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Embryonic Stem Cells - Alternative Source Found

Obama Pushes Killing Kind of Stem Cell Research
With Taxpayer Funds

SAN FRANCISCO, March 9, 2009 (updated March 12)-- Today President Barack Obama is rescinded President Bush's executive order that prohibited the use of taxpayer funding of research on new stem cell lines created by the destruction of living human embryos. In addition, with little notice or media attention, he rescinded another executive order requiring funding of research seeking ethical alternatives to producing embryo-like (pluripotent) stem cells.


Assisted Suicide Update: Washington and Montana
Letters Needed in California

SAN FRANCISCO, FEB. 6, 2009 -- Since 2005 the California Legislature has consistently rejected controversial efforts to legalize assisted suicide, but Compassion and Choices (the former Hemlock Society) is persistant in continuing to raise the issue in California. It is important that newly elected legislators become aware of the history and consequences of this issue so that they are not talked into supporting such a bill if it is introduced. You can help by sending a letter to your state senator or assembly member, particularly if they are newly elected.


CA Prop 4- Sarah's Law- Fails Narrowly
SACRAMENTO, November 5, 2008-- California voters rejected Prop 4, a measure supported by Catholics for the Common Good that would require the notification of an adult family member before abortion is performed on a minor girl.


Message for Respect Life Sunday:
Build Culture of Life, Oppose FOCA

WASHINGTON, October 1, 2008 - In a statement to mark Respect Life Sunday, October 5, Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia urged Catholics "to help build a culture in which every human life without exception is respected and defended."


CA Governor Signs Suicide Advocates' Bill
SAN FRANCISCO, September 30, 2008 -- Despite a very strong opposition, Governor Schwarzenegger signed AB 2747, the bill sponsored by the former Hemlock Society.


Oppose "Freedom of Choice Act"
Would Codify Right to Abortion, Guarantee Public Funding
WASHINGTON, September 25, 2008-- The Federal Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) is a dangerous radical bill that would create a "fundamental right" to abortion throughout the nine months of pregnancy. It would eliminate all limits on abortion and force all Americans to subsidize abortions with their tax money.


Bishops Respond to Biden Challenging Church Teaching on Abortion
DENVER, Colorado, September 8, 2008 - NBC's "Meet the Press" has inadvertently become the stage for some Catholic politicians to display "flawed moral reasoning," according to the bishops of Denver.


Church Teaching on "Brain Death" Clarified by Vatican Spokesman
VATICAN CITY, September 5, 2008- There has been no change in Church teaching regarding the concept of "brain death" as a true criterion for death, though the criterion has to be applied correctly, reminded a Vatican spokesman.


US Bishops Clarify Pelosi Misinterpretation
Catholic Church Has Always Been Pro-Life

WASHINGTON, August 26, 2008--Cardinal Justin F. Rigali, chairman of the U.S. Bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities, and Bishop William E. Lori, chairman of the U.S. Bishops' Committee on Doctrine, have issued the following statement: In the course of a "Meet the Press" interview on abortion and other public issues on August 24, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi misrepresented the history and nature of the authentic teaching of the Catholic Church against abortion.


Obama Determined to Fund Embryonic Stem-Cell Research
WASHINGTON, August 14, 2008-- Sen. Obama's campaign communicated that expanding federal funding for embryonic stem-cell research would be one of his first moves as president, as reported by David Brooks of the "New York Times".


Darfur: Sudanese President Charged with Genocide
THE HAGUE, Netherlands, July 30, 2008-- As part of the international effort to stop the genocide in Darfur, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court filed genocide charges against Sudan's president for a five-year campaign of violence in Darfur. It is the first time that a charge like this was made by the court against a residing head of state.


Suicide Offered, Life-extending Drug Denied
EUGENE, OR, June 3, 2008 - When Barbara Wagner of Springfield, Oregon learned that the Oregon Health Plan did not cover her life-prolonging cancer treatment drug her oncologist prescribed, the letter of denial advised her that the assisted suicide would be covered. According to the Register Guard, Eugene Wagner said "I think it's messed up", as she burst into tears.


Conscience Rights Under Threat
Health Issues Spark Conflicts

ROME, June 1, 2008 -- The attempt to limit religion to the purely private sphere is a major area of conflict in many countries. One of the areas of battle involves Christians and Church-based institutions active in health care.


Doctor's Perspective on AB 2747
California Bill Promotes Assisted-Suicide in Disguise
California Assembly Bill 2747 purports to address problems of end of life care. In fact, it is a bill to enact "ending life care."


Physician-Assisted Suicide Advocates Fail in California with AB 374
Campaigns to Legalize PAS in Four Other States
SAN FRANCISCO, February 13, 2008-- Although advocates of physician-assisted suicide have failed in California with the defeat of AB 374, they are currently conducting campaigns in other states. Legalizing physician-assisted suicide anywhere in the US would be of national significance by paving the way to passing similar legislation in other states.




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