General Electric to Use Embryonic Stem Cells for Testing, Phase Out Lab Rats

By Alex Bush BOSTON, Mass, July 1, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – General Electric has announced that it will use embryonic stem cells provided by Geron Corporation for the purpose of testing toxic effects of drug treatments. GE issued a statement, attempting to preempt criticism over the decision, saying, “We acknowledge the considerable debate and take very seriously the ethical and societal issues associated with research using stem cells derived from embryonic or fetal tissue.” “We conduct our research in an ethically and scientifically responsible manner,” the statement said. However, embryonic stem cells have been the center of heated controversy since harvesting the […]
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Ohio Supreme Court Allows Planned Parenthood to Conceal Abortion Records in Sexual Abuse Case

By Kathleen Gilbert COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 1, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Parents suing a Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio clinic for failing to report statutory rape may not access other girls' medical records to see if they establish a pattern of neglect, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled today.  The lawsuit involves a 14-year-old girl who, unbeknownst to her parents, aborted a child in 2004, conceived after having relations with her 21-year-old soccer coach.  Ohio state law requires that parents give consent for a minor's abortion, but the parents say only the coach signed off on the procedure.  Attorneys Charles Miller and […]
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Judge Puts Kibosh on DC Gay “Marriage” Referendum

By Peter J. Smith WASHINGTON, D.C., July 1, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A Superior Court judge has thrown out a request from local black pastors and marriage advocates to suspend a new law for the District of Columbia that recognizes same-sex “marriages” contracted outside the district until the people are able to hold a referendum on the matter. D.C. Superior Court Judge Judith E. Retchin dismissed the motion for an injunction on the Jury and Marriage Amendment Act of 2009 (JMA) filed by the Stand 4 Marriage D.C. coalition, led by Bishop Harry Jackson of Beltsville's Hope Christian Church. Retchin affirmed the […]
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Pro-Life Groups Announce New Colorado Personhood Initiative

Denver, June 29, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Colorado Right to Life, the state's largest pro-life organization, has announced that it is joining with the Denver-based Personhood USA to fight for the affirmation of the rights of all humans from the beginning of their biological development. Colorado Right To Life and Personhood USA will host a press conference tomorrow on the west steps of the Colorado State Capitol as they submit language for a new Personhood initiative to the Colorado Legislative Council Staff Thursday, marking the beginning of the 2010 Colorado Personhood Initiative.  “Over half-a-million Coloradans voted for personhood in 2008. Their […]
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UK Conservative Leader Speaks at Gay Pride Fundraiser

By Alex Bush LONDON, UK, July 1, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – David Cameron, leader of the UK Conservative party, attended a gay pride fundraiser called “Pride at Paramount” yesterday where he expressed his party's desire to embrace the homosexual lobby, reports PinkNews, a U.K. homosexual news outlet. “That's the kind of change we need today. That's the kind of change the new, compassionate Conservative Party understands,” he said to the attendees. “And together, as politicians and individuals, we can bring about that change. No to bigotry and prejudice. Yes to responsibility and equal rights. It's a change worth fighting for.” Cameron […]
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New Orleans Homosexual Couple Ask Fed. Court to Overturn Marriage Amendment

By Kathleen Gilbert NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana, July 1, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Two New Orleans men are suing Louisiana state officials in a federal court for denying them a marriage certificate, claiming that the U.S. Constitution and international law give them a “right” to marry – despite Louisiana's constitutional ban on same-sex “marriage.” In the text of the complaint, the two men said they are “physically, mentally and emotionally fit” for marriage, and “are in all respects capable of entering a committed, married relationship were they not prohibited from doing so under the Louisiana Constitution and Louisiana Civil Code.” The complaint […]
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Abortion Linked to Subsequent Pre-Term Births, New Research Again Confirms

By Patrick B. Craine AMSTERDAM, June 29, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Having an abortion is dangerous for subsequent children, an international team of researchers has concluded.  The team, led by Dr. Robbert van Oppenraaij of Erasmus MC University Medical Centre, presented their findings on Monday to the 25th Annual Meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) in Amsterdam. In his presentation, Dr. van Oppenraaij reported that one abortion increases the risk of premature birth in a next pregnancy by 20 percent. With two or more abortions, the risk is raised by 90 percent, and the risk of […]
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Financially Troubled Planned Parenthood of El Paso Closes Doors

EL PASO, Texas, July 1, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In 1937, Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger personally visited her gleaming new Planned Parenthood offices in El Paso, Texas. This past June 30, however, American Life League joined local pro-life activists in celebration of a major victory as all seven of the Planned Parenthood of El Paso facilities permanently close their doors. The El Paso Planned Parenthoo group announced at a press conference Friday that it would shut down after 72 years of operation due to financial concerns, citing a drop in donations and government funds. “Today, it is with deep heartfelt […]
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Heroically Pro-Life Brazilian Archbishop’s Resignation Accepted Under Cloud of Vatican Newspaper Mis

By John-Henry Westen RECIFE, Brazil, July 1, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – This morning, the Vatican announced that Pope Benedict XVI accepted the resignation of Archbishop Jose Cardoso Sobrinho, the metropolitan archbishop of Olinda and Recife. The pope appointed Bishop Fernando Antonio Saburido as his successor. Pro-life activists around the world are very familiar with Archbishop Cardoso for his heroic defense of the unborn despite criticism he received even from Archbishop Salvatore (Rino) Fisichella, the President of Pontifical Academy for Life. The acceptance of his resignation at this time has raised many questions; however, there is no evidence to indicate that it was undertaken […]
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Al Franken Win Hands Supermajority to Senate Democrats

By Kathleen Gilbert WASHINGTON, D.C., July 1, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Minnesota State Supreme Court on Tuesday declared Democrat Al Franken the winner of Minnesota's U.S. Senate seat, delivering the last seat Senate Democrats needed to secure a filibuster-proof majority. Republican incumbent Norm Coleman conceded the hard-fought race after the state Supreme Court rejected his five arguments that the recount of the November 4 vote had been unfair.  Out of 2.4 million ballots cast, the final recount showed Franken defeated Coleman by 312 votes.  In the initial count, Coleman had 206 more votes than Franken, but the narrow margin sparked […]
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