Barack Obama Repeats False Claim Abortions Haven’t Declined Under Bush

Bioethics, Health Headlines, Medical Economics, Woman's Health is reporting that during the presidential forum on Saturday night, pro-abortion presidential candidate Barack Obama repeated the erroneous claim that abortions have not declined under President Bush. The idea behind is the claim is to make it appear that pro-life policies don't reduce abortions. My Take? (more…)
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Democratic Platform is More Pro-Abortion than Ever

Bioethics, Health Headlines, Woman's Health is reporting an article by pro-abortion leader Francis Kissling in which she acknowledging that the new Democratic party platform favors the cause of abortion and sex education, even more so than in previous years. Kissling notes that the new platform "derives its moral authority from 'a woman's right to choose safe and legal abortion'", unlike older ones that spoke merely of "privacy." My Take? (more…)
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Researcher on Abortion-Depression Link Says APA Report Ignores Best Studies

General Health is reporting a New Zealand researcher, who is one of the world's leading experts on the kind of mental health problems women face after an abortion, who is saying that the new report from the American Psychological Association denying any link between abortion and mental health disorders, such as depression, flies in the face of the best studies. My Take? (more…)
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Obama Cover-up Revealed On Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Bill

Bioethics, Health Headlines, Woman's Health
LifeSiteNews is reporting that new documents just obtained by the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) prove that Senator Obama has for the past four years blatantly misrepresented his actions on the Illinois Born-Alive Infants Protection bill. But one media observer points out that the mainstream media hasn't touched the new wrinkle in the story about the Born Alive Infants Protection Act.   My Take? (more…)
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Unethical retinal transplant with fetal cells boosts vision — but at what cost? (This will make you sick)

Bioethics, Health Headlines
  The BBC is reporting that an experimental transplant of fetal cells into the eyes of patients with failing sight improved vision in most of them. The retinal cells, taken from aborted fetuses, were implanted  into 10 people with retinitis pigmentosa and age-related macular degeneration. The American Journal of Ophthalmology study found seven had better - although still seriously impaired - vision. My Take? (more…)
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Health Care Providers Told Their Faith is Irrelevant

Bioethics, Health Headlines, Marriage and Family Health
According to a report on, the Supreme Court in California recently heard a case that pitted homosexual rights against religious freedom. At the center of the case was a lesbian who sued two doctors who declined to provide in vitro fertilization (IVF). The doctors were concerned about conducting IVF for someone who would be a single parent. Even though they referred the lesbian to another fertility doctor and offered to pay for any extra cost, the court is likely to rule against the freedom of the doctors to follow their consciences. My Take? (more…)
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New Testing of Unborn Child for Down’s Could Pose Ethical Dilemmas

Bioethics, Children's Health, Health Headlines, Parenting
A test that can detect Down’s syndrome from the blood of pregnant women, which would be the first reliable noninvasive prenatal test for the chromosomal disorder, has raised the prospect of routine screening for the condition for every expectant mother who wants it. The experimental procedure, developed in Hong Kong, has been shown to diagnose 90 percent of Down’s syndrome cases in a small trial, while also correctly identifying 97 percent of fetuses that do not have the condition. (more…)
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Another Study Suggests Planned Parenthood at Fault in Abortion Drug Deaths

Bioethics, Health Headlines, Medical Economics, Woman's Health
LifeNews is reporting a study that suggests Planned Parenthood is at fault in the deaths of women in the United States from the abortion drug RU 486. The abortion business had been telling women to use the drug in a different way than the FDA guidelines suggested and the study shows it contributed to the deaths. So far, eight women have died from the use of the abortion drug, including women going to Planned Parenthood abortion centers in California. Planned Parenthood had been telling women to use the abortion drug vaginally, even though the FDA indicated oral use is safer for women. (more…)
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The False Claim That Barack Obama Opposes Abortion

Bioethics, Children's Health, Health Headlines
LifeNews reports that Catholic Professor Douglas Kmiec is making the false claim that Barack Obama is pro-life on abortion. Kmiec wrote on Obama's position on abortion in an editorial that appears in Monday's Chicago Tribune and he discusses the recent meeting Obama had with several religious leaders. In his editorial, Kmiec says much of the discussion revolved around the issue of abortion and he tried to make the argument that Obama has a compassionate position that is essentially pro-life. (more…)
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Dr. Walt’s Take on the Health Headlines – June 3, 2008

Alternative Medicine, Bioethics, Children's Health, General Health, Health Headlines, Medical Economics, Men's Health, Parenting, Woman's Health
Here are my comments on some of today’s health headlines: FDA Approves Spray-On Estrogen to Treat Menopause The FDA has approved a form of spray-on estrogen called Evamist, which contains estrodial in ethanol. Evamist is sprayed on the inside of a woman’s forearm, dries clear in one minute, and is said to be slowly released over a 24-hour period. Supposedly, it cannot be washed off and it won’t transfer to other people. (more…)
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Should Parents Refuse Abortion-Based Vaccines?

Bioethics, Children's Health, Parenting
There’s a news story out this week about a Coast Guard officer who was told that he must take a vaccine that was derived based on tissue from an unborn child that had been aborted.  The officer refused the vaccine based upon his religious beliefs that abortion is wrong. After a lawsuit was filed by the Alliance Defense Fund, the Coast Guard decided to allow a religious exemption. "Members of our military should never have to choose between honoring their country and honoring their faith," argued ADF attorneys in the case of Coast Guard officer Joseph Healy. I agree with my friend, Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council, who said, "We applaud the military for recognizing that Healy is deserving of the same freedoms that he has spent…
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The IUD is much more likely to have an abortifacient effect than to prevent cancer

Bioethics, Cancer, Woman's Health
A news story out today contends that when a woman uses an Intrauterine Device (IUD) for birth control this “is associated with a 40% reduction in the risk of endometrial cancer.” Yet, do not be deceived by this alluring headline. The news stories (and the physician quoted) fail to tell you two very important facts: 1) This 40% “relative risk reduction” means that the absolute risk of this very rare cancer will fall from 1 case per 13,333 women to 0.6 cases per 13,333 women per year. In other words, it would take 22,222 women to use the IUD to result in 1 less case of this cancer per year. Whopee! 2) However, there would be many more unborn children lost (or killed) by the IUD. My bet is that…
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Is Planned Parenthood above the law?

Bioethics, Children's Health, Woman's Health
  A story out at the end of last week, Planned Parenthood Abortion Businesses Getting Bigger, asserts that “Planned Parenthood broke the $1 billion income threshold for the first time in its last fiscal year and pro-life advocates have often accused the ‘non-profit’ group of an obsession with making money. That appears to be the case …” Even more shocking is the assertion that this “non-profit” organization may be seeing itself as "above the law" -- at least according to researcher and family expert, Maggie Gallagher, who asks the question, "Is Planned Parenthood Above The Law?"  The article was distributed by Universal Press Syndicate and appeared on on April 22, 2008.  This is an excerpt from that article: (more…)
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Could your Obstetrician-Gynecologist be decertified for being pro-life?

Bioethics, Woman's Health
The Christian Medical Association (disclaimer: I am a lifetime member of the CMA) has been leading the way in the national fight to protect the right of prolife physicians (and healthcare professionals) to choose to not perform or refer for abortions and other morally objectionable procedures and prescriptions. But, according to the CMA, recent events may lead to ob-gyns possibly losing their board certification simply for refusing to refer a woman to an abortionist. Here’s an article by by friend, Jon Imbody, that explains this unimaginable possibility: (more…)
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Senator Obama: Do you really want to know when life begins?

Bioethics, Woman's Health
On the eve of the Pope Benedict the 16th's first visit to the U.S., today's health headlines contain the two very different views of two very prominent African-Americans about unborn children in their mother's wombs. In one story, Presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Barrack Obama confided that he did not really understand the biological fact that human life begins at conception. Obama said, "This is something that I have not, I think, come to a firm resolution on." He went on to say, "I think it's very hard to know what that means, when life begins. Is it when a cell separates? Is it when the soul stirs?" (more…)
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