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  • The Philadelphia Inquirer printed an editorial by former Sen. Rick Santorum about the 2nd birthday of his daughter Isabella, who has trisomy 18:
  • Next week, we will mark Bella’s second birthday. Over these 2 years, we have endured 2 close brushes with death, lots of sleepless nights, more than a month in [the Children’s Hospital of PA]’s intensive care unit, and the constant anxiety that the next day could be our little girl’s last….

    And yet we have also been inspired – by her fighting spirit, and by the miracle of seeing our little flower blossom into a loving, joyful child who is at the center of our family life.
    Most children with trisomy 18 diagnosed in the womb are aborted. Most who survive birth are given hospice care until they die. In these cases, doctors advise parents that these disabled children will die young or be a burden to them and society. But couldn’t the same be said of many healthy children?
    All children are a gift that comes with no guarantees. While Bella’s life may not be long, and though she requires our constant care, she is worth every tear.

  • FL Gov. and Senate candidate Charlie Crist is considering vetoing a pro-life measure which includes an ultrasound measure and prohibits insurance plans from covering abortion if the plan is subsidized by the government:
  • “I’m concerned about it,” Crist said Wednesday in St. Petersburg. “Even though I’m pro-life I don’t want to impose my will on others.”

    Isn’t that what “personally pro-life” politicians say?

  • The KS Senate has fallen 1 vote short of overriding Gov. Mark Parkinson’s veto of the late-term abortion bill:
  • “Someday I hope the unborn have a voice in these chambers,” said Sen. Ralph Ostmeyer (pictured left), a Grinnell Republican. “We will have a change in governor. We will get this passed. It’s just a year away.”
    The bill would require physicians to give the medical diagnosis that prompted them to authorize the abortion. State law prohibits abortions during or after the 22nd week of pregnancy, unless a doctor determines that the pregnancy constitutes a serious health threat.

  • The PA Dept. of Health wants to permanently shut down Kermit Gosnell’s abortion clinic after he has failed to respond to charges that he violated state law.
  • The Wall Street Journal has an article on an Alan Guttmacher study which found that (surprise, surprise) most women pay for abortions out of pocket.
  • UK researchers have successfully used adult stem cells to treat multiple sclerosis in 6 patients.
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