Good for them: Bristol and Levi engaged

us bristol levi.pngI had wondered why Levi publicly apologized for speaking poorly (and inaccurately) of the Palins. Now I get it. He has obviously matured and is trying to take responsibility. Good for them.

Generally speaking, intact families are always best for children. I'm glad these 2 are overcoming pretty big obstacles. I do think it they should have discussed their plans with her parents before going public, but oh well. Anyway, from Us magazine, today

Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston reveal exclusively in the new Us Weekly that they are getting married....

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The kids are not all right: Children of sperm donors messed up

While at the show to watch Splice over the weekend we saw the trailer for The Kids Are All Right, about a lesbian couple whose children conceived via sperm donation become inquisitive to find their father. FYI, the trailer should be rated PG-13...

About the movie and topic Slate reports today...

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Review of movie "Splice"

splice movie poster.pngThe movie Splice is about 2 brilliant but rogue scientists who, after successfully splicing the DNA of various animals to create a new creature, violate ethical boundaries to splice human DNA with that of animal(s), amphibian(s), and bird(s) to create a new creature.

Splice opened on June 4.

Rich and I saw it over the weekend because its premise is quite real. We know, as Splice's trailer indicates, "At this very moment in labs across the country boundaries are being pushed, risks are being taken, and a line is about to be crossed"...

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New DHHS conscience protection rule

The New York Times published an article yesterday, "Abortion proposal sets condition on aid," which I thought sounded promising. Loved the definition of abortion!

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The Bush administration wants to require all recipients of aid under federal health programs to certify that they will not refuse to hire nurses and other providers who object to abortion and even certain types of birth control....

Such certification would also be required of state and local governments, forbidden to discriminate, in areas like grant-making, against hospitals and other institutions that have policies against providing abortion....

The proposal defines abortion as follows: "any of the various procedures - including the prescription, dispensing and administration of any drug or the performance of any procedure or any other action - that results in the termination of the life of a human being in utero between conception and natural birth, whether before or after implantation."...

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Love story 2008

by Mary Kay Hastings

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Johnny and Mary sittin' in a tree
K-I-S-S-I-N-G
First comes love,
Then comes marriage,
Then comes a new technology which will allow you to manufacture a baby without ever having to touch each other....

U.K., February 1, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com):

"'Female sperm', 'male eggs' and 'same-sex reproduction' - whether these terms fill you with hope or disgust, a reproductive revolution is already in progress," begins a recent New Scientist report on some of the most bizarre and disturbing scientific research being conducted by stem cell scientists.

Used to be boy meets girl, they fall in love, get married, consummate the marriage, start a family....

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Souls, posterity, and species

Some, even certain Christians, argue humans don't become persons with souls until birth. Therefore, human embryos can be dissected and preborns can be aborted. (See examples here and here.) They base this argument on Genesis 2:7:

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Then the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the earth and blew the breath of life into his nostrils. The man became a living being.

They say this shows God doesn't impart life or a soul until a human has been born. I have responded with Scripture passages like Jeremiah 1:5 and Psalm 139:13-16 and by saying this is illogical since Adam was created an adult....

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Singer: euthanizing preborn/postborn handicapped infants, same difference

singer.jpgJohn Jansen at Lunch Break reports that infamous Princeton University bioethics professor Peter Singer will speak tonight at the 18th Annual Chicago Humanities Festival. Writes John:

Yes, that Peter Singer - Peter "Killing a defective infant is not morally equivalent to killing a person. Sometimes it is not wrong at all" Singer.

Singer advocates parents having the right to euthanize handicapped postborn babies up to one month of age.

Singer wrote in Practical Ethics...

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Ignoring us and our "fetusmobiles"

fetusmobile.jpgBlogger JJ at Unrepentent Old Hippie was "taken aback" yesterday when a spokesperson for the National Abortion Federation phoned in to a Calgary talk show featuring a guest from the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform. Under discussion was CCBR's launch of a truck truth tour, or "Rolling Fetus Roadshow," as JJ called it, on August 8.

I myself was taken aback when reading JJ was 52, because her vocabulary and logic were that of an adolescent.

JJ didn't think pro-aborts should engage us in debate, because first (italics hers), "There is no debate - there's only 'f*** off and mind your own business'."monkeys.jpg

JJ further thought pro-lifers should be ignored because we are driven solely by religious zealousness. She rejected our argument that life begins at conception as "a more ideological than scientific concept."

On that note, JJ wondered (italics hers), "where the f*** [do] they get those pictures anyway," implying graphic photos of aborted babies are fake.

In other words, JJ didn't want to see abortion, hear about abortion, or speak about abortion.

And she accused us of trudging in the "dark ages"?

[Fetusmobile photo courtesy of CCBR]

UPDATE, 1:30p: "Abortion billboard trucks cause media uproar, provoke pro-abortion advocate to publicly debate issue"

"Shocked" that babies were once embryos

The Pro-choice Oklahoma blogger wrote yesterday:

I was driving along Western crossing Classen Blvd. [in Oklahoma City] yesterday and caught a glimpse of a baby on a billboard. Then I was shocked at the words underneath "I used to be an embryo".

Have you seen this billboard in your neighborhood?

New tactics from the anti-choice groups...leading away from the ugly pictures...

I can't locate the exact billboard yet, but it must look something like this:

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#1: That babies were once embryos came as a "shock" to you, PC OK?

#2: Citing this biological fact is a "tactic"? Actually, it appears pro-lifers provided a much needed biology lesson you missed in high school, if you attended high school.

#3: What's "anti-choice" about making this biological fact available to women? Are you saying you'd rather they not know? You call that "pro-choice"?

#4: Pro-lifers showing photos of babies who escaped being drawn and quartered before birth isn't anything new, honey. Your mom likely displayed one of you.

#5: What's so "ugly" about those drawn and quartered photos anyway?

Mary Cheney had her baby

cheney1.jpgAnnounced today's Chicago Tribune:

Vice President Dick Cheney's daughter Mary delivered an 8-pound, 6-ounce baby boy on Wednesday, the first child for her and her partner of 15 years, Heather Poe.

Samuel David Cheney was born at 9:46 a.m. EDT at Sibley Hospital in Washington....

Congratulations to the Cheney family. My Feb. 7 post, entitled, "Mary Cheney: Pro-life," bears repeating....

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Biotech babies

On Wired today, Steven Edwards broadens the discussion of genetically altering preborn gays, if that theory holds true, to genetically altering anyone for any reason.

He linked to an article describing a March 20 meeting at Harvard of some of the world's leading liberal and conservative bioethicists. This group formed "unaccustomed alliances" to agree biotechnology should be used only to treat disease and not enhance people, such as to raise IQs:

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Michael Sandel... head of the Program in Ethics and Public Policy at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute... not[ed] that "we choose our friends, and we choose our spouses, at least partially on the basis of traits we find attractive. But it's an important part of parenting that we don't choose our children"....

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