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FIRST-PERSON: Planned Parenthood & the logic of abortion on demand

C. Ben Mitchell examines the abortion-on-demand "logic" that leads to the sale of body parts of aborted babies. "A living human being is not merely a bundle of tissues," Mitchell, of Union University, notes, "but a person with a right to life, a right not to be harmed, especially not to be killed."

Why the stem cell policy is wrong

CHICAGO (BP)--President Obama kept at least two campaign promises March 9 when he signed a bill authorizing the expenditure of tax-dollars for embryo-destructive stem cell research.

ANALYSIS: NIH eugenics project a flashback to Nazi research

"When men play God, they play God badly."
C. Ben Mitchell
CHICAGO (BP)--A new age of tax-funded eugenics has just officially begun. On April 29 Medical News Today announced that Case Law School in Cleveland was receiving $773,000 from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to “develop guidelines for the use of human subjects in what could be the next frontier in medical technology -- genetic enhancement."

FIRST-PERSON: Adult versus embryonic stem cells

CHICAGO (BP)--On Nov. 6, 1998, in a three-page article in the journal Science, professor James Thomson of the University of Wisconsin reported that he had developed the first colony of human embryonic stem cells. And the controversy over that discovery continues unabated.

FIRST-PERSON: The wisdom of the Costa Rican resolution

DEERFIELD, Ill. (BP)--This week the United Nations’ General Assembly will debate yet again two conflicting proposals on human cloning. The so-called Costa Rican resolution, which is co-sponsored by the United States and about 60 other countries, would prohibit cloning human embryos for purposes of both reproduction and experimentation. A measure sponsored by Belgium and about 20 other countries would ban only reproductive cloning, thereby permitting the production of clones who would be destroyed when stem cells are extracted for research.

FIRST-PERSON: Clones from Newcastle

DEERFIELD, Ill. (BP)--In a move that should surprise no one, the United Kingdom’s Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has licensed researchers at the University of Newcastle to clone human embryos.

FIRST-PERSON: Ron Reagan’s call for cloning

DEERFIELD, Ill. (BP)--While Ron Reagan is clearly not a clone of his father, he does support human cloning. At least that's what he told the Democratic National Convention June 27 in Boston. His allusion to cloning was subtle but real.

FIRST-PERSON: Partial-birth abortion & our nation’s health

DEERFIELD, Ill. (BP)--When President Bush signed the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, he did more than save thousands of lives from an unnecessary and barbaric death. Through passing the ban, the president, along with the majority of our Congress, restored a measure of sanity to our national conscience and slowed our descent into the moral abyss.

FIRST-PERSON: William Wilberforce’s example

DEERFIELD, Ill. (BP)--One of the values of biography is encouragement. Seeing God's providence worked out in the life of another human being can often encourage us to repent, beware or persevere. Perseverance is the lesson I learn from the biography of one of my own Christian heroes, William Wilberforce.

ANALYSIS: Prophetic bioethics missing from presidential council

DEERFIELD, Ill. (BP)--Immediately following the appointment of the President's Council on Bioethics, I urged that we postpone judgment about the composition of the council until we had its first report in hand. Since the charter of the council states that its role is to counsel the president on bioethical issues, the proof of the pudding, I argued, would be in its policy recommendations. Well, their first report is out (www.bioethics.gov/cloningreport) and now we have recommendations to consider.