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April 23, 2003
Connor Peterson Not A Murder Victim? 
According to the head of the Morris Co. New Jersey chapter of the National Organization for Women, Mavra Stark, Sharon Rocha, Laci Petersonís mother, isnít mourning the deaths of her daughter and her grandson, whose bodies washed ashore last week in the San Francisco Bay area nearly four months after Laci, who was eight months pregnant with Connor, disappeared. No, according to Stark, little Connor was only a "fetus," possibly yet unborn when he was killed, not a real murder victim. Sheís concerned that his father, who has been arrested for the crimes, will be prosecuted for a double murder for which the prosecution can ask the death penalty under California law. Stark fears that if Connor is considered a murder victim "well, then any time a late-term fetus is aborted, they could call it murder." (New Jersey Daily Record, 4/20/03) [Is there no limit to the lengths the pro-abortion feminists will go to promote abortion and infanticide?]


PP Brochure Laments Lack of Abortion Providers 
Planned Parenthood Golden Gate of San Francisco has produced a brochure designed to attract medical students to its affiliate, Medical Students For Choice, and to encourage them to promote the inclusion of abortion training in medical school curricula. The brochure points out some good news for our side: 1) Most medical schools still do not regard abortion training as a mandatory part of practitioner competency; 2) Residency programs that include abortion techniques in their training are decreasing; 3) Currently, there are fewer than 2,000 physicians providing abortions in the U.S. and more than half of those are approaching retirement age; 87% of counties in the U.S. lack an abortionist; 94% of rural counties have no abortionist. While this information is heartening, Planned Parenthood also points out that those 2,000 abortionists commit abortions on 1,186,000 women each year. Assuming that each abortion costs on average $300, thatís more than $35.5 million per year — not exactly small change.


NIH Proceeding Apace on Embryonic Stem Cell Research 
Despite his announced opposition to research that involves the killing of human embryos, President George Bush has allowed federal funding of experiments using stem cells taken from human embryos killed prior to August 2001. A visit to one of the many web sites managed by the National Institutes of Health http://www.ninds.nih.gov/stemcells shows with alarming clarity how rapidly work in this area is proceeding. A Washington Post story by Rick Weiss published on 4/22/03 entitled "Stem Cell Strides Test Bush Policy: Scientists Push for Use of Newer Cell Colonies," reveals that "pressure is building from scientists, patient advocates and members of Congress to loosen the embryo-protecting restrictions imposed by President Bush, with some on Capitol Hill saying they want to take up the issue next month." They argue that the stem cell lines allowed under the Bush policy have been cultured with animal cells and using them in experiments on humans is too risky. They want to use new stem cell lines, taken from embryos recently discarded by their parents after in vitro fertilization procedures and then killed.

Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA), a key proponent of killing embryos for experiments, sent a letter to President Bush urging him "to expand the current policy so that doctors and scientists can use these new safer stem cell lines and realize the promise of stem cell research to cure diseases and disorders that afflict millions of Americans." Never mind the fact that embryonic stem cells have yet to prove successful in curing anyone of anything. Never mind the fact that adult stem cells, stem cells derived from umbilical cord blood, and now stem cells taken from the dental pulp of baby teeth (Reuters, 4/21/03) have been not only promising but effective in treating people for numerous conditions and diseases.

We hope President Bush will strenuously resist the efforts of Senator Specter and others. Please contact the President and ask him to establish a total ban on federal funding of research that involves the killing of human embryos regardless of the date of their deaths.

Office of the President — 202/456-1414; White House Chief of Staff Andy Card — 202/456-6798

Contact: Colleen Parro — Phone: 972/387-4160 — Fax: 972/387-3830 — E-Mail: [email protected]


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