Thursday, February 26, 2009

Life Links 2/26/09

Susan Wills, the assistant director for education and outreach of the USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, explains the importance of fighting FOCA now, even before it is introduced and points out a number of flaws in Amy Sullivan’s article in Time attacking the efforts of prolifers opposed to FOCA.

Abortionist George Tiller will go on trial for 19 misdemeanor charges of failing “to obtain a second opinion for some late-term abortions from an independent physician, as required by Kansas law.” The trial is set to start on March 16.

A couple of local papers have articles on the start of 40 Days for Life activities in Alabama and California.

California researchers reported that they were able to turn induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells into motor neurons.

Pro-choice legislators in Arizona no longer have the solid veto of former Governor Janet Napolitano. Their new strategy to oppose prolife legislation involved walking out of the committee meeting and a holding press conference.
Rep. Ed Ableser, D-Tempe, one of the lawmakers who boycotted the debate and the vote, said the protest made a point.

"They've stacked the committee in such a way that Democrats are irrelevant," he said, with all six Republicans opposed to abortion.

House Speaker Kirk Adams, R-Mesa, acknowledged that all the Republicans he appointed to the panel are against abortion. But he said that's true of most of the 35 GOP representatives.

"It sounds like a temper tantrum occurring," he said of the walkout. "Clearly, they don't agree with the bill. The responsible thing is to stay and state your case and vote against the bill."

According to a recent poll, Californians favor parental notification legislation despite 3 parental involvement measures being voted down in recent years.
Interestingly, the latest PPIC poll found 68 percent of all adult Californians say they support parental notification, as do 61 percent of likely voters. The wide discrepancy with the most recent election results suggest that although Californians agree with the concept, when it comes to voting, they are influenced by political advertising, education campaigns and which groups are backing and opposing the measure.

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