Top 10 Pro-Life News Stories of 2009

Bioethics, Health Headlines
President Barack Obama, abortion, the Supreme Court, and healthcare dominated pro-life news in 2009. As we look back on 2009, the first with a new pro-abortion president, it seems to me that the pro-life movement essentially is on the defensive. Thanks to a pro-abortion president and Congress, pro-life advocates spent most of their time this last year attempting to hold back the opening of the floodgates ushering in an expansion of abortion and taxpayer financing of it. With the health care debate continuing into the new year, those efforts will be forced to continue -- although the potential for pro-life gains in the 2010 elections provides significant hope for the future. So, with that in mind, the following are the top ten pro-life news stories of 2009, ranked according to…
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Pro-Life Group Calls Obama Embryonic Stem Cell Research Guidelines a Human Cloning Bait and Switch

One prominent pro-life group doesn't have much good to say about the new guidelines the NIH put out on Friday to implement his decision to overturn the limits President Bush put in place on embryonic stem cell research funding. The National Right to Life Committee said the Obama administration is pushing step-by-step the creation and harvesting of human embryos for research. More Information: (more…)
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‘Research Miracle’ – Pancreas cells transformed into insulin producing cells

Bioethics, General Health, Health Headlines, Medical Missions
Biologists at Harvard say they've transformed one type of fully developed adult cell into another type. They transformed adult pancreas cells into insulin producing cells in mice. Could this be a potential cure for type 1 (insulin-dependent) diabetes? And, could this be the death knell for embryonic stem cell research? My Take? (more…)
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Catholic Bishops Opposr Embryonic Stem Cell Research

Bioethics, Health Headlines, Medical Economics
LifeNews is reporting that the nation's Catholic bishops followed through on their desire to put forward an initial statement opposing embryonic stem cell research. They voted almost unanimously -- 191 to 1 -- to approve the statement at their annual meeting in Orlando, Florida. As with abortion, the statement makes it clear to Catholics and non-Catholics alike that embryonic stem cell research is immoral. (more…)
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