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April 28, 2006
"It's Just DNA" Says Egg "Donor" 
24-year-old Kristen, a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, sells her eggs for fertility treatments. She expects to get $8,000 the next time she undergoes the procedures necessary to harvest her eggs for use by an infertile couple. Kristen, and others like her, are referred to by the media as “donors” implying that what they are doing is for altruistic reasons, and for free. Think again. Kristen has heard stories of women receiving as much as $65,000 for their eggs. She expects to earn $10,000 the third time she sells her eggs. After all, she and her fiancé have $20,000 in college loans to pay off.

The March 16, 2006 front-page story appeared in USA Today. In it, Kristen, whose last name was not disclosed, told USA Today that health risks and moral qualms don’t worry her. “What makes a child your child is that you raise it.” Her eggs are “just DNA.”

Her cavalier attitude is mind-boggling! Her DNA is who Kristen is! Her DNA is every genetic trait and characteristic she carries, going back to her parents, her grandparents, her great-grandparents, and her entire family history from the beginning. The children who are generated using Kristen’s DNA are Kristen’s children—her parents’ grandchildren. How many women will bear children who are not related to them at all, but instead, are descendents of Kristen’s family? How many boys and girls may never meet or know each other, yet are half-brothers and sisters all with different fathers? It is conceivable that Kristen’s children could, as adults, meet and marry, not knowing that, in reality, they are siblings.

“Just DNA”? Say goodbye to the Family Tree.


Reid and Clinton Try to Finesse the Life Issues 
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) co-authored a column. “Abortion debate shuns prevention,” that appeared on April 18, 2006 in the Albany Times Union in which they tried to appear interested in reducing the number of abortions in this country. Hillary Clinton is an ardent advocate of legal abortion-on-demand, and Harry Reid has a mixed voting record through which he has managed to placate pro-life voters in Nevada by voting for some pro-life legislation some of the time.

In their column, they talk about prevention of unintended pregnancies and the abortions resulting from them. Their answer to the problem is more contraceptives and sex-education programs funded, of course, by the taxpayers. The deception they practice is amazing. While Planned Parenthood and other so-called “family planning” agencies operate their revolving doors of “how-to” sex education in the schools, dispensing of birth control pills and condoms, followed by STD and pregnancy testing, followed by treatment for the STDs and abortions for the pregnancies, followed by more contraceptives and condoms, and more STDs and abortions — Reid and Clinton have the gall to call for more.

They also claim insurance discrimination against women because insurance companies cover Viagra but not prescription contraceptives. Insurance companies are engaged in health care coverage. Contraceptives are not about health care. Rather than treating an illness, they are designed to interrupt a natural bodily process. Some even cause abortions—again, an interruption of a natural process. Viagra, however, is designed to treat the breakdown of a bodily function.

Senators Reid and Clinton evidently think the American public is too stupid to figure these things out. They know the Democrats have a big problem among the electorate when it comes to abortion and other life issues. Their joint effort indicates that we can expect to see more Democrats running on a quasi-“pro-life” platform between now and 2008.

To be forewarned is to be forearmed.


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