Pro-Life News: Bush Admin Applauded, South Dakota Abortion, California Stem Cell Research

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 17, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Life News: Bush Admin Applauded, South Dakota Abortion, California Stem Cell Research

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
March 17
, 2008

Pro-Life Group Applauds Bush Admin on Standing Up for Doctors on Abortion
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A leading pro-life group has applauded the Bush administration for standing up for doctors against a pro-abortion policy by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Tony Perkins, the head of the Family Research Council, says he appreciates Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt writing to the group to tell it not to tell doctors to refer women for abortions and sanction them when they don’t. "We are very pleased to hear that U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt shares our concern" about protecting the conscience rights of physicians, Perkins told "Secretary Leavitt is exactly right to ask the American Board of Obstetricians and Gynecologists to clarify that it will" not rely on ACOG’s policy when making determinations of whether to grant or revoke board certification. "After all, there is no reason doctors should be punished for refusing to perform or refer for an act of violence against women’s health and child well being."

Post-Abortion Group Pleased by New South Dakota Abortion-Ultrasound Law
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A new law in South Dakota that requires abortion practitioners to give women contemplating an abortion a chance to see an ultrasound of their unborn child before will save many women and children from pain and heartache. That’s the view of leaders with the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, a national post-abortion group. “With this law, South Dakota offers women visual information that speaks volumes about the humanity of the child in the womb," SNMAC co-founder Georgette Forney told “Basically, it gives women the chance to see the truth, which is why the abortion industry opposes laws of this type. More truth means fewer abortions. I’m grateful that the Governor and South Dakota legislature stood up for women and their children.” Janet Morana, another SNMAC co-founder, agrees. “Two of the most heartbreaking words I hear from post-abortive women are, ‘If only…,’" she said. “If only they had known, if only they had understood, if only they had seen. This law will give to women who want it the opportunity to see what their children look like before it’s too late. Not only will it save babies’ lives, it will spare women years of torment.”

California Stem Cell Research Agency Threatens to Sue for Operating Expenses
Sacramento, CA ( —
The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine has threatened to sue for free operating expenses such as electricity and garbage pickup. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom promised free rent if it would locate there and now the agency plans to sue if the city doesn’t follow through on the promise. At a closed session, CIRM officials voted to authorize legal action against Stockbridge Capital Partners, the owner of the building where it is located. part of the problem is that private fundraisers have not come through with the money for Stockbridge to pay for the rent and expenses. Wesley J Smith commented on the situation: "When voters swallowed the Proposition 71 snake oil and went billions into debt in a state already drowning in red ink to chase the rainbow of human cloning, they had no idea that the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine would find itself in continual turmoil. Is there any other industry in which government leaders and private enterprise go so, to put it politely, supine? And all of these billions to be thrown at an area of biotechnology that might not even pan out. Unbelievable."