Category archives: Life & Bioethics

Mobile Ultrasounds: Reinventing The Wheel

by Tony Perkins

March 22, 2007

Here’s today’s Washington Watch Daily commentary from FRC Radio:

A picture may be worth a thousand words—but it could also be worth a thousand lives. At least that’s what Chris Slattery is counting on. For years, he’s used ultrasound machines in crisis pregnancy centers to persuade women not to have abortions. In 22 years, he says more than 8,000 women have decided to keep their babies because of the technology. Now his group, Expectant Mother Care, is using a motor home with an ultrasound machine to drive the pro-life message home. Next month, he plans to park the unit in front of New Jersey’s biggest abortion clinic. The idea has upset groups like Planned Parenthood. After all, ignorance has been bliss for the abortion industry. In their opinion, the less women see of their babies, the better. But if moms have a right to choose, then they also have a right to know all the facts. Usually, what you see is what you get. And in this case, that’s a life!

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Abortion Sympathy Cards Too Close For Comfort

by Tony Perkins

March 21, 2007

Here’s today’s Washington Watch Daily commentary from FRC Radio:

In the abortion debate, liberals always have a card up their sleeve. And this time, they mean it. Last week, an abortion organization called Exhale released a line of e-cards that comfort women whove had abortions. According to a spokesman, the six cards give friends and family a chance to honor and acknowledge someones experience. But there’s nothing honorable about ending an innocent child’s life. The cards say things like I think you did the right thing and There are no words to express my sympathy for your loss. But the real question is whether people should be sending sympathy cards in the first place. After all, these moms arent just victims of the procedure, they’re also victims of pro-choice propaganda. And offering condolences only strengthens the argument that the fetus was a person in the first place. What women really need aren’t empty verses, but the word of life. We should give these moms our support, but if liberals are trying to celebrate abortion with these cards, I hope Exhale isnt holding its breath.

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What’s Up, Doc?

by Tony Perkins

March 21, 2007

As the Senate weighs a bill forcing taxpayers to pay for research that requires the killing of human embryos, one of the president’s top scientists suddenly jumped ship on the administration’s policy in order to support the legislation. With a vote just weeks away, Dr. Elias Zerhouni, director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), raised eyebrows with the timing of his endorsement, particularly since he has defended the administration’s stance in the past. To the Senate Appropriations Health Subcommittee, Zerhouni said, “It is clear today that American science will be better-served, and the nation will be better-served, if we let our scientists have access to more stem cell lines… I think it is important for us not to fight with one hand tied behind out back, and NIH is key to that.”

However, in his bold pitch for taxpayer money, Zerhouni neglected to justify the need for more embryonic stem cell (ESC) lines. Have there been so many advances with the 22 current lines that scientists can legitimize new ones? If Zerhouni is requesting taxpayer money from the Senate—in addition to the $40 million NIH spent last year on the project—then the least he could do is provide a record of ESC research advances and a detailed list of what cannot be done without new lines.

The reality is, 85% of the world’s embryonic studies use President Bush’s approved lines, and the NIH is waiting to distribute 3,000 shipments of cells derived from them. In the past, Zerhouni has said these lines are sufficient. What’s changed? Dr. Zerhouni also downplayed the promise of adult stem cells, saying that their potential is “overstated.” As the nation’s top scientist, Zerhouni should know that patients are using adult stem cell alternatives to treat over 70 diseases. We have personally met patients who are reaping the benefits of adult stem cells in therapies for sickle cell anemia, heart disease, leukemia and other diseases. That is progress, not speculation.

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.

Switching Sides On Sudden Death

by Tony Perkins

March 19, 2007

Here’s today’s Washington Watch Daily commentary from FRC Radio:

In the assisted suicide debate, pro-lifers are grieving the loss of a big ally. Last week, the American Association of Hospice and Palliative Medicine released a statement on euthanasia that pro-lifers are calling a grave mistake. After years of opposing doctor-assisted suicide, the association announced that from now on, itll be neutral on the issue. For a group that was founded to promote dying with dignity, the announcement runs counter to everything they stand for. After all, doctors shouldnt be licensed to kill, but to cure. Some are calling the new policy cowardly, especially since it gives members the permission to practice euthanasia without punishing them for it. If the group was founded to respect life, they should respect it to the very end. Otherwise, its a slippery slope for a community called to do no harm. In the end, hospice was created to help end painnot lives. And as the association should know, a persons last rights should include life.

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California Stem Cell Programs Told To Watch Their Waste Line

by Tony Perkins

March 13, 2007

Here’s today’s Washington Watch Daily commentary from FRC Radio:

If youre a supporter of embryonic stem cell research, I can think of three billion reasons why you should reconsider. And theyre called taxpayer dollars. In California, state auditors are discovering that scientists are more concerned about the royal treatment than finding treatments. A new report says the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine is wasting thousands of dollars on perks. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the agency thats responsible for $3 billion in research grants overspent on hired drivers, expensive plane tickets, and catered meals. The audit also found mistakes and inconsistencies in setting salaries. Unfortunately, Californians are getting what they paid forand in this case, thats not much. Despite the big push for fundsin Congress and the statesthis report raises some serious questions. After all, if we cant trust scientists with our money, why should we trust them with a cure?

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Wrongful Life: A Worst ‘Case’ Scenario

by Tony Perkins

March 9, 2007

Here’s today’s Washington Watch Daily commentary from FRC Radio:

A Boston woman has decided that she doesnt want to raise children, she wants to raise support. In 2004, she had an abortion at a Planned Parenthood clinic. Or so she thought. The procedure wasnt done correctly and, unbeknownst to Jennifer, she was still pregnant. When she went to a hospital with pelvic pain, they realized she was still carrying the baby. Now shes suing Planned Parenthood for wrongful birth. Essentially, this moms saying that because she never wanted the baby, she should be paid for raising her. But why not put the child up for adoption instead of dragging the little girl through all this? Jennifers seeking damages for her daughters birthbut what about the damage shes doing to the little girl who hears over and over again that she should have never been born? Life is a gift, and the law should promote life and the court should protect itnot reward those who want to destroy it.

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CREW Rails On Pro-Life Metro Ads

by Tony Perkins

March 7, 2007

Here’s today’s Washington Watch Daily commentary from FRC Radio:

When it comes to advertising on the D.C. metro, pro-lifers are in for a bumpy ride. This month, the Conference of Catholic Bishops bought ad space on the subway to educate people about abortion. The posters tell riders that the human heart starts beating at 22 daysbut explains that Roe v. Wade says a doctor can stop it for the next 244. Now a group thats funded by George Soros, CREW, is doing its best to derail the campaign. Theyve asked the Transit Authority to investigate, saying the ads are false and misleading. But if its truth in advertising they want, why not target Planned Parenthood or the Human Rights Campaign? Those groups have used metro space for years to promote something that doesnt even exist outside of marriagesafe sex. As the Supreme Court considers the partial-birth abortion case, the Catholic Bishops are trying to be an engine for change. And as far as Im concerned, theyre on the right track.

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Planned Parenthood Wireless: Cell-ing Out Women

by Tony Perkins

March 5, 2007

Here’s today’s Washington Watch Daily commentary from FRC Radio:

Planned Parenthood is working the phones, all right. As part of the groups desperate push for money, theyve introduced a new service: Planned Parenthood Wireless. This cell phone coverage would donate 10% of the monthly charges to the biggest abortion provider in America. Their email says that proceeds would help give women medically accurate information. But if people believe that, what they need isnt a cell phone service, but a wake up call! Planned Parenthood has always cared more about protecting its profits than protecting women. Maybe thats why the country is more skeptical about giving them money. A Zogby poll found that 68% of voters think that federal funds shouldnt go toward abortionand that includes money funneled to groups like Planned Parenthood. No wonder theyre looking for a better reception from cell phone users. Obviously, they dont get the message that the country has serious concerns about their motives. But as support keeps dropping, Americans will be sayingas the commercial goescan you hear us now?

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U.K. Pro-Lifers Take Baby Steps in Legislature

by Tony Perkins

March 1, 2007

The miraculous story of little Amillia Taylor, who is said to be the youngest surviving premature baby, has prompted Britain to reconsider its abortion policies. As it stands, the U.K. allows women to abort through the 24th week of pregnancy. Until recently, experts argued that unborn children could not survive outside the womb before that period, a theory that Amillia’s existence has completely discredited.

Tory MP Nadine Dorries has sponsored bills in the past that would impose a tighter limit on late-term abortions. In light of the Taylors’ story, Dorries intends to reintroduce legislation that would make abortions illegal after 21 weeks. As one doctor said, “To me it seems utterly illogical that one doctor is struggling to save a baby delivered at 23 weeks while another is aborting a healthy baby of the same age.”

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