Subcommittee on the Constitution Hears Testimony on Fetal Pain

A prominent doctor and scientist told a Congressional committee yesterday that a recent study claiming unborn babies are unlikely to feel pain before 30 weeks gestation is based on an outdated definition of pain and used a questionable methodology that puts its findings into doubt. Read

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New Research Shows Possible Ethical Alternative to Embryo Destructive Research

The quest to find a moral means of obtaining embryonic–like stem cells took a giant leap forward this week when a team of scientists announced that they had successfully generated pluripotent stem cells from mice using a process know as altered nuclear transfer (ANT). Though some Catholic ethicists caution that in its present form the procedure may be immoral, even those ethicists are heartened by the news and say it shows that a morally acceptable version of ANT could be developed. Read

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Major Christian Conservative Group Issues Stern Memo on Harriet Miers Nomination

One of the most important Christian conservative grass roots organizations in America has issued a memo that is a shot across the bow of the nomination of Harriet Miers for the US Supreme Court. The memo, released on Monday by Concerned Women for America (CWA), falls just short of outright opposition to the Miers nomination. Though it withholds final judgment, it strongly scolds the White House for what CWA sees as a weak nomination followed by insulting talking points in her support. Read

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FDA Seeks Public Input for Morning After Pill

Following the recent announcement from the Food and Drug Administration that they are postponing the decision on whether or not to grant over the counter approval of the drug Plan B, the FDA announced they are soliciting public opinion on how to regulate the controversial drug also known as the morning after pill. The agency is seeking to address a series of complex regulatory questions regarding how to make the drug available to women 17 years and older while keeping it prescription-only for those who are younger.

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Pro-Life Attorneys Respond to Partial Birth Returning to Supreme Court

The Bush administration has asked the Supreme Court to reinstate a federal ban on partial birth abortions according to a brief filed by the solicitor general’s office on Friday. Pro-lifers will watch the case even more closely than normal as it will serve as the first significant test of the extent to which John G. Roberts’ decisions are determined by previous court decisions and how willing he is to overturn precedent. Read

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Archbishop Chaput’s Pastoral on Humanae Vitae

My purpose in this pastoral letter, therefore, is simple. I believe the message of Humanae Vitae is not a burden but a joy. I believe this encyclical offers a key to deeper, richer marriages. And so what I seek from the family of our local Church is not just a respectful nod toward a document which critics dismiss as irrelevant, but an active and sustained effort to study Humanae Vitae; to teach it faithfully in our parishes; and to encourage our married couples to live it.

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