NewsBytes Jan. 7 - Life Issues
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Video: All 5 Republican National Committee Chair candidates want to defund Planned Parenthood
Death of the Pro-Life Democrat By Paul Kengor
This increasingly rare bird is in the process of committing political suicide. We’re also approaching a point where a serious pro-life Democrat voter will find it increasingly difficult to find a pro-life Democrat politician to vote for. It’s a sad development for the culture and the country. It further polarizes the abortion issue, and more starkly along party lines than ever before. For pro-life Republicans in Congress, it’s a loss, as they will need pro-life Democrats as precious allies. No one—Republicans included—should celebrate the Democratic Party becoming the Death Party.
The Nevada Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal by a group seeking a constitutional amendment to ban abortions. In a unanimous opinion authored by Justice James Hardesty, the court said the issue was moot because Personhood Nevada failed to gather the 97,000 signatures required to put the question on the ballot.
Feminists, Democrats Say Justice Scalia’s Remarks Make It Essential to Pass Constitutional Amendment for Women’s Rights
Scalia, in a recent magazine interview, said it’s the job of lawmakers, not the Constitution, to reflect the wishes of an evolving society: “Certainly the Constitution does not require discrimination on the basis of sex. The only issue is whether it prohibits it. It doesn’t.”
Study: Contraception use up, abortions double; researchers can’t figure out why - Jill Stanek
Any person with common sense could cue the researchers that the more casual sex one has, the greater likelihood there will be of pregnancy, contraception use notwithstanding.
...the pro-abort group Guttmacher notes, the failure rate of condoms is a whopping 17.4%.
Hundreds of British Women Say They’ve Become Pregnant Despite Having Contraceptives Implanted In Their Arms
There is a paradox in society’s attitude to infertility and child destruction - SPUC
Unborn Human Life: So Desperately Wanted–So Easily Discarded - Wesley J. Smith
In every era, there’s been a tragic contrast between the burden of unwanted pregnancies and the burden of infertility. But this gap used to be bridged by adoption far more frequently than it is today. Prior to 1973, 20 percent of births to white, unmarried women (and 9 percent of unwed births over all) led to an adoption. Today, just 1 percent of babies born to unwed mothers are adopted, and would-be adoptive parents face a waiting list that has lengthened beyond reason.
Time to end stem cell institute - Wesley J. Smith
The CIRM played no part in the biggest stem cell breakthroughs of the last decade. In 2007, the entire field was transformed with the invention of induced pluripotent stem cells, embryonic-like stem cells made from ordinary cells such as skin. The CIRM’s funding judgments have also been called into question. Nearly $300 million, for example, went to help pay for plush research facilities - a questionable use of taxpayers’ borrowed money
Harvard Stem Cell Advisory Board Chair Bemoans Democratic Messiness of Science Funding -
Wesley J. Smith
Despite all that education, Sahlman conflates losing funding in ESCR, with the Feds outlawing research altogether. ...just because a scientist wants to do it, doesn’t mean the taxpayers have to pick up the bill, or indeed, that it should be allowed legally. Dictatorships can pour all the resources into favored science projects that the government wants. But this is how free societies work. No blank checks.
Four women, one dad create ‘twiblings’ born days apart - MSNBC
Two surrogates and one egg donor help ‘family created by many hands’
China Population Control Leads to Eugenics - Wesley J. Smith
NHS Meltdown: Head Midwife Says Maternity Care on Verge of Breakdown - Wesley J. Smith
Warwick warns that the situation in maternity units is so grave that the safety of women giving birth is under threat. Midwives, she says, “are deeply anxious about the care being delivered. They believe that the service they are giving to women and babies is deteriorating and that safety is too often being compromised. The service is teetering on the brink