Friday, August 21, 2009

Life Links 8/21/09

South Dakota's informed consent law has been upheld in part. From the AP:
U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier's decision Thursday ends a lawsuit that Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota filed in response to a 2005 informed consent law that required several disclosures to women seeking an abortion.

She sided with the state in ruling that doctors must make the biological disclosure "that the abortion will terminate the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being."

But Schreier said doctors can provide more information than the language in the statute, including that the term can be used in a biological sense and not ideological.

Schreier ruled in favor of Planned Parenthood by concluding that pregnant women do not need to be told abortion increases the likelihood of suicide or that they have an existing relationship with the fetus.

Both sides claimed victory.
There's a little more information on the judge's reasoning in this article at the Argus-Leader.

According to the Omaha World-Herald, abortionist LeRoy Carhart recently laid off 4 of his ten staff members because of “the recent decrease in patient numbers and income.”

Doctors in India have injected a man's own bone marrow stem cells into his brain in the hopes that they will help treat his Parkinson's symptoms.
While the doctors who performed the transplant said that they will monitor the patient for the next 18 months before terming it a ‘success’, Jain said the transplant has helped him regain his voice.

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