Do Women Need Planned Parenthood? (Part II)

Testifying under oath, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards admitted the following (i) Planned Parenthood does not, and has never, performed mammograms; (ii) Planned Parenthood offers no surgical procedure other than abortion; (iii) Planned Parenthood makes 86% of its money from abortion; and (iv) community health centers outnumber Planned Parenthood facilities. Respecting this last point, the ratio nationally is 20:1… Read

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Do Women Need Planned Parenthood? (Part I)

“[S]he taps the heart and it starts beating…the nodes were still firing…It had a face…Since the fetus was so intact she said, ‘ok, well, this is a really good fetus and it looks like we can procure a lot from it. We’re going to procure the brain.” Based upon recently released videos, it looks as if Planned Parenthood could be criminally liable under at least the following federal laws… Read

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Therapeutic Decisions

Today, there is a broadening use of the term “therapeutic,” and it is problematic. The term is being applied to practices and procedures that intervene upon the human person, but which do not constitute therapy. For example, there is talk of “therapeutic” abortions and procurred death as a “therapy” for various forms of suffering. But by definition, therapies heal and treat disorders, and pregnancy is not a disorder, and killing is not healing. Read

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The Beginning Of Life: Part 2

In the unity of life’s development there is no “threshold” after which something that was not yet human becomes human. Science leads us to affirm that if it was not human from the beginning, it would never become so. Therefore, we must cast out any temptation to establish a “before” and “after.” There is no leap, no transformation in essence, by which the zygote, embryo or fetus becomes at some moment of its development something that it wasn’t from its conception. Read

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Talking About Death: Medical Care Or Breaking An Unspoken Covenant?

The Hippocratic Oath’s decree to “do no harm” is increasingly running head long into distorted notions of dignity and choice. As efforts at cost control push doctors to address end-of-life decisions with patients, some rightfully fear the direction of those discussions–going so far as to warn that doctors becoming involved in the terminating of life portends the end of medicine as we know it. Read

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Should Abortion Clinics be Held to Basic Surgical Center Regulations?

Sterilized instruments. Operating rooms cleaned before each operation. Surgeries performed only by physicians licensed to perform such surgeries…. Are medically-based regulations an “undue burden” on a woman’s right to abortion or are they appropriate protections due to any patient? Based upon a challenge to such regulations in Texas, the Supreme Court may soon choose to decide.
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New Definitions Of Stem Cells Causing Confusion

Stem cells have been the object of intense, increasing interest due to their biological properties and the promise they hold for medical advances in the treatment of illnesses that are so far incurable. Unfortunately, this field creates confusion at times, in part because of a lack of understanding about what a stem cell is and in part because of the ambiguity regarding types of stem cells. We hope to clear up some of that confusion. Read

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French Lab Announces It Has Created Human Sperm

Scientists from the biotech company Kallistem, in Lyon, France, announced last month that they had produced human spermatozoa (i.e. swimming sperm) in-vitro, though, so far, their research has not been published in a scientific journal. They produced the spermatozoa using … Read

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Chinese Scientists Manipulate Genome of Human Embryos

A team of geneticists at Sun Yat-sen University in China, led by Dr. Junjiu Huang, has claimed success in genetically modifying human beings.  They used “non-viable” human embryos obtained through in-vitro fertilization and modified the gene responsible for beta thalassemia, … Read

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Stemedica Cell Technologies and Moral Objections to “Adult” Stem Cells

The San Diego-based biotech company, Stemedica Cell Technologies, recently received attention for providing the “adult” neural stem cells that treated two sports heroes, hockey legend Gordie Howe and football MVP John Brodie.  The company on its website proclaims its competence … Read

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