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There’s HOPE for Ethical Research!

Posted by thelamp on April 18, 2007

There’s good and bad news this week from the U.S. Senate, where debate on federal funding for human embryonic stem-cell research ended with the approval of two diametrically opposed bills: The HOPE Act and the infamous Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act. The latter, which would advance medical experimentation at the expense of human life, was vetoed by President Bush last year.

Given that the president has promised to veto it again, it’s disappointing that legislators passed it anyway on a 63-34 vote Wednesday. The good news is that the margin is too narrow to override President Bush, who has voiced support for the ethical alternative – which the Senate also passed 70-28.

Here are the 28 senators who voted against the HOPE Act:

Baucus, D-Mont.; Bayh, D-Ind.; Bingaman, D-N.M.; Boxer, D-Calif.; Cantwell, D-Wash.; Cardin, D-Md.; Clinton, D-N.Y.; Durbin, D-Ill.; Feingold, D-Wis.; Feinstein, D- Calif.; Inouye, D-Hawaii; Kohl ,D-Wis.; Lautenberg, D-N.J.; Levin, D-Mich.; Lieberman, I-Conn.; Lincoln, D-Ariz.; Menendez, D-N.J.; Mikulski, D-Md.; Murray, D-Wash.; Nelson, D-Fla.; Obama, D-Ill.; Reid, D-Nev.; Rockefeller, D-W.V.; Sanders, I-Vt.; Schumer, D-N.Y.; Stabenow, D-Mich.; Tester, D-Mont.; Wyden, D-Ore. 

Click here to thank your senator for voting for the HOPE Act and supporting ethical research.

Although both legislative proposals would remove restrictions on the use of federal funds in pursuit of ground-breaking research to cure diseases, the Hope Offered through Principled Ethical Stem Cell Research – or HOPE Act – would forbid the creation, cloning or destruction of embryos. However, this bill would authorize research on embryos with no chance of survival. The Senate missed an opportunity to make a clear statement about the value of life. Instead, lawmakers are sending America a mixed message.

Stem-cell research is a complicated undertaking. This much, though, is clear – ending life at any stage of development is morally indefensible. Christians know that Scripture plainly admonishes against killing, and invoking the merits of research doesn’t change anything.

Ethical research using stem cells from adults and umbilical cord blood is already contributing to improving health conditions associated with more than 70 diseases and injuries. These advances dispel the notion that cloning, destruction of human embryos or exploiting women by harvesting their eggs are the only avenues for discovering new medical treatments.

“The current adversarial climate has made many Christians think they must choose between science and faith,” said Pastor Rod Parsley. “It has also convinced many decent men and women in the scientific community that they must reject all religious influence in order to be faithful to science.”

The fact that Bible believers condemn senseless destruction of life does not mean they want to stand in the way of all medical research. The HOPE Act would “promote the derivation of pluripotent stem-cell lines without the creation of human embryos” or destroying them. (Read and compare the bills for yourself: the HOPE Act vs. the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act.)

The Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act isn’t just immoral; it would also be a foolish use of taxpayers’ money. Prudent and fiscally responsible lawmakers shouldn’t divert public funds from promising and less controversial research options. Of course, to some folks death is palatable when it occurs in a petri dish. Not so for Christians. Those who want research to continue, but also respect human life, are backing the HOPE Act.

Click here to thank your senator for voting for the HOPE Act and supporting ethical research.



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Induced Abortion is Murder

Posted by thelamp on April 11, 2007

Prosecutors in Boston are ignoring the rights of a 1-pound girl whose death will go unpunished. Last week, state attorneys said they will not charge an 18-year-old Dominican immigrant with homicide even though she induced an abortion by taking anti-ulcer pills.

Prosecutors had been considering the more serious charge after Amber Abreu prematurely delivered a 1-pound girl named Ashley at Lawrence General Hospital on Jan. 6. The baby died four days later. According to authorities, Abreu, admitted that she had taken three Cytotec pills before giving birth. Cytotec is the brand name for misoprostol, which forms part of a government-approved abortion method. It is typically prescribed for ulcers.

This method of abortion is common in some Latin American communities. However, abortion is illegal in Massachusetts after 24 weeks of pregnancy, and any action to cause a miscarriage after that threshold could lead to homicide charges. This is such a case.

“Proponents of ‘choice’ have tried to make this issue about ‘women’s rights,’ ‘freedom of choice’ and ‘reproductive rights,’ said Pastor Rod Parsley. “But clearly, the murdering of an innocent child is far more than a health issue or a civil right. No amount of spin can outweigh the fact that abortion ends the life of a baby growing inside its mother’s womb.”

The state medical examiner determined that Abreu’s baby had been 25 weeks old at death. Prosecutors, however, decided that they would probably not be able to convince a jury that Ashley was a viable human being who had been killed. This was the wrong decision. It implies the state isn’t serious about the protecting innocent lives, and ignoring murder will only encourage other women to disobey the law.


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Well Worth the Price

Posted by thelamp on April 2, 2007

Is it selling a baby, or buying a life? Legislators in Texas are debating that question as they consider an idea introduced by state Sen. Dan Patrick, a Houston Republican. Patrick is sponsoring legislation that would pay women $500 for choosing to place an unwanted child up for adoption rather than having an abortion.

Offering an incentive to save a life is a good idea, albeit a bit impractical. Any effort to reduce – if not eliminate – abortion should be explored. Realistically, though, a woman facing a crisis pregnancy may not have the resources, such as access to prenatal care, to safely bring her baby into the world. In such a case, nine months may be a long time to wait for the $500 incentive.

Still, Patrick deserves credit for exploring an option previously not considered. Not every plan needs to save thousands of lives. Saving just one life is meaningful, too. If Texans are willing to pay to save a life, it’s well worth the price.


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Don’t Cross the Line

Posted by thelamp on March 4, 2007

Transporting a minor across state lines for an abortion without parental consent ought to be a federal crime. It’s a common-sense measure that should transcend political lines – but in the last session of Congress, lawmakers were unable to move the legislation to the president for his signature. It’s time to try again.

Click here to send an e-mail urging Congress to pass the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act.

U.S. Ileana Rep. Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., and 105 original co-sponsors have re-introduced the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. This critical legislation makes it a federal crime to transport a minor across state lines to obtain an abortion, for the purpose of evading a state’s parental-consent law or parental-notification law.

Most people agree that parents should have a legal right to make medical decisions on behalf of their children. Surveys reveal a wide stream of support for the inclusion of parents in abortion decisions. In a 2004 Gallup poll, 69 percent of respondents favored parental notification.

It is a strange contradiction that girls must obtain signed parental consent to have their ears pierced or get a tattoo, yet they can have an abortion without a mother or father knowing it took place. Perhaps this is why 31 states have laws in effect that require the consent or notification of at least one parent, or court authorization, before a minor can obtain an abortion.

In November, voters in both California and Oregon rejected measures that would have required abortion clinics to notify parents 48 hours before performing abortions on underage girls. Thankfully, however, those states are in the minority. Twenty-two states have laws mandating parental consent for minors seeking an abortion, and 14 states require parents to be notified before an abortion is performed on a minor child. Another nine states have similar laws that are not being enforced because of court challenges.

The Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act will not create a new mandate. It will simply require the enforcement of state laws that are designed to protect our daughters from potential harm.

The Center for Moral Clarity stands strong in support of parental rights. Parents are ultimately responsible for the health and safety of their children, and they need to be involved in the decision-making process.

“I have supported this bill, and members of the Center for Moral Clarity have urged their representatives in Congress to pass this legislation because it should be a federal offense to cross state lines in an effort to circumvent state parental notification laws,” said Pastor Rod Parsley, founder and president of the Center for Moral Clarity. “This bill simply promotes parental involvement in one of the most important moral decisions their daughters will ever make.”

Parents must not be shut out of their children’s lives.


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If Not Enforced, Life-preserving Law is Useless

Posted by thelamp on February 26, 2007

A newspaper columnist in South Dakota suggested last week that it’s time to end the debate over abortion. The writer said she was “bone tired” of the endless discussion of such issues as the right to life and moral imperatives. This is precisely the result abortion advocates hope to achieve.

Christians must not grow weary; the battle for life is far from over. As Bible-believers pursue policies that cultivate a culture of life, they also must follow up and make certain the laws enacted are, in fact, enforced.

Click here to support CMC’s campaign to uphold and enforce the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act.

It’s a national disgrace that abortion kills more than a million babies a year in America, and that clinics and hospitals defy the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act – allowing innocent abortion survivors to die. President George W. Bush signed the legislation into law in 2002, mandating medical assistance for any child born alive, even if that birth occurs during an abortion procedure.

Five years later, battle-fatigued Christians must be vigilant to make sure every baby benefits from the provisions of this law. A situation reported last week in Florida reveals how easy it is simply to look the other way, ignoring the inhumanity.

On Feb. 9, when a man came to the back door of an abortion clinic carrying the body of a baby in a bag, a pro-life activist contacted police. The Good Samaritan was concerned that the baby had been born alive, then deprived of medical treatment, in violation of the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act. Police refused to investigate, noting that as a policy they didn’t get involved in the abortion industry.

What purpose is served by a law that’s not enforced? The law requires that if an infant is born alive, life-sustaining treatment must be provided to that child. These innocent victims can’t speak for themselves. Advocates for the sanctity of all human life must stand up and be heard on their behalf.

Please be a voice for righteousness by adding your name to CMC’s petition, which asks federal authorities to assure that clinics follow the law.

Click here to support CMC’s campaign to uphold and enforce the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act.


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