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  • Wesley Smith notes a recent Journal of Medical Ethics article in which the authors argue that infanticide should be legal and label killing newborns “after-birth abortion.”
  • Overheard: An Abortioneer describes her own clinic – and it doesn’t sound that nice:

    I think some clinics have entire abortion appointments that last about two hours. At our clinic, it usually takes four. I mean, of course, the abortion only takes a couple minutes, but women are usually waiting around FOREVER. I often think there’s something wrong with how either we schedule people or how we organize the appointment flow since sometimes people are at our clinic for even more than five hours. Patients complain a lot about this and I can’t blame them. It’s not like our waiting room is super comfortable or welcoming (sadly, I find this is true in a lot of clinics).

  • Nepal legalized abortion in 2002 and there are nearly 500 places where women can get legal abortion but illegal abortions still frequently occur in the country:

    They found a place named Samrat Polyclinic while walking the streets of a busy neighborhood in the capital. The chemist said the procedure only takes 10 minutes to perform, which [patient Kalpana] Rai says she was elated to hear. She bargained the price down from 2,500 rupees ($32) to 2,200 rupees ($28).

    Rai recalls entering a small room and feeling scared. The procedure took 30 minutes – not the promised 10 – and Rai says she was in unbearable pain. The chemist then gave her medicine and told her the procedure was over.

    But when she got home, the bleeding wouldn’t stop. She thought this was normal until she started to periodically lose consciousness.

  • Scientists have found stem cells in the ovaries of women which they used to create human ova (or at least cells that appeared to be human eggs):

    “There’s no confirmation that we have baby-making eggs yet, but every other indication is that these cells are the real deal — bona fide oocyte precursor cells,” says [researcher Jonathan] Tilly. The next step, to test whether the human OSC-derived oocytes can be fertilized and form an early embryo, will require special considerations — namely, private funding to support the work in the United States (federal funding cannot by law be used for any research that will result in the destruction of a human embryo, whatever the source of the embryo) or a licence from the UK Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority to do the work with collaborators in the United Kingdom….

    “That’s a huge ‘if’,” admits Tilly. But, he continues, it could mean an unlimited supply of eggs for women who have ovarian tissue that still hosts OSCs. This group could include cancer patients who have undergone sterilizing chemotherapy, women who have gone through premature menopause, or even those experiencing normal aging. Tilly says that follow-up studies have confirmed that OSCs exist in the ovaries of women well into their 40s.

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