Author archives: Jared Bridges

A shameful surrender to pornographers

by Jared Bridges

April 2, 2007

Also in the op/ed department, FRC’s Cathy Ruse, Senior Fellow for Legal Studies, writes in today’s Christian Science Monitor about the recent overturning by the courts of the Child Online Protection Act:

Another federal judge has struck down the Child Online Protection Act. Had it taken effect, the 1998 law would have done one simple thing: require Internet pornographers to verify the age of customers through the use of adult-access codes or credit cards.

Last month, Judge Lowell Reed Jr ruled out even this basic measure of accountability as a violation of the free-speech rights of porn purveyors and their often addicted customers.

Continue reading here…

Life Lessons

by Jared Bridges

April 2, 2007

Chris Gacek, FRC’s Senior Fellow for Regulatory Affairs, writes at the Weekly Standard website today about the two year anniversary of Terri Schiavo’s death:

THIS WEEKEND marked the second anniversary of Terri Schiavo’s death. It is widely asserted by the mainstream press, liberal activists, and some in the Democratic party that those who argued for congressional action in her case were not only wrong to do so, but acted without any reasonable justification. Quite to the contrary: The circumstances surrounding Terri Schiavo’s death demonstrate that reforms are needed to protect persons like her in the future.

Read the whole thing here.

Planned Parenthood prepares for a shakedown

by Jared Bridges

March 27, 2007

Darth Vader has the stormtroopers. Your local subdivision has the Neighborhood Watch. Heck, even the mall has rent-a-cops. Apparently, Planned Parenthood felt a little left out in its lack of a rapid-deployment force, so the nation’s largest abortion provider is now sending out the Pill Patrol. Planned Parenthood intends to unleash its legions upon unsuspecting pharmacies who have not stocked the controversial over-the-counter version of Plan B:

The group is encouraging its supporters to contact pharmacies at Costco, Target, Wal-Mart, or Osco stores - because those four chains have not signed on to Planned Parenthood’s policy of guaranteeing women access to emergency contraception - “without discrimination or delay.”

Plan B, also known as the “morning after pill,” was recently approved for over-the-counter use, despite obvious risks to womens’ health. Planned Parenthood apparently plans to use the findings of its Pill Patrol to bully pharmacies into stocking the drug. Ironically, the group claims on its website that the goal of the campaign is “to protect womens health.”

And yes, Planned Parenthood is funded with your tax dollars (nearly 273 million dollars, according to their annual report).

More adult stem cell promise?

by Jared Bridges

March 27, 2007

Once again, doctors are seeing promise of stem cell treatments, this time with a new therapy to treat patients with heart failure. And once again, the stem cells used are adult stem cells:

In two studies reported at the American College of Cardiology conference, scientists used adult stem cells — not the more controversial embryonic stem cells — to treat patients and saw marked improvement in their health. Experts note these early studies need to be replicated in larger groups to confirm the results.

The findings are welcome news for patients like Joseph Glasser, 74, who received a bleak prognosis nine years ago after suffering a heart attack that left his heart so weakened he had to have a pacemaker implanted. Seventy-five percent of his heart muscle had died, his cardiologist told him, and there was nothing more he could do.

In the years afterward, Glasser frequently felt fatigued and short of breath, so he sought out new treatment options and eventually enrolled in a stem cell study at the University of California San Diego. There, doctors took cells from his leg, cultivated them in a lab and then injected them into his heart.

Today, two years after treatment, he says he no longer has problems maintaining energy, and even walks on a treadmill and swims.

If this treatment proves conclusive, it will be one of many successful treatments with adult stem cells. How many successful treatment with embryonic stem cells? Well, just take a look at the score.

Eugenics, U.S.A.

by Jared Bridges

March 26, 2007

What do gay British men do when they want a designer baby? They pay a visit to their Uncle Sam, of course. A shortage of donor eggs and surrogate mothers in the United Kingdom has prompted some infertile gay couples to buy “designer babies” from a Los Angeles clinic:

DOZENS of gay British men have paid about 33,000 to create a baby of their chosen sex on an IVF programme for two-father families.

Nearly 20 male couples from this country have already taken part in the scheme, in which they pay for eggs from a university student which are then implanted in a different woman who bears the child.

The Fertility Institutes, the clinic in Los Angeles which runs the programme, said it had also received 25 inquiries by last week from male couples in Britain thinking of paying for surrogate children.

These $65,000 children come highly customized. Here’s clinic director Dr Jeffrey Steinberg:

On our programme, to be an egg donor, it is a requirement that you are between 18 to 27 years old and that you are currently at a university. Couples worry about the family history, and if there is a social marker of stability and achievement it is probably success at a university. University students are not interested in carrying the baby for themselves or anyone else.

The surrogates, on the other hand, are very interested in carrying the baby but, a lot of the time, they are blue-collar and not of the best of the selection [for eggs]. If we separate them we get the best egg donors and the best women to carry the babies, which is the perfect combination.

That’s right, it’s only the best for British gay dads. It’s a good thing that Dr. Steinberg is seeing to it that these “blue collar” types who continually pollute the gene pool are only used to do the “manual labor” of making a baby. Who knows what type of people we would end up with if the proletariat produced any offspring?

Of the myriad of tragedies associated with this program, one is that the children end up with a (white-collar) donor mother and a (blue collar) surrogate mother whom they will likely never know. Two “dads” simply don’t measure up to a mom. Add to this the dangers involved with IVF-PGD, and a program that touts the creation of new life can quickly become a recipe for destruction.

The Thinking Primary

by Jared Bridges

March 23, 2007

Is there anything good about presidential political campaigns starting so early? Ken Blackwell, FRC’s new Senior Fellow for Family Empowerment, says there is:

There appears to be every possibility that ideas will ultimately decide the nomination, perhaps for both parties. The thinking primary has begun. That’s a welcome sign, because this is the primary that matters, and if there is any advantage to having our presidential competitions start almost two years away from Election Day it’s the opportunity to examine and think about our options.

Read the whole commentary at Townhall.com.

Evangelical Bioethics and the Web

by Jared Bridges

March 19, 2007

In case you missed it, Joe Carter, FRC’s Director of Web Communications (and managing editor of this blog), was profiled over the weekend in the Washington Post in an article entitled “Evangelical Bioethics and the Web” by WP religion reporter Michelle Boorstein. It’s a good look not only at Joe, but also on how the internet can be a forum for the some of the most important bioethical issues facing us today.

Go read it now.

The Washington Briefing 2007

by Jared Bridges

March 16, 2007

During yesterday’s FRC blogger briefing conference call, Joe mentioned that registration is now open for FRC Action’s Washington Briefing. We’re especially excited about some special events related to bloggers and blogging which are in the works. Watch this spot for updates. In the meantime, here’s the relevant information for registration:

As we face powerful attacks on our values, there is no better time to stand with FRC Action and our friends at Focus on the Family Action, American Values, and the Alliance Defense Fund for a fall event guaranteed to change the public debate. Registration is now open for the second annual Washington Briefing 2007: Values Voter Summit from October 19-21 at the Hilton Washington in downtown D.C. Last year’s event attracted 1,800 attendees from 47 states and nationwide coverage from more than 200 major media outlets. Join us for special sessions featuring the 2008 presidential hopefuls, a who’s who of the pro-family movement, a presidential straw poll, book signings, a gala dinner, and much more! For more information or to register, log on to www.frcactionwashingtonbriefing.org or call 888-372-2284. Book your reservations by May 15 and receive a $25 Early Bird discount!

Sign up today!

Fight global warming with fewer babies

by Jared Bridges

March 14, 2007

The Huffington Post’s Dave Johnson offers a novel solution to global warming, and it doesn’t involve your children:

…Yes, hundreds of millions of people will face water shortages and starvation by 2080 — but only if those hundreds of millions of people are alive in the first place.

What am I getting at? One solution to the crisis is for people to stop having so many babies. We’re already using up the fisheries. The cattle being raised to feed so many meat-eaters is as big a problem as the cars we’re all driving.

There is plenty of time between now and 2080 to dramatically cut the population of the world by simply limiting how many babies we’re all having. If there are fewer people around then fewer people face starvation, disease, dislocation and the rest of the consequences.

Johnson doesn’t say whether or not he would have given such advice to his mother…

[HT: Acton Powerblog]

Senor, or Senorita? In Spain, it’s the thought that counts

by Jared Bridges

March 2, 2007

When it comes to gender in Spain, anatomy is a gray area:

Spain’s parliament on Thursday passed a law allowing transsexuals to change their name and gender on official documents without needing to undergo surgery first.

Now that sex selection is ultimately up to the individual, rather than anatomy, those who were a little nervous about having the surgery can rest easy. All that’s required for a person to officially change his or her (or is it her or his?) sex is “to present an official medical diagnosis stating a clinically proven case of gender dysfunction and to have undergone appropriate treatment for two years before changes in identity documents can be performed.”

Somebody better double-check Spain’s “women’s” basketball team at the next Olympic games…

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