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The Future of Stem Cell Therapy

The scientist who cloned Dolly the Sheep says the future of stem cell therapy is not embryonic, but adult stem cells because they're safer to use for patients than ESCR, which can cause tumors.  It's also safer for the embryos.

Blog Post | Bio-Ethics | Melinda Penner | December 7, 2011

Graphic Abortion Images on Facebook?

Greg got a question on the radio program recently from a Tweeple (someone who engages the program live on Twitter @STRtalk) who wondered whether it was appropriate to post graphic abortion images on someone's own Facebook profile page.  The concern is that these show up in the News Feed (Unsolicited rant: I hate the new format-FB keeps making things worse with every change) and they can be seen by children accidentally who happen to be nearby.  Greg didn't think it was inappropriate.  He asked me my opinio

Blog Post | Bio-Ethics | Melinda Penner | October 10, 2011

What Scientific Tests Can't Tell Us

Time Magazine reports on the first trials of highly-anticipated embryonic stem cell experiments. They will help scientists answer a critical question: After all the controversy over embryonic stem cells, are therapies derived from them safe and ultimately effective?A lot of hopes and wishes have been placed on the effectiveness of ESCR therapies.  And our hearts go out to those suffering.

Blog Post | Bio-Ethics | Melinda Penner | June 20, 2011

Just a Clump of Cells? created a video that visually brings home the idea that “Abortion, at any and every stage of pregnancy, kills a rapidly developing, genetically-distinct human being.” These images of prenatal development (including some incredible video) will be surprising to some, and Abort73 did a great job putting this together in a compelling way. Take three minutes to watch, then pass it on.

Blog Post | Bio-Ethics | Melinda Penner | June 16, 2011

A Dilemma that Doesn't Prove Anything

We got a questions asking about the "save one baby or save five embryos from a burning laboratory" dilemma.  Assuming a pro-lifer saves the baby, it's supposed to "prove" that we don't really think that the embryos are fully human beings.  But it doesn't do that at all.  Here's why. 

Blog Post | Bio-Ethics | Melinda Penner | June 9, 2011

Men and Abortion

So do men's point of view about abortion matter since women are the ones who are pregnant? The first part of the response is a Columbo - What does someone's sex have to do with the validity of a moral view? The goal is to get them to deal with the arguments, not a sort of ad hominem.

Blog Post | Bio-Ethics | Melinda Penner | March 8, 2011

India's Terry Schaivo

A woman in India, who's been in a coma since 1973, is the subject of a court case to remove her from life support.  The doctors and nurses have apparently happily cared for her without the help of her family for nearly 40 years - God bless them!  But now an activist is pushing the courts to remove life support - killing her. The government opposes it.

Blog Post | Bio-Ethics | Melinda Penner | March 4, 2011

No Responsibility?

This discussion about abortion between Ross Douthat and Michelle Goldberg is stunning primarily for how Goldberg can see no responsibility for a pregnancy.  Feminists have so successfully disengaged the sex and pregnancy that she can see no obligation whatsoever for the consequences of one's chosen behavior for the child that results.

Blog Post | Bio-Ethics | Melinda Penner | January 13, 2011

"Mass of Tissue"

Go take a look at the photographs taken of a perfectly formed baby at ten weeks gestation.  It's very sad to realize we're looking at a baby who died for the sake of the mother's life.  But it's stunning to see, wholly in tact, the perfectly formed baby that is usually called a "mass of tissue" by those who would endorse aborting it for unethical reasons.

Blog Post | Bio-Ethics | Melinda Penner | October 15, 2010


41% of pregnancies in New York City end in abortion, far above the national average.  But city legislators are using a canard to limit the opportunity to offer women information about their babies and ther choices other than abortion.  Read about this development.

Blog Post | Bio-Ethics | Melinda Penner | October 15, 2010