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May 12, 2006|
In Case You Missed It "President Bush has signed legislation to establish a national databank of umbilical cord blood and bone marrow that would allow doctors to quickly find a match for patients who need a transplant." (Associated Press, 12/20/05)
Prior to the vote in the House, Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ), who championed the legislation for three years, said, "Umbilical cords are a rich, non-controversial source of stem cells, but currently hospitals throw millions of them away each year because we do not have the infrastructure needed to properly collect and store them." "The best kept medical secret has been that thousands have been successfully treated with cord blood stem cells for more than 67 diseases including Leukemia and Sickle Cell Anemia. The infusion of federal funds will make this medical miracle available to thousands more and will ensure that research continues so that this source of stem cells can treat many other debilitating diseases."
Despite apparent waning support, a substantial majority (63%) of those polled don't think it is likely that this Supreme Court will overturn Roe v. Wade over the next few years.
However, 40% of those polled favor laws that would make it more difficult for a woman to get an abortion, while another 40% say no change should be made to existing abortion laws, and 15% favor laws that would make it easier to get an abortion.
The percentage of U. S. adults who say women should be permitted to get an abortion under all circumstances (24%) has remained rather stable over the last decade. In comparison, 20% of adults think a woman should be able to get an abortion under no circumstances, compared with 21% a year ago.
Recently, the South Dakota state legislature passed a law that would ban all abortions except to save the life of the mother. Forty-four percent of respondents said they would support such a law if it was introduced in their state, compared with 52% who would oppose it. (The Wall Street Journal, 5/4/06)
In an interview about the findings with an Australian radio host, Fergusson states: "I remain pro-choice. I am not religious. I am an atheist and a rationalist. The finding did surprise me, but the results appear to be very robust because they persist across a series of disorders and a series of ages . . . Abortion is a traumatic life event; that is, it involves loss, it involves grief, it involves difficulties. And the trauma may, in fact, predispose people to having mental illness."
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