Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Life Links 4/1/09

Hadley Arkes has a proposal for what could occur when President Obama visits Notre Dame.
The President of Notre Dame, the Rev. John Jenkins, has offered his own words to put the matter in a more defensible light, and those words have been echoed by members of the faculty. Let me take them at their word, and offer a proposal. President Jenkins was reported to have said that he doesn’t condone President Obama’s policies, and yet he thinks it important for the president to come to Notre Dame “to engage in conversation.” President Obama’s press secretary, Robert Gibbs, noted that the president had met recently with Francis Cardinal George to discuss matters of interest to the Church. And with that background, he said, the president “looks forward to continuing that dialogue in the lead-up to the commencement” at Notre Dame.

As H.L. Mencken used to say, people ought to get what they want “good and hard.” If the university excuses itself in this instance with the claim that the president is coming to Notre Dame to have a serious conversation, well … let’s have that serious conversation. Notre Dame is amply supplied with people who can articulate the Catholic position on abortion and the taking of innocent life. Why not have a debate/discussion?

What happens when pro-choicers have no good arguments against legislation which gives women the option of seeing an ultrasound and hearing the heartbeat of their child before an abortion? They write ignorant, assertion-filled tirades like this one by Melvina Young. Melvina Young starts off by claiming those opposed to abortion think women are stupid and it only goes downhill from there. On one hand, Young claims women seeking abortions have already seen ultrasounds/heard the heartbeat of their children and then claims the goal of the legislation is "to elicit doubt, pain and guilt. Period." Huh? If women have already seen their ultrasounds then why how could giving them the option of viewing their ultrasound elicit such doubt, pain and guilt?

Vanessa at Feministing celebrates Tiller's acquittal (she also seems to think he got shot recently) and the comments section includes some typically ignorant comments from Amanda Marcotte, who seems to think Tiller does abortions to save women's lives and that it's "repugnant" for people to think that some women wait so long into pregnancy before deciding to have an abortion. It would be nice if Marcotte actually spend a few minutes doing research instead of just relying on her less-than-common-sense. Then she might find out that Board of Healing Arts investigation into Tiller focuses on 11 abortions performed on girls (most of them between the ages of 13-15) who had abortions after 24 weeks.

Researchers in Texas are using adult stem cells to help treat stroke patients.

The Tulip Time Festival in Holland, Michigan has denied Right to Life of Holland application to have a float. Some residents in the city filled with conservative Christians aren't happy about this. When I checked an online petition to save the float already had more than 2,000 signatures.

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