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by Krystle Gabele

July 8, 2009

Here’s what we are reading today.

  • Mass. challenges federal Defense of Marriage Act,” Martin Finucane, The Boston Globe (July 8, 2009)
  • Massachusetts, the first state in the nation to legalize gay marriage, has become the first to challenge the constitutionality of a federal law that defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman, saying Congress intruded into a matter that should be left to individual states.

  • Scientists claim sperm ‘first’,” Fergus Walsh, BBC News (July 7, 2009)
  • This research also raises ethical issues. Josephine Quintavalle from Comment on Reproductive Ethics (Corethics) said: “This is an example of immoral madness. Perfectly viable human embryos have been destroyed in order to create sperm over which there will be huge questions of their healthiness and viability.

    It’s taking one life in order to perhaps create another. I’m very much in favour of curing infertility but I don’t think you can do whatever you like.”

  • Could Abortion Coverage Sink Health-Care Reform?,” Karen Tumulty, Time (July 8, 2009)
  • Gay marriage foes reach signature goal in Maine,” Associated Press (July 8, 2009)
  • Mark Mutty from the Stand for Marriage Maine coalition says it took only four weeks to gather the more than 55,087 signatures necessary to put gay marriage to a vote. But he says signature gathering will continue to ensure theres more than enough petitions.”

  • School district shapes religious policy,” Associated Press (July 8, 2009)
  • Spencer public school officials are proposing a policy that will allow students to study the Bible and pray during graduation ceremonies.

    The proposal, if adopted, will have schools offer elective classes that permit arguments against evolution and discussions on the Bible in history and literature. School officials say they want to set clear rules for religious expression.”

  • Cerebral Palsy Improves After Bone Marrow Stem Cell Procedure,” PR Newswire (July 8, 2009)
  • Dr. David Steenblock of Mission Viejo, California, a pioneer in clinical applications of stem cells, is pleased to report the results of a 16 year old girl who suffered from cerebral palsy. The patient had right side paralysis and spasticity since birth. The procedure consisted of removing 300 milliliters of bone marrow from her hip and giving it back to her intravenously.”

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Daily Buzz

by Krystle Gabele

July 7, 2009

Here’s what we are reading today.

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Daily Buzz

by Krystle Gabele

July 6, 2009

Here’s what we are reading today.

  • Same-sex unions a challenge for Census,” Haya El Nasser, USA Today (July 5, 2009)
  • If the Census uses current methods, it would “unmarry people who checked off ‘married couples,’ ” even in states where same-sex marriage is legal…

  • Minister sues city over right to protest abortion,” Lee Tant, The Times and Democrat (July 5, 2009)
  • Asking God for peace, and help in job search,” Associated Press (July 5, 2009)
  • Castro’s group is one of several church-related unemployment support groups that have formed around the country as the jobless rate reaches heights not seen for decades. On Thursday, the government reported a 9.5 percent unemployment rate for June, the worst in 26 years.

    Job seekers can’t use God as a reference, and studying Scripture might seem unrelated to grabbing a prospective employer’s attention. But church support group members say the meetings aren’t just about helping people find the next job; they’re also about refining and strengthening their faith along the way.”

  • Embryonic Stem Cellsand Other Stem CellsPromise to Advance Treatments,” Katherine Hobson, U.S. News & World Report (July 2, 2009)
  • The earliest therapeutic breakthroughs are likely to arise from adult stem cells, which exist in everybody in many subtypesblood-producing stem cells in the bone marrow, for example, and stem cells in the brain that can become neurons and other brain cells. “In the short termsay, the next five yearsmost of the therapeutic applications from stem cells will be from adult stem cells,” says Steven Stice, director of the Regenerative Bioscience Center at the University of Georgia. Their most likely uses: disorders of the blood and blood vessels, bone, and immune systems, he says.

  • No glib utterances,” Andree Seu, WORLD Magazine (July 18, 2009)
  • God’s commands turn out to be doorways to intimacy with Him. And the best kept secret about obedience in the face of a hard temptation is that there is a blessing waiting on the other side. Satan doesn’t want us to know that. He would prefer the usual succumb-and-repent routine.”

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I-Day at the Naval Academy

by Robert Morrison

July 2, 2009

Its the sound of freedom, but you feel it before you hear it. Thats the jet noise of the F-18 fighter planes that roared overhead yesterday at the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) in Annapolis, Maryland. The jets came in low. Their flight marked the induction of a new class of Midshipmen. The two fighters were piloted by Naval Academy graduates, and they flew up from the Naval Air Station in Oceana, Virginia. These flyovers are meant to inspire awe, and they do.

Induction Dayor I-Dayis the day when more than 1200 young people from all over the U.S. begin their Navy service. Male or female, theyre all Midshipmen. While most high school grads are working or enjoying this last summer before college, these Midshipmen are going through a rigorous eight weeks of what is called Plebe Summer. My wife Kate is a retired Navy Medical Service Corps captain. Weve been going to I-Day since 1997, when Kate was running the USNA health clinic.

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Daily Buzz

by Krystle Gabele

July 2, 2009

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Daily Buzz

by Krystle Gabele

July 1, 2009

Here’s what we are reading today.

  • Abortions down slightly in Minnesota,” Bob Von Sternberg, The Star Tribune (July 1, 2009)
  • According to the annual report by the Minnesota Department of Health, 12,948 abortions were performed last year, 895 fewer than in 2007.

  • Report: Abortions drop for fifth straight year in Wisconsin,” Associated Press (June 30, 2009)
  • A state report released Tuesday found 8,229 abortions were performed in the state last year, down from 8,267 in 2007. The number of abortions in the state has fallen for five straight years now.

  • Liberty’s champion,” Marvin Olasky, WORLD Magazine (July 4, 2009)
  • Calvin was a fallen sinner, as all of us are, but was he especially mean-spirited? He taught that God created the world out of love and loved the world so much that Christ came down from the glorious kingdom of heaven and plunged into this world’s muck.

  • Conservative Christian groups form new federation,” Jody Brown, OneNewsNow (July 1, 2009)
  • Ouch! Planned Parenthood stung again…,” Charlie Butts, OneNewsNow (July 1, 2009)
  • We want the attorney general of the state of Alabama to take this seriously and do his own investigation to find out what further is happening and convict Planned Parenthood where appropriate,” she says. “And we also hope the legislators pay attention so that if there is any state or local funding going to Planned Parenthood, that they can immediately cut the funding.”

  • Fixing The Heart With Stem Cells,” Bill Whitaker, CBS News (June 29, 2009)
  • This week doctors in Los Angeles have given a heart attack patient an infusion of stem cells grown from his own heart muscle.

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Is Planned Parenthood Bending the Rules?

by Krystle Gabele

June 30, 2009

Lila Rose of Live Action Films exposes an Alabama Planned Parenthood clinic of “bending the rules” of mandatory reporting for sexual abuse.

Posing as a 14-year old, Rose told a counselor at the Birmingham clinic that she was pregnant by her 31-year old “boyfriend” and needed a secret abortion to avoid her parents finding out about her relationship with an older man. The counselor, then proceeded to tell her that the OB-GYN, Dr. Desiree Bates, “sometimes bends the rules a little bit,” and mentioned that everything will remain confidential.

Bending the rules on sexual abuse…there are laws strictly prohibiting this practice in Alabama (and around the country for that matter). According to Alabama Code 26-14-3, health care professionals are REQUIRED to disclose suspected cases of sexual abuse to state officials immediately. In this case, a 31-year old sleeping with a 14-year old is Statutory Rape, which is sexual abuse.

This Planned Parenthood clinic also violated, yet another obvious law (Alabama Code 26-21-3), in which a parent must sign the consent to allow an abortion for a minor to take place. The counselor informed Rose that a signature from an older sister over 18 would suffice for the parental consent.

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Daily Buzz

by Krystle Gabele

June 29, 2009

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