General Electric to Use Embryonic Stem Cells for Testing, Phase Out Lab Rats
BOSTON, Mass, July 1, 2009 -- General Electric has announced that it will use embryonic stem cells provided by Geron Corporation for the purpose of testing toxic effects of drug treatments.

EU Animal Protection Policy Could Threaten Human Embryos
Euro Bishops: Respect Difference Between Animals and Human Dignity
BRUSSELS, June 11, 2010 -- The Council of Ministers of the European Union is about to formally adopt a draft directive with a provision that would require laboratories to avoid testing that uses living animals but leaves the door open for using stem cells from living embryos as an alternative. The Commission of European Bishop Conferences (COMECE) has issued a statement charging, "some Member States which have no explicit legislation on human embryonic stem cells could be obliged under this legislation to apply testing methods involving such ethically contentious cells."

CT Court Protects Vulnerable from Assisted Suicide
Medical Suicide Ramifications and Law Reserved for the Legislature

HARTFORD,CT, June 10, 2010 -- On Tuesday, a superior court in Connecticut dismissed an attempt by Compassion and Choices (formerly the Hemlock Society) to overturn a law banning assisted suicide in that state. In Connecticut, it is a form of manslaughter to assist someone in ending their life.

US Bishops Set Record Straight on Healthcare Bill
Note Way Forward -- Clarify Misconceptions

WASHINGTON, May 25, 2010—The U.S. bishops called for steps to protect the lives of the most vulnerable particularly the unborn, provide fairness for immigrants, and guarantee conscience protections for individual and institutions in a statement on health care reform issued on May 21.

Mystery of California Abortion Funding Revealed
SACRAMENTO, CA, May 21, 2010 -- The California Catholic Conference has untangled the complexities of abortion funding in the California State Budget.

Over 30% of Euthanasia Cases in Belgian Region Did Not Give Consent
Most Hoping for a cure at the Time

ROME, May 19, 2010 -– In one region of Belgium, over 30 percent of reported euthanasia cases were carried out without the consent of the patient, a study has found. At the same time, the overall number of official reported deaths by euthanasia are dramatically increasing in the country since the practice was legalized in 2002, with 40 per cent more cases reported for 2009 than the previous year.

Effects of the New Healthcare Law and EO on Abortion
USCCB Legal Analysis Confirms the Worse

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 25, 2010 -- The USCCB has released a very readible legal memoradum to identify the abortion and conscience protection problems with the recently-passed healthcare bill and the corresponding  Executive Order of March 24, 2010, that was purported to correct those problems. "Althoughwe wish it were otherwise, we must conclude that [new law] poses serious problems in these two areas, and that the Executive Order does not correct those problems."

House Vote on Senate-Passed Healthcare Bill, May 21, 2010

Stupak Misled Voters on Commitment to Abortion Protections
Video Reveals He Always Planned to Vote for Healthcare Bill

SAN FRANCISCO, March 24, 2010 --While telling the public of the firm commitment he and twelve other pro-life Democrats had to blocking passage of the healthcare bill if it had language in it that provided for taxpayer financing of abortion, it seems that he intended to vote for the bill all along. Evidence was found in a video posted on YouTube in October 2009.

San Francisco Archdiocesan Official Blasts Catholic Hospitals
Split with Bishops on Healthcare Bill Symptomatic
SAN FRANCISCO, March 23, 2010 --In a very candid letter in the today's Catholic San Francisco,  Public Policy and Social Concerns Director, Goerge Wesolek joined what is starting to be a chorus of Church officials acknowledging the split between Catholic Hospitals and ideologically oriented nuns that own them and the U.S. bishops over the expansion of abortion in the recently passed healthcare reform bill. The sisters actually claimed the bishops were lying about the abortion provisions that reversed longstand U.S. policy and have cleared the way for taxpayer funding of abortion.

White House Ruse Swaying Pro-life Dems
WASHINGTON, DC, March 21, 2010 -- Apparently pro-life Democrats are starting to buckle under pressure. In exchange, the President has committed to issue an executive order barring taxpayer funding of abortion. This is nothing but a public acknowledgment by the President that the flawed Senate-passed bill does indeed clear the way for taxpayer funded abortions. If they were sincere, they would allow the ban on taxpayer funding to be put into the law. The executive order is meaningless as it can be rescinded at any time. Obama has previously rescinded the Mexico City policy executive order that prevented taxpayer money to be spent abortions and coerced sterilizations.

Architect of Betrayal?:
WH Exposes Obama as Provocateur of Catholic Dissention

WASHINGTON, DC, March 18, 2010 -- White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs revealed to reporters today that President Barack Obama actively promoted the Catholic Health Association's public break with the American Catholic bishops to support his health care legislation.

Action Alert

Healthcare Vote Looms
Strategy to Divide Catholics Raising Concerns

Bishops Outraged at Morally Flawed Statements by Catholic Organizations

Senate-passed bill
requires large scale
funding of abortions
at Community Health

WASHINGTON, DC, March 18, 2010 -- Catholic Health Association President, Sr. Carol Keehan, DC, representing Catholic hospitals, has incited vocal opposition from bishops across the country in response to her letter to Congress requesting passage of the Senate-passed healthcare reform bill that includes taxpayer funding for abortion. The Catholic hospitals' outspoken support for this morally flawed bill is causing confusion among Catholics and may lead some to unwittingly ask their congressman to pass it when they would actually oppose it if they had the facts from the bishops and pro-life organizations. More importantly, the confusion is making it more difficult for pro-life Democrats to resist the pressure they are getting from the President and the Democratic leadership in the House.


WASHINGTON, DC, March 15, 2010—Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued the following statement on the state of health care reform:

Catholic Healthcare Association Breaks with Bishops
Supports Healthcare Bill with Abortion Funding

WASHINGTON, DC, March 16, 2010 -- This Catholic Healthcare Association (CHA) broke ranks with the US Bishops throwing their support behind the Senate-passed health care bill that clears the way for taxpayer funding of abortion. This hurts chances for defeating the bill and could provide cover for congressmen on the fence to give into pressure they are receiving from the President and Democratic leadership in the House.

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