Fake Embryonic Stem Cell Researcher Hwang Woo-Suk Convicted of Fraud

Seoul, South Korea (LifeNews.com) — The South Korean scientist who brought international embarrassment to the field of embryonic stem cell research due to his fraudulent studies, was convicted today of embezzlement and illegally obtaining human eggs from his female subordinates. Supporters of Hwang, who was, at one time, a national hero because of his work, cheered as he was given a two-year suspended sentence instead of the four years in prison demanded by government prosecutors. He was also acquitted of one of the charges against him – fraudulently raising funds from private organizations. Hwang’s lies were an international scientific scandal and a particular source of embarrassment to Science, the world renowned journal which published his fraudulent findings. In 2004 the magazine published a paper by Hwang and fellow scientists at Seoul National University, in which they claimed that they had created the world’s first cloned human embryos, and extracted from them embryonic stem cells. A second paper announced that Hwang’s team created lines of stem cells genetically matched to particular patients — overcoming the immune system rejection issues that continue to plague embryonic stem cell research. Both claims, and virtually all of the information in the papers, were false. The judges found today that Hwang had misappropriated 830 million won ($600,000+) of research funds, but ruled that this had not been for his personal enrichment. He was acquitted of fraudulently obtained private donations worth another 2 billion won. Since his disgrace, Hwang, who first qualified as a veterinary scientist, has been stripped of his right to carry out stem cell research, and has focused on researching dog cloning at a private research center. To date, embryonic stem cell research and human cloning have yet to cure a single patient while the use of more ethical adult stem cells have helped patients with more than 100 diseases and conditions.

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Mississippi Runners Get Komen Refund After Seeing Planned Parenthood Gifts

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
October 23, 2009

Jackson, MS (LifeNews.com) — Runner in Mississippi who had pledged funds for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure got their money back after learning that the breast cancer research group has made donations to the Planned Parenthood abortion business and denies the abortion-breast cancer link.

A large group of Mississippi homeschoolers and their parents who frequently run for charitable causes signed up for the Komen race.

But after learning that Komen chapters gave more than $700,000 to Planned Parenthood in one year alone, they backed out and asked for a refund.

Steve Crampton of the homeschool cross-country running team “The Spartans” talked with the Internet web news site OneNewsNow.

“We asked [the Komen Foundation] for our money back, [and] they agreed to refund us graciously,” he said.

Crampton told ONN that the pro-life runners came up with their own version of the race.

He said, “[But] rather than have a weekend where we didn’t run at all, we decided [to try to] put something together ourselves. So it was pretty much last minute, but what has been birthed here is the ‘Race for the Unborn.'”

Proceeds from the Race for the Unborn will support the Mississippi personhood amendment that some pro-life advocates are supporting to attempt to change the state constitution to recognize the unborn.

“We have many folks already pre-registered for the race. We expect it’s going to be a great event,” he told the news service. “So it’s one of these occasions where we’ve, by God’s grace, turned a negative into a wonderful positive — and we think we can really do something to protect the unborn here.”
When they support Komen, Americans may not be aware that Komen’s own figures show it gave $711,485 from April 1, 2005 to March 31, 2006 to Planned Parenthood abortion businesses and at least $726,445 for 2006-2007. http://www.lifenews.com/nat5553.html

Susan G. Komen for the Cure spokeswoman Rebecca Gibson previously confirmed that at least 19 of the 122 Komen affiliates made grants to Planned Parenthood.

The amount of the grants from Komen affiliates to Planned Parenthood appears to be on the rise and 25 Komen affiliates now have a partnership with the abortion business.

Komen officials have dismissed the grants saying they are for breast cancer screenings, but pro-life advocates say the money is fungible and that it frees up funds Planned Parenthood could use for breast screenings but instead uses on abortions.

Michelle Obama and Jill Biden Promote Breast Cancer Awareness, Ignore Abortion

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — First lady Michelle Obama focused on health care reform as a women’s issue at a breast cancer event at the White House Friday, marking the third time in recent weeks she has weighed in on the health debate so directly. However, she and Jill Bide, wife of pro-abortion Vice-President Joe Biden ignored the link between abortion and breast cancer. Flanked by several House members, breast cancer survivors, and advocates, Obama and Biden said women with breast cancer are often denied coverage, or pay exorbitant premiums and out-of-pocket costs and are discriminated against in the current system. “The battle against breast cancer is personal,” said Biden, who founded the Biden Breast Cancer Initiative several years ago. “I am here for a future free of breast cancer.” Some 200,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer are diagnosed each year, and 40,000 women will die each year from the disease. Three woman spoke about the difficulties in getting treatment and Obama said their stories “take the veil off this disease” but they did not mention abortion. Most studies on the subject have found that having an abortion increases the risk of contracting breast cancer and having multiple abortions multiples the risk further. On the other hand, carrying a pregnancy to term, especially at a younger teen or young adult age, lowers a woman’s breast cancer risk. Obama and Biden didn’t share that information either. Obama said the health care bill in Congress, that includes massive abortion funding and subsidies, needed to be approved for better breast cancer research, but she attacked the pro-life advocates who oppose the bill because of the abortion funding. “First we have to get it passed, that’s the hard part,” she said. “We know there are folks who will do anything to stop reform.”

Personhood Colorado

Here is a link to a video about the importance of valuing humans while they are at the embryonic stage of development.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGmn2czQPrA

Pro-Life Canadian Student Placed in Isolation for Joining Abortion Awareness Day

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
October 21
, 2009

Petersborough, Canada (LifeNews.com) — The story of a pro-life student in Canada is generating concerns for the pro-life group that sponsored the recent Pro-Life Silent Day of Solidarity. Jennifer Rankin arrived at Peninsula Shores ready to participate in the event but found herself placed in isolation.

Hundreds of thousands of pro-life advocates joined the silent day on Tuesday wearing red tape on their mouths or red armbands to protest the millions of abortions that take place in Canada and the United States.

Rankin joined them by wearing red tape and preparing to pass out a flier to anyone who asked her why she would remain silent throughout the school day.

Instead, a school principal alerted police and met Rankin and her mother at the entrance where she told them that the protest is not welcome at the school. Ultimately, school officials allowed Rankin into the building but kept her in isolation away from other students.

“I was taken directly into a small room that was opposite the vice-principal’s office and I was in there all day,” Rankin told the Petersborough Examiner newspaper. “I wasn’t allowed to speak with or see any other students and students were not allowed to come and see me and I was isolated in that room for the entire day.”

She told the paper that she feels she was subject to unfair discrimination because of her pro-life views.

“I felt very discriminated by it. I don’t think it was right at all what happened,” Rankin said.

School principal Pat Cavan told the Examiner that the protest violated school policy.

“School property is not a public place,” Cavan said. “So while absolutely we support the right to free speech in a public space, that’s not school property.”

Cavan said she told Rankin about how she could not participate in the protest days in advance and Rankin was the only student to show interest after school officials stopped her and her friends last year.

Bryan Kemper, the head of Stand True ministries, the national sponsor of the Silent Day campaign, told LifeNews.com he is disappointed by the incident.

“What happened to Jennifer is atrocious and the principal of the school should be charged with child abuse. The punishment he gave Jennifer is that of a criminal charged with a violent crime, not a young girl who was speaking out for life and against violence,” he said.

“I am in shock that the principal would be standing there with police cruisers waiting to arrest a child for voicing an opinio. This honestly sounds like a plot to some futuristic movie, this can’t be the times we live in now can it?” he added.

Kemper called Jennifer a “true hero who should be applauded for her courage and willingness to sacrifice.”

“I would be so proud if my daughters turned out as amazing as Jennifer,” he said

Health Care Debate Continues

By Republican National Coalition for Life

 You may have noticed that John Stossel is no longer at ABC News.  Since leaving his ABC (“20-20”) program, he has signed with FOX News Channel.

 Below is a link to the special John Stossel did on the current health care debate, which was delayed by ABC until after Henry Waxman’s House Committee voted on HR 3200.

 Please watch this video and share it with others.  There is still time for citizens to actively participate in the process and to let their representatives in Congress know that Americans do not want to duplicate failed Canadian or European systems of health care.  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9GMKK_fWKg

Pro-Life News: Embryo Adoption, Montana, Planned Parenthood, Abortion, New York, Arizona

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
October 14, 2009
 

Survey Shows Americans Prefer Embryo Adoption to Destroying Them in Research
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) —
In a recent national public opinion survey, a significantly higher proportion of American adults would choose to place frozen human embryos with infertile couples for the purpose of bearing a child. Interestingly, the survey also revealed that twice as many Americans read or heard about human embryos in connection with stem cell research than in connection with embryo donation or adoption. Conducted in May and June 2009, the survey, “Public Opinion Regarding the Disposition of Frozen Human Embryos,” found that a significantly higher proportion of American adults (68.8 percent) prefer frozen human embryo placement with other families, but less than one out of five (19.5 percent) prefer donation of the embryos for research. Although 88 percent surveyed had heard about human embryos in the past 6 months, less than half (37.1 percent) heard about them in connection with donation or adoption. More than twice as many Americans (82.2 percent) heard about human embryos in connection with stem cell research. Even the sub-group “very liberal” preferred donation to an infertile couple (49.1 percent) over donation for research (43.4 percent) the Nightlight Christian Adoptions survey found. When asked the question, “How do you characterize your personal belief or philosophy regarding the point at which embryos are thought of as human lives,” the largest proportion (42.6 percent) chose conception, followed closely by viability of pregnancy (30.4 percent). Fewer respondents chose the point when an embryo was transferred to the woman’s womb (13.8 percent) and after the birth of the child (13.2 percent).

 

New York Lawsuit Would Stop Paying Women for Donating Eggs for Research
Albany, NY (LifeNews.com) —
Feminists Choosing Life of New York (FCLNY) filed suit Friday in New York State Supreme Court in Albany to block the use of taxpayer funds to pay women recruited to “donate” their eggs for embryonic stem cell research. FCLNY director Wendy McVeigh told LifeNews.com Wednesday, “New York State has the responsibility to protect women. Instead, the state is using taxpayers’ dollars to entice young, economically vulnerable women to experiment in this medically risky procedure.” New York State is the first governmental entity anywhere in the U.S. to approve taxpayer money to pay women to undergo an invasive procedure to harvest eggs for embryonic stem cell research. The legal complaint was filed on October 9, 2009 in Feminists Choosing Life of New York v. Empire State Stem Cell Board. In part, the complaint states, “The Payment for Eggs Program provides significant monetary inducements to women to engage in this painful and risky procedure, which in part disproportionately appeals to economically vulnerable women…. (it)… fails to satisfactorily provide for informed consent and other safeguards to ensure adequate disclosure to women of the risks of egg harvesting.” On June 11, 2009, the Empire State Stem Cell Board (ESSCB), which was given the responsibility for administering the funds, passed a resolution authorizing significant taxpayer monies of up to $10,000 per donation to be used to compensate young women who donate their eggs for research. FCLNY also argues that research on adult stem cells, which are plentiful and don’t involve the ethical and medical concerns of embryonic stem cell research, have produced positive results that make the egg donation program funded by taxpayer monies excessive spending.