Friday, June 22, 2007

Life Links 6/22/07

Melinda Henneberger in the New York Times: Why Pro-Choice is a Bad Choice for Democrats
Over 18 months, I traveled to 20 states listening to women of all ages, races, tax brackets and points of view speak at length on the issues they care about heading into '08. They convinced me that the conventional wisdom was wrong about the last presidential contest, that Democrats did not lose support among women because "security moms" saw President Bush as the better protector against terrorism. What first-time defectors mentioned most often was abortion.

Looks like President Bush will break out his veto pen after the U.S. House of Representatives failed to pass an amendment which would have removed language allowed the funding of international groups which promote abortion overseas.

Another upcoming study from British researchers using adult stem cells to help heart patients. This timethey're using adult stem cells to help patients who are undergoing coronary by pass surgery.
Specifically, the researchers want to determine if the stem cells can prevent late scar formation and the impaired heart contraction that can result from that scarring.

BBC News has an article on the continued mistreatment of human rights Chen Guangcheng, who is an opponent of China's one-child policy.

Here's some fun highlighting a comment from a Conservative atheist. Don't you just love it when someone with an exceptionally small amount of knowledge on a subject comments in blanket generalizations (some of which are obviously false) and then is upset with others for making blanket statements.
I am a Conservative. Does that make me a bible-thumpin', anti-abortion, anti-science moron? No, of course not - no matter what some of the people here might have you believe. I am an Atheist. I know a fetus doesn't become a child until it can survive outside the womb without artificial means of support and, because of that, abortion is really nothing more than excising a piece of unwanted tissue in much the same way one would get rid of a cyst, tumor, or parasitic infestation. I believe my President was wrong to veto this very important bill.

I see people here making too many blanket statements and generalizations, each one taking up a position at one farthest end or the other of the political spectrum. I see a great deal of invective from both sides and the few who try to maintain intelligent discourse seem to be the targets of the most vehement attacks....

For my fellow Conservatives that argue this bill only prevents tax dollars from being spent but doesn't hinder private research, you need to understand that there are currently only a very limited number of "lines" of embryonic stemcells legalized for use in this country and no researcher may use any cells but those in their studies. This bill for Federal funding would've opened up the possibility of establishing new cell lines from the previously mentioned surplus embryos. With the bill vetoed, research is still limited to just those lines no matter how much private funding you might have.

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