Fetal Rights

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Bush proclaims National Sanctity of Human Life Day

Editor's Note: President George W. Bush released this proclamation on Jan. 15. The Declaration of Independence proclaimed that all Americans are endowed by the Creator with the unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. On National Sanctity ... (Continue reading)

Amber alert for an unborn kidnap victim

In December, an amber alert was issued for an abducted baby after she was ripped from her mother's womb in the eighth month of gestation. The baby was cut from Bobbi Jo Stinnett's womb after the mother was murdered. Police believed that the murderer abducted the baby girl and that the child was still living. They ... (Continue reading)

Fetal tissue transplants dangerous, unethical

Interim Staff Researchers have again risked the use of fetal tissue in human trials for treating a degenerative eye disease. Elisabeth Bryant, who suffered from retinitis pigmentosa and was completely blind, has had her sight partially restored by a transplant of eye tissue derived from an aborted baby. In ... (Continue reading)

The human body parts trade – not just an urban legend

It is the stuff of horror movies and science-fiction novels: human body parts harvested, bought and sold on an open market. In recent years, this scenario has emerged from the depths of our nightmares to find its way into reality. Although many stories of organ thefts and "body stealing" have been debunked as urban legend, it is a problem that not only exists, but is of growing concern to many ... (Continue reading)

Protecting unborn violence victims

The U.S. pro-life movement scored a major victory April 1, when President George W. Bush signed the Unborn Victims of Violence Act into law. The new law will treat an unborn child as a second victim when he is killed or injured in the commission of a federal crime. Canada, however, lags far behind the US when it comes to the protection of the ... (Continue reading)

Should a fetus have rights? Newsweek ponders the impact science is having on the abortion debate

A picture of a child in-utero accompanies the question, "Should a Fetus Have Rights?" on the cover of the June 9 issue of Newsweek. Scientific advancements and high-profile criminal cases have prompted a spate of public ponderings upon the rights of the unborn child by media outlets which, in former times, would not have broached the topic. It would seem that, ... (Continue reading)

House of Commons Health committee endorses reprotech

The House of Commons Standing Health Committee endorsed the federal government's proposed legislation on reproductive and experimental technologies just before MPs left for a six-week holiday that began just before Christmas. They made amendments, including disallowing compensation for surrogate mothers and limitting financial compensation for surrogate carriers and egg and sperm donors to "receipted expenses." The committee allowed rules to stand that permit the anonymous donation of eggs and sperm. Pro-life groups had ... (Continue reading)

On ‘size-of-a-dot’ humans

The handful of cells, certain advocates of cloning like to say, is no larger than the period at the end of this sentence. So also says Cass R. Sunstein in his review of Francis Fukuyama's worrying new book, Our Posthuman Future. "If scientists will be using and cloning embryos only at a very early stage when they are just a handful of cells (say, before they are ... (Continue reading)

Fetal pain is just the tip of the iceberg

By Donald DeMarco The Interim In 1974, a fish processing plant employee by the name of Eleanor Donoghy was formally charged with "cruel treatment to prawns" ("Prawn-Frying Fracas Boils Over Into Court,"Midnight, March 18, 1974). Plant workers reported the 16-year-old British girl to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which took her to court. During the trial, government agricultural experts testified that prawns - shrimp-like creatures - have low sensitivity and are almost incapable of feeling ... (Continue reading)

Procreation for spare parts

A Canadian moral theologian criticizes the use of new productive technologies when they leads to the objectification of people. Bridget Campion, assistant professor of moral theology at St. Augustine's Seminary in Toronto, told The Interim that recent uses of in vitro fertilization (IVF) have created a whole new moral problem that goes beyond how human life is created to the uses to which it is put. On Oct. 2, newspapers around the world announced that doctors at Chicago's Reproductive Genetics Institute were ... (Continue reading)

U.K. physicians debate fetal pain in abortion

Pro-abortion doctor admits preborn children suffer, says anaesthetics should be used By Paul Tuns The Interim Pro-abortion doctor Vivette Glover, of Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea Hospital in London, England, recommended Aug. 28 that "all terminations between 17 and 24 weeks be performed under anaesthetic," after recognizing the unborn child is capable of feeling pain. Her remarks came more than two months before Glover chairs a November conference at the Royal Institution on fetal awareness, a polite phrase used to refer to the fact ... (Continue reading)

Clinton lifts ban on funding stem cell research

Britain, meanwhile, is poised to allow cloning of humans By Paul Tuns U.S. President Bill Clinton issued an executive order August 23 reversing a prohibition on the federal funding of research performed on human embryos, a sure boon to those that see a promise of cures for various diseases in the deaths of the tiniest unborn children. In the last few years, research into human stem cells - precursor cells that can give rise to multiple tissue types - has held great promise ... (Continue reading)

Unborn patients

The B.C. worker's paradise was treated recently to a visit by Monica J. Casper, associate professor of sociology at the University of California, in Santa Cruz. Casper is known for her book, The Making of the Unborn Patient, and also has been publicly criticized for being less than honest about her pro-abortion views when conducting her research She presented an overview of her thoughts and findings at a meeting sponsored by B.C. Women's Hospital, the institution ... (Continue reading)

New late-term method approved in Alberta

By Pat Hansard The Interim In June, the Alberta College of Physicians and Surgeons approved faticide, the deliberate killing of 20-week and older fetuses prior to their mother's abortions. The procedure involves puncturing the heart of the unborn child with a surgical needle full of potassium chloride. Death occurs within seconds, but not without pain, as no anesthesia is used. The college says the purpose is to reduce suffering, but the question is, whose suffering? ... (Continue reading)

U.S. Supreme Court rejects partial-birth ban

By Paul Tuns The Interim On June 28, the United States Supreme Court ruled against Nebraska's partial-birth abortion ban, dealing a blow to 30 other states that prohibit or regulate a procedure that is aptly described as infanticide. In the 5-4 Stenberg v. Carhart decision, written by Justice Stephen Breyer, the court faulted the ban for its broad language, which critics claim endangers the legality of all abortion, and the absence of an exception to preserve ... (Continue reading)

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