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Plan Vote on Pro-Abortion Elena Kagan Next Week, May Limit Debate

Groups Play Defense After Obama Health Care Abortion $ Exposed

OKs First Embryonic Stem Cell Research Trial on Humans, Despite Concerns

Board Pursues Case Against Practitioner in Botched Abortion Death

Poll Has Pro-Abortion Crist Leading Pro-Life Rubio in Key Senate Race

DISCLOSE Act Furthers, Not Stops, Political Culture of Corruption

Hope Helps Hares Hop: Adult Stem Cells Regrow Joints for Rabbits

Pro-Life News: Abortion, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Washington,
Missouri, Illinois

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Plan Vote on Pro-Abortion Elena Kagan Next Week, May Limit Debate

DC ( — Senate Democrats plan a vote next week on the nomination
of abortion advocate Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. They also plan to
severely limit the amount of debate and discussion about Kagan’s nomination
on the Senate floor, which is prompting an outcry from Republicans.

Democratic Leader Harry Reid and his top allies plan to open the debate
on the Kagan nomination late Tuesday or Wednesday and will bring the debate
to a close with a vote at the end of Thursday.

short debate time compared with past nominees is seen by political observers
as payback for Republicans blocking the DISCLOSE Act, a restrictive campaign
finance bill pro-life groups opposed because it would place restrictions
on their ability to discuss legislative and political issues and potentially
expose their donors.

move is also seen as a way to close up shop earlier than expected so endangered
pro-abortion Democratic senators can get on the campaign trail and defend
their seats in what is shaping up to be an election that will see a pro-life

GOP Whip Jon Kyl, a pro-life Arizona senator, told The Hill the compacted
debate time is not appropriate for a Supreme Court nominee.

It s
not a good idea, he said. [Chief Justice John] Roberts and [Justice
Samuel] Alito took four and five days on the floor, and Sotomayor was three.
It s pretty hard to do a nominee in less than three full days if everyone
is going to have a right to speak. I don’t know how you shut senators up
and say they don’t have a right to speak. That would not be a good thing."
Full story at

Groups Play Defense After Obama Health Care Abortion $ Exposed

DC ( — In new interviews today with the web site Politico,
leaders of pro-abortion groups admit they’re playing defense now that pro-life
groups exposed the way in which the Obama administration had planned to
fund abortions in health care until they forced officials to back down from
the plans.

National Right to Life Committee
the abortion funding
in the high risk health insurance pools the new
ObamaCare law created. Obama officials allowed
to fund abortions in the newly-created program.

Obama administration authorized abortion funding in three states before
backing down and
proposed guidelines
limiting the funding — although they
will only apply
to the high risk pools and pro-life groups will still
have to ferret out abortion funding in other programs.

to the developments, pro-abortion groups admit they were caught off-guard
but now promise to watch the Obama administration closely on future abortion
funding aspects of the health care law.

is not the outcome we expected, Laurie Rubiner, Planned Parenthood
vice president for public policy, told Politico. We now know we need
to be vigilant to make sure there aren’t other areas of the law where there
is silence. There is a whole host of areas that we’re going to be watching
like a hawk.
Full story at

OKs First Embryonic Stem Cell Research Trial on Humans, Despite Concerns

DC ( — The Obama administration has approved the bid by cloning
company Geron to undertake the first trial involving the use of embryonic stem
cells in humans. They have never been used before in people because the cells
cause tumors and have immune system rejection issues when tried in animals.

and pro-life advocates say human embryonic stem cells are not ready for trial
because problems associated with the cells in animals haven’t been solved. The
embryonic stem cells still cause tumors and have issues with the immune system
rejecting the injection of the cells.

The Food
and Drug Administration has initially placed the trial on hold but Geron indicated
today that the agency is now allowing it to proceed with an early stage trial
on an stem cell therapy for acute spinal cord injury.

placed a hold on the trial last August, when evidence showed Geron’s GRNOPC1
encountered safety issues when used in animal studies. Geron’s own data showed
higher frequency of small cysts within the injury site in the spinal cord of
animals injected with the embryonic cells.

are pleased with the FDA s decision to allow our planned clinical trial
of GRNOPC1 in spinal cord injury to proceed, said Thomas B. Okarma, Geron’s

Dr. John
A. Kessler, chairman of neurology and director of the stem cell institute at
Northwestern University, said the first application from Geron for the embryonic
stem cell trial was flawed.

really want the best trial to be done for this first trial, and this might not
be it, he said at the time.

Full story at

Board Pursues Case Against Practitioner in Botched Abortion Death

CA ( — The Medical Board of California this week amended its
complaint against abortion practitioner Andrew Rutland to include the charge
of homicide in connection with the death of an Asian woman who died from a botched
abortion he performed at his facility.

The action
from the medical board follows on the heels of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s
Office reclassifying Ying Chen’s death as a homicide.

Now, the
medical board as scheduled a February 2011 hearing to consider whether or not
to revoke Rutland’s medical license.

killed Chen by administering anesthesia to her and not knowing the proper dosage
after she visited his San Gabriel facility last July for a second-trimester

injected lidocaine, a local anesthetic, in her cervix and the woman began to
have an immediate reaction. The abortion practitioner began to perform CPR but
the board documents say there was a "significant delay" in him calling
911 for emergency medical help for the woman.

Ying was
in cardiac arrest when the ambulance arrived and was taken to a hospital, where
she died six days later. An autopsy revealed Rutland gave the woman the wrong
dosage of the anesthesia.
Full story at

Poll Has Pro-Abortion Crist Leading Pro-Life Rubio in Key Senate Race

FL ( — A new poll out of Florida has pro-abortion Governor
Charlie Crist leading pro-life former state House Speaker Marco Rubio in
the marquee Senate matchup this November. The new Quinnipiac University
survey released today says Crist is benefiting from a positive approval
rating from Florida voters.

37 percent of Florida voters now support Crist in his independent bid for
the Senate seat while 32 percent of Floridians back Rubio.

17 percent back pro-abortion Democratic candidate Jeff Greene and 14 percent
are undecided.

pro-abortion congressman Kendrick Meek win the Democratic primary next month
over Greene, the Quinnipiac University poll shows Crist at 39 percent, Rubio
at 33 percent, meek with 13 percent and 17 percent undecided.

In the
Democratic primary matchup, Greene leads Meek by 10 percent and 35 percent
of Democratic voters are still undecided.

new survey indicates that Crist, who upset pro-life advocates by
a bill
that would have helped women by allowing them to see an ultrasound
of their unborn baby before an abortion, is helped by getting the support
of half of independent voters, 20 percent of Republicans and 40 percent
of Democratic voters in the possible November matchups.
Full story at

DISCLOSE Act Furthers, Not Stops, Political Culture of Corruption

Ralph Reed

Democrats in the Senate failed in their effort to invoke cloture (that is,
end debate) on the
, perhaps the most Orwellian-named piece of legislation in recent

bill would have subjected donors of grassroots organizations to public scrutiny
and regulatory harassment whether their contribution was used for the broadcast
of an ad advocating the election or defeat of a candidate or not.

for example, if someone wrote a large contribution to an organization opposing
higher taxes, even if other funds were used to broadcast an express advocacy
communication, the donor would be reported to the Federal Election Commission.
It is an attempt by the Democrats in the Senate to regulate and restrict
speech, silence critics of their extremist policies, and intimidate opponents
of the administration and the Democratic majority.

It tramples
on the First Amendment and the freedom of association. Unless, that is,
you are a labor union—groups funded with membership dues are largely exempt.
What a surprise! As is the Sierra Club. And the National Rifle Association,
which vowed to score a vote for the DISCLOSE Act as a vote against gun rights.
Democrats knew that would defeat the bill so they carved out a safe harbor
for the NRA. This is not equal protection under the law; it is Chicago-style

A broad,
bipartisan coalition opposes the DISCLOSE Act . The American Civil Liberties
Union opposes the bill because it violates the First Amendment. So does
just about every conservative organization in the country.
Full story at

Hope Helps Hares Hop: Adult Stem Cells Regrow Joints for Rabbits

by David
a proof-of-concept study using a rabbit model, researchers have
a functioning limb joint grown naturally using the host s
own adult stem cells. Prof. Jeremy J. Mao and his team at Columbia University
Medical Center, along with colleagues from the University of Missouri and
Clemson University, published their report online in

They fabricated an anatomically correct 3-dimensional bioscaffold infused
with the protein growth factor TGFß3, and implanted the scaffolds
into rabbits that had their forelimb thigh joint removed. Other rabbits
had scaffolds implanted without the added protein, or no bioscaffold at
all. Four weeks later, rabbits that received the protein-laden scaffolds
were able to resume normal movements, like rabbits with normal functional

The treated rabbits had grown their own joint using their own adult stem
cells. The authors said their findings showed regeneration without
cell transplantation. The rabbits own adult stem cells were
attracted to the scaffold joint site by the protein growth factor, homed
to the location of the missing joint, and regenerated cartilage and bone
in two separate layers.

published results actually show two new findings: regenerating a limb joint
for the first time, with the animals resuming normal function with the new
joint, and also the regenerated limb joint being created from the animal s
own endogenous stem cells, not stem cells that are harvested and manipulated
outside the host s body.
Full story at

Republican Leader Praises new Bill to Codify Hyde Amendment Plus

DC ( —

House Republican Leader John Boehner is praising Rep. Chris Smith and the
Republicans and Democrats who
critical legislation
that will codify the pro-life Hyde amendment and
bar Congress from using taxpayer funds for abortion or abortion coverage.

I m
proud to be an original cosponsor to Rep. Smith s bill, which would
protect life, codify the pro-life Hyde amendment and bar Congress from using
taxpayer funds for abortion or abortion coverage," he said.

Full story at

Primary August 3rd, Numerous Crucial Races to be Decided

MI ( —

On August 3rd, Michigan voters will cast their votes and decide a number
of crucial primary races. Getting out the pro-life vote in the primary election
is crucial because only approximately 20% of registered voters will vote
in primary.

primary season the Right to Life of Michigan Political Action Committee
(RLM-PAC) made 386 endorsements, ranging from governor to county commission.
There are 38 state senators and 110 state representatives to be elected
in November, but the August 3 primary election will in many cases be the
determining election.
Full story at

Poll Shows Pro-Life Pat Toomey Holding Small Lead Over Sestak

PA ( —

Pat Toomey, the pro-life candidate, continues to hold a small lead over
pro-abortion Democratic Congressman Joe Sestak in Pennsylvania s U.S.
Senate race.

latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters in the state
shows Toomey earning 45% support, while Sestak picks up 39% of the vote.
Six percent (6%) prefer another candidate in the race, and 10% are undecided.
That s little changed from two weeks ago.

Pro-Abortion Senator Patty Murray Leads Pro-Life Challengers

WA ( —

Democratic Senator Patty Murray, who is an abortion advocate, leads all
three of her pro-life potential challengers in potential November election

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Washington State voters
shows Murray earns support from 49% of likely voters in a matchup with pro-life
candidate Dino Rossi, who picks up 47% support.

Pro-Life Candidate Blunt Opens Bigger Lead on Carnahan for Senate

City, MO ( —

Republican Congressman Roy Blunt has opened a slightly wider lead over Democrat
Robin Carnahan in Missouri s race for the U.S. Senate.
A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in the state shows
Blunt earning 49% support, his best showing since March, while Carnahan
picks up 43% of the vote. Four percent (4%) like another candidate in the
race, and four percent (4%) more are undecided.

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Catholic Professor Vindicated, Will be Allowed to Teach at University of Illinois

IL ( —

The University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana confirmed to Alliance Defense
Fund attorneys Thursday that it will once again allow popular professor Dr.
Kenneth Howell to teach on Catholicism after recently firing him for explaining
the Roman Catholic Church s position on human sexual behavior to members
of his class.

Citizens for Life Backs Jeff Perry for 10th Congressional District

MA ( —

The Massachusetts Citizens for Life Federal PAC, the political arm of Massachusetts
Citizens for Life, has endorsed Jeff Perry for Congress in the Tenth Congressional

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