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AMAZING VIDEO SHOWS PARALYZED WOMAN WALKING AGAIN AFTER ADULT STEM CELL TREATMENT

Today the Charlotte Lozier Institute announced the release of its latest testimonial video at StemCellResearchFacts.org, a project of the Washington, D.C.-based research and policy group that serves as the education arm of Susan B. Anthony List. The video revisits Laura Dominguez-Tauer, a young woman with a spinal cord injury whose story was first told in 2011.

A car accident left Laura paralyzed from the neck down at sixteen years old. Doctors believed she would never walk again, but through a cutting-edge treatment with adult stem cells, physical therapy, and determination, she is defying expectations. Two years after her injury, Laura became one of just a handful of patients worldwide at the time to undergo an experimental procedure using her own adult stem cells. She has since regained feeling in her entire body and dramatically improved mobility, standing with the aid of a walker. Laura married and is now the mother of a little boy. “I absolutely believe in the power of adult stem cells,” she says.

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NURSE FIRED BECAUSE SHE REFUSED TO REFER WOMEN FOR ABORTIONS AND HELP THEM OBTAIN ABORTION PILLS

An Illinois nurse filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services this week after she said her employer tried to force her to help women get abortions.

NurseSandra (Mendoza) Rojas, of Rockford, Illinois, worked as a pediatric nurse for 18 years at the Winnebago County Health Department, the Rockford Star reports. In 2015, she resigned from her job rather than comply with a new requirement that nurses be trained to help women obtain abortion drugs and refer women to abortion facilities, according to the report.

Rojas said she is a devout Catholic, and she believes unborn babies deserve a right to life.

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A DARK SIDE OF PRENATAL TESTING

 In her February 2018 article “Prenatal Testing and Denial of Care” , Bridget Mora exposes another dark side of prenatal testing: refusal to treat. Ms. Mora is the community education and communications coordinator for Be Not Afraid, a nonprofit that supports parents experiencing a prenatal diagnosis and carrying to term.

nancy ValkoWhile most people have heard of amniocentesis (using a needle to extract and analyze the fluid surrounding an unborn baby in the second trimester), many people are unaware of the screening blood tests that have now become virtually routine for all pregnant women.

The difference is that blood screening tests may indicate a probability or risk score that a baby has a chromosomal anomaly, but a definitive diagnosis can only be made through amniocentesis or CVS (Chorionic villus sampling) using a needle to take a sample of tissue from an unborn baby’s placenta for analysis in the first trimester. Tragically, some parents make a decision to abort based on just a blood screening test.

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 HOUSE PASSES PRO-LIFE BILL PROTECTING BABIES BORN ALIVE AFTER BOTCHED ABORTIONS

 Crying NewbornAs hundreds of thousands of pro-life people prepare to march in the March for Life, the House of Representatives voted to approve the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act — legislation protecting babies who survive abortions.

The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 4712) passed 241-183. All Republicans voted for final passage, but only six Democrats voted in favor of it.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said the bill was necessary to protect babies who are born alive after botched abortions.

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DEMOCRATS DEFEAT PRO-LIFE SENATE BILL BANNING LATE-TERM ABORTIONS AFTER 20 WEEKS

Senate Democrats today blocked a vote on a pro-life Senate bill to ban late-term abortions — a bill that would save as many as 18,000 unborn babies form abortions each and every year.

Unborn baby sucking thumbThe Senate voted today on whether to stop the Democrats’ filibuster of the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, legislation that would ban abortions after 20 weeks — as neither Congress nor state legislatures can vote to ban all abortions under Roe v. Wade. The bill highlights how unborn babies feel intense pain when they are killed in abortions. Fifty-one senators (forty-eight Republicans and three Democrats) voted to take the bill up for debate, but 60 votes were required. (See vote tally at end of article).

Unfortunately, because Republicans don’t have 60 votes in the chamber to overcome the filibuster, Democrats successfully stopped the bill. The vote came after the White House indicated President Donald Trump would sign the bill into law.

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PRESIDENT TRUMP LAUNCHES NEW HHS DIVISION TO PROTECT DOCTORS AND NURSES WHO DON’T WANT TO DO ABORTIONS

Dr. in lab coatPresident Donald Trump is launching a new division within the Department of Health and Human Services to protect nurses and doctors who don’t want to perform abortions.

President George W. Bush first issued conscience protections for pro-life doctors and other medical workers who did not want to participate in abortions. But President Barack Obama rescinded those protections and created a situation where pro-life medical workers and others who don’t want to be involved in abortions are pressured to do so.

Now, President Trump is pushing forward with a new effort to protect doctors and healthcare workers from being forced or pressured to perform abortions. The division will protect anyone who has a “moral objection” to involvement in an abortion because it kills an unborn child before birth.

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DOCTORS OR NURSES FORCED TO PARTICIPATE IN ABORTIONS NOT ALLOWED TO SUE FOR DISCRIMINATION

Doctor in scrubsThe Trump Administration has proposed new federal rules–and proposed a new enforcement office–to strengthen the government’s administrative ability to protect medical conscience of healthcare workers who object to participating in certain procedures based on religious belief.

That’s fine and good, but it also reveals a significant problem of continuity. The Bush Administration favored stronger conscience protections for doctors and nurses. The Obama Administration was particularly hostile to medical conscience, limiting it to the extent permitted by law. Trump strongly favors it. A future administration will have its own views.

That leaves great uncertainty for medical employers and employees, but it also adds heft to the technocratic state.

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President Trump is “On Track to Become the Most Pro-Life President Ever”

President Donald TrumpPresident Donald Trump is on track to become the most pro-life president ever. That’s the assessment of the leader of one national pro-life organization who is pleased with what the new president has done already and just one year.

When Donald Trump was running for president against Hillary Clinton the majority of Americans who are pro-life knew very clearly that Hillary Clinton would be a staunch abortion proponent if elected president. What pro-life voters did not know is how Donald Trump would turn out to be as president. Trump had no track record either signing legislation as a governor or voting for legislation in Congress or the state legislature.

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DADS NEED A LIFE-GIVING VOICE IN CRISIS PREGNANCIES

For years, our culture has promoted a not-so-positive definition of a man, father and husband.Dad Chld fist bumb

The crucial role of men in society and the family has been sidelined for many reasons. Whether men feel their diminished importance is due to forces
outside of themselves, or they just lack the desire to live up to their God-given responsibilities, the bottom line is, too often, the voices of men have been silent in the life decision.

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BLURRING LINE BETWEEN COMFORT AND KILLING

Dr. Annmarie HosieThe issue of euthanasia/assisted suicide is hotly debated across America and around the world.

Its advocates oversell what it delivers under report its occurrences and complications and under-estimate its impact on those involved.

Today you’ll hear from a representative of those who would be intimately involved in the euthanasia process, but whose point-of-view is hardly considered.

When the topic of euthanasia/assisted suicide comes up, typically our thoughts turn to the patient and the physician administering the lethal medication. Seldom ...

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THE AP STYLEBOOK AND HOW THE ABORTION ISSUE IS DESCRIBED

AP StylebookLet me offer just a few words about a couple of posts I’ve seen online regarding the Associated Press’ influential stylebook and the abortion issue.

If I understand the criticism it is that the new AP Stylebook has changed “pro-life” to “anti-abortion” and “pro-abortion” (or “pro-choice”) to “abortion rights.”

First things first. Clearly the change is a huge tactical and rhetorical advantage for pro-abortionists.

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ANOTHER THREAT TO CONSCIENCE RIGHTS FOR MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS

2012 New York Times:  “Instead of attempting to legalize physician-assisted suicide, we should focus our energies on what really matters: improving care for the dying — ensuring that all patients can openly talk with their physicians and families about their wishes and have access to high-quality palliative or hospice care before they suffer needless medical procedures. The appeal of physician-assisted suicide is based on a fantasy. The real goal should be a good death for all dying patients.” (Emphasis added)

2016, Journal of the American Medical Association: “CONCLUSIONS AND RELEVANCE Euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide are increasingly being legalized, remain relatively rare, and primarily involve patients with cancer. Existing data do not indicate widespread abuse of these practices. (Emphasis added)

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THE BIOETHICS PERIL

Thousands of medical ethicists and bioethicists, as they are called, professionally guide the unthinkable on its passage through the debatable on its way to becoming the justifiable until it is finally established as the unexceptionable. — Richard John NeuhausThe late Richard John Neuhaus

If you want to see what is likely to go awry in medical ethics and public healthcare policy, pay attention to the advocacy of bioethicists—at least of those who don’t identify themselves as “conservative” or “Catholic.” In their many journal articles and presentations at academic symposia, they unabashedly advocate for discarding the sanctity- and equality-of-life ethic as our moral cornerstone. Instead, most favor invidious and systemic medical discrimination predicated on a patient’s “quality of life,” which would endow the young, healthy, and able-bodied with the highest moral value—and, hence, with the greatest claim to medical resources.

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THE SLED TEST

What follows here is a way of presenting a clear rationale for the defense of unborn human life. The summary here is brief, but full details of this argument can be found here.

A way to demonstrate the value of the unborn child can be offered by using the SLED test.

SLED stands for Size, Level of Development, Environment and Degree of Dependency. As the defense unfolds it is easy to see that all of the “qualifications” society places on the unborn child for continued existence are artificial and would never be imposed on a child, perhaps a toddler, present before us.

Size: we come in all sizes—big, small, short, tall. Size clearly does not determine the value of life

Level of Development---we develop as individuals throughout the continuum of our lives—we never stop learning, experiencing and expanding our abilities

Environment—we all need a place to live, food to eat and air to breathe. Some of us live in mansions, some in bungalows. Some of us eat caviar and steak, some of us eat chicken and potatoes. Some of us have full lung capacities, some of us breathe less well—but breathe we do!

Level of Development—the infant develops physically into the toddler, to the child, to the teen, to the adult, to the mature person. As he/she develops physically, mental development takes place also. We do not say that the toddler had more value than the infant or the mature person more than the adult. Again, such development is a continuum.