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June 17, 2005
Texas Governor Signs Parental Consent Bill 
A bill requiring parental consent for a minor’s abortion was signed into law on Sunday, June 5 by Governor Rick Perry. The signing took place in the gym of a Christian School in Fort Worth while approximately 1,000 cheering citizens looked on. The consent legislation was welcomed by Texas parents who previously had to be notified of their daughter’s decision but could not prevent her from killing their grandchild or endangering herself.

Governor Perry was criticized by the media and the pro-abortion lobby who claimed that his decision to sign the bill at a Christian school rather than in the Governor’s mansion was an indication he was shoring up support among the Republican base in preparation for a 2006 primary challenge by U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison.

Senator Hutchison has voted for bills that restrict or regulate the practice of abortion during her tenure in the Senate, but she has also voted for an amendment to the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act that reaffirmed the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision. Senator Hutchison is on record in support of abortion-on-demand until viability and, until recently, was listed on the board of advisors of The WISH List, a political action committee that contributes to Republican female congressional candidates who are pro-abortion. She is also on record as supporting efforts to remove the pro-life plank from the Republican National Platform.


Man Convicted of Murder for Causing Girlfriend’s Abortion 
In a case that gained national attention, an East Texas man accused of causing his teenage girlfriend to miscarry twins by stepping on her stomach was convicted on June 6 of two counts of capital murder. Gerardo Flores, 19, received an automatic life sentence. (The Dallas Morning News, 6/7/05)

The mother, Erica Basoria, 17, admitted asking Mr. Flores to help her have an abortion. But, because she has the legal “right” to abortion under Roe v. Wade, she cannot be prosecuted for the killing of her two babies.


Ashcroft Comments on 2008 Presidential Race 
Former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, in a recent interview with the Quad-City Times (Iowa), said a candidate who does not “value life, and very profoundly,” will find it difficult to win the Republican Party’s 2008 presidential nomination.”

“I will not run for president, but I am interested in who would be president because I love the country,” he said as he outlined plans for Republican Party fundraisers in Des Moines and Davenport.

He said he wants a nominee who will defend the country from terrorism, champion a strong military, and “respect the kind of values that provide the basis for strong families and the kind of culture that will have survivability about it.” “From my perspective it’s very unlikely that a person who doesn’t respect the value of life, and very profoundly, I think that it would be very hard for that person to be a successful candidate.”


Missouri Legislature Supports Cord Blood Bank as Hope Grows 
A little lab in St. Louis is at the forefront of the national effort to use stem cells from newborns’ umbilical cord blood to treat deadly diseases.

Without fanfare, the St. Louis Cord Blood Bank has amassed the second-largest inventory in the world of cord blood listed on a public registry. Eight stainless-steel freezers in a hospital office building hold the treasure.

Rep. Rachel Storch, D-St. Louis, persuaded legislators to add $25,000 to the state budget to buy another freezer for the non-profit facility. She said Missouri is poised to play a lead role in developing uniform policies and standards for this controversy-free source of lifesaving stem cells.

Missouri Senator Matt Bartle (R-Lee’s Summit), a vigorous foe of stem cell research involving cloning, wants to encourage cord blood banking, whether private or public. Legislators passed his bill permitting grants to the banks from the state’s share of the national tobacco settlement. Mira-Cell, a private cord blood bank, recently set up shop in Bartle’s district. “My most fervent hope.” Said Bartle, “is that the momentum that is behind adult stem cell research will basically leave embryonic stem cell research in the rear-view mirror.”

Stem cells from the umbilical cord blood can be used as an alternative to bone marrow to treat diseases such as acute leukemia, lymphoma and aplastic anemia, providing hope for thousands of patients. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/23/05)


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