Pro-Life News Briefs: Embryonic Research, Abortion in Oregon, Missouri

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 12, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Life News Briefs: Embryonic Research, Abortion in Oregon, Missouri Email this article
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by Steven Ertelt Editor
June 12, 2006

Embryonic Stem Cell Research Firms Relying on Private Donations
New York, NY ( —
Embryonic stem cell research firms wanting to work on the controversial cells, which are only obtained by destroying human life, must rely on private donations because of President Bush’s limits on using taxpayer funds for it. Two New York labs working with Columbia and Harvard University are relying on private donations from groups like Project ALS for donations to conduct their studies. The group, which is trying to advance cures for Lou Gehrig’s disease, raised $800,000 to open a private stem cell research lab. "We are not doing it to make a political point," Valerie Estess, executive director of the group, told the Los Angeles Times. "We are trying to advance the science." The New York Stem Cell Foundation has donated another $1 million for another lab for ALS research. Despite the research, embryonic stem cells have never progressed far enough to be tried on humans while adult stem cell research has already produced dozens of cures and treatments.

Oregon Parental Notification on Abortion Backers Seek Church Help for Signatures
Salem, OR ( —
Pro-life advocates who are organizing a petition drive to collect signatures to place a parental notification initiative on the November ballot are issuing a call to churches around the state to help them reach their goal. The Committee to Protect Our Teen Daughters needs churches and others collecting signatures to turn them in by June 20 as the group must present the signatures to the Secretary of State by July 7. Gayle Atteberry, executive director of Oregon Right to Life, which is heading up the effort, told the Catholic Sentinel newspaper, "We still need more. We are doing well," she said. Normally, about seven percent of the signatures groups obtain for state ballot issues are invalid so the organization wants 50,000 more than what’s needed. Sarah Nashif, campaign manager, told the newspaper, "We are constantly hearing that people in parishes have them but have not sent them in yet." Protect Our Teen Daughters can be reached at [email protected] or

Missouri Pro-Life Advocates File Lawsuit Over Denial of Choose Life Plates
Jefferson City, MO ( —
A pro-life groups that wants to be able to sell Choose Life license plates to motorists in Missouri has filed a lawsuit against state lawmakers. The lawsuit says legislators denied the group its free speech rights by refusing to approve the plate. The Choose Life license plate has twice been rejected while other plates have been approved. The Alliance Defense Fund, a pro-life law firm filed the suit on behalf of Choose Life of Missouri and the group’s president, Kevin Roach. Proceeds from the sale of the plates would benefit pregnancy centers that help women find abortion alternatives.

Mississippi’s Only Abortion Business Site of Large Pro-Life Protest
Jackson, MS ( —
A pro-life African-American organization is leading a protest at Mississippi’s only abortion facility. Reverend Dr. Johnny Hunter and members of LEARN are joining with other pro-life advocates to protest outside the Jackson Women’s Health Clinic abortion facility. Their goal is to persuade women to not have abortions and convince abortion business staff to quit. They want to eventually shut down the abortion business and make Mississippi an abortion free state. The ACLU and NOW are going to provide pro-abortion volunteers for the abortion facility to keep the pro-life protesters at bay. Saying closing the abortion facility won’t stop abortions, Hunter explained, "That’s why we want to work on the hearts and minds of those thinking about doing it."

Japanese Court Sentences Man to Prison in Unborn Victims Case
Hamamatsu, Japan ( —
A Japanese man has been sentenced to prison in an unborn victims case in which he ran into a car driven by a pregnant woman. Hara Vitor fell asleep as he was driving on a highway and ran into a vehicle driven by a pregnant woman. The baby was born via Caesarian section by died the next died. Presiding Judge Hiroshi Shida said the boy died because of the injuries his mother sustained as a result of the accident Hara caused. He ruled Hara was negligent in the baby’s death and sentenced him to 20 months in prison. The case is the first of its kind in Japan in which someone has been held responsible for the death of an unborn child. Hara’s attorneys claimed the death was a spontaneous abortion and should not be charged under law.