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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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GINA Would Protect Patients’ Rights

Posted by thelamp on February 26, 2007

Increasingly, genetic history is being used in the diagnosis and treatment of many medical conditions, as well as in research to discover the fundamental genetic mechanisms of major diseases. The prevalence of such sensitive information, however, has raised fears that it will be used discriminatorily when medical or employment decisions are made.

Last week during a congressional hearing, the Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions Subcommittee in the U.S. House of Representative, lawmakers were asked to consider a legislation that would prevent this from happening. If passed, the Genetics Information Non-Discrimination Act (GINA) would also prevent health plans from denying coverage or charging higher premiums using those same genetic tea leaves.

A person’s genetic profile is as natural and inseparable from who they are as any other physical trait or attribute. Consequently, it should be treated the same as other innate human characteristics, including one’s race or gender.

Genetic data or tests results are valuable tools used in health diagnosis and treatments. One practical reason genetic information should be controlled is that, in many instances, test results only suggest a risk of developing a disease. Surely employees should not lose their health insurance or their livelihood because they have a statistical chance of developing a medical disorder.

CMC agrees that such information can be – and should be – used to positive ends: enabling preventive lifestyle changes or tailoring medical regimes to reduce patients’ chances of developing any disease their genes might incline them toward. Some restrictions, however, should be put in place on how that information should be used.

Simply stated, a family history of diabetes should not be the reason a person is turned down for a job or health insurance. Likewise, no one should be fired for refusing to take a genetic test that could reveal a biological inclination toward such a condition. Given that the science of genotyping is still in its infancy, now is the ideal time to establish parameters.

Consider that genetic tests are now available for almost 1,000 diseases and hundreds more are under development. Personal genetic data is becoming more commonplace. The danger of not safeguarding information raises the potential for a person with a genetic predisposition toward one or more diseases to be denied healthcare insurance, lose their job or be denied employment altogether.

The proposed GINA legislation, co-sponsored by Reps. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., and Judy Biggert, R-Ill., would be limited to cases where an employer intentionally seeks out genetic information about a worker and misuses that information. The bill even carves out a so-called “water-cooler” exception to protect employers from liability under the law if they come across the sensitive data inadvertently.

Delaying a law that ensures patient privacy in genetic testing would also have a negative impact on the advancement of personalized medicine. If patients are too fretful about how their genetic information might be used, they’re bound to be less likely to submit to testing. Yet, if they don’t take part in clinical trials to test genetic-based therapies, they won’t be able to reap the benefits of the promising technology.

During last week’s hearing, legislators learned that typical Americans are quite reluctant to lend their genetic fingerprints to the birth of treatments that could potentially save lives. A doctor giving testimony referenced a recent poll, which showed 66 percent of people surveyed had concerns about how their genetic information would be used, and 85 percent thought companies would misuse the data without a law prohibiting discrimination.

The subcommittee also heard David Escher’s personal experience. Escher, a former railroad employee, testified that after undergoing multiple medical tests, he was diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome. Although his condition was determined to be work-related, Escher’s employer required him to have further testing. He later discovered the company had performed genetic tests on several vials of his blood without his knowledge or consent, presumably to show his condition was genetic-based and unrelated to his job.

Clearly, prohibitions against such use of genetic information are in order. Still, the broad benefits that could be realized through developing genetic testing warrant carefully designed guidelines. For example, a simple genetic test can now determine whether a cutting-edge but costly breast-cancer drug will work for a certain patient based on the patient’s genetic profile.

Technical advances must be balanced with ethics. Toward that end, CMC supports GINA as necessary prevention against misuse or abuse of genetic information.


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Mass Vaccinations are the Wrong Solution

Posted by thelamp on February 11, 2007

Preventing cancer is a noble mission, but Texas’ Republican Gov. Rick Perry angered pro-family advocates last week with an executive order mandating vaccinations for all 11- and 12-year-old girls in the state before they enter the sixth grade, beginning in September 2008. The governor’s action ignited a national debate pitting parents’ rights against the government’s right and authority.

A new vaccine against the human papilloma virus (HPV) is at the center of the discussion. The three-shot regimen protects against four specific strains of the virus, but it does not guard against other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

The human papilloma virus, which is transmitted through sexual contact, is a leading cause of cervical cancer. The federal government approved the vaccine, manufactured by pharmaceutical giant Merck, in June and recommends girls be vaccinated before they are likely to become sexually active. Texas was the first state to make the vaccine mandatory – though other states, such as Ohio and California, have proposals in progress.

Since each vaccine costs more than $350, the company stands to make a fortune if such laws are adopted across the nation. Some health experts contend the vaccine is necessary because of the prevalence of intimacy among teens. This reasoning gives the impression that the medical community – if not society as a whole – is ready to admit defeat.

Bible-believing Christian parents are, or should be, teaching the next generation of mothers that abstinence protects against STDs, just as it prevents pregnancy. Instead, the government’s approach is to round up all the girls and give them a shot, because no one believes in abstinence anymore. Mass vaccinations may be an easy way for the government to “protect” against STDs, but at what expense?

Gov. Perry likens the HPV precaution with vaccinating against polio. However, there is a tremendous difference: a girl’s parents can’t teach her how to avoid contracting polio. If mandatory vaccinations become the norm, teenage girls may be lulled into a false sense of security. There are no guarantees, even with vaccinations. Young ladies who have chosen chastity as a lifestyle until they get married are in no danger of contracting the virus. CMC urges Gov. Perry to reconsider this ill-advised decision.


Posted in Center for Moral Clarity, Children, Christianity, CMC, Family Matters, Health related, Health Sciences & Medicine, Recent News & Events, Rod Parsley, sex | Leave a Comment »

How Many More Women Must Die?

Posted by thelamp on January 18, 2007

As 2006 came to a close, two more deaths were attributed to RU-486, the first of two drugs taken to chemically abort an unborn child. Since the medication was approved in September 2000, at least seven women have died in the United States.

The Food and Drug Administration never should have approved RU-486, and pro-life members of Congress are renewing their effort to pull the abortion pill, also known as mifepristone, from the market.

Click here to urge Congress to pass the RU-486 Suspension and Review Act.

The federal agency’s response following these latest reportswas to schedule a workshop for early May to discuss research on the infection that killed four of the women last July. Rather than doing the right thing – yanking the drug in the waning days of the Clinton administration – the FDA has issued a statement saying it is investigating the circumstances of the deaths.
The FDA’s response has prompted outrage from the halls of Congress to the offices of pro-life groups, including the Center for Moral Clarity. How many more women will be allowed to die while the federal government studies the problem?
In the past, the FDA has pulled from pharmacy shelves drugs accused of causing fewer deaths and less severe complications. An abortion drug linked to seven deaths should not continue to be purported as safe.
In the 109th Congress, 79 members of the House sponsored the RU-486 Suspension and Review Act. Unfortunately, the bill did not pass, but it should have. It’s time to suspend RU-486 before another woman’s life is lost.
The FDA has the authority to suspend distribution of any drug item when safety issues arise. If the FDA won’t act responsibly, Congress must step in and do what must be done.


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Promote Ethical Stem-Cell Research

Posted by thelamp on January 18, 2007

Last week, medical researchers embarked on a new era. The catalyst was the fabulous news from scientists at Wake Forest University and Harvard Medical School. They discovered therapeutic potential in stem cells found in human amniotic fluid.

Pro-life enthusiasts across America lauded the great promise of advancing cures for dozens of diseases without endangering human embryos. Yet many members of Congress didn’t bother pausing long enough to digest the true enormity and significance of the announcement. Instead, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and company pressed forward with plans to channel millions of tax dollars into human embryonic stem-cell research.

Click here to ask President Bush to fulfill his pledge to veto the Stem-Cell Research Enhancement Act.

“Unequivocally, there is no compelling reason why taxpayers should finance unethical research,” said Pastor Rod Parsley. “Christians should never tolerate or condone disregard for the sanctity of human life. The argument that untold medical cures for the living outweigh the death of an undeveloped embryo has never been biblically sound. The position is even more indefensible in light of the new, life-preserving discoveries.”

The bill, H.R. 3, easily passed in the U.S. House of Representatives Jan. 11 by a 253 to 174 vote. If the U.S. Senate also passes the measure and the president vetoes it as promised, 290 representatives and 67 senators would be required to override the veto. The Senate will be taking up its version of the bill, S. 5, within the next few weeks.

On Jan. 11, the White House issued a Statement of Administrative Policy (SAP) voicing President Bush’s strong opposition to the use of taxpayer dollars for this objectionable purpose.

“Destroying nascent human life for research raises serious ethical problems, and millions of Americans consider the practice immoral,” the White House position statement said. The Center for Moral Clarity agrees, and encourages its members to support the president’s decision to once again veto this bill if, or when, it passes in the Senate.

Want to know more about human embryonic stem-cell research?
Click here to download the Domestic Policy Council’s report, “Advancing Stem Cell Science Without Destroying Human Life.”


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