Thursday, October 28, 2010
“There is no moral justification why the opinions of judges, lawyers and doctors should override those of the patient [who has expressed a wish to die],” she said. “The mission of doctors is to help people, to make their lives better not worse. Sometime death is more desirable than life.”
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Usual IVF practice is to implant just one or two living embryos into the womb per IVF cycle, with the others being frozen. 'Using the most optimistic set of assumptions that all the frozen embryos will eventually be used,' the ASRM report says, 'this will result in 8,366 babies. Thus, only 7.5% of all the fertilized eggs will go on to become live-born children.'
In reality the frozen human embryos are more likely to be used in research or abandoned, rather than be allowed to continue growing in their mother's womb.
PRI president Steven Mosher explains how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act continues to pose a major threat to the unborn in America, despite claims by the president and other Democrats that an Executive Order Obama signed addressed pro-life leaders' concerns.
PRI uses YouTube's annotation system to insert a series of digital “footnotes” into the video, allowing viewers to instantly access the sources for the video's information.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
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Listen to this Richard Land Live episode with Walter Hoye, president of Issues 4 Life, as they discuss abortion in the African-American community. Find more information on Maafa21 and how you can purchase the DVD.
Frances Kissling in a burqa? - Jill Stanek: Frances Kissling, for years the president of Catholics for Choice and now a visiting scholar at U of PA Center for Bioethics, recently said: "I don’t care how you accomplish it [the right to abortion], whether through a constitution, the UN, state laws or federals laws, or by the Taliban."
Monday, October 25, 2010
“An infant has no moral status because he is not self-aware,” said Peter Singer, a professor of bioethics. Singer argued this point at an historic conference he co-organized at Princeton University last weekend, seeking new dialogue on the heated issue of abortion. Remarkably, for a conference examining abortion, there was virtually no discussion about the act of abortion itself.
“We have to get rid of the idea of evil,” said Frances Kissling, an abortion rights advocate turned bioethics scholar, who also organized the conference.
Can science determine morality? It can and should, according to a special feature in New Scientist. Until recently, morality was the special preserve of philosophers and theologians. However, modern science is showing us the true basis of morality, which is variously regarded as neurology, evolution or genetics.Admittedly, this is a fearsome thought for people who believe that morality collapses without a divine leglislator. However, Harvard University’s Fiery Cushman insists that this is not so: “Rather, by unmasking our minds as the authors of morality, we may be better able to bend its narrative arc towards a happy end.” In fact, he says, “By recognising morality as a property of the mind, we gain a magical power of control over its future.”
Related: Morals Without God?
We also asked whether people in your churches (including your pastor or other religious leaders) are aware that most abortions are unwanted or coerced or know about the spiritual and emotional impact of abortion on women and men. Most respondents were either not sure or didn't think this was known in their churches. Less than a quarter of respondents felt that these issues were adequately known and addressed in their churches.
Friday, October 22, 2010
|Pro-Life to the Core!|
Sanctity of Human Life Sunday is January 23, 2011
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Certainly there are numerous examples of Christians today – both individually and institutionally – ministering to the homeless, manning soup kitchens, underwriting hospitals for the poor, and much more. Timothy Keller, however, in his latest book Generous Justice (scheduled for release Nov. 2), makes a strong case that we don't do nearly enough.
An educated man, he could not sufficiently evaluate the clear scientific evidence that with the entire DNA any person ever possesses present within the embryo from conception onward, personhood starts at conception.
A father, he could not affirm that his precious daughters deserved legal protection in their mother’s womb, from conception until birth.
Since then, his income must have dramatically changed, as he has initiated a nationwide health care mandate that funds and subsidizes abortion-on-demand, exported abortion overseas through American funding thereof, and even sought to have taxpayers subsidize abortion on our military bases. As President of the United States, Barack Obama has been a deliberate, systematic evangelist of the culture of death.
Stand to Reason: In Saving Leonardo, Nancy Pearcey offers an unflinching analysis of the profound personal and social devastation wreaked by secularism all across American life, specifically:
• How art, literature, movies, and media channel secular worldviews deeply into people’s minds and emotions through stories and images;
• How cutting-edge moral issues like abortion, homosexuality, and the hook-up culture are shaped by secular worldviews that denigrate and disrespect the human body;
• How two major forces within secularism have created a pincer movement crushing human dignity and liberty.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Synopsis: The President of the United States faces personal and political crises – and then there’s an assassination attempt! Who's after him? Will he stand firm against pro-choice demands, or is he pro-life in name only? What will be his legacy?
This political thriller will hold your church or school audience in suspense as it touches hearts, informs minds, and motivates wills to fight for life itself. Sample dialog:
President: I don’t know how to be a great dad and a great president at the same time. I can’t escape the responsibility of this office, the expectation to make every decision – public and private – in the best interest of the country.
Rev. Morrow: Mr. President, as noble as that reasoning is, few things are so potentially destructive. . . . The danger of making decisions based on the “greater good,” is that reasoning can be so easily misused to justify almost anything.Performance time: 1.5 to 1.75 hours.
Fee: $50 for a copy of the script and rights to make as many copies as necessary for production. To order a script package for your drama ministry, call (860) 906-6784 or email Matt.
Noting that the power to decide such matters is not his alone, Armando Reynoso added that 'we must cross our fingers and commend ourselves to our Lord, so that he will illuminate the conscience of all of the legislators, of all parts of the government, so they will make the right decisions.'
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
O’Brien said that rallying our gifts and powers to resist evil is “a natural reaction to a war-zone.” “Instinctively we gather our weapons – my intelligence, my money, my organizational skills – ... to galvanize resistance ... to create organizations, to effect changes in society,” he explained. But, insisted the author, “it is not the foundation. It is not the foundation. ... It will never be enough. It will not win this war.”
He read a passage from the Letter to the Corinthians, where St. Paul writes: “God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise, God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong” (1 Cor. 1:27).
We must unite ourselves with Christ on the Cross, he said, which “means we too will be humiliated, in public, as he was.” “You too will be lied about, misrepresented, judged falsely, sometimes judged correctly to our own embarrassment,” he continued. “To be exposed in the war zone, to be a poor man, weak, powerless by human terms, puts everything to the test within us.”
O’Brien noted that in the “intensity of the battles” the pro-life movement fights, we can easily lose sight of the spiritual nature of our cause. “We can become activists, and purely activists, and lose this dimension of union with Jesus Christ, who is the warrior, who is the one who will win this war.”
Monday, October 18, 2010
'We have learnt from more than 30 years of IVF that many of the embryos we transfer have chromosome abnormalities,' Luca Gianaroli, chairman of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) and one of the scientists who worked on the study.
Now in a largely secular society, euthanasia and assisted suicide remain 'morally wrong,' Somerville maintains. She prefers the term 'killing,' as she considers euthanasia and assisted suicide to be euphemisms. 'Even in a secular society, it's morally wrong to kill each other,' she said. '(Morality) is even more important in a secular society because you haven't got religion as that foundation to fall back on.'
Friday, October 15, 2010
The couple who created the embryo had completed their own family through IVF and anonymously offered their remaining frozen embryos to other couples. The children are all biological siblings although born 20 years apart.
Around 800 16 to 18-year-olds were polled, and 29 per cent of the girls admitted to having been a victim of groping, kissing or touching while at school.Approximately one in seven (14 per cent) of the boys questioned said the same.
The Prime Minister David Cameron has vowed to tackle the sexualisation of children.
One of the ways I dealt with miscarriage was to remember that it was longing and grief, rather than biological reality, that gave my lost foetuses the shape of babies. They represent life, but not as we know it. This is why termination is not on par with murder.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Ordering Instructions: Be sure to select inserts with this description: "Pack of 50 . . . for your church; with info about BFL."
Why use this insert? In the battle for life, it's not enough for us to focus on the sanctity of human life once a year. Our goal is to foster a renewed way of life in believers, one that comes from the heart and lasts all year. These inserts promote a biblical culture of life.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
“The world in general, and the West in particular, is undergoing a tragic process of de-Christianization. Christian principles, values and institutions have been extirpated from our social, economic, political, legal, educational structures. Sometimes publicly, sometimes stealthily, the process has wrought havoc in Europe and the countries that descended from them.”
International agreements dating back to 1948, in the aftermath of the Nuremberg trials, repeatedly insist on the right to life of the unborn child, and specifically protect all human life from conception, he said.
Speaking Thursday at the international congress held by Human Life International in Rome, Smeaton said that the modern, secular perception of human rights derive directly from Judeo-Christian thought, the Natural Law philosophies and the concept of human beings made in the image and likeness of God. Cut these concepts of rights off from their divine origins, and “human rights become anti-human.”
The guide covers Senate and House elections in 26 U.S. states.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
'Geron is irresponsibly trying to do science by press release, publicizing that they have begun their human experiment by injecting a patient with potentially dangerous cells made from embryonic stem cells,' he said. 'Their press hype will help their stock price, but not science and not patients. We hope the patients don't suffer any ill effects, but it will be years before there is hard evidence about safety or effectiveness,' Prentice continued.
Monday, October 11, 2010
Friday, October 8, 2010
A much better way to go about all of this is to be up front and honest about what the United States will and will not fund with taxpayer money. Under the kinds of laws and policies in place in the United Kingdom, Sweden, Belgium, Canada, and Australia, among others, the rules for research involving embryos are clearly spelled out. For example, Canada limits the research to embryos left over from fertility treatment. Other nations allow a great deal—the United Kingdom and Australia both permit cloning of human embryos, but everything has to be licensed, which allows for close review and national oversight of the research. At the very least, these laws provide ESC scientists with clarity and predictability.
He said in one case - not at the Women's - a trainee was deeply traumatised when she was told to drop a living foetus in a bucket of formaldehyde. Dr Durie said even in 2007, 52 babies survived late-term abortions, according to government figures. In some clinics they had simply been put on a shelf and left to die, and the public deserved to know what was happening now.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Mohler said feedback has come through e-mail and comments on blogs and other websites since he wrote an essay to address questions about yoga he has heard for years. 'I'm really surprised by the depth of the commitment to yoga found on the part of many who identify as Christians,' Mohler said.
How do liberals get around that scientific fact? By denying the relevance of science."
The Canadian Centre for Bioethical Reform is an educational pro-life organization whose mission is to make abortion unthinkable. CCBR conveys the humanity of the unborn and the inhumane nature of abortion through visual displays, as well as trains people how to articulate a scientific and philosophical defense for the position against abortion. CCBR’s activities are designed to change hearts and minds as a precursor to transforming behavior. People are reached at various venues including high schools, universities, churches, public streets, and public gatherings. Videos available:
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Medical historian Susan M. Reverby happened upon the documents four or five years ago while researching the infamous Tuskegee syphilis study and later shared her findings with US government officials.
The unethical research was not publicly disclosed until yesterday, when President Obama and two Cabinet secretaries apologized to Guatemala’s government and people and pledged to never repeat the mistakes of the past — an era when it was not uncommon for doctors to experiment on patients without their consent.
Friday, October 1, 2010
Miracle or Mistake? Prenatal diagnoses can be wrong. While many parents depend on them, one woman who had a horrific experience while expecting her daughter, now chooses this approach: "I trust science, but I believe God."
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“From the standpoint of simple logic, divorce fits cleanly within the category of ‘family values’ and hence hypothetically could represent a driving force in the larger culture war,” he notes. “If ‘family values’ refers to ethics and behavior that affect, well, families, then divorce obviously should qualify. Indeed, divorce seems to carry a more direct connection to the daily realities of families than do the bellwether culture war issues of abortion and homosexuality.”
"All I can say is 'wow' - this is a game changer," said Robert Lanza, a stem cell researcher at Advanced Cell Technology in Worcester, Mass. "It would solve some of the most important problems in the field." The results were so striking that the Harvard Stem Cell Institute where Rossi works had already ordered every scientist working on iPS cells to switch to the new process.
"The new report provides a substantial advance," said National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins. "But this research in no way reduces the importance of comparing the resulting iPS cells to human embryonic stem cells. Previous research has shown that iPS cells retain some memory of their tissue of origin, which may have important implications for their use in therapeutics. To explore these important potential differences, iPS research must continue to be conducted side by side with human embryonic cell research."