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If You Aren’t Watching You Are Missing the Best Case Against PP

by Family Research Council

July 10, 2008

Congress has ever made. Reps. Pence (R-IN), Hensarling (R-TX) Schmidt (R-OH) and Bachmann (R-MN) are making a compelling case against taxpayer funding of abortion. I had not made the connection that one of the “mega-abortion centers” going into affluent neighborhoods was in Rep. Bachmann’s district. Rep. Schmidt naturally is talking about the cases in Ohio of statutory rape. Both cases went unreported by the abortuary.

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Congress Exposes Planned Parenthood

by Family Research Council

July 10, 2008

The Special Order has begun. Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) opened with an eloquence and forcefulness that I’m sure has Henry Hyde smiling.

Once his speech is posted I’ll post it here. It is heavy with facts and figures on Planned Parenthood, the largest purveyor of abortion in the world.

Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA) followed (confession time here - Rep. Pitts is one of my favorite, if not favorite, Member of Congress) highlighting first the crimes that the abortion lobby has covered - both legal crimes and crimes of humanity. Organizations like Planned Parenthood have been complicit in numerous statutory rapes across the country and, as Rep. Pitts has pointed out, do little to nothing in helping the women who get abortions and are devestated afterwards.

Rep. Pitts compared Rep. Smith to William Wilberforce - it is an apt comparison.

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UPDATED: Watch C-Span Tonight

by Family Research Council

July 9, 2008

There is a slight delay - but the Special Order on abortion and taxpayer fundng is coming.

Ronald Reagan was known as the great communicator due to his ability to speak above the media and straight to the people. In President Reagan’s time he really didn’t have C-Span which makes it even simpler to speak directly to potentially more then one million people at any given time. Tonight a group of pro-life Representatives will be speaking directly to the people on a very important issue, as relayed via a friend on Capitol Hill:

Tonight when the House completes business on scheduled legislation, Rep. Chris Smith will host a one hour Pro-life Special Order in the House of Representatives. During this time Members will speak on the subject of taxpayer subsidies for the abortion industry and what their constituents are unknowingly supporting when millions of dollars are funned to organizations like Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood alone carries out nearly 290,000 abortions in one year.

The first two Special Order hours at the end of legislative business are reserved for the Republican and Democratic leadership. The Republican leadership has provided their “Leadership Hour” for Mr. Smith and others to speak for the unborn. Since Republicans have the first hour tonight, our Special Order should start very soon after the last series of votes.We cannot predict timing exactly, but at this time we expect that the pro-life speeches will begin sometime between 6 and 7 pm.

As speeches are posted on line we will link to them here.

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The Feminine Ms.-take

by Family Research Council

July 9, 2008

Gloria Steinem, one of the old guard of the liberal feminist movement that a house didn’t fall on, has a new fundraising appeal for Ms. Magazine. Ms. Steinem founded Ms. Magazine in 1971 and served as its outspoken spokeswoman. Since 2001 the magazine has been owned by the zealous pro-abortion group the Feminist Majority Foundation, whose President is Eleanor Smeal.

The newest fundraising appeal is for their Prison and Domestic Violence Shelters Program, an appeal I could wholeheartedly support if its purpose was for donations for reading materials for women in prison and in shelters. However the purpose of the program is to not put legitimate reading material in front of these women but in fact to buy subscriptions of Ms. Magazine for them (most likely at a nice profit for the Feminist Majority Foundation.)

My first reaction would be that giving copies of Ms. Magazine to incarcerated women might be seen as cruel and unusual punishment. The magazine is as liberal and pro-abortion as its founder. Periodically the magazine holds a “Tell Us About Your Abortion” contest where they ask women who have had an abortion to tell everyone how great it is. It should come as no surprise that they refuse to publish stories of the thousands of women who have been traumatized by abortion. Luckily groups like the Justice Foundation, with their Operation Outcry, give a forum and aid to women affected by abortion.

To make a long story longer it is not the program that I’m looking to criticize as much as the fundraising appeal that Ms. Steinem sent out. To quote:

Imagine being confined to a cell for 17 hours a day, with little or no access to reading, writing, or learning - or talking with friends.

Imagine that the Bible is the only reading material you are given. When there is a copy of a magazine, you have to share it with hundreds of other women.

Now imagine receiving your own personal copy of Ms. magazine - and knowing more will come.”

Yes imagine. How horrible that a Bible is the only thing on hand. I pray that none of the women in my life ever have to go to prison or end up in a domestic violence shelter - however if they do I pray that they WILL find a Bible waiting there for them. It has gotten many a person through some tough times.

Hat Tip to a friend on the Hill

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Can You Plead Dumb In Court?

by Family Research Council

July 9, 2008

Man Calls Police To Report Theft Of Money He Stole

UPDATED: 9:50 am EDT July 9, 2008

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — A Kissimmee man was arrested after he called police to report that he’d been robbed of the money he stole.

Police said, early Friday morning, John Opperman-Green robbed a 7-Eleven on Orange Blossom Trail. When he left the store, he tried to get a ride with some men he didn’t know. They robbed him of the money he had stolen and that’s when he called police.

While he was being questioned, Opperman-Green implicated himself in the 7-Eleven robbery and the robbery of a Mobil gas station the day before.

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Spray Gun Shoots Adult Stem Cells Onto Wound

by David Prentice

July 9, 2008

One goal of the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine is a way to quickly seal battlefield wounds and promote more rapid healing. One method already being tested is a skin spray gun; it sprays skin stem cells onto a wound. The technique also utilizes an innovative wound dressing that acts as a bioreactor, nurturing the sprayed-on cells. The method, which uses the patient’s own cells, has already been successfully tested on 16 burn patients at the Berlin Burn Center, providing faster and more efficient healing than typical skin grafts. The patient’s own pigment cells were included in the mix, so the new skin appeared natural.

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Lab-Cultured Steak, Anyone?

by David Prentice

July 9, 2008

While Star Trek replicators are still not a reality, there are proposals to produce lab-grown meat as a substitute for the footed-variety as a source. New Scientist notes today that lab-grown meat could ease food shortages, and other advantages are supposedly that in vitro cultured meat could be healthier for people and for the environment.

Sound far-fetched? In April, PETA started a $1 million competition for the first person to produce lab-grown chicken, and also in April scientists held the First International In Vitro Meat Symposium. You might also want to read this article in Christian Science Monitor (though I’m a bit suspicious, the author is Gregory Lamb.)

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Loaves, Fishes, and Human Embryos

by David Prentice

July 9, 2008

Belgian scientists reported that they could split 4-cell human embryos into individual cells and get complete embryos from each individual cell. In a talk at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology meeting, they described the experiment:

Three, good quality 4-cell stage embryos were split into 12 single blastomeres and allowed to grow in vitro to produce twelve morulas that were cultured in the conventional way for hESC derivation. From these twelve, one resulted in a stable hESC line.

They say this means that each cell at the 4-cell stage is equivalent; their next step is to see if they can get four hESC lines from a single 4-cell embryo. They do note that, “We need to determine whether the removal of one cell at the 4-cell stage impairs the capacity of the embryo to develop into a healthy child.”

Interestingly, the result is billed as a technique that “may lessen ethical concerns”. Apparently they mean that manipulating an embryo earlier in his/her life is better, assuming the 3-cell embryo can proceed to develop normally. But their results also point out that the single cell removed is totipotent, able to form a complete embryo on its own. This just multiplies the ethical problems rather than lessens them.

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Cord Blood for Leukemia, and Much More

by David Prentice

July 9, 2008

In the final part of the 3-part series on cord blood, reporter Gretchen Cuda of Cleveland station WCPN talks with a patient who was treated for leukemia with cord blood stem cells. As Cuda points out, “In less than two decades, cord blood transplants from unrelated donors have nearly tripled the number of adults who survive Leukemia.”

Also interviewed was Dr. Mary Laughlin, renowned cord blood researcher, who noted:

These cells not only cure the leukemia or life-threatening blood disorder, we now appreciate that that they participate in repair of all the organs in the body.”

She goes on to say that in fact, in some children, cord blood stem cells have been found to comprise as much as a third of the heart -proof that these stem cells are capable of much more than previously thought possible. As a result, a number of promising clinical trials are being conducted to explore the regenerative potential of cord blood in treating cerebral palsy, diabetes and brain injury.

One great need is banking more cord blood, especially from minority populations, so that everyone can have access to a life-saving cord blood stem cell transplant. The story also has links to the Cleveland Cord Blood Center and New York Blood Center, where more information on cord blood banking and transplants can be found.

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