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  • USA Today, CNN and MSNBC covered last night’s abortion forum in Iowa:

    Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, trailing in Iowa polls, won the biggest applause from the crowd tonight – and aimed his remarks at his competitors.

    “I have some problems with some of the folks who running for office these days when they say, ‘I believe life begins at conception.’ That’s like, I say, ‘I believe the sun rises.'” Santorum said, to laughs.

    “Why would you say you believe something that’s a fact?” Santorum added.

  • National Right to Life PAC and Nebraska Right to Life PAC will be working against Senator Ben Nelson (pictured left) in 2012 if he seeks re-election because of his vote on health care legislation:

    “Ben Nelson cannot win in Nebraska without pro-life support and he won’t have it. No pro-lifer should even consider supporting Ben Nelson for re-election,” David O’Steen, the national group’s director, said in a statement.

    Whether or not Nelson will seek reelection is one the biggest open questions in the race for control of the Senate. Democratic leaders have kept mum about their conversations with Nelson, who told The Hill on Tuesday that he could make a decision as early as next week.

  • Abortionist Kermit Gosnell has been indicted for his illegal prescription business, which was the only reason his house of horrors abortion clinic got raided in the first place:

    Authorities said the doctor wrote hundreds of prescriptions a month, topping out at 2,300 prescriptions in January 2010, the month before federal drug and FBI agents raided the clinic….

    According to prosecutors, patients paid $115 to $150 for the prescriptions and received cursory, if any, examinations. They were allowed to purchase multiple prescriptions under different names, authorities said.

    Gosnell and his staff dispensed some of the medicine over the 20 months covered by the indictment, including more than 900,000 pills and 19,000 ounces of cough syrup with codeine, authorities said.

  • The San Francisco Chronicle has an article on Katie Sharify (pictured right), the last patient in Geron’s now-canceled study, who was recently injected with cells derived from human embryonic stem cells. It’s tragic the false hope this young woman has been given.

    While doctors tell her that the cells aren’t likely to help her, she seems to not know about adult stem cell research into paralysis and her expectations of what embryonic stem cells are going to do in the future is completely unrealistic. At first she wasn’t convinced, then a surgeon talked her into it, likely citing a first-of-its-kind-must-be-super-important kind of reasoning and downplaying possible risks:

    Sharify said she wasn’t immediately sure she wanted to participate in the study. She didn’t know a lot about embryonic stem cells other than that they were controversial. She knew she’d be getting a treatment that was considered fairly safe, but was also experimental. Her parents were even less enthusiastic.

    The entire family debated the treatment up until the night before the surgery. In the end, it was the surgeon from Stanford who would be injecting the actual stem cells who convinced her.

    “After talking to him, I knew this was a really big deal,” Sharify said. “I’d been trying to find the reason all of this happened to me.”

[Nelson photo via nypost.com; Sharify photo via finance.optimum.net]

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