Thursday, July 14, 2011

Life Links 7/14/11

Two blind patients have received cells created from human embryonic stem cells in a Phase I clinical trial by Advanced Cell Technology.
A team led by Steven Schwartz at UCLA administered about 50,000 cells Tuesday into one eye of a volunteer suffering from Stargardt Macular Dystrophy, a progressive form of blindness that usually begins in childhood, and another with Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in the developed world, Advanced Cell Technology, which is sponsoring the study, announced Thursday.

New York City's law regulating crisis pregnancy centers was blocked by federal judge William Pauley on Wednesday.
The judge agreed with the plaintiffs that the new law seems unconstitutionally vague and may infringe upon First Amendment rights. He wrote that the plaintiffs had demonstrated that the law would "compel them to speak certain messages or face significant fines and/or closure of their facilities."

The Boston Herald has a balanced piece from the Oakland Tribune on prolife billboard in Oakland, California. Apparently, the billboards were removed on Monday after pro-aborts started a campaign to take them down.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed legislation which included rules on abortion advertising.
According to Russian lawmakers, advertisements mislead the public by creating an impression that an abortion is a simple surgery that poses no health risks.

The new amendments require that warnings about the dangers should occupy no less than 10 percent of each advertisement.

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