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  • The LA Times has an article regarding the concerns of abortion rights groups in regards to Obama’s Supreme Court nominee,
    Sonia Sotomayor:

    “I simply don’t know Judge Sotomayor’s view on Roe vs. Wade. I will be very concerned if the question is not asked and answered during the Senate hearings,” Nancy Northup, president of the Center for Reproductive Rights, said Wednesday. “So far, no one has been able to give us an assurance of her views.”…

    … The White House added to the concerns of abortion rights advocates, saying that the president did not discuss the issue with Sotomayor before her nomination.
    “The president doesn’t have a litmus test, and that question was not one that he posed to her,” Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said….
    “Ironically, both sides in the abortion debate can agree on this,” Northup said. “All Americans deserve to know where the next Supreme Court justice stands on Roe vs. Wade.”

  • National Right to Life’s press release on Sotomayor’s nomination stresses concern and the need for questioning Sotomayor’s position on cases like Gonzales v. Carhart.
  • Rebecca Taylor reviews what ESCR advocates are writing to the NIH about its proposed guidelines:

    There were mentions of expanding the funding to including embryos created for research including cloned embryos, but overwhelmingly the response focused on making sure that existing lines that are eligible for funding stay eligible.
    What is the upshot? ESC advocates have bigger fish to fry than the funding of research using cells from cloned embryos or embryos created just for research. Their problem is not so much with the restriction of funding to ESC lines created from “leftover” embryos as I thought it would be. Their focus is on the retroactive nature of the new guidelines. For now.

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