Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Life Links 7/29/09

Scott Roeder has pleaded not guilty to the murder of abortionist George Tiller. During Tuesday's hearing Roeder was identified by two ushers who chased him until he pull his gun on them.

Terence Jeffrey notes how John Holdren, the new White House science advisor, doesn't (or at least didn't when he co-wrote Human Ecology) have the most scientific criteria for who is a human being (my emphasis).
On page 235, while making an argument for legalized abortion, the authors use language that on its face says a child "will ultimately develop into a human being" -- after it is born.

"To most biologists, an embryo (unborn child during the first two or three months of development) or a fetus is no more a complete human being than a blueprint is a building," they wrote. "The fetus, given the opportunity to develop properly before birth, and given the essential early socializing experiences and sufficient nourishing food during the crucial early years after birth, will ultimately develop into a human being. Where any of these essential elements is lacking, the resultant individual will be deficient in some respect."
I guess my daughter isn't a human being yet as she's received only a year and a half of the "essential early socializing experiences and sufficient nourishing food" which will make her a human being after "years."

A study by researchers in Turkey published in the World Journal of Surgical Oncology finds that Turkish women who had abortions have a higher risk of breast cancer.

Hungarian police have arrested four men on suspicion of illegal stem cell treatments. They allegedly used stem cells from embryos and fetuses.
"There is well-founded suspicion that a U.S. citizen called Julliy B. has carried out stem cell treatments for money within the framework of a Hungarian stem cell research laboratory and a Hungarian-owned private clinic since 2007," police said.

The Ukrainian suspect prepared the stem cell doses and patients generally paid $25,000 or 5 million Hungarian forints for a treatment, police said.

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