Monday, December 01, 2008

Life Links 12/1/08

Naomi Lakritz and political science professors at the University of Calgary take college students and the University of Calgary to task, respectively, for attempting to prevent the display of images of aborted children and their unwillingness to defend the freedom of speech. From the professors’ editorial:
The university would never order an activist animal rights group that might display pictures of animals bleeding, suffering or dead to turn its pictures inward. Nor would the university censor or threaten antiwar activists for posting pictures of those burnt alive in Hiroshima or Dresden by Allied bombs.

The more likely response would be that such images show the end results of past personal and political decisions. The university would likely argue such depictions might make some uncomfortable, but that's the point of a university: to question, analyze and debate about one's own assumptions and morality, as well as that of others.

Gift certificates which can be redeemed for, among other things, abortion? What will Planned Parenthood think of next?

David Fergusson has a new study out on abortion and mental health published in the British Journal of Psychiatry (abstract here). The study’s results were mentioned in the both the New Zealand Herald and the UK’s Telegraph. From the abstract:
After adjustment for confounding, abortion was associated with a small increase in the risk of mental disorders; women who had had abortions had rates of mental disorder that were about 30% higher. There were no consistent associations between other pregnancy outcomes and mental health. Estimates of attributable risk indicated that exposure to abortion accounted for 1.5% to 5.5% of the overall rate of mental disorders.

Lisa Miller has an article in Newsweek on prolife atheists though I strongly disagree with Christopher Hitchens saying that he's "prolife." It also seems that Hitchens thinks RU-486 is the same thing as emergency contraception.

There is at least one silver lining to the Obama presidency. Janet Napolitano will no longer be able to veto prolife legislation as homeland security secretary.

British scientists have used adult stem cells to help heal torn knee cartilage.

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