STEM CELLS SUCCESSFULLY GROWN FROM UMBILICAL BLOOD

SEATTLE, October 28, 2002 (lifesitenews.com) – American scientists have developed a way of using cells from umbilical cord blood to grow stem cells that may, with further research, prove as effective as rare sources like bone marrow in treating leukemia. “Studies suggest that multiplying the number of cells from one [umbilical] cord just by two or three times could be enough to treat an adult,” Irwin Bernstein, who leads a team at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, told the New Scientist magazine. Stem cells from umbilical cords develop faster than those in bone marrow and are less […]
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CATHOLIC U.S. COLLEGE CANCELS FEMINIST SPEAKER

BOSTON, October 28, 2002 (lifesitenews.com) – Holy Cross, a small Jesuit liberal arts college in Worcester, Mass., has cancelled a November 7 speaking engagement with Frances Kissling, president of Catholics for a Free Choice. Kissling, who habitually denounces Pope John Paul II as “authoritarian,” was to lecture on “abuse of power in the church” and her role in promoting pro-abortion feminism through United Nations programs.  Mary Hobgood, director of Women’s Studies at Holy Cross, who scheduled the speech, complained to the Boston Globe: “Feminists on Catholic campuses find this to be a difficult time. Many of us often do not […]
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BILL TO ADD “SEXUAL ORIENTATION” TO CANADIAN HATE CRIMES LAW REINTRODUCED

OTTAWA, October 28, 2002 (lifesitenews.com) – Homosexual activist MP Svend Robinson’s previous Bill C- 415, to add “sexual orientation” to hate crimes legislation, was reintroduced in the current session of parliament as Bill C-250.  According to new parliamentary procedures, the bill resumes the stage which it reached in the former session of parliament, leaving it before the Justice Committee.  Brian Rushfeldt of the Canada Family Action Coalition told LifeSite that many concerned Canadians should make their views known to the newly formed Justice Committee which includes the following MPs:  Andy Scott; Vic Toews , Kevin Sorenson, Pierrette Venne; Carole-Marie Allard, […]
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CATHOLIC PRIEST BLESSES HOMOSEXUAL COUPLE AND BAPTIZES THEIR CHILDREN

LEXINGTON, KY, October 28, 2002 (lifesitenews.com) – A homosexual couple was blessed by a Catholic priest at a ceremony where the couple’s quadruplets born by in vitro fertilization and a surrogate mother were baptized.  Rev. Paul Prabell, Rector at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Lexington said his only concern was the couple’s promise to raise the children in the Catholic faith – they claimed they would raise the children Catholic.  Prabell said in an interview Friday, “some people would feel that the christening would be an endorsement of homosexuality and surrogate parenting.”  Michael Meehan and Thomas Dysarz were […]
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HUMAN IMPLANTABLE VERICHIP BEING PROMOTED AT DISCOUNT PRICE

Palm Beach, Florida, October 28, 2002 (lifesitenews.com) – Verichip, a division of Applied Digital Solutions of Palm Beach Florida, has launched a national campaign to promote its implantable human ID chip. It is offering $50 discounts to the first 100,000 people who register to get embedded with the microchip.  In its Oct. 25 on line edition, Wired magazine reported that the rice-size device costs $200. Those implanted must also pay for the doctor’s injection fee and a monthly $10 database maintenance charge.  The company is marketing the device for a variety of security applications, including: controlling access to government or […]
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BRITISH EXPERTS INVESTIGATE HEALTH OF IVF BABIES

LONDON, October 23, 2002 (LSN.ca) – British health authorities have been asked to investigate problems among children conceived through artificial fertility methods, including a greater likelihood of birth defects.  Two studies published in The New England Journal of Medicine this year suggest that test-tube babies are more likely to be underweight and born with a major birth defect.  An estimated 1 million babies worldwide have been conceived through IVF since Louise Brown, the first test-tube baby, was born in 1978 after being transported, as an embyro, inside a rabbit before insertion into her mother’s womb.  For two sample abstracts from […]
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