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ACLU: US Bishops Shouldn't Comment
On Health Coverage
WASHINGTON, D.C., January 14, 2011 - the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has criticized the US bishops for opposing free birth control under the new health care law, saying that the Catholic leaders “cannot interfere” into the matter “by turning their religious beliefs into federal law.”


St. Joseph’s Hospital no longer Catholic
Phoenix Bishop Declares
See Video, Note Bishop's Responses to Questions
PHOENIX, AZ, December 21, 2010-- Today, Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted of Phoenix released a statement declaring that St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix could no longer call itself Catholic because it could no longer be trusted to provide care that meets ethical standards conforming to Catholic doctrine. The decision has been attacked by the Catholic Health Association (a trade association of Catholic hospitals) and the dissident group, Catholics United. This could have ramifications for other Catholic Healthcare West hospitals in Arizona and in other dioceses as well. In a statement issued by the San Francisco Archdiocese indicates Archbishop George H. Niederauer "intends to initiate a dialogue" with the Catholic Healthcare West leadership regarding the questions raised by Bishop Olmstead.


Stem Cell Pioneer: Cult of Celebrity Drives Research
Leaves Ethical Researchers in the Cold
DUBLIN, November 9, 2010 – Funding for ethical stem cell research is hampered by a shallow “cult of celebrity” in scientific research that is fed by media hype, a leading researcher in adult stem cells told LifeSiteNews.com this weekend.


New Study Shows:
It Takes a Long Time to Starve a Severely Disabled Infant to Death

MONTREAL, CANADA, October 21, 2010 -- MedScape Medical News reports, "Neonatal survival after withdrawal of artificial hydration and nutrition can last up to 26 days, according to a case series presented here at the 18th International Congress on Palliative Care. They reported that researcher, Hal Siden, MD, from Canuck Place Children's Hospice in Vancouver, British Columbia cautioned those attending that, "Although physical distress is not apparent in the infants, the psychological distress of parents and clinicians builds with the length of survival."


Stem-cell Scientists Challenged to Justify Research Involving Embryos
DETROIT, October 5, 2010  -- As more than 1,200 business, academic and government leaders from 25 countries gathered in Detroit for the World Stem Cell Summit, CCG Episcopal Adviser Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron of Detroit said research that destroys human embryos "deserves our scrutiny and scorn."


Embryo-Free Breakthrough in Stem Cell Research Announced
BOSTON, October 1, 2010  - A faster and more efficient way of deriving stem cells from ordinary skin cells has been discovered, announced scientists in Boston Thursday, who say their discovery will revolutionize an already-booming field of medical advances through adult stem cells. Meanwhile, stem cells derived from human embryos cannot claim even one success in human treatment.


Study: Later Abortions Linked to Psychological Problems
Springfield, IL, August 27, 2010 - A study of women who had abortions has found that women undergoing later abortions face increased psychological risks, are more likely to be ambivalent about having an abortion and are more likely to need counseling and support.


Federal court halts Obama administration’s embryonic stem cell policy
WASHINGTON, August 23,2010 — A federal court Monday issued an order that prevents the Obama administration from carrying out its embryonic stem cell research policy while a lawsuit against it proceeds in court. The court concluded that the policy, which allows such research, is likely to be in violation of a federal law known as the “Dickey/Wicker Amendment” that prohibits federal funds from being used on research that involves the destruction of human embryos.


CCG Advisor Wins USCCB Lifetime Pro-Life Award
WASHINGTON, August 11, 2010 — Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, archbishop of Galveston-Houston and as chair of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, presented the People of Life award to Catholics for the Common Good Advisor, Professor William E. May, for his lifetime commitment to the pro-life movement at a ceremony in Houston August 9.


FDA Gives Green Light to First Embryonic Stem Cell Trials in Humans
WASHINGTON, D.C., August 3, 2010  – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is giving the green light for California researchers to test the effectiveness of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) on human patients, according to the New York Times.


"Eggsploitation" Reveals the Infertility Industry’s Dirty Little Secret
Hidden Dangers, Health Risks, and Exploitation of Young Women

NEW YORK, July 28, 2010 – The infertility industry has a dirty little secret that is dressed in deceptive advertising, large monetary incentives and appeals to altruism. Using these tactics, the industry targets young, vulnerable women for a precious commodity: human eggs. Eggsploitation, a new documentary released today by The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network, is a tragic spotlight on the booming and risky business of selling eggs, and reveals the health risks and exploitation of women through egg donation.


U.S. Tax Dollars Fund Pro-Abortion Kenyan Referendum
CCG Joins 170 Leaders from 21 Countries in Opposition

WASHINGTON, July 21, 2010 --Catholics for the Common Good has join a worldwide group of leaders by siging a petition supporting Kenyan citizens in their effort to defeat a referendum on a new, pro-abortion constitution on August 4. At the same time Kenyans are fighting to protect the unborn and women from the scourges of abortion, three members of the U.S. Congress have obtained evidence that 23 million in U.S. tax dollars are being funnedled to the campaign to support the passage of the pro-abortion amendments LifeSiteNews reports there is also evidence that the U.S. has enlisted pro-abortion groups to convince Kenyans to approve the constitution despite federal laws prohibiting such activity.

Feds Hand $23 Million to Kenya Proxies Fighting for Pro-Abortion Constitution
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 19, 2010  – With Kenya’s pivotal referendum on a new pro-abortion constitution just a few weeks away, three pro-life congressmen have brought forward more evidence that the U.S. federal government has heavily invested in procuring the approval of the document - to the tune of $23 million. The U.S. has also enlisted pro-abortion groups to convince Kenyans to approve the constitution, they said, despite the existence of federal laws prohibiting such activity.


General Electric to Use Embryonic Stem Cells for Testing, Phase Out Lab Rats
BOSTON, Mass, July 1, 2009 -- General Electric has announced that it will use embryonic stem cells provided by Geron Corporation for the purpose of testing toxic effects of drug treatments.


EU Animal Protection Policy Could Threaten Human Embryos
Euro Bishops: Respect Difference Between Animals and Human Dignity
BRUSSELS, June 11, 2010 -- The Council of Ministers of the European Union is about to formally adopt a draft directive with a provision that would require laboratories to avoid testing that uses living animals but leaves the door open for using stem cells from living embryos as an alternative. The Commission of European Bishop Conferences (COMECE) has issued a statement charging, "some Member States which have no explicit legislation on human embryonic stem cells could be obliged under this legislation to apply testing methods involving such ethically contentious cells."



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