By Elizabeth Lopatto Feb 24, 2014 11:01 PM CT A new technology aimed at eliminating genetic disease in newborns would combine the DNA of three people, instead of just two, to create a child, potentially redrawing ethical lines for designer babies. The process works by replacing potentially variant DNA in the unfertilized eggs of a hopeful mother with disease-free genes from a donor. U.S. regulators today will begin weighing whether the procedure, used only in monkeys so far, is safe enough to be tested in humans. Because the process would change only a small, specific part of genetic code, scientists say a baby would largely retain the physical characteristics of the parents. Still, DNA from all three — mother, father…Continue Reading
Published February 24, 2014 FoxNews.com Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is facing pressure from both sides of a heated debate over religious rights, as she weighs whether to sign a bill that would legally protect businesses that deny services to customers for religious reasons. The bill cleared the Arizona Legislature last week. Opponents are calling the measure “state-sanctioned discrimination” and raising such scenarios as gays being denied restaurant service or medical treatment when a business owner’s religion doesn’t condone homosexuality. The bill updates existing Arizona law on the “exercise of religion” and protects businesses, corporations and people from lawsuits if they deny services based
Letter sent to Pope Francis from 52 organisations Leaders of 52 organisations from Europe, the United States and Asia working for reform in the Catholic Church have sent a letter to Pope Francis requesting a meeting. Included are the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) in Ireland and the Irish We Are Church lay movement. In the letter, they urge the pope to take immediate steps to appoint more women to church leadership positions and to end the practice of banning people from Communion. “We share with people throughout the world the great joy of your election to the Chair of Peter and the abundant hope engendered by your vision for our church,” the letter says. “Of the many issues you have addressed this first year in your new ministry,…Continue Reading
Published February 22, 2014 Associated Press CHICAGO – A federal appeals court on Friday ruled against the University of Notre Dame in a case over parts of the federal health care law that forces it to provide health insurance for students and employees that covers contraceptives. The U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago upheld a federal judge’s earlier ruling that denied the Roman Catholic school’s request for a preliminary injunction that would prevent it from having to comply with the birth control requirement as the university’s lawsuit moves forward. The lawsuit challenges a compromise in the Affordable Health Care Act offered by the Obama administration that attempted to create a buffer for religiously affiliated…Continue Reading
February 22, 2014 By Judie Brown Imagine that your doctor has just given you the terrific news that your annual checkup went well and that all of your tests show that you are in perfect health. Then imagine that he hands you a script and says, “Take this every day. It has many side effects, including lethal ones.” You would be loath to begin this regimen. Yet, this is what countless women do each day when they use contraception to “prevent” a pregnancy. On the heels of news that former daytime talk show host Ricki Lake is producing a forthcoming documentary on the dangers of contraception, we find a unique concern. “Lake will act as executive producer alongside director Abby
A homosexual patient at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington alleged that an archdiocesan priest refused to administer the last rites to him. Father Brian Coelho, who declined comment for the Washington Post article, reportedly was in the midst of hearing the patient’s confession when they were interrupted. He reportedly told the man that he was willing to pray with him but could not administer the sacraments to him. One of the paragraphs in the article implies that the patient is an “active participant” in the homosexual lifestyle.
by Kirsten Andersen Fri Feb 21, 2014 16:03 EST Updated at 7:46 p.m. Eastern time. ALBUQUERQUE, NM, February 21, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Despite a growing number of studies showing that pornography affects brains the same way as alcohol or drugs, a New Mexico-based sex researcher says porn use is not addictive and may be positive – a conclusion an expert told LifeSiteNews is “malarkey.” “The Emperor Has No Clothes” is the inflammatory title of an article written by clinical psychologist David Ley for the Current Sexual Health Report medical journal. In it, Ley notes that only 37 percent of current studies on compulsive pornography use the word “addiction” to describe the behavior, and that there is no such addiction listed…Continue Reading