Month: July 2006

General Recap & Update (Summer 2006)

People’s Advocate v. Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee (Calif.)—Suit for declaratory and injunctive relief to prevent expenditure of public funds for research focused on embryonic stem cells and cloning. Adverse ruling from trial court; appeal pending. Please see pages 2 and 3 for more on this case. National Tax Limitation Foundation v. Westly (Calif.)—Suit challenging award …

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Harm Done: Codifying the decline of the medical profession

Wesley J Smith In 2000, The New England Journal of Medicine reported that patients being euthanized in the Netherlands sometimes experienced significant side effects (apart from death, that is), such as nausea, convulsions, or coma. This belied the assertion oft made by euthanasia proponents that being killed by a doctor necessarily provides the euphemistic “gentle …

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Stem Cell Standstill: Can lawsuits thwart the development of a lucrative stem cell industry?

California voters’ decision in 2004 to spend nearly $3 billion on stem cell research has energized “sanctity of life” lawyers both here and in other parts of the United States. This network of attorneys and a cadre of nonprofits started out more than a decade ago fighting to protect abortion protesters’ free speech rights. More …

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From the Director: Appealing and Unappealing

On May 12, 2006, the Alameda Superior Court, Judge Bonnie Sabraw presiding, entered judgment in the litigation challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 71, which created California’s Institute for Regenerative Medicine. Life Legal Defense Foundation represented two taxpayer groups in the case, Plaintiffs People’s Advocate and the National Tax Limitation Foundation, who challenged the constitutionality of …

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Zoned Out

Katie Short On April 19, 2006, a circuit court judge in Albemarle County Virginia, issued a proposed decree granting a declaratory judgment decree in favor of six local residents and landowners who opposed Planned Parenthood being permitted to operate an abortion facility in their residential neighborhood. The landowners, represented by J. Michael Sharman of Culpeper, …

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