UC-San Francisco loses $2 million contract over fetal tissue concerns

National Institutes of Health won't renew contract to conduct research into therapies for various ailments, including AIDS and Parkinson's disease, over concerns about use of fetal tissue

The National Institutes of Health will not renew a contract with the University of California San Francisco over concerns about the project’s use of fetal tissue. According to the Orlando Sentinel, the decision was communicated to UCSF last week following instruction from the “highest levels.” The contract was worth approximately $2 million per year. The work in the UCSF lab … [Read more...]

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Appeals court overturns assisted suicide ruling by lower court judge

Appellate panel says plaintiffs lacked standing to file lawsuit but stopped short of ruling on constitutionality of California's End of Life Option Act

A state appeals court in California has vacated a lower court ruling that struck the state’s physician-assisted suicide law as unconstitutional, finding the Christian doctors who challenged the 2016 law lacked standing to sue because they didn’t show they’ll be forced to help patients die. The Fourth Appellate District's Nov. 27 ruling did not, however, decide the … [Read more...]

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HHS dumps contract with fetal parts company

Will keep experiments using humanized mice

In response to pressure from Congress and pro-life groups, including Operation Rescue, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has terminated a contract with Advanced Biosciences, a company that procures aborted baby remains from abortion facilities and sells them. According to a press statement released late yesterday, “HHS is now conducting an audit of all … [Read more...]

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No federally approved treatments have been produced

San Francisco Chronicle review of California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, approved by voters in 2004, reveals agency falling far short of promises

In 2004 California voted 59% to 41% for Proposition 71, an amendment to the state constitution which would create the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine through a US$3 billion bond issue. Interest added another $3 billion to the bill. Now the CIRM’s funding has nearly run out and its supporters plan to ask voters to authorize another $5 billion in funding in … [Read more...]

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Archbishop John Nienstedt steps away from Napa Institute

Napa Institute statement: "In light of the Napa Institute’s efforts to promote a faithful lay-led reform, Archbishop Nienstedt has stepped aside from his responsibilities with the Napa Institute effective immediately"

Archbishop John Nienstedt has “stepped aside from his responsibilities” at the Napa Institute, the Irvine, California-based organization announced Aug. 15. According to the institute, since 2016 Archbishop Nienstedt had been an independent contractor with the Napa Institute, where he edited its conference proceedings for publication, celebrated Masses and participated in its … [Read more...]

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Assisted suicide on steroids

California Senate approves bill making it legal to encourage others to commit suicide

The California Senate rushed through AB 282 through on the first day that the legislature returned from recess. The bill legalizes aiding, advising, or encouraging assisted suicide. The bill was passed August 7. Lifenews writes that the law “grants complete legal immunity to anyone who wants to facilitate the death of someone who is defined as “terminally ill” under … [Read more...]

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FDA seeks “fresh” aborted baby parts

"The objective is to acquire Tissue for Humanized Mice,” says an FDA “presolicitation notice” for the contract

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration signed a new contract on July 25 to acquire “fresh” human fetal tissue to transplant into “humanized mice” so that these mice will have a functioning “human immune system,” according to information published by the FDA and the General Services Administration. “The objective is to acquire Tissue for Humanized Mice,” said a June 13 FDA … [Read more...]

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Is Church teaching changing on the death penalty?

While in the developed West, use of the death penalty may, in fact, be almost completely unnecessary, not all parts of the world are as developed

The Church has consistently taught that the state has the authority to use the death penalty. But, in recent years, popes and bishops have become more vocal in calling for an end to its use. Many Catholics instinctively favor life over death, even after the worst crimes, and some are left wondering if the Church’s mind is changing. Two recent cases highlighted an apparent … [Read more...]

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Girl at center of debate over brain death has died

Jahi McMath lived more than four years after Alameda County coroner issued a death certificate

In the years since Jahi McMath was declared brain dead, she sometimes showed signs of life: a twitch of her finger, the wiggling of a toe. Those moments, and their Christian faith, invigorated Jahi’s family in their fight to keep the girl on life support. “Jahi wasn't brain dead or any kind of dead,” her mother, Nailah Winkfield, told the Associated Press. “She was a girl … [Read more...]

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Was it a crime?

Police say pregnant woman had boyfriend punch her in the stomach repeatedly to kill unborn child, district attorney unsure if the couple violated the law

A baby died May 24 at Kern Medical after being pulled from the womb with a fractured skull. Police believe the baby girl's parents are to blame, but the case has presented a legal conundrum eliciting strong opinions about how to proceed. The mother is believed to have been 30 weeks into her pregnancy when she arrived at the hospital, according to a search warrant affidavit … [Read more...]

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