Entries for January, 2006

New WND column: “The upside of female feticide”

It would seem to be the greatest irony of abortion, that the foremost tool feminists say will facilitate women’s equality with men is actually the foremost weapon used to kill them. The crisis of female feticide is growing to such an extent in Third World countries that by 2020 there will be more unmarried Chinese […]

Peace meets jest: Pro-aborts antagonize pro-lifers with violent threats and graphic displays

The San Francisco Chronicle headline today downplays the pro-abort violence at yesterday’s March as “boisterous,” but the story and photos more accurately portray the truth. Th[e pro-life] voice was, by design, mostly silent. Marchers were urged to leave photos of aborted fetuses and signs equating abortion to murder at home. And at a rally before […]

Bugs Bunny alive!

The headline was buried in this NewScience.com article today reporting skepticism on London cloning researcher Chris Shaw’s recent claims of success of finding a way around the shortage of human eggs needed for experimentation. While Shaw’s boasts were called into question, his research wasn’t, which was to “derive stem cells from embryos cloned using rabbit […]

It’s not just pro-lifers revolted by Blagojevich’s “executive fiats”

From today’s Statehouse Insider in the State Journal-Register: Some lawmakers, and not just Republicans, are getting concerned about Blagojevich’s “Who needs the legislature?” approach to governing. Can’t get the General Assembly to go along with funding stem cell research? Hide money in the budget and then create a program by executive fiat after lawmakers leave […]

New WND column: “How cloning exploits women: Scientist forced to donate, dissect own eggs”

Junior scientist Park Eul-soon suffered the most personally devastating blunder of her career when in 2003 she accidentally spilled a dish of human eggs while conducting experiments in the South Korean lab of then-clone king Hwang Woo-suk. For that mishap, Hwang coerced Park, a subordinate Ph.D. student in her mid-20s, to replace the lost eggs […]

My favorite Christmas gift

My 20-year-old daughter Daena surprised me Christmas morning by framing a group of photos of us enjoying our favorite pastime together. The photos, taken by dad/husband Rich, are 1) at a Willow Springs park, May 2005; 2) on a Barcelona bench, April 2005; and 3) on Aunt Rosemarie’s couch after Christmas dinner, 2004 (Mama Elf […]

National Democrat Party – perceived as “morally bankrupt” – recruits pro-life/-2A candidates

From today’s Bloomberg.com: Republicans have long put Democrats on the defensive on cultural issues such as abortion, guns and gay marriage…. Because of the “lesson of 2004,” Democrats are recruiting “values” candidates. “There are some in the national Democratic leadership who think perhaps choice has become too much of a litmus test in the party, […]

Stem cell riddle of the day

Question: Which type of stem cells do you think is being reported in this January 3 Australian Broadcasting Corporation story? “These stem cells have the ability to… change as they grow into many different kinds of cells. Already researchers have been able to turn them into cartilage, bone and fat. Now they believe they can […]

  
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Jill Stanek is a nurse turned speaker, columnist and blogger, a national figure in the effort to protect both preborn and postborn innocent human life.

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by Kelli

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I followed my trainer to the lab where products of conception (P.O.C.) were inspected to make sure the doctor removed all the bits that, if left behind, could cause an infection. My trainer made a point to show me the tiny arms and legs floating in the glass baking pan. At 10 weeks and beyond, those appendages are formed and clearly recognizable.

It was all so heavy. The loneliness of those little arms and legs. That girl, so clearly suffering during the procedure. Before my job at the clinic, my stance on abortion had been so black and white. I had been firmly pro-choice for as long as I could remember. Was it possible that working here could change my mind?…

Abortion is fraught with so much negative sentiment, and in a sense, abortion is plucking a life from existence that has yet to have the opportunity to thrive. No one is claiming it’s pleasant. There is nothing black and white about abortion. It’s every shade of gray. But for us pro-choicers, the woman’s life trumps the embryo or fetus. That’s the bottom line. We place value on a woman’s ability to know what is best for her. It simply needs to be a safe and legal option. When I started at the clinic, all I saw was the individual moment of pain, but over the years I began to see a much richer portrait — women coming out the other side, relieved, even if it was simply a relief to have the procedure behind them. They could go back to their lives.

Seeing every side, the whole complicated and profound process, I came out more pro-choice than ever. I started to see it from a purely biological standpoint. We were removing an unwanted growth to preserve the woman’s chosen course.

~ Amy Beeman, Salon, May 24

[Image of 10-week fetus via babybytes.ni]

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