Stunning Adult Stem Cell
Developments Evoke Hope, Caution
WASHINGTON DC, February 7, 2014-- Remarkable advancements in stem cell biology are enabling scientists to reprogram mature cells into a variety of different tissues – but experts say these methods should be used carefully to avoid ethical questions and inadvertent cloning.
SF Supervisor Issues Resolution
Opposes Walk for Life WC Banners
10th Walk Scheduled for January 25
SAN FRANCISCO, January 17, 2014 -- Our friends at the Walk for Life, West Coast pulled off a wonderful publicity coup by taking advantage of a City policy to let organizations and causes buy banners to be placed on lamp posts along San Francisco main thoroughfare, Market Street. It has drawn a strong reaction from city officials and pro-abortion groups disputing the claim that "Abortion Hurts Women." Some have called it hate speech, to which Walk for Life WC co-organizer, Eva Muntean, responded, "Our opponents seek to censor our message 'Abortion Hurts Women,' not because it is false but because it is true"
Remember the Humanity
of Jahi McMath
PHILADELPHIA, PA, January 7, 2014 -- As in the case of Terri Schiavo, people with severe brain injuries are treated like second class citizens, often being denied the treatment, care, and love that their humanity demands. Here is a perspective from Bobby Schindler, brother of Terry Schiavo and Mark Mostert a member of the board of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network.
Catholic Bioethicist Advises Caution
In Jahi McMath Case
-- The “tragic” case of teenage girl Jahi McMath – now at the center of a legal controversy over brain death – shows the need to determine the facts before making ethical conclusions, says a bioethicist.
Supreme Court Term Touches on
Prolifer Rights, Prayer,
and Religious Liberty
-- The 2013-2014 Supreme Court term, which began Oct. 7, will address several prominent issues in the public square, including freedom of speech for pro-life demonstrations, prayer in legislative settings, and religious freedom.
Pro-Adoption Ad Campaign
Results In Strong Response
AUSTIN, TX, June 20, 2013--A pro-life media group's ad campaign encouraging pregnant women to choose adoption has launched its third series of broadcasts after previous campaigns succeeded in reaching hundreds of women.
Pain-Capable Abortion Ban
Passes Congressional Subcommittee
WASHINGTON DC, June 6, 2013--By a vote of 6 to 4, the U.S. House Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice approved a bill on Tuesday that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of gestation.
Alabama Supreme Court
Recognizes Unborn as 'Children'
WASHINGTON, D.C., January 15, 2013 -- An Alabama Supreme Court decision recognizing the unborn as persons deserving of legal protections could have significant implications in ending abortion in the U.S., say pro-life advocates.
To California's Future
-- A new report has found “fresh impetus” for nurturing California children due to the combination of falling birthrates, retiring Baby Boomers, and reduced immigration in the state.
-- A new report on one of the world's largest funders of stem cell research reveals that an emphasis on results has led to a shift in funding towards morally-acceptable work with adult stem cells.
Sex-selection Abortion Ban Draws
Majority Support but Fails in House
WASHINGTON, DC, June 1, 2012 -- Despite gaining the support of more than half of the U.S. House of Representatives, a bill to prohibit abortions based on the sex of the unborn child was defeated on May 31.
Skin Cells Become Beating Heart Tissue
SAN FRANCISCO, May 23, 2012 -- Good ethics and good science are an unbeatable combination. For example, I believe that in part due to President Bush’s keeping the focus on the value of human embryonic life, scientists looked for ways to get the hoped for benefits of embryonic stem cells, without destroying or cloning embryos. This led to the induced pluripotent stem cell breakthrough that takes normal cells, changes them to stem cells, and thence into other types of tissue. Now, an important IPSC study has shown that skin cells made into cardiac cells function well in the heart.
Secret Public Records Demanded
For UCSF Non-Physician Abortion Project
CA SB1338 Brought Project to Light
OAKLAND, CA, May 8, 2012 -- On May 10, the Life Legal Defense Foundation (LLDF) will request in court that essential information related to the non-physician abortion Project sponsored by UCSF/Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health must be made public. According to the California Public Records Act (CPRA), additional Project information should be made public. The hearing is scheduled for Thursday, May 10 at 10 AM Pacific Time in Superior Court, County of Alameda, 201 13th Street, Oakland, CA.