euro judges outlaw life-saving embryo stem cell research as immoral

    10/19/2011 2:11:44 PM PDT · by NYer · 116 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | October 19, 2011 | TAMARA COHEN
    Scientists in Britain face being barred from developing life-saving treatments after a court ruled it is immoral to use embryos to produce stem cells. The European Court of Justice has decreed that patenting any treatment using the cells is commercial exploitation and contrary to morality. Scientists warned the devastating decision will stop pioneering treatments for degenerative diseases such as Alzheimers and Parkinsons being developed in the UK, with potentially catastrophic consequences for the multi-million pound biotechnology industry. But pro-life groups, who argue it is immoral to experiment with embryos to advance medicine, welcomed the ruling. The decision, made unanimously by...
  • The question of embryo adoption is closed: Msgr. Ignacio Barreiro

    08/05/2011 9:35:36 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Life Site News ^ | August 3, 2011 | MONSIGNOR IGNACIO BARREIRO-CARMBULA
    Editor’s Note: In this commentary Msgr Barreiro responds to the statements of Dr. Janet Smith quoted in the August 2nd LifeSiteNews report “Top Catholic ethicists duel over frozen embryo adoption”. Msgr. Barreiro presents his understanding of the correct Catholic moral teaching on this issue. Msgr. Ignacio Barreiro Carámbula, J.D., S.T.D., HLI Interim President FRONT ROYAL, Virginia, August 3, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - At a recent debate http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/top-catholic-ethicists-duel-over-frozen-embryo-adoption at Christendom College Prof. Dr. Janet Smith upheld the view that the adoption of embryos could be morally appropriate, in particular if it is undertaken outside the context of in-vitro fertilization. To be realistic,...
  • Scientists build lasers using human embryonic cells

    06/21/2011 7:55:25 AM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Life Site News ^ | June 20, 2011 | REBECCA MILLETTE
    June 20, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – U.S. scientists reported last week they have been able to develop potentially “self-healing” lasers that could be used in the human body for treating diseases such as cancer.  The lasers, however, use human embryonic cells in a controversial experiment that has not yet been approved by the FDA. The experiment findings were published this month in the Nature Photonics journal, by physicists Malte C. Gather and Soek Hyun Yun of the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital.  “This is the first time that we have used biological materials to build a laser...
  • In vitro part of the holocaust of abortion, says Argentinean archbishop

    11/11/2010 6:06:18 AM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    cna ^ | November 11, 2010
    Buenos Aires, Argentina, Nov 10, 2010 / 10:03 pm (CNA).- Archbishop Hector Aguer of La Plata has criticized in vitro fertilization as a technique that plays with the lives and deaths of thousands and thousands of people. Therefore, he continued, we could call this a new holocaust that is part of the holocaust of abortion.On Nov. 6, during his program, Keys to a Better World, Archbishop Aguer referred to the awarding of the Nobel Prize in Medicine to Robert Edwards, for his efforts to conceive the first child through in vitro fertilization.This belated recognition again raises the issue of the...
  • South Korean Court Rules that Frozen Human Embryos are 'Not Human'

    05/29/2010 5:06:11 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 1 replies · 165+ views
    Life Site News ^ | SEOUL, May 28, 2010 | Matthew Cullian Hoffman
    Friday May 28, 2010 South Korean Court Rules that Frozen Human Embryos are 'Not Human' By Matthew Cullian Hoffman SEOUL, May 28, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Despite parents' pleas,a South Korean court has ruled that frozen embryos are not living and thus may be experimented upon and destroyed at will. The ruling was issued against a suit filed by the parents of the embryos, as well as eleven other individuals, including philosophers, ethicists, and doctors. In addition, the two embryos themselves were listed among the plaintiffs. The embryos were created for a couple with the surname Nam. A total of...
  • Furious Embryo Researcher Clashes with Pro-Lifers Displaying His Portrait

    04/23/2010 7:39:44 AM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies · 631+ views
    Life Site ^ | April 22, 2010 | Kathleen Gilbert
    IRVINE, California, April 22, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The leader of the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform clashed with a prominent embryonic stem cell researcher after the group displayed the researcher's portrait alongside Nazi scientists who experimented on Jews, and images of aborted children, on his home campus.Jill Stanek reported Thursday that Dr. Hans Keirstead, co-director of the Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center, fumed at CBR's Gregg Cunningham over the display erected at his own University of California, Irvine. CBR visits college campuses across America with its Genocide Awareness Project, a large display featuring images of aborted children which...
  • 3 parent Kids

    04/15/2010 9:49:37 AM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies · 572+ views
    The Sun ^ | April 15, 2010 | EMMA MORTON
    Baby battery ... a mitochondrion UK scientists have created "designer embryos" containing DNA from a man and TWO women. The breakthrough gives hope of healthy children to couples with genetic disorders in their families. It also offers the prospect of eradicating fatal genetic diseases. But the procedure - dubbed three person IVF - sparked controversy last night. Researchers at Newcastle University set out to prevent damaged DNA in mitochondria - the "batteries" that power cells - from being passed on to offspring. Controversial ... kids would have DNA from three peopleRex Features They removed nuclei from the sperm and egg...
  • Imaging Life as It Happens: Researchers Capture Video of Embryonic Heart Before It Begins to Beat

    04/03/2010 9:30:30 AM PDT · by Salman · 14 replies · 808+ views
    Science Daily ^ | Apr. 3, 2010 | Science Daily
    Imagine being able to image life as it happens by capturing video of the embryonic heart before it begins beating. A professor at the University of Houston, in collaboration with scientists at Baylor College of Medicine, is doing just that. Kirill Larin, assistant professor of biomedical engineering in the Cullen College of Engineering at UH, and his colleagues in the Texas Medical Center are documenting the formation of the mammalian heart through a high-resolution, non-invasive imaging device, providing perhaps the best live imagery taken of the vital organ. "Everything we know about early development of the heart and formation of...
  • California's Proposition 71 Failure

    01/12/2010 5:53:07 PM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies · 1,728+ views
    Investors.com ^ | January 12, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Bioethics: Five years after a budget-busting $3 billion was allocated to embryonic stem cell research, there have been no cures, no therapies and little progress. So supporters are embracing research they once opposed. California's Proposition 71 was intended to create a $3 billion West Coast counterpart to the National Institutes of Health, empowered to go where the NIH could not either because of federal policy or funding restraints on biomedical research centered on human embryonic stem cells. Supporters of the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative, passed in 2004, held out hopes of imminent medical miracles that were...
  • When Human Life Begins (Science has the answer alert!)

    12/17/2009 3:23:39 PM PST · by NYer · 33 replies · 1,796+ views
    NC Register ^ | December 17, 2009 | SUE ELLIN BROWDER
    When does a human person begin? Many politicians and lawyers nowadays say the answer to this question remains shrouded in mystery. As pro-abortion Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, a Catholic, told NBC News Tom Brokaw last year, I dont think anybody can tell you when ... human life begins. Vice President Joe Biden, another pro-abortion Catholic, told Brokaw he personally believes life begins at conception simply as a matter of faith.But cutting-edge biology can answer this question objectively, accurately and definitively. In her paper When Does Human Life Begin? A Scientific Perspective, Maureen Condic, a senior fellow at The...
  • Babies' Language Learning Starts From The Womb

    11/08/2009 11:16:17 AM PST · by autumnraine · 11 replies · 590+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 11/05/2009 | Science Daily
    cienceDaily (Nov. 5, 2009) From their very first days, newborns' cries already bear the mark of the language their parents speak, reveals a new study published online in Current Biology. The findings suggest that infants begin picking up elements of what will be their first language in the womb, and certainly long before their first babble or coo. "The dramatic finding of this study is that not only are human neonates capable of producing different cry melodies, but they prefer to produce those melody patterns that are typical for the ambient language they have heard during their fetal life,...
  • Teaching Kids to Kill Embryos - A New Generation of Stem Cell Workers

    07/31/2009 2:50:12 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 1 replies · 669+ views
    No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth! President Ronald Reagan Life Legal Defense Foundation continues to watchdog the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine and in doing so found the latest attempt to promulgate embryonic stem cell research by educating children. Let us introduce you to Senate Bill 471. Titled The California Stem Cell and Biotechnology Education and Workforce Development Act of 2009, the purpose of SB 471 is purportedly to train up a new generation of...
  • Obamas Science Czar Said a Born Baby Will Ultimately Develop Into a Human Being

    07/29/2009 5:34:12 AM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 55 replies · 1,424+ views
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 28, 2009 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    President Obamas top science adviser said in a book he co-authored in 1973 that a newborn child will ultimately develop into a human being if he or she is properly fed and socialized. The fetus, given the opportunity to develop properly before birth, and given the essential early socializing experiences and sufficient nourishing food during the crucial early years after birth, will ultimately develop into a human being, John P. Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, wrote in Human Ecology: Problems and Solutions. Holdren co-authored the book with Stanford professors Paul R. Ehrlich and...
  • The Grail Searchers (science shows that an embryo is a human being)

    07/20/2009 8:29:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies · 635+ views
    National Review ^ | 7/20/2009 | Maureen Condic, Patrick Lee, and Robert P. George
    The development of a human being begins with fertilization, a process by which the spermatozoon from the male and the oocyte from the female unite to give rise to a new organism, the zygote. Langmans Medical Embryology, 7th edition, 1995 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- For people who advocate the killing of embryonic human beings in the cause of biomedical research, the Holy Grail is an argument that would definitively establish that the human embryo, at least early in its development, is not a living human organism and therefore not a human being at all. The problem for these advocates is that all...
  • 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...
  • Pro-Life Group Disputes Sotomayor's View That Roe v. Wade is "Settled Law"

    07/14/2009 4:18:55 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 2 replies · 395+ views
    CNSnews.com ^ | July 14, 2009 | Melanie Hunter-Omar
    Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday that she considered Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court case that legalized abortion, to be settled law...Dr. Charmaine Yoest, president of Americans United for Life, said Roe is anything but settled law.This question of Roe as settled law goes to a central point in the testimony well be providing on Thursday morning: Roe is not settled law, Yoest said in a statement
  • 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...
  • 9th Circuit: Pharmacists Must Dispense Mornin-After Pill

    07/11/2009 7:35:55 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 35 replies · 1,391+ views
    HotAir.com ^ | July 11, 2009 | Ed Morrissey
    The most overturned appellate court has teed up another case for the Supreme Court to consider and likely soon. The 9th Circuit overturned an injunction in a district court case, allowing the state of Washington to force a pharmacy to stock and dispense morning-after pills, which causes the abortion of an embryo in the early days of a pregnancy. The pharmacy owners had objected, claiming that the law violated their religious practice:
  • Adopting Embryos: Heres Why Not

    05/20/2009 1:29:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 72 replies · 1,354+ views
    ncr ^ | May 20, 2009 | Monica Migliorino Miller, Ph.D.
    This article will clarify a certain dimension of the debate over embryo adoption and lead to the conclusion that a woman who chooses to have an orphaned embryo implanted in her womb (heterologous embryo transfer, which we'll call HET), cannot be morally approved.I have been a leader in the pro-life movement for over 30 years, and no one would more like to see all of the abandoned frozen embryos rescued. The nature of their in vitro conception, subsequent freezing and reduction to so-called "leftovers" constitutes a grave injustice.Many people, motivated by real charity, look to embryo adoption as a way...
  • U.S. bishops launch new campaign against embryonic stem cell research (Action Alert!)

    05/08/2009 10:11:23 AM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies · 387+ views
    CNA ^ | May 8, 2009
    div class="noticia_imagen_contenedor" style="width: 290px;"> Washington D.C., May 8, 2009 / 01:46 am (CNA).- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) on Wednesday launched a campaign to oppose embryonic stem cell research and support ethical cures, encouraging citizens to contact Congress and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).After President Barack Obamas March 9 executive order permitted federal funding for further embryonic stem cell research, the NIH proposed guidelines to fund research that will require stem cells harvested from the destruction of living human embryos.The draft guidelines are open for public comment through May 26.The USCCB campaign, titled "Oppose Destructive Stem Cell...
  • Storm over embryo 'bank' which could be used as a body repair kit

    04/26/2009 5:25:06 PM PDT · by Lesforlife · 2 replies · 275+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | April 25, 2009 | Beezy Marsh
    By Beezy Marsh and Jo Macfarlane Last updated at 11:04 PM on 25th April 2009 Couples could be allowed to store embryos in order to use them to create new body parts or cure diseases. Government legal and ethical experts are to discuss whether families can bank embryos not just for procreation but also for use by doctors to create personalised treatments for parents and their children. Now, embryos the first stage of life after an egg has been successfully fertilised can be stored for up to five years but only for procreation. But a huge ethical debate...
  • Bishop criticizes reproductive technologys procreation without sex

    03/17/2009 8:13:41 AM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies · 925+ views
    CNA ^ | March 16, 2009
    div class="noticia_imagen_contenedor" style="width: 250px;"> Bishop Thomas Wenski Orlando, Fla., Mar 16, 2009 / 08:01 pm (CNA).- Bishop of Orlando, Florida Thomas G. Wenski has written an editorial for the Orlando Sentinel stressing the dignity of the human embryo. Noting the ways some medical reproductive technologies devalue the meaning of human sexuality itself, he condemned procreation without sex.Invoking Mary Shelleys Frankenstein, which he summarized as being about a mad scientist who in his quest to create life never stopped to consider the consequences of his actions, Bishop Wenski said that science reality is stranger than science fiction.Similarly, he suggested that some...
  • President Clintons confused embryo remarks raise credibility questions

    03/16/2009 6:07:12 AM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies · 896+ views
    CNA ^ | March 14, 2009
    Washington D.C., Mar 14, 2009 / 02:06 pm (CNA).- Former President Bill Clintons recent comments about embryo fertilization and stem cell research have been confused and call into question his credibility on the issue, two bioethicists say. The president has made interview remarks incorrectly implying that embryos are not fertilized. Critics also wondered why Dr. Sanjay Gupta, the medical commentator and former Surgeon General nominee who interviewed Clinton, did not correct the former president in their discussion of human embryonic stem cell research. Pro-life advocates around the country have been rallying against President Barack Obamas March 9 decision to...
  • Baptist leader speaks out against Obama's pro-death moves

    03/14/2009 10:12:21 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 12 replies · 633+ views
    A Southern Baptist leader who serves on President Barack Obama's Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships opposes Obama's move to fund embryonic stem-cell research. Rev. Frank Page, a former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, says he told the White House that he is alarmed at Obama's "consistent pattern of removing any pro-life protections." Page says he wonders sometimes if the president is really listening to his advice and says he is conscious of being a Baptist and evangelical voice on the president's advisory council. "I know that I am representing a huge number of people who are deeply concerned,...
  • Obama Signs Law Banning Federal Embryo Research Two Days After Signing Executive Order to OK It

    03/13/2009 6:32:52 AM PDT · by MaestroLC · 53 replies · 3,771+ views
    CNS News ^ | March 13, 2009 | By Terence P. Jeffrey
    On Wednesday, only two days after he lifted President Bushs 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....
  • Obama OK's Embryonic Stem Cell Research - Despite Alternative

    03/11/2009 8:27:13 AM PDT · by Notoriously Conservative · 4 replies · 317+ views
    notoriouslyconservative.com ^ | 03 11 09 | Notoriously Conservative
    US President Barack Obama will Monday wipe out another contentious aspect of his predecessor George W. Bush's legacy by removing curbs on federal funding for embryonic stem-cell research.Links: (on site) Obama to reverse Bush limits on stem- cell research Stem cell go-ahead puts Obama at odds with pope... Stem cell decision exposes religious divides... So obviously it is an incomprehensible and utterly deplorable concept to harvest human babies for stems cells (unless you are a liberal). My question is, why is the green light being given by Obama do destroy these embryos when the technology is there, or nearly there...
  • Obama ESCR policy change a slap in the face to pro-lifers, critics say

    03/10/2009 3:38:24 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 2 replies · 349+ views
    CatholicNewsAgency ^ | Washington D.C., Mar 9, 2009
    Obama ESCR policy change a slap in the face to pro-lifers, critics say President Barack Obama Washington D.C., Mar 9, 2009 / 04:58 pm (CNA).- Catholic and Pro-life leaders have reacted critically to President Barack Obamas overturning of federal restrictions on embryonic stem cell research, characterizing the policy change as a slap in the face to pro-lifers and arguing that scientific advancement should not come by destroying embryonic human life. On Monday, President Obama overturned President George W. Bushs 2001 executive order which barred funding for any embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) that uses embryonic stem cell lines created after...
  • Cardinal Rigali: Obama stem cell order 'a sad victory of politics over science and ethics

    03/10/2009 3:42:47 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 14 replies · 490+ views
    CatholicNewsAgency ^ | Washington D.C., Mar 9, 2009
    Cardinal Rigali: Obama stem cell order 'a sad victory of politics over science and ethics Cardinal Justin Rigali Washington D.C., Mar 9, 2009 / 06:27 pm (CNA).- Following President Obamas latest executive order lifting restrictions on embryonic stem cell research, both Cardinal Justin Rigali and the Colorado bishops released a statement saying that the decision to lift restrictions on embryonic stem cell research shows a disregard for the dignity of human life. Cardinal Rigali, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Pro-Life Activities, began his statement today by calling Obamas executive order a sad victory of politics...
  • Nancy Reagan praises Obama for overturning Bush's policy on stem cells

    03/09/2009 10:17:01 PM PDT · by bikingbill · 12 replies · 757+ views
    I'm very grateful that President Obama has lifted the restrictions on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research," the former first lady said in a statement. "These new rule will now make it possible for scientists to move forward." "Countless people, suffering from many different diseases, stand to benefit from the answers stem cell research can provide," said Reagan, who has long been at odds with other conservative Republicans over the stem cell issue. "We owe it to ourselves and to our children to do everything in our power to find cures for these diseases -- and soon." Reagan, 87,...
  • Georgia Takes Action: SB 169 to Protect Human Embryos

    03/09/2009 5:08:23 PM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies · 614+ views
    Earned Media ^ | 3/09/09
    Georgia Takes Action: SB 169 to Protect Human Embryos LAWRENCEVILLE, GA, Mar. 9 /Christian Newswire/ -- While President Obama was signing the executive order that would provide federal funds for destructive Human Embryo research today, the Georgia Senate's Health and Human Services Committee moved SB 169: The Ethical Treatment of Human Embryos Act to the Senate Rules Committee on a 7-6 vote. This bill allows for the advancement of scientific research, while also addressing the important ethical questions related in the ongoing debate about Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research (HESCR). First, it allows for the continuation of research that is...
  • Kids Made-to-Order: Science Gone Awry - Bishop Sgreccia Points to Instinct of Manipulation

    03/04/2009 10:59:32 AM PST · by GonzoII · 3 replies · 245+ views
    Zenit ^ | ROME, MARCH 3, 2009
    http://www.zenit.org/article-25260?l=english ZE09030310 - 2009-03-03Permalink: http://www.zenit.org/article-25260?l=englishKids Made-to-Order: Science Gone Awry Bishop Sgreccia Points to Instinct of Manipulation ROME, MARCH 3, 2009 (Zenit.org).- A Los Angeles-based fertility clinic offering would-be parents a child made-to-order -- complete with the desired skin tone or hair color -- is an example of science when it is not put at the service of the good, says Bishop Elio Sgreccia.The retired president of the Pontifical Academy for Life spoke to Vatican Radio today about an offer from The Fertility Institutes, to give would-be parents the physical traits they want in their child -- green eyes, for example,...
  • Preliminary Remarks about the Concept of Information (discovering life's instruction manual)

    02/27/2009 7:26:13 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 83 replies · 737+ views
    AiG ^ | February 26, 2009 | Dr. Werner Gitt
    Preliminary Remarks about the Concept of Information by Dr. Werner Gitt February 26, 2009 By way of introduction, we shall consider a few systems and repeatedly ask the question: What is the reason that such a system can function? 1. The web of a spider: In Figure 1 we see a section of a web of a spider, a Cyrtophora in this case. The mesh size is approximately 0.8 x 1.2 mm. The circle in the left picture indicates the part which has been highly magnified by an electron microscope to provide the right picture. The design and structure of...
  • Octuplet mom was treated at Beverly Hills clinic

    02/09/2009 4:04:58 PM PST · by Brilliant · 9 replies · 660+ views
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | 2/9/09 | SHAYA TAYEFE MOHAJER
    The Southern California mother of octuplets was implanted with embryos at a Beverly Hills fertility clinic run by a well-known and controversial specialist who pioneered a method for helping women conceive. Dr. Michael Kamrava's name emerged Monday as a result of an interview aired Monday on NBC with Nadya Suleman, who gave birth to eight babies Jan. 26. Over the past two weeks, the identity of Suleman's fertility doctor has been a source of great mystery because of questions over the ethics of implanting numerous embryos in a woman who already had six children. Kamrava, 57, did not...
  • Fossil embryos deep in the fossil record (40 mya before Cambrian Explosion, yet still look "modern")

    02/06/2009 8:08:26 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 270 replies · 2,691+ views
    CMI ^ | Michael J. Oard
    ...The fossilized embryos shatter some ideas about evolution. Not only have certain cellular processes been pushed way back in time, but also there does not appear to be any evolution seen in these embryos, since many cellular processes, including some modern features, go clear back to the beginning of the fossil record. These embryos demonstrate that complex metazoans have been around since at least the Neoproterozoic and that from an evolutionary point of view their origins go back even further. Thus, the origin of animals is firmly based on nothing, and a huge evolutionary mystery: The origin of animals is...
  • FDA approves human embryonic stem cell study

    01/23/2009 7:39:34 AM PST · by NYer · 12 replies · 481+ views
    CNN ^ | January 23, 2009
    (CNN) -- Federal regulators have cleared the way for the first human trials of human embryonic stem-cell research, authorizing researchers to test whether the cells are safe to use in spinal injury patients, the company behind the trials announced Friday. The tests could begin by summer, said Dr. Thomas Okarma, president and CEO of the Geron Corporation. The Food and Drug Administration has approved the trials, which will use human stem cells authorized for research by then-President George W. Bush in 2001. The patients will be those with the most severe spinal cord injuries, called complete spinal cord injuries. "A...
  • Embryos Killed As Price of UK's First Genetically Chosen Baby (It's time to lay off Hitler /S)

    01/19/2009 9:59:48 AM PST · by GonzoII · 12 replies · 499+ views
    familyandlife.org ^ | 19th Jan 09
    The first British baby genetically selected to be free of a gene linked to breast cancer has been born, doctors have revealed. She was screened as an embryo to ensure the absence of the BRCA 1 gene, which passes the risk of breast cancer down the generations. University College London said the mother and her infant were doing very well.
  • Any Obama Decision to Fund Embryonic Stem Cells Goes Against Best Science

    01/09/2009 8:06:17 AM PST · by GonzoII · 7 replies · 355+ views
    LifeNews ^ | January 8, 2009 | by Helen M. Alvar
    Any Obama Decision to Fund Embryonic Stem Cells Goes Against Best Scienceby Helen M. Alvar January 8, 2009LifeNews.com Note: Helen Alvare is a professor at George Mason University School of Law and she has her J.D. from Cornell University. joining the faculty at George Mason, Professor Alvare was an associate professor at Catholic University of America-Columbus School of Law. Since 1987 she has worked at the National Conference of Catholic Bishops as an attorney and pro-life spokeswoman. This article originally appeared in the publication of the Culture of Life Foundation. Email RSSPrint Incoming President Barack Obamas strenuous support for...
  • Dignitas Personae

    12/12/2008 12:06:09 PM PST · by annalex · 32 replies · 716+ views
    The Vatican ^ | 12.12.2008 | The Roman Curia
    Regarding the Instruction Dignitas PersonaeAim In recent years, biomedical research has made great strides, opening new possibilities for the treatment of disease, but also giving rise to serious questions which had not been directly treated in the Instruction Donum vitae (22 February 1987). A new Instruction, which is dated 8 September 2008, the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, seeks to provide some responses to these new bioethical questions, as these have been the focus of expectations and concerns in large sectors of society. In this way, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith seeks both...
  • The Dignity of the Embryo

    12/12/2008 1:13:26 PM PST · by GonzoII · 5 replies · 346+ views
    NationalCatholicRegister ^ | Friday, December 12, 2008 | Tom McFeely
    The Dignity of the Embryo Archbishop Salvatore Fisichella, spoke today in Rome with Register correspondent Edward Pentin about Dignitas Personae, the Vatican’s new bioethics document. Archbishop Fisichella, who is president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, discussed some of the U.S. implications of the new document, and the focus it places on the dignity of the human embryo. Here’s what he told the Register: How would you like this document to be received in the United States?Archbishop Salvatore Fisichella: I think that the document which talks about life and the dignity of the human person will be received in a...
  • When Does Human Life Begin? - Even Earlier Than Many Suppose

    12/04/2008 1:37:22 PM PST · by NYer · 183 replies · 2,669+ views
    NCR ^ | December 7 - 13, 2008 | Susan E. Wills
    Almost anyone with a high school education can correctly answer the question When does human life begin? by responding at conception or at fertilization of a human egg by a sperm cell. While we may not understand, or only vaguely recall, the precise process by which an egg and sperm combine to create a new unique human being, this basic truth about human life falls into the category of things we cant not know. Yet today, many educated people who do know better assert that human life begins at some later stage of development.They arbitrarily push forward the starting point...