Month: June 2013

The Arrival of Human Cloning: It’s here. Don’t get used to it.

Wesley J. Smith Human cloning is finally here, and it is going to spark a political conflagration. First, some background. The cloning era began when Dolly the sheep was manufactured in 1996. Dolly was cloned via somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT). This is accomplished by removing the nucleus from a skin or other cell (in …

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Not a Real Olive Branch: Obama’s phony compromise on contraception

Wesley J. Smith The Obama administration pulled another fast one when it announced its much-anticipated “compromise” on the free-birth-control rule as it affects religious employers opposed to contraception. There was hope in some quarters that the administration would back off its narrow religious exemption. Alas, a careful reading of the proposed rule shows that instead …

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Educating Students and Equipping Pro-Life Leaders

Dana Cody, President of Life Legal Defense Foundation, was privileged to be part of the National Law Tour sponsored by Students for Life of America. The tour, entitled 40 Years of a Deadly Legal Anomaly and the Downfall of Planned Parenthood, included presentations by an impressive array of attorneys and others active in the pro-life …

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Supreme Court Grants Review of Massachusetts Buffer Zone Law

(June 24, 2013 – Washington DC) The Supreme Court announced today that it will review a decision of the First Circuit upholding a Massachusetts law that severely restricts the free speech of pro-life advocates. In McCullen v. Coakley, seven Massachusetts residents who engaged in pro-life counseling outside of abortion clinics challenged a state statute creating …

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U.S. House Passes 20-Week Abortion Ban

In a vote on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 the U.S. House of Representatives passed the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” (HR 1797) by a vote of 228-196. Six Democrats voted in favor, and six Republicans voted against the bill. Thank you to everyone who contacted your member of Congress to support this historic legislation. It …

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Pro-Life and Pro-Abortion Laws Considered for Review at Supreme Court

This week, the Supreme Court of the United States is scheduled to consider petitions for certiorari review in three cases of interest to pro-life advocates. In Cline v. Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice the lower court held that requiring abortion providers who dispense the RU-486 abortion pill to adhere to Federal Food and Drug Administration …

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Find the Courage to Stand Up for Your Convictions

Living consistently with one’s personal pro-life convictions takes courage, and sometimes comes at significant cost. Katie, a veteran of the United States Military, returned to school as a surgical technician student at a university in Virginia. She was looking forward to graduation in June 2013; all she had left was completion of her clinical phase …

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