Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Life Links 12/7/10

Both the Washington Post and the Washington, D.C. area NBC affiliate covered the prolife protest at the abortion clinic in Maryland which is employing late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart. The Post estimated the crowd at around 300. I would be interested in seeing this video mentioned in the NBC story if it ever gets posted:
One camera crew from an anti-abortion web outlet tried to engage a pro-choice minister in a debate about when life begins and whether his support for Carhart was tantamount to defending a murderer. But the Rev. Carlton Veazey leaned on decisions by the Supreme Court that guard a woman's right to make personal determinations about reproductive issues.

A Brazilian soccer player Bruno Fernandes has been sentenced to more than 4 years for kidnapping and assaulting a former girlfriend.
The 25-year-old goalkeeper was found guilty of abducting Ms Samudio in October 2009, physically assaulting her and forcing her to take abortion-inducing drugs before releasing her.
Samudio's child survived and she gave birth. She later disappeared and Fernandes is facing additional charges for her alleged murder.

The Wall Street Journal covers the latest development in Sherley v. Sebelius, the court case to decide whether President Obama's embryonic stem cell funding policy violates the Dickey-Wicker Amendment.
Under the Dickey-Wicker Amendment, Congress prohibited taxpayer dollars from going toward the destruction of embryos. President Barack Obama, citing the scientific value of stem cells, has said federal dollars should fund embryonic stem-cell research, so long as the private sector paid for the embryos' destruction.

The government's argument "rises or falls" on whether stem-cell research is intertwined with deriving stem cells, Judge Thomas Griffith said Monday. The judge peppered Ms. Brinkmann with questions on whether the federal money encourages embryo destruction.

The panel also questioned Mr. Hunger's contention that the federal government was breaking the law.

"There's research into making laboratory equipment," said Judge Douglas Ginsburg. "And then there's research into using laboratory equipment."

Mr. Hunger responded, "We're not talking about equipment, we're talking about subjects."

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