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February 1, 2015

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The Shady World Of Surrogacy Exposed In Italy
Child Not Quite What Was Ordered; Now What?

The Changing Motives Behind Juvenile Crime In Japan
In a thought-provoking article in the February issue of Bungei Shunju, veteran journalist Kunio Yanagida ponders changes in the patterns of crimes committed by juveniles that have taken place since the end of World War II.

“Death Test” Supposedly Predicts When An Elderly Person Will Die Within 30 Days
When the NHS adopted the “Liverpool Care Pathway” to guarantee quality palliative care, it led to bureaucratic checklist medicine, back door euthanasia, and the terminal sedation dehydration deaths of non-terminally ill patients.

Euthanasia Activists Pushing To Legalize Assisted Suicide In Two Dozen States
From California and Colorado to New Jersey and New Hampshire, euthanasia activists across the country are working to push legalized assisted suicide on state after state. Five states currently allow the practice — Oregon, Washington, Vermont, New Mexico (in one county) and Montana (somewhat) — but they want to push patients into death in even more.

Dismemberment Abortions Tear Babies Limb From Limb, It’s Time To Ban Them
One of the great humanitarian achievements of the Right to Life movement was the exposé of partial-birth abortion by National Right to Life. Our massive public education campaigns and our innovative laws to ban partial-birth abortion moved millions of Americans to take a second look at abortion, and millions of them switched to the pro-life side.

She Had Four Abortions, Was There Any Way God Could Forgive Her?
On January 29th, Star Parker told pro-life activists at the Family Research Council headquarters she had used abortion as birth control and had four abortions, because she “got caught up in the lies of the Left.”

Marchers In Paris Protest Abortion, Euthanasia, Anti-Family Policies
The crowd met to oppose the country’s pro-abortion laws and increasingly aggressive anti-life policies envisioned by the government.

Silencing The Voices Of The Faithful In Health Care
In his message for the 2015 World Day of the Sick, Pope Francis warns, “How great a lie, on the other hand, lurks behind certain phrases which so insist on the importance of quality of life that they make people think that lives affected by grave illness are not worth living!”[v]The concerted effort to silence Catholic health care workers leaves a critical void to counter these lies.

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Ethical Perspectives

New! Physician assisted death versus palliative care

Xavier Symons
Arguments against physician assisted suicide and euthanasia often turn on a claim about the need prioritize the development of adequate palliative care.

New! Canada's medical totalitarians

Sean Murphy
An Ontario College of Physicians official, Dr Marc Gabel, says that physicians unwilling to provide or facilitate abortion for reasons of conscience should not be family physicians. If policy passes, ethical cleansing of Ontario's medical profession will begin this year, ridding it of practitioners unwilling to do what they believe to be wrong.

New! A murderous blame game

Zac Alstin
Plenty of people are keen to point out that the staff of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo contributed to their own deaths earlier this month when they were gunned down by two jihadists. Not that they are responsible for what happened, mind you. No, of course the murderers are responsible for their actions. Nor would we say they quite 'brought it upon themselves'. I suppose, just that... well if they hadn't published such gratuitously offensive cartoons they might be alive today. The more I think about it, the more this observation seems so utterly trivial.

Speak Truth, Show Compassion
Christians and Sexuality

Eric Metaxas
An article in the latest issue of the Atlantic Monthly describes how churches affiliated with Unitarian/Universalist and Episcopal denominations have embraced same-sex relationships.

Assisted Suicide, It's All About Money

Wesley J. Smith
With the advent of managed care, profits in health care increasingly come from cutting costs. With assisted suicides costing such little money, what "treatment" could be more cost effective than assisted suicide? And since it is a well-known human failing that our values often follow our pocketbooks, ignoring the significant financial stakes involved in the assisted-suicide debate is to overlook a crucial part of the story.

"Any Human Cell - iPS, Direct Programmed, Embryonic, Fetal or Adult - Can Be Genetically Engineered to Asexually Reproduce New Human Embryos for Purposes of Reproduction ('Infertility')"

Dianne N. Irving
Summary: A recent UNESCO document identifies several genetic engineering techniques that can be used in human reproductive cloning, using any human cell: (1) tetraploid complementation, (2) direct derivation of sperm and egg cells, and (3) embryo splitting ("twinning). Documented studies are provided in this article, and questions are raised about the legitimacy of scientific terminology used and proposed.

Why Hatch is Wrong on Human Life

C. Ward Kischer
The life of the new individual human being begins at fertilization (conception). It is significant to state that every human embryologist, world wide, knows this (it is not a belief), and it is so stated in virtually every textbook of human embryology. This was intuitively known before the invention of the microscope, understood through deductive reasoning since, and directly observed by IVF procedures several decades ago.

15th Study Links Abortion and Substance Abuse

The Post-Abortion Review
Women who have an abortion are five times more likely to report subsequent substance abuse compared to women who carry to term, according to a study published in the latest issue of the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse.