Thursday, May 06, 2010

Life Links 5/6/10

The Kansas Senate has fallen one vote short of overriding Governor Mark Parkinson’s veto of the late-term abortion bill.
“Someday I hope the unborn have a voice in these chambers,” said Sen. Ralph Ostmeyer, a Grinnell Republican. “We will have a change in governor. We will get this passed. It’s just a year away.”

The bill would require physicians to give the medical diagnosis that prompted them to authorize the abortion. State law prohibits abortions during or after the 22nd week of pregnancy, unless a doctor determines that the pregnancy constitutes a serious health threat.

Florida governor and Senate candidate Charlie Crist is considering vetoing a prolife measure which includes an ultrasound measure and prohibits insurance plans from covering abortion if the plan is subsidized by the government.
Crist appears increasingly likely to veto the abortion bill, expressing reservations about the language even before it makes it to his desk. Once he receives it, he has 15 days to decide.

``I'm concerned about it,'' Crist said Wednesday in St. Petersburg. ``Even though I'm pro-life I don't want to impose my will on others.''
Isn’t that what “personally prolife” politicians say?

UK researchers have successfully used adult stem cells to treat multiple sclerosis in 6 patients.
A team at Bristol University and North Bristol NHS Trust – which runs Southmead and Frenchay hospitals – harvested bone marrow from the six patients under general anaesthetic. Then, after being filtered, their stem cells were injected back into their veins.

The patients were then monitored for about a year with various tests and investigations carried out to check the effect and to ensure they had not suffered any side effects.

A series of tests showed an improvement in the way messages were sent to the brain.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health wants to permanently shut down Kermit Gosnell’s abortion clinic after he has failed to respond to charges that he violated state law.

The Philadelphia Inquirer printed this editorial by former senator Rick Santorum about the second birthday of his daughter Isabella. Isabella has trisomy 18.
Next week, we will mark Bella's second birthday. Over these two years, we have endured two close brushes with death, lots of sleepless nights, more than a month in CHOP's intensive care unit, and the constant anxiety that the next day could be our little girl's last.

And yet we have also been inspired - by her fighting spirit, and by the miracle of seeing our little flower blossom into a loving, joyful child who is at the center of our family life.

Most children with trisomy 18 diagnosed in the womb are aborted. Most who survive birth are given hospice care until they die. In these cases, doctors advise parents that these disabled children will die young or be a burden to them and society. But couldn't the same be said of many healthy children?

All children are a gift that comes with no guarantees. While Bella's life may not be long, and though she requires our constant care, she is worth every tear.

The Wall Street Journal has an article on an Alan Guttmacher study which found that (surprise, surprise) most women pay for abortions out of pocket.
The biggest shift from the 2000 survey was the sharp increase in the proportion of women who were poor. They made up 42% of those surveyed in 2008, compared with 27% in 2000. The abortion rate for poor women was more than twice that for all women, and more than five times that of women in households making more than 200% of the poverty level.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous10:18 AM

    The comments in Rick Santorum's story are disgusting.