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LifeSite News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 20:14
by The Editors Today's blog post: Utah woman charged for fourth trimester abortions - Jill Stanek

Toronto District School Board backs public nudity at Pride parade

LifeSite News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 20:07
by Colin Kerr TORONTO, April 15, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In a move that has outraged many parents, last Wednesday the Toronto District School Board voted 16-6 against asking the City of Toronto to uphold Canadian nudity laws at the WorldPride parade on June 29. Every year the parade includes marchers in various…

Arizona governor to decide tomorrow on more rigorous inspection standards for abortion clinics

LifeSite News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 20:00
by Dustin Siggins PHOENIX, AZ, April 15, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- Pro-life and pro-abortion forces in Arizona are battling over a bill that would subject abortion facilities to the same safety and inspection standards as all other health care institutions in the state. The bill, which has passed the Arizona House and…

Nevada GOP abandons pro-life and pro-marriage platform, party embracing ‘inclusion, not exclusion’

LifeSite News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 19:45
by Dustin Siggins LAS VEGAS, NV, April 15, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- The Nevada GOP has conceded the battles on marriage and abortion, voting to remove both issues from the party platform for electoral reasons.  At its Saturday convention, Republican Party delegates voted to eliminate support for traditional marriage…

Rock-pop mom ditched ‘the pill,’ conceived child, wrote pro-life song released today (VIDEO)

LifeSite News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 19:22
by Peter Baklinski AKRON, OH, April 15, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Kira Leyden, 25, woke up one night feeling like there was a 1,000 pounds on her chest. An arm was going numb. Her mouth was going numb. She thought she was having a heart attack. She could hardly tell her husband Jeff that she needed to be taken to…

Justina Pelletier’s parents launch new legal action to release her from social services

LifeSite News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 19:10
by Kirsten Andersen BOSTON, MA, April 15, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The parents of Justina Pelletier have launched a new offensive in the battle to win custody of their daughter back from the state of Massachusetts, where she has been held against their will for fourteen months because of a disagreement over appropriate…

Repeat abortions climb with increased contraceptive use: UK government stats

LifeSite News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 15:18
by Hilary White LONDON, April 15, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The British government has released statistics showing that while the teen pregnancy and abortion rates are dropping, the number of girls and women having repeat abortions continues to climb alongside steady increases in the use of artificial contraceptives.…

Italian court throws out ban on sperm and ova donors for IVF

LifeSite News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 14:41
by Hilary White, Rome Correspondent ROME, April 15, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Italy’s Constitutional Court ruled Friday that the country’s prohibition against using donor-derived sperm and ova for in vitro fertilization is unconstitutional. Passed in 2004 as an amendment to the country’s law on artificial procreation,…

Colorado ‘reproductive freedom’ bill would eliminate and prevent all abortion restrictions: critics

LifeSite News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 13:45
by Catherine Briggs DENVER, CO, April 15, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A new bill introduced by Democrats in the Colorado State Senate threatens to reverse all progress the pro-life movement has made in the last several decades, say opponents of the bill. Last week, SB 175, or the “Reproductive Health Freedom Act,”…

Woman gets life in prison for killing her baby after giving birth in pub bathroom

LifeSite News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 13:13
by Catherine Briggs EASTON, PA, April 15, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A Pennsylvania woman who gave birth to her son in a pub bathroom, smothered him, put him in a plastic bag, and then placed him in a toilet tank was found guilty of first-degree murder by a jury Thursday.  She will live the rest of her life in…

Better to be a criminal in China than a pregnant mother

LifeSite News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 12:57
by Steven Mosher April 15, 2014 (Pop.org) - The Chinese Ministry of State Security must have been asleep on the job. The email that appeared in my Inbox read: “It is better to be a criminal in China than a pregnant mother.” Now, I knew that women who get pregnant outside the state plan are often browbeaten…

3-D printing is revolutionizing surgery

Bioethics News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 12:55

(Crain’s) Reaching into a beat-up, red-and-white cooler lined with a white terry-cloth towel, Dr. Matthew Bramlet pulls out a replica of an infant’s heart. The size of a small pear and chalky to the touch, the model was made in a 3-D printer. Last spring, Dr. Bramlet, 38, a pediatric cardiologist at Children’s Hospital of Illinois in Peoria, commissioned it from the hospital’s new innovation lab while planning surgery for a girl with a congenital heart defect.

Ottawa Catholic school raises over $1,100 for pro-abortion Save the Children

LifeSite News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 11:56
by Peter Baklinski OTTAWA, April 15, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – On the same day Pope Francis called abortion "an abominable crime,” a Catholic school in Ontario raised over $1,100 for a secular organization that heavily promotes “family planning” to teens, advocates for abortion access, and promotes…

GlaxoSmithKline Faces Bribery Allegations in Poland

Bioethics News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 11:49

(The Guardian) – GlaxoSmithKline has been accused of bribing doctors to prescribe its medicines in Europe. The UK-based drug company, which has faced claims of corruption in China and Iraq, has been accused over its alleged behaviour in Poland. A former sales representative for the company told the BBC’s Panorama programme, which airs on Monday night, that reps paid doctors to boost prescriptions there.

Sperm RNA Carries Marks of Trauma

Bioethics News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 11:48

(Nature) – Trauma is insidious. It not only increases a person’s risk for psychiatric disorders, but can also spill over into the next generation. People who were traumatized during the Khmer Rouge genocide in Cambodia tended to have children with depression and anxiety, for example, and children of Australian veterans of the Vietnam War have higher rates of suicide than the general population.

Idea of New Attention Disorder Spurs Research, and Debate

Bioethics News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 11:47

(New York Times) – Yet now some powerful figures in mental health are claiming to have identified a new disorder that could vastly expand the ranks of young people treated for attention problems. Called sluggish cognitive tempo, the condition is said to be characterized by lethargy, daydreaming and slow mental processing. By some researchers’ estimates, it is present in perhaps two million children.

Blood Type Influences Prostate Cancer Relapse, Study Shows

Bioethics News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 11:46

(The Telegraph) – A man’s blood group has been shown to significantly influence the chance that prostate cancer will return after successful surgery. Men with group O blood are far less likely to suffer a recurrence of the disease following surgical intervention. By contrast, men with blood group A were shown by new research to be 35% more likely to fall victim to the disease again, even after surgery.

Prices Soaring for Specialty Drugs, Researchers Find

Bioethics News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 11:45

(New York Times) – Even as the cost of prescription drugs has plummeted for many Americans, a small slice of the population is being asked to shoulder more and more of the cost of expensive treatments for diseases like cancer and hepatitis C, according to a report to be released on Tuesday by a major drug research firm. The findings echo the conclusions of two other reports released last week by major pharmacy benefit managers, which predicted that spending on so-called specialty drugs would continue to rise.

Pressure Sensors to Help Prevent Pain for Amputees

Bioethics News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 11:44

(BBC) – Researchers have developed a new type of pressure sensor – dubbed a “second skin” – which they say could prevent dangerous sores. The technology is being developed initially for amputees who suffer rubbing against their artificial limbs. If the Southampton University work is successful the sensors may also be used for others at risk, such as wheelchair-users and those confined to bed.

Genetic Risk of Alzheimer’s Has Gender Bias

Bioethics News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 11:44

(New Scientist) – Carrying a copy of the “Alzheimer’s gene” doesn’t significantly raise a man’s risk of developing the disease. The gene does increase a woman’s risk, but women with one copy of the gene were as likely to develop the disease as men with no copies. The study – along with work suggesting that the gene is associated with educational achievement in young people – highlights how much remains to be done to untangle the genetics of Alzheimer’s.