Pro-Life News: South Korea, Stem Cell Research, Governors Races

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 9, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
February 9, 2006

South Korea Women’s Groups File Lawsuits Over Human Egg Donations
Seoul, South Korea ( —
Women’s groups have announced they are filing lawsuits against the South Korea government on behalf of women who suffered from side effects from the human egg donation procedures they endured. The eggs were given to Hwang Woo-suk’s research team for their fabricated embryonic stem cell research experiments. The groups include the Korea Womenlink and the Korea Women’s Association United. During the investigation into the research, it was found that Hwang’s team used 2,221 human eggs, more than five times the number claimed to have been used. "Fifteen women donated eggs more than twice. The Mizmedi Hospital team even collected ova twice from a woman, who was hospitalized for side-effects after each donation,’’ the groups said in a statement. "It is an example of how the embryonic stem cell research, which received full national support, trampled on women’s human rights."

British Government Trying to Lure American Scientists For Stem Cell Research
London, England ( —
The British government is attempting to lure American scientists to relocate there so they can engage in embryonic stem cell research with government support. The U.K. is spending $177 million to promote the destructive research. Prime Minister Tony Blair’s initiative has the backing of key business leaders and has already attracted one scientist. Roger Pedersen, who moved to Cambridge University’s Stem Cell Institute from the University of California at San Francisco, told Bloomberg News, "I am here because I think this is the best place to do research on human embryonic stem cells." He said he is working with government officials to entice more scientists to move. The government is trying to capitalize on a policy of President Bush to prohibit and taxpayer funding of new embryonic stem cell research. Also, very few states have committed funds for the research, which has yet to cure a single patient. The U.K. also hopes to replace South Korea as a leading worldwide research location after the scandals there over faked embryonic stem cell research.

Pennsylvania Candidate Leaves Gov Race, Leaves Pro-Life Advocate Lynn Swann
Harrisburg, PA ( —
Pennsylvania Republican Bill Scranton ended his campaign for governor this week, leaving pro-life advocate and former Pittsburgh Steelers football star Lynn Swann as the only remaining Republican in the race. Swann is hoping to unseat pro-abortion Gov. Ed Rendell. Scranton was the state’s lieutenant governor from 1979 to 1987 but was not a candidate pro-life groups could rally around in a race against Rendell. He dropped out of the race after state party leaders coalesced around Swann. After Scranton’s announcement, pro-life Sen. Rick Santorum weighed in with an immediate endorsement of Swann. “I look forward to campaigning with Lynn Swann in the weeks and months ahead as we travel across the Commonwealth,” he said. Santorum faces pro-life state Treasurer Bob Casey this year.

VietNam Abortion Rate Declines Two Percent in 2005
Saigan, Viet Nam ( —
The abortion rate dropped by 2 percent in 2005 compared with the previous year, and the number of third-child births also decreased, according to the Ministry of Health in Viet Nam.

Arizona Pro-Life Leader Launches Bid to Replace Abortion Advocate as Governor
Phoenix, AZ ( —
Len Munsil, the head of the pro-life group Center for Arizona Policy, is making a bid for statewide office. He’s planning a run for governor in hopes of unseating pro-abortion Gov. Janet Napolitano. Candidates in the state must raise 4,200 donations of $5 to qualify for the almost half a million in public funding and Munsil already has 1,000 such donations. That comes at a time when other Republican candidates are struggling. The GOP field includes former Senate President John Greene, Republican activist Don Goldwater, state Rep. Ted Carpenter, Scottsdale businessman Mike Harris, retired Judge Jan Smith Florez and Gary Tupper. Napolitano has drawn the ire of pro-life groups for vetoing pro-life legislation.