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  • The Hill shares the Obama administration’s reasoning for not mentioning and responding to the vast majority of comments regarding the NIH’s new human embryonic stem cell funding guidelines:

    The NIH witnessed this emotional intensity firsthand. The agency received more than 49k comments from the public after issuing a draft of its guidelines in April. About 30k of them – many of which were form letters – debated whether the NIH should be funding embryonic stem cell research at all….

  • The NIH disregarded all such comments, labeling them “unresponsive” to the guidelines it released. “We actually did not ask the public whether we should fund research on human embryonic stem cells. We asked the public how we should fund human embryonic stem cell research,” [NIH Director Raynard] Kington said.


  • The New York Times has an interview with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (pictured left) which focuses on women on the courts but also highlights the abortion issue on pages 3 and 4:

    JUSTICE GINSBURG: Yes, the ruling about that surprised me. [Harris v. McRae – in 1980 the court upheld the Hyde Amendment, which forbids the use of Medicaid for abortions.]
    Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of. So that Roe was going to be then set up for Medicaid funding for abortion. Which some people felt would risk coercing women into having abortions when they didn’t really want them. But when the court decided McRae, the case came out the other way. And then I realized that my perception of it had been altogether wrong.

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  • The Kansas City Star has a piece on Randall Terry (pictured right) and his current lack of a following. Terry also seems to have misled the reporter Mary Sanchez into thinking that he was fighting the RICO lawsuit:

    But Terry took his hits as well. Years of battling lawsuits, some from abortion providers for disruption of commerce, eventually bankrupted him and he bowed out for years.

    Except he didn’t battle the lawsuit.

  • A woman who received an abortion at the currently shut down Clinica de Mujeres in Las Vegas shared her experience with Las Vegas Now:

    “I had to pay for it first. They didn’t give me a receipt. They did an ultrasound which they didn’t know how to do,” she said. The woman also noted that the equipment appeared dirty.
    The health division says Dr. Vickie Mazzorana owns the clinic and is licensed by the medical board. But this patient isn’t so sure a female doctor performed her pregnancy termination.
    “I was in and out of the procedure and I didn’t see the girl doctor in the room. I saw a guy that I hadn’t seen at all when I was checking in and he was performing the actual abortion,” she said.

    Here’s an article which has some background on how the clinic was closed temporarily.

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