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Combining 2 days of Life Links into 1 (very informative!) post…

  • Politico covers the Sam Brownback/Catholic Advocate letter controversy:

    A mystery is brewing over the appearance of Sen. Sam Brownback’s John Hancock on an inflammatory letter questioning the religious bona fides of prominent pro-abortion-rights Catholic Democrats, including Nancy Pelosi, Ted Kennedy and John Kerry.

  • Pro-choice legislators in AZ no longer have the solid veto of former Gov. Janet Napolitano. Their new strategy to oppose pro-life legislation involved walking out of the committee meeting and a holding press conference…

    Rep. Ed Ableser [pictured left], D-Tempe, one of the lawmakers who boycotted the debate and the vote, said the protest made a point.

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    “They’ve stacked the committee in such a way that Democrats are irrelevant,” he said, with all 6 Republicans opposed to abortion.
    House Speaker Kirk Adams, R-Mesa, acknowledged that all the Republicans he appointed to the panel are against abortion. But he said that’s true of most of the 35 GOP representatives.
    “It sounds like a temper tantrum occurring,” he said of the walkout. “Clearly, they don’t agree with the bill. The responsible thing is to stay and state your case and vote against the bill.”

  • Ross Douhat comments on William Saletan’s New York Times op-ed:

    That sounds enormously impressive – until you consider that as of 2004, there were 2.8 million pregnancies among unmarried women in the US, and roughly 1 million abortions. Which means that the universalization of this program, according to its supporters, might reduce the national abortion rate by somewhere between 1 and 2%.
    That’s not nothing, obviously, but it’s not a whole lot either – and in a country of millions upon millions, where countless trends shift the number of pregnancies and abortions around from year to year, it’s perilously close to statistical noise. When you consider that there’s good reason to think that Roe v. Wade raised the abortion rate by well over 50%, I think you can see why most opponents of abortion look at a “more birth control” strategy as a cop-out, rather than a cure.

    It always riles me when pro-choicers act like more public funding of birth control will dramatically lower the abortion rate and blame the high abortion rate on pro-lifers not promoting birth control like Planned Parenthood. PlP gets hundreds of millions of dollars from our government every year to promote and distribute birth control. Saletan wrote:

    By comparison, 28% said they had thought they wouldn’t get pregnant, 26% said they hadn’t expected to have sex and 23% said they had never thought about using birth control, had never gotten around to it or had stopped using it.

    Whose failure is this (besides the individual’s)? Is it the pro-life movement’s (which receives no federal money to promote birth control) failure? Or is it PP’s ($300 million from the government) failure?
    Maybe that $300 million would be better spent if it wasn’t given to America’s #1 abortion provider.

  • The Telegraph has an article on a paralyzed British man who was treated with his own adult stem cells in Ecuador:

    Michael Flounders, 53, broke his neck after attempting a handstand and feared he would be forced to use a wheelchair for the rest of his life.
    But Mr Flounders is getting the feeling back in his legs for the first time following pioneering surgery in South America.

  • Susan Wills, the assistant director for education and outreach of the USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, explains the importance of fighting FOCA now, even before it is introduced, and points out a number of flaws in Amy Sullivan’s article in Time attacking the efforts of prolifers opposed to FOCA.
  • A couple of local papers have articles on the start of 40 Days for Life activities in AL and CA.
  • CA researchers reported they were able to turn induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells into motor neurons.
  • According to a recent poll, Californians favor parental notification legislation despite 3 parental involvement measures being voted down in recent years:

    Interestingly, the latest PPIC poll found 68% of all adult Californians say they support parental notification, as do 61% of likely voters. The wide discrepancy with the most recent election results suggest that although Californians agree with the concept, when it comes to voting, they are influenced by political advertising, education campaigns and which groups are backing and opposing the measure.

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