Life Links 5-9-12

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  • Mercatornet has an interview with Dr. Elard S. Koch who published a study which found that Chile’s restrictive abortion laws didn’t increase maternal morbidity:

    In this sense, it is a unique natural experiment conducted in a developing country. Thus, a first difference between the data from Chile and data from Poland, Malta and Ireland is that, in the case of Chile, there is a rigorous analysis controlled by multiple confounders. It is not a matter of circumstantial or anecdotal evidence, but a matter of scientific data representing real, vital events whose methodology has been published for the first time in a peer-reviewed scientific journal….

    As discussed in our article, according to the most recent report published by Chilean National Institute of Statistics, the maternal mortality ratio for 2009 was 16.9 per 100,000 live births (43 deaths) and the figures for indirect causes (codes O99, O98), gestational hypertension and eclampsia (codes O14, O15), abortion (code O06), and other direct obstetric causes were 18 (41.9%), 11 (25.6%), 1 (2.3%) and 13 (30.2%) respectively.

  • The Australian Broadcasting Corporation has a story about Australian doctor Foteini Hassiotou (pictured left) who discovered breast milk contains stem cells which have a level of pluripotency to them:

    “We’ve just started transplantation experiments and we’ve shown that they can differentiate into many different cell types outside the mammary lineage … we’ve turned them into bone cells, brain, liver, and pancreatic cells that produce insulin.

    “I guess the next step would be to see how that would work in vivo, to see how these cells behave when they were injected into the animals.”…

    One more radical idea emerges from this work: a new insight into the ‘breast is best’ debate.

    “Since these stem cells are in the milk, and nothing exists without a purpose, I believe that they have a role for the baby. Since these cells can differentiate into all the different cell types, my hypothesis is that they may contribute to the baby’s development early on, not only its immunity but also the development of the different tissues and organs.”

  • The Toronto Star has an article on the youthfulness of Canada’s pro-life movement:

    No longer just grey-haired activists holding signs outside abortion clinics, the pro-life movement has undergone a savvy, youthful makeover. Viral video contests, slick marketing campaigns, podcasts and Facebook groups fly in the face of assumptions that all young people lean left and that opposing abortion is antiquated.

    “The young people seem to be taking over all the older groups and it’s hugely re-energizing,” said 23-year-old Jonathon Van Maren, communications director with the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform. “And I think that the older generation is recognizing that new tactics, new ideas, new blood in the movement is really what’s going to change it.”

3 thoughts on “Life Links 5-9-12”

  1. …”in the end the values that I [mr. bo-jangles] care most deeply about and she [moochelle] cares most deeply about is how we treat other people and, you know, I, you know, we are both practicing Christians and obviously this position may be considered to put us at odds with the views of others but, you know, when we think about our faith, the thing at root that we think about is, not only Christ sacrificing himself on our behalf, but it’s also the Golden Rule, you know, treat others the way you would want to be treated.”

    [__ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ !?!?!]

    (Fill in the blanks with the appropriate response to this self serving skank’s sanctimonious flatulence.)

    “In 2004, as a candidate for the U.S. Senate, he [b o] cited his own religion in framing his views: “I’m a Christian. I do believe that tradition and my religious beliefs say that marriage is something sanctified between a man and a woman.””

    [How many times has b o reminded us that he is a ‘christian’? Evidently, the o’bama does not think he has convinced us. You got the ‘talk’ down, now show us the ‘walk’.]

    But he said he’s confident that more Americans will grow comfortable with male homosexuals and female homosexuals getting married, citing his own daughters’ comfort with the concept.

    “There have been times where Michelle and I have been sitting around the dinner table and we’re talking about their friends and their parents and Malia and Sasha, it wouldn’t dawn on them that somehow their friends’ parents would be treated differently. It doesn’t make sense to them and, frankly, that’s the kind of thing that prompts a change in perspective.”

    [mr. bo-jangles is hiding behind his teenage daughters’ skirts and using them as political props to further his ambitions. That is how mr. and mrs. bo-jangles employ   the ‘golden rule’.]

    …”when I think about those
    soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf”…

    [Tho our military is fighting under at the direction of the executive branch, I believe if you asked on who’s behalf they were fighting, they would say their families and their fellow citizens.

    When the Navy Seals dispatched OBL to his final destination with George Tiller, in his address to the nation b o mentioned himself 13 times:I, me, my.

    When b o made his covert trip to Afghanistan he made a speech and he mentioned himself 9 times.

    When ‘W” announced the capture of Saddam Hussein he did not use me, my or mine one time. He used ‘I’ four times:

    “And this afternoon I have message for the Iraqi people: You will not have to fear the rule of Saddam Hussein ever again.”

    “Today, on behalf of the nation, I thank the member of our armed forces and I congratulate them.”

    “I also have a message for all Americans: The capture of Saddam Hussein does not mean the end of violence in Iraq.”
    De-odorize the White House. Remove b o!


  2. “During pregnancy, she says, the breast transforms itself into a milk producing organ with the help of stem cells. “There is a stem cell population in the breast that gets activated and has to multiply and then differentiates in order to remodel the breast.”
    She explains that some types of breast cancer are thought to be initiated by mammary stem cells: the normal breast stem cells get out of control, start to proliferate and give rise to cancer.”

      Is this the possible link between breast cancer and abortion? If the stem cells in the breast are activated during pregnancy, but are unnaturally interrupted by an abortion, could they then go haywire, causing cancer???!!!

    This is also exciting for my niece and nephew who both have Type I diabetes – pancreatic cells that produce insulin!! Very cool stuff.  


  3. That Chilean study is so important!  Holy smokes, they can actually track hospital visits as a result of abortions?  They know the cause of every maternity patient’s death, including whether it was abortion-related? That’s light-years ahead of the info available in the US.   And quite frankly, that’s infuriating!  Why do we rely on voluntary reporting?!?
    “To the extent that we value prevention of maternal deaths, we must measure maternal mortality accurately, understand the reasons why women die from pregnancy complications, and take appropriate actions to institute systems for prevention. While we work on improving national surveillance, it is essential that state and regional systems be active in identifying all deaths due to pregnancy complications, doing thorough reviews of factors associated with deaths, and making findings known widely, especially to those who are charged with the care of women during pregnancy.”
    From the “Conclusions” in this article:


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