Irish University Professor Slams University on Embryonic Stem Cell Research Decision

CORK, Ireland, February 24, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A professor of mathematics at University College Cork (UCC) has slammed the university’s recent decision to begin embryonic stem cell research. Professor Des McHale, also a well-known author, said that he was “deeply ashamed” that UCC’s governing body had passed the proposal to begin the unethical research and called on students, parents and the general public to make their voices heard against the decision. Professor McHale made his remarks at a packed seminar organized by the pro-life group “Youth Defence in University College Cork.” “I am deeply, deeply ashamed of the situation. Not everyone […]
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Adult Stem Cell Treatment Leaves College Student Free of Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms

By Thaddeus M. Baklinski CHICAGO, February 24, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Edwin McClure, a Virginia Commonwealth University graduate student, and one of the participants in clinical trials involving adult stem cells, says that he is completely cured of the multiple sclerosis symptoms that began to afflict him in high school. “It’s a blessing,” the young student told Bloomburg News. “My disease has been halted.” A team of researchers at Northwestern University School of Medicine in Chicago, including Dr. Richard Burt, the team leader and the hospital’s Division Chief of Immunotherapy, developed the treatment for multiple sclerosis (MS) using stem cells taken […]
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Parents Shouldn’t Tell Kids What’s Right or Wrong about Having Sex: U.K. Gov’t Pamphlet

By Kathleen Gilbert LONDON, February 24, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A pamphlet set for distribution by the British government is advising parents to keep quiet on the morality of sex, and instead to ensure that their children are provided with contraception from an early age and are aware of their options, the Sunday Times revealed. According to the Times, “Talking to Your Teenager About Sex and Relationships” will be distributed in pharmacies starting March 5th as part of an initiative by MP Beverley Hughes, the Children’s Minister, to instruct parents how to address their children’s sexuality. The news of the government’s plan to […]
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Homosexual Republican Group Calls Pro-Family Activists “Domestic Terrorists”

By Kathleen Gilbert ATLANTA, Georgia, February 24, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A homosexualist Republican group is lobbying GOP chairman Michael Steele to turn a deaf ear to pro-family activists, who the group leader labeled in a letter “Anti-American” and “domestic terrorists.” James Ensley, President of the Georgia Log Cabin Republicans (LCR), made the comments after the pro-family group, Americans for Truth, petitioned Steele to work to return the GOP to its conservative roots and protect true marriage. “I want to urge you not to allow small biggoted [sic], anti-American and anti-Christian fringe groups such as Americans for Truth to influence you,” wrote Ensley […]
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Conference may Begin to Sway Vatican Opinion Against Brain Death: Eminent Philosopher

By Hilary White ROME, February 24, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – While he said that he could not predict the future, Professor Josef Seifert told LifeSiteNews.com (LSN) on Friday that a conference on “brain death” criteria last week had possibly opened a door to moving opinion in the Vatican away from support for the use of the criteria for organ transplants. In an interview with LifeSiteNews.com the day after the conference, Professor Seifert said, “I’m not a prophet. On the other hand, if one believes in the Catholic Church as I do, then one must assume that earlier or later the truth […]
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Thousands Protest against Hawaii Same-Sex Civil Union Legislation in Anticipation of Today’s Vote

By Thaddeus M. Baklinski HONOLULU, February 24, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Between 6,000 and 8,000 people gathered at the state Capitol on Sunday for a demonstration against proposed legislation that would legalize same-sex civil unions in Hawaii. The protest was organized by the Hawaii Family Forum (HFF) which represents churches from across the state, including the Hawaii Catholic Conference, in anticipation of a vote to be held today by a state Senate committee looking at the issue. Executive Director of the HFF, Dennis Arakaki, said “We are here in the spirit of love, compassion, and grace,” according to AP. “But we […]
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LifeSiteNews Fully Stands by Original Report in Wake of National Post Whitewash of St. Joseph’s Hosp

By John-Henry Westen and Steve Jalsevac February 24, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The LifeSiteNews.com exposé on a London Catholic hospital terminating pregnancies of babies diagnosed with severe disabilities was the subject of a full-page 2216 word article in the National Post Saturday (see https://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=1313034).  Author Charles Lewis chose to emphasize mainly one side of the argument, that of Fr. Michael Prieur of the Diocese of London Ontario, which approves at St. Joseph’s hospital use of a procedure called “early induction” on babies who are deemed to have ‘lethal fetal anomalies.’ Despite statements and claims in the Post article that appeared to […]
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Notre Dame Ethics Prof Reveals Groundbreaking Pro-Life Academic Program in the Works

By Kathleen Gilbert NOTRE DAME, Indiana, February 24, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – An innovative academic program designed to equip the next generation of pro-life advocates is one of the initiatives in store for the University of Notre Dame’s new Human Life Fund, said Dr. David Solomon in an interview with LifeSiteNews.com (LSN) yesterday. (See yesterday’s LSN report for background info on the fund: https://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/feb/09022308.html) Professor Solomon, a deeply pro-life philosopher who has been teaching ethics for over forty years, is the founder and head of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture. He told LSN that pro-life associates at the university had […]
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Pope Warns of Proliferation of “New Eugenics”

By John Jalsevac February 24, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In an address last Saturday to participants in a conference sponsored by the Pontifical Academy for Life, Pope Benedict XVI warned of the rise of a “new eugenics” that judges the worth of an individual based on his or her genetic makeup, as expressed in factors such as health and beauty. Despite the fact that a condemnation of imposed eugenics was enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, “there are appearing in our days troubling manifestations of this hateful practice,” observed the pope to participants in the conference, entitled “New Frontiers […]
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