University of Pittsburgh hires firm to analyze its research using aborted babies

By Samantha Kamman  The University of Pittsburgh has hired Washington, D.C., law firm Hyman, Phelps & McNamara to conduct an independent review of its research involving the bodies of aborted children. After the firm conducts its review, it will reportedly present its findings to the University’s senior leadership. Explaining the reason for its actions, the …

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The enduring need for real regulation of Human Embryo Experiments

By David Prentice, PhD As we expected, the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) issued its revised guidelines on stem cells and embryo experiments at the end of May 2021, and as expected, the ISSCR recommendations are rife with proposed experiments on young human beings.   The new guidelines discard the 14-day limit on human embryo …

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Jérôme Lejeune, frozen embryos, and the Symphony of Life

By Dave Andrusko Ed Whelan writes a column called “Bench Memos” for National Review Online and another that he calls “This Day in Liberal Judicial Activism.” Today’s exercise in judicial activism stems from a case decided June 1, 1992,  about which we wrote early and often. Here’s Mr. Whelan’s summary description. In Davis v. Davis, …

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Policymakers Must Prevent Unethical ‘Baby in a Bottle’ Science Experiments

By Dr. Tara Sander Lee, Dr. David Prentice and Lila Rose  Editor’s note. This appears in the current edition of National Right to Life News. It first appeared in Newsweek and is reposted with permission. A recent news story describing how scientists in China generated the first human-monkey chimeric embryos (unborn monkeys with human body parts)—a deliberate and …

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The Noble Lie and Human Vivisection

By Right to Life of Michigan Scientists are seeking to eliminate the 14-day rule for experimenting on live human embryos. They ultimately believe any child before (or perhaps after) birth should be fair game. However, the Michigan Constitution could block them from such experiments here. In the early days of abortion, amoral scientists conducted horrific …

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CLI Responds to Calls to Drop “14-Day Limit” on Growing Human Embryos

“Zero-Day Limit”: Human Embryos Should Never Be Exploited for Research, Says Expert Washington, D.C. – In response to news that scientists have now grown mouse embryos outside the womb until halfway through gestation, Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) issued the following statement: “This clearly shows an eagerness to push the limits on experiments that manipulate living …

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Scientists Believe in No Limits on Embryo Research

By Wesley J. Smith I could have predicted this. In fact, I did. Repeatedly. During the Great Stem Cell debate, “the scientists” said they “only” wanted to be able to create and experiment on embryos up to 14 days of development, when cells begin to differentiate. Of course, at the time they couldn’t maintain them …

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Another team of researchers call for the 14-day limit on embryo experimentation to be scrapped

By Michael Cook  An international team of bioethicists and scientists has advised scrapping the 14-day limit that restricts how long researchers can study human embryos in a dish. Going beyond this policy limit could lead to potential health and fertility benefits, they contend in an article in Science. This is not a novel suggestion. Scientists …

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Of course, push on to Allow Expanded Human-Embryo Research

By Wesley J. Smith  Back when embryonic-stem-cell and other types of experimentation on early embryos commenced, “the scientists” promised they would always limit their activities to embryos in Petri dishes to the maximum of 14 days in development. Just a collection of undifferentiated cells, they sophistically maintained. We’ll stop when the nervous system begins to develop. …

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Women loses fight to have her frozen embryos implanted

By Dave Andrusko After court battles in three jurisdiction, an Arizona woman, at least for now, has been denied the opportunity to implant her frozen embryos. In its ruling last week, the Supreme Court of Arizona pointed to the contract Ruby Torres signed at the fertility clinic with her then-boyfriend (later husband, later ex-husband) John …

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Connecticut Supreme Court Rules Frozen Embryos Mere ‘Marital Property’

May be destroyed over father’s objections By Wesley J. Smith Human development begins at fertilization, the process during which a male gamete or sperm … unites with a female gamete or oocyte…to form a single cell. This highly specialized, totipotent cell marks the beginning of each of us as a unique individual. (p. 18) — …

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Massachusetts woman sues over ‘lost’ embryo

By Michael Cook A Massachusetts woman who was desperate for children is suing a hospital because its fertility clinic misplaced her viable embryo for 12 years. In 2004 Marisa Cloutier-Bristol and her husband went to Women & Infants Hospital in Providence (in the neighboring state of Rhode Island) for IVF treatment. She produced four embryos …

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