Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Life Links 7/8/08

The Detroit Free Press has an embarassing editorial on Michigan's law against performing research on human embryos entitled "End the stem cell ban." There is no "stem cell ban" in Michigan and the Free Press editorial board knows this. Instead of taking the time to come up with reasoned arguments they decided to misrepresent the law, crib the bottom half of the editorial from a previous guest editorial and write silly sentences like this:
The ban is about allowing moral and religious objections to restrict public and scientific policy about an area of exciting and promising discovery, rather than letting science take the lead in figuring out what works, and why.
Yes, because we can't have silly things like moral objections getting in the way of science. The above statement is so stupid, the editorial later says that "No one's saying morality ought not guide scientific exploration" (umm... you just did) but the ban on killing human embryos for "stem cell research" is really bad because it's supposedly based on a minority view. I'll have to remember this editorial the next time the Free Press editorial board campaigns in favor of same-sex marriage.

Warren Throckmorton shares an e-mail conversation he had with abortionist William Harrison regarding South Dakota's informed consent law.

Father Raymond de Souza on abortionist Henry Morgentaler receiving the Order of Canada.
"For his commitment to increased health care options for women, his determined efforts to influence Canadian public policy and his leadership in humanist and civil liberties organizations."

That's the brief citation explaining what Morgentaler's qualifications are. Notice anything missing? The man's name is synonymous with abortion; one doesn't drop into a Morgentaler clinic for a bad back. He does one thing, and one thing only, and yet Rideau Hall could not bring itself to even mention it....

Why not tell us what Morgentaler did? Even in his moment of triumph, the eyes need to be averted. That's the instructive lesson of the episode, not so much that Morgentaler was finally dragged across the threshold of Rideau Hall, but that it was so distasteful for all concerned. Canada, due to the lawlessness of Morgentaler, the connivance of the courts and the pusillanimity of federal parliamentarians, has the most libertine abortion regime on the planet — anytime, any reason, with the taxpayer writing the cheque. Canadians don't like to be reminded that we are extremists on abortion, and giving Morgentaler the snowflake is a reminder that we are seriously adrift when it comes to common sense on abortion policy.

A man in Cleveland named Moses Cade has been arrested for beating his 16-year-old daughter after he found out she was pregnant.
After Cade was arrested, he said he beat his daughter when he found out she was pregnant and he intended to keep her in the house until Monday so he could take her to get an abortion.

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