Right to Life Federation, Inc.
14 No. 2
Quebec Offers Birth Incentives
Responding to the fact that Quebec has a very high rate
of abortion and one of the lowest birthrates in the world,
it now has offered multiple incentives for increasing the
birthrate. It will pay half the college loan of graduating
students, if they have children within five years after
graduation. It has promised to enact a four-day workweek
for parents with young children. It offers baby bonuses
of $500 for the first child, $1,000 for the second and $7,500
for third and subsequent children, and will offer interest
free loans of up to $5,000 to purchase a home.
The Australian capital territory surrounding Canberra (equivalent
to the District of Columbia in the U.S.) has voted by a
9 to 8 margin to remove abortion from the criminal code.
By the same margin, it overturned a law that required abortion
clinics to provide women considering abortion with literature
to study first. Also no longer mandatory is a previously
required 72-hour cooling off period. This will open up that
small 900 square mile area to become a mecca for abortion-on-demand
with no restrictions.
Romania-How Many Abortions?
Exact numbers of the abortion rate in Romania are difficult
to come by. The latest we have heard is as follows. Romania's
population is stagnant at 24 million people. In 2002 there
were 700,000 abortions, which ended 70% of the one million
pregnancies recorded. This means that there were 2.33 babies
killed for every one allowed to be born. Government figures
show an equal percentage of abortions among unmarried and
among married women.
Germany Calls for Complete Cloning Ban
In direct defiance of Chancellor Gerhart Schroeder's pro-cloning
position, the German Parliament overwhelmingly approved
a declaration urging him and his UN delegation to change
their position. Members of all major German political parties
joined to vote in its favor. They requested that Germany
back a comprehensive ban on all forms of human cloning.
This would include the "clone and kill" research
type. It would also include the so-called "reproductive"
type. The Parliament even suggested that the German government
should partner with the United States to achieve this goal.
While not legally binding, this resolution should hopefully
cause the Chancellor to change his opinion, and this hopefully
will also be translated into a change of policy in the German
delegation at the United Nations.
Human Cloning Impossible?
It is possible that consistent failure in non-human primate
cloning attempts may predict that human cloning is "nearly
impossible." In the April issues of the journal Science,
researchers reported that they had worked extensively cloning
monkeys. They used 724 eggs from female monkeys, transferring
33 embryos into surrogates after cell division began, but
no pregnancies occurred. They postulate that the procedure
failed because the cloned embryos did not have the proper
protein to allow cells to divide properly. The chromosomes
"were scattered in a helter skelter fashion."
The Science article stated that "this is certainly
a nail in the coffin of reproductive cloning with the technology
we now have available." While this may signal that
human cloning is all but impossible, the editors said that
such a statement would be premature.
First Dolly, Now Matilda
Dolly was the first cloned sheep to survive, the only one
of 277 tries. She developed progressive premature arthritis,
other signs of premature aging, and then progressive lung
disease. All of these are common in a sheep nearing the
end of her average 11 to 12-year life span. Dolly was only
six when she was euthanized for the incurable illnesses.
Matilda was Australia's first cloned sheep. Only one week
after Dolly's death, Matilda died suddenly on February 19.
She was younger than Dolly. Sudden premature death has frequently
been reported in cloned mammals. The technique used to create
both of these sheep is exactly the technique that is being
proposed for human cloning, both "research," which
is the "clone and kill" type and "reproductive,"
which would bring the cloned human to term and birth.
Cloned Cow Killed
In a recent cloning attempt, two calves were born. These
were bantengs, a rare species of Asian cattle. One calf
weighed 40 pounds, which is average weight. The second calf
weighed 80 pounds, twice normal. The larger calf looked
healthy at first but then rapidly deteriorated and had to
be euthanized. This is a fairly common example among cloned
animals. Cloning is fraught with many problems, and this
illustrates one of them.
Not Eligible for Survivor's Benefits
A federal judge in the state of Arizona has ruled that two
children, conceived with the sperm of a deceased man, cannot
legally be considered his children and are thus ineligible
for survivor benefits under federal Social Security laws.
The father had been diagnosed with cancer and had his sperm
stored in the event that the chemotherapy rendered him infertile.
He did not survive. Ten months after his death, his wife
became pregnant by artificial insemination with his frozen
sperm. After the twins' birth, she went to court stating
that she was due survivor benefits from the government,
for these were her "natural children." The judge,
however, ruled that the child must have been conceived before
the parent's death to qualify.
Vietnam and Cloning
A new law in Vietnam, effective 1 May, now bans all human
cloning. It also bans surrogate motherhood and all methods
of choosing the sex of the unborn child. It still allows
in vitro fertilization but forbids foreigners from donating
or receiving eggs, sperm or embryos.
Surprise-UN Admits Population Drop
The UN population division had forecast that by 2050 there
would be 9.3 billion people on the earth. They have now
reduced their estimate to 8.9 billion. They stated that
half of the drop would be due to AIDS deaths, the other
half to a reduction in birthrate. It predicts that almost
every developed nation and three-fourths of less developed
nations will have birthrates below replacement by mid-century.
In those countries with the most disastrous birth dearths,
they predict that by mid-century Japan will lose 14 percent
of its population, Italy 22 percent, Bulgaria, Estonia,
Georgia, Latvia, Russia and Ukraine between 30 and 50 percent
of their current populations. Your editors note that, in
fact, the situation may even be worse than they are predicting.
Rotary Renews Pro-Abortion Commitment
Rotary International and the strongly pro-abortion UN Population
Fund have renewed their commitment to work together on population
and development issues around the world. The UNFPA press
release of February 5, 2003 welcomed the renewal of this
"memorandum of cooperation," stating, "We
cannot confront the massive challenges of poverty, hunger,
disease and environmental destruction unless we address
issues of population and reproductive health." This
is tragic (see article above). Rotary International has
been providing humanitarian service in 160 countries through
30,000 rotary clubs. Now they are turning to compulsory
abortion and sterilization in cooperation with the aggressively
Congenital Problems With IVF
In vitro fertilization has become a very common procedure
worldwide. Enough babies have now been born so that some
studies have been done on large groups. The findings are
somewhat disturbing. It seems that there are more problems
with these babies than those conceived and born naturally.
From The Netherlands has come a study showing that the risk
of retinoblastoma, a malignant tumor in the eye, has a risk
of up to seven times greater among children conceived by
IVF. In Britain, researchers have found a greater risk of
Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome (birth defects and childhood
cancer). In addition to these structural problems, there
were functional problems. IVF babies were twice as likely
to need neurological therapy, with the most common diagnosis
being cerebral palsy (3.7 times more common). The second
most common neurological problem, developmental delay, was
increased four-fold in IVF children. No causative reasons
for these problems were suggested.
A British teenage girl, Claire Stanley, who was taking "a
contraceptive pill favored by young girls because it improves
the complexion," died from a massive blood clot. ("Ananova"
More Babies in Russia?
On 27 December, the London Telegraph reported on
an interesting approach in the Russian city of Ahtubinsk,
a poverty-stricken region in southern Russia. They are attempting
what can only be described as a desperate effort to reverse
their dramatically falling birthrate. The government there
has announced that it will provide a free house to any married,
fertile woman who promises to bear at least three children.
In addition, her husband must be proven not to be an alcoholic
or on drugs. Providing she fulfills this childbearing obligation,
there would be no repayments to make on the house and after
five years she would owe nothing. We must note, as a comment,
that they are still doing nothing about the sky-high abortion
rate. We suggest that even this drastic solution may have
limited impact as long as they keep killing at least one
baby for every one conceived.
Stem Cell Research Replacing Cloning
Alan Trounson, Australian embryonic stem cell expert, has
stated that research on adult stem cells has advanced so
rapidly in the past few months that research cloning is
now unnecessary. He states, "My view is that there
are at least three or four other alternatives that are more
The following studies vindicating the above have been published
within the past year:
Summaries and detailed references on the above are available
from the Cincinnati Right to Life Office, P.O. Box 24073,
Cincinnati, Ohio 45224.
- In Humans, treating Parkinson's with Adult Stem Cells
and Other Alternatives
- Retinal Cell Implants Improve Parkinson's
- In Animals, Stimulating Adult Brain Stem Cells Decreases
- Progenitor Cells Reverse Severe Parkinson's Symptoms
- Gene Therapies Treat Parkinson's In Rats and Monkeys
- Adult Stem Cells Reprogrammed Without Cloning
- Adult Liver Stem Cells Make Pancreatic Cells, Reverse
Hyperglycemia in Diabetic Mice
- Adult Bone Marrow Stem Cells Transformed into Functional
- Adult Bone Marrow Stem Cells Form Blood Vessels
- Adult Muscle Stem Cells Form Multiple Tissues; Regenerate
- Therapeutic Cloning No Longer Needed, Says Leading
Embryonic Stem Cell Scientist
- Adult Stem Cells More Effective Than Embryonic Stem
Cells in Blood Formation
- Adult Bone Marrow Stem Cells Show Immune Tolerance,
Not Reject It
- Adult Stem Cells Stimulated To Form Insulin Secreting
- Adult Bone Marrow Stem Cells Can Repair Retina
- Adult Bone Marrow Stem Cells Could Prevent Blindness,
Grow New Blood Vessels
- Adult Bone Marrow Stem Cells Stimulate Growth in
Children With Bone Disease
U.S. States Pass Restrictive Abortion Laws
While it is impossible for a state to pass a law forbidding
abortion, due to the U.S. Supreme Court decisions, nevertheless
certain other laws that restrict or discourage abortion
can be passed. A good example of this has been recent action
in the state of Arkansas. The governor recently signed a
bill there authorizing the use of automobile license plates
which include the phrase "Choose Life." People
pay extra for this license plate, but the extra money goes
to a state agency promoting adoption. The state also recently
passed a law banning all human cloning. Finally, a third
law requires physicians to offer ultrasound imaging to women
seeking abortion. The woman must confirm in writing that
she has seen these images. While none of these laws forbid
abortion, the result of these and other laws has been a
slow reduction in the number of abortions.
Holland-Euthanasia Grossly Underreported
An investigative TV program aired in the Netherlands, 27
February, "The Reporter," said that thousands
of cases of life shortening acts are not being reported.
An anonymous survey of 355 lung specialists, cited by the
program, reported that many doctors resent the official
euthanasia paper work and requirement of reporting them,
which they say is too time-consuming. To evade this, under
the pretext of pain management, such doctors give very ill
persons lethal doses of morphine. Others are made unconscious
with heavy sedation and then starved to death.
Indonesia Condemns Abortion
Recently, the Ministry of Health in Jakarta submitted a
draft bill which would remove the present requirement for
a father of an unborn child to give his consent to an abortion
in cases where the continuation of a pregnancy would endanger
the mother's life. In response to this, the Indonesian Ulemas
Counsel, the country's highest Islamic authority, said,
"Under no circumstances is abortion condoned by any
religion; it is prohibited by all religions as it can be
categorized as murder." In a joint statement, representatives
of five religions objected to this draft bill.
Disturbing Rumbles in South America
Partly due to the absence of several lawmakers, the lower
house of Uruguay's Parliament approved a bill that would
legalize abortion in the first three months. The proposal
now goes to the Senate, where its chance for passage is
highly questionable. Even if the Senate kills this bill,
we still have much reason for concern, for the passage of
this bill would make Uruguay the first country in South
America to legalize abortion.
Australia's "Doctor Death" Has New "Death
The Australian version of Jack Kavorkian, Dr. Philip Nitschke,
has developed a new death machine. It pumps pure carbon
monoxide into a mask. The carbon monoxide replaces oxygen
in the red blood cells and this kills the patient. In order
to get around a law forbidding its use, he claims that it
can also pump pure oxygen and therefore could be used as
a lifesaving measure.
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