Monday, June 23, 2008

Life Links 6/23/08

Stephanie Simon, usually of the LA Times, has an article in the Wall Street Journal today on Planned Parenthood’s move into more affluent communities. The article also has quotes noting how some other abortion providers aren’t big Planned Parenthood fans.

Bertha Bugarin, a woman who at one time ran 6 abortion clinics in southern California,has been charged with “10 felony counts of practicing medicine without a license and grand theft.”
Bertha Pinedo Bugarin, who faces similar charges in Los Angeles, is accused of telling women that she was a doctor, performing abortions on them and prescribing drugs. One woman had to be rushed to a hospital with life-threatening complications, prosecutors said.

"This defendant preyed on women in the Hispanic community," said San Diego County Dist. Atty. Bonnie Dumanis. "By passing herself off as a doctor, she put these women's lives in serious danger."

Authorities in South Africa are closing down the home abortion clinic of abortionist Nomgcobo Sangoni. The Sunday Time previously chronicled how Sangoni was willing to perform illegal abortions up to 33 weeks of gestation.

Scientists have found a new kind of adult stem cell on the heart.
Pu and colleagues showed that the cells from the heart's outer lining, called the epicardium, can not only metamorphose into cardiomyocytes but also into smooth muscle cells, endothelial cells, which line the interior of blood vessels, and fibroblasts, found in connective tissue.

Pfizer is investing $3 million in a company hoping to use adult stem cells to treat individuals who go blind because of diabetes. They hope to have a treatment ready for clinical trials in 3 years.
In the future, patients with early signs of blood-vessel damage in the eye might go to the doctor in the morning and leave a blood sample. Adult stem cells would be isolated in the lab over the next few hours, and then the patient would come back in the afternoon and get an injection of his own purified stem cells into the eye. That single injection could stave off further blood-vessel damage for years, preserving eyesight that would otherwise be lost.

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