Friday, October 29, 2010

Non-establishment America

Note by Marc Aupiais

My number one source on American politics, InforumBlog, asks an interesting question:

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Non-establishment America

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What is the Tea Party, who do they represent, what do they stand for, and are they here to stay?

The media are newly interested, on the eve of the elections now undeniably shaped by this band of brothers and sisters, bound in common cause. How to pin that down…?"

Read her analysis:

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American dissidents use University chairs to undermine the Vatican

Note by Marc Aupiais

Before the 2008 elections, which elected Barack Obama to office- the Vatican stated it considered his plans an act of war against Roman Catholicism- plans he enacted.

I recently received an email from the Cardinal Newman society recently, noting the role dissident Catholics play in undermining the church and Catholics. Fortunately in some American Catholic institutions they are not the norm. In South African Catholic schools, Catholic children are often educated by practising homosexuals, and priests, Catholic hierarchy connected publications, and teachers and catechists such as RCIA, Communion and Confirmation teachers spend their time and budgets often instilling heresy in children- in direct opposition to Vatican positions on issues such as sex, sexuality, abortion, and absolute truth. One place where there is a movement to help stop dissidents pushing the faithful from the church is not South Africa, where every effort is made at reverse evangelism from the pulpit, RCIA stage and against children whose parents stupidly pay to have them confirmed. I was informed by a dissident with much power in one catechetical program that most Catholics in the Johannesburg Archdiocese leave the church after confirmation. 10 percent of claimed Catholics, 1 percent of the population go to church on Sundays, in the Archdiocese- one need only wonder why. One place there is a movement to resist this is in America:

" Renewing Catholic Higher Education

October 29, 2010

The Cardinal Newman Society - Urgent Notice    

The "poster boy" for dissent on Catholic college campuses—Father Charles Curran—has emerged from his exile to launch a pre-election assault against the Catholic Church's PRO-LIFE efforts.    

In a highly publicized speech yesterday, Father Curran attacked the Church's rationale that abortion must be illegal because it is "intrinsically evil" and claimed that Catholic voters should not give priority to abortion over issues like health care.    

Curran provoked a public response from Dallas Bishop Kevin Farrell, who said that "on the taking of innocent human life there is no room for ambiguity."    

And Curran's speech directly contradicted the Vatican's Cardinal-designate Raymond Burke, who said in an interview also released yesterday:    

"You can never vote for someone who favors absolutely the right to choice of a woman to destroy a human life in her womb or the right to a procured abortion."    

And Father Curran's attack is not an isolated incident!    

His speech was praised today by Jesuit Father Thomas Reese as representing "the mainstream of current thought by Catholic moral theologians."    

Father Reese, a senior fellow at Georgetown University's Woodstock Theological Center, is a leading source for media reporters seeking a "liberal" Catholic voice.    

Curran is joined by other Catholic college theologians who, in what may be a coordinated effort, are trying to influence the Catholic vote.    

The Jesuits' America magazine recently published a Notre Dame theologian's essay defending Catholics who vote for pro-abortion candidates—with supporting essays by theologians at Boston College the University of Santa Clara.    

No surprise: two of the theologians were members of Barack Obama's "National Catholic Advisory Committee" during the 2008 election.    

The Cardinal Newman Society needs your financial help to stop this!    

For 17 years, The Cardinal Newman Society has stood in the way of dissent and scandal on Catholic college campuses.    

We have repeatedly warned about the serious damage to students' faith and to the Church that has been caused by Catholic college theologians—like ex-priest Daniel Maguire at Marquette University, and Father Richard McBrien at the University of Notre Dame.    

Maguire has been publicly censured by the U.S. bishops' doctrinal committee for "irresponsible" teaching that is in "serious error."    

For many years he led a pro-abortion nonprofit that attacked the Vatican on abortion, birth control, gay marriage and more—all the while earning his paycheck from a Catholic university!    

More recently, an influential group of 25 leading "theologians"—11 of them citing Catholic college credentials—lobbied Congress to reject pro-life concerns about Obamacare.    

Now comes along the hero of dissenting Catholic theologians!    

Father Charles Curran was ousted from the theology department at The Catholic University of America by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger—now Pope Benedict XVI—when he publicly dissented on birth control, homosexuality and marriage.    

That's precisely the sort of action we need to protect society and young Catholic students from a Catholic theologian who yesterday:

• smugly accused the Church of claiming "too great a certitude for their position on abortion law," which cannot be distinguished logically from "the death penalty, health care, nuclear deterrence, housing."

• raised doubts about "the reality of the early embryo" as a human person.

• argued that "there is no consensus" in society about abortion, so Catholics could "accept the present legal situation of abortion in this country" and "give the benefit of doubt to the freedom of the woman."      

Now thanks to the Holy Father, Father Curran is no longer teaching at The Catholic University of America—and the bishops' university has improve tremendously over the past decade to become one of the most faithful Catholic institutions!    

The renewal of Catholic higher education is possible—and that has been the important work of The Cardinal Newman Society for 17 years.    

But dissident theologians remain employed by many of our leading Catholic universities, and this problem can only be solved by a concerted effort to expose and root out dissent and scandal.    

The Cardinal Newman Society needs your financial support to confront dissident theologians and rescue Catholic education!    

Because Curran, Maguire and others demonstrate how powerful they can be, perched in the theology departments of leading Catholic universities.    

The dissent in Catholic higher education has played a significant role in the confusion and infidelity among Catholics since Vatican II.    

On the "right" to abortion…    

On the "right" to homosexual "marriage"…    

On the "right" to ignore Vatican teaching.    

And Catholic students are buying it! 

According to researchers at Georgetown University, 31 percent of students at Catholic colleges become more pro-abortion by graduation, and 39 percent become more supportive of same-sex "marriage.    

Shouldn't they become more Catholic?    And nearly one in eight Catholic students at Catholic colleges leave the Church!    

The impact of dissent on Catholic campuses is clear, and we need your help to expand our efforts to put a stop to this scandal!    

Please support The Cardinal Newman Society's work with an immediate gift by clicking HERE.    

Because the assault on the Vatican, on the Catholic vote, and on Catholic families will continue if we don't stand up against it.    

The mid-term elections are important, which is why the dissidents are showing their true colors.    

But the renewal of Catholic education is essential.    

We cannot win back authentic Catholic identity, let alone win hearts and minds to God, if the Catholic Church is undermined by our own educators.    

That's why The Cardinal Newman Society—together with 367,000 signers to our petition—so vocally opposed Notre Dame's commencement honor to President Obama last year.    

And it's why we continue to work against campus scandals like the obscene play The Vagina Monologues and honors to pro-abortion politicians.    

Please join us in this effort to reclaim our Catholic identity!

Sincerely Yours,
Patrick J. Reilly
President, The Cardinal Newman Society

P.S.  Regardless of the election results, pro-life Catholics face serious challenges over the next two years—and Catholic dissidents will continue to undermine the Church.

Now is the time to press Catholic college leaders to clean up their theology departments. 

Please help us with an immediate contribution today!

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

South Africa stands up for children against EU, Canada at the UN- UN specialised coverage organisation reports

Note by Marc Aupiais

The Republic of South Africa- a leader globally in legislation involving children's rights, has along with the Holy See, and South Africa's pet, the African Union's block in the UN- condemned a "right" to explicit (pornographic according to South African definitions) sex education.

The EU, Canada, and other countries endorsed the document, despite its violation of the founding principles of the United Nations.

Studies have shown abstinence education more effective, and found that people given contraceptive education are more likely to have sex at an inappropriate age, with people they don't love and less likely to use condoms- defeating the purpose of the education. A report by Lancet found that people buying sex are less likely to use condoms if given pamphlets on falsely named "safe sex". Sexualization at a young age is thought to encourage psychological disorders.

"Volume 13, Number 46

October 28, 2010

Countries Slam Attempts to Create New "Right" to Sexual Education at UN

By Samantha Singson

New York, October 28 (C-FAM) - Angry delegates took to the UN floor this week to denounce a report that promotes a new human right to explicit sexual education for young children.

The African and Caribbean blocs led the widespread hostility toward the report by registering their "strong rejection" and "strong disapproval." 

The report claims a new human right to sexual education citing non-binding recommendations and other UN reports including the controversial UNESCO guidelines on sexual education and the Yogyakarta Principles. The report's author, Victor Muñoz, argues that States have an obligation to ensure this new right "from the early stages of life."

Bucking established procedure, Muñoz submitted his report to the UN without being present to defend his recommendations and analysis. 

Muñoz pays lip service to the right of parents to choose their children's education, which is part of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, but adds "this authority may never run counter to the rights of children and adolescents." According to Muñoz, comprehensive sexual education goes beyond simple biological or reproductive information. 

Ignoring the ongoing heated debate at the UN over terms dealing with "sexual orientation" and "gender identity," Muñoz insists that sexual education include information on "sexual diversity." Muñoz blasts abstinence programs, which he argues normalizes stereotypes and promotes discriminatory images because they are based on "heteronormativity." 

Muñoz added that denying the existence of lesbian, gay, transsexual, transgender and bisexual population exposes these groups to discrimination.

Though unable to address Muñoz directly, frustrated delegates representing Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and the Organization of Islamic Countries lined up to denounce the report. They criticized Muñoz's single-handed attempt to redefine the human rights system and introduce controversial topics such as sexual orientation, sexuality education and gender identity as universally accepted concepts.

Malawi, on behalf of the African bloc, said there was "no universal agreement on the notions of sexual education." Munoz's attempt to create a new right and reinterpret the existing understanding of human rights "flouted" the code of conduct, Malawi said.  The African group expressed alarm at what it called Muñoz's selective use of quotes from other UN documents, which do not constitute a "truthful reflection of objective facts."

The Caribbean bloc also registered its "strong disapproval of this attempt by Muñoz to create a new right within the universally established right to education, far exceeding his mandate."  The Caribbean countries charged Muñoz with "indulging his personal interests at the expense" of delegations and demanded a re-written report that followed the guidelines set by the UN.

While many others -- including Russia, South Africa, Morocco, the Arab Group, the Holy See and the United States -- also denounced the assertion of a new right to comprehensive sexual education, Switzerland, Norway, Canada, and Argentina were supportive. The European Union "fully and wholeheartedly" expressed its support for Muñoz and his report.

The General Assembly took no action on the report this week, but it is expected to consider it again in December."
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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Concluding Observations Adopted by CRC » Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute

(SACNSQuotes Analysis)

Note by Marc Aupiais

UN meeting concludes that children should have the right to be aborted.

" Published: 10/20/10  11:14 AM  - By Seana Cranston, J.D.  Concluding Observations Adopted by CRC The concluding observations adopted by the Committee on the Rights of the Child at its 55th session, held in Geneva, have been released.  The countries included are Angola, Burundi, Guatemala, Montenegro, Nicaragua, Spain, Sri Lanka, and the Sudan. 

In its concluding observations, the CRC calls on Nicaragua to decriminalize abortion.  Montenegro is told that it should provide adolescents with appropriate "reproductive health services, including reproductive health education."  In addition, the CRC says that it "notes with concern the limited knowledge among adolescents about reproductive health," in Sri Lanka. "

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Monday, October 18, 2010

France under threat from Al Qaeda- Saudi Arabia

France, already suffering under the terror tactics of anti-pension reform leftest Unions, now faces a threat from Al Qaeda- Saudi Arabia- a USA ally allegedly told France: say Sky News referencing France's interior minister!

Friday, October 1, 2010

UN Report on maternal health flawed... | Abortion legalization also shown not to reduce maternal deaths

Quotation by Marc Aupiais

UN Maternal health research flawed | UN organizations mismanage resources- report

Critics have slammed a UN report on maternal deaths for not revealing its sources, and thus not being verifiable. They have also raised concerns that UN agencies' efforts at promoting abortionist special interest agendas in countries with high maternal deaths do not aid maternal health, citing studies in multiple countries, and noting low maternal death rates in nations where abortion in illegal. Pregnant women are more likely to be murdered by relatives or lovers than at any other stage of life, according to statistics collected based on the Population in the United States.

C-Fam, an organization which focusses on the politics of the United Nations reports on the lack of transparency alleged of the UN reports on Maternal Health, and on the criticism that the UN organizations often focus on promoting abortionist special interests, at a cost to general women's health and education.

"The new maternal health report endorses a UN strategy that recommends “safe” abortion services and family planning alongside antenatal care and skilled attendants at birth. That strategy was based on previous UN reports that said 536,000 women died yearly from pregnancy-related causes, 78,000 from illegal abortion. The new report slashes the total to 358,000 and did not offer any data regarding abortion.

“This is specious,” Duke University’s Dr. Monique Chireau said. “There were no data collected on deaths from abortion. We can’t even get good data on maternal deaths.”

The report says that only 63 of 173 countries studied had complete records on a cause of death. Twenty-four had no records at all.

Critics say the UN issued the report because of a recent independent study that showed previous UN data suspect and its research methods flawed. That independent study found that better education, economics, and healthcare, along with lower fertility rates, led to better maternal health. It did not mention abortion or family planning.

At a conference in June, International Planned Parenthood’s Sharon Camp asked one of the authors of the independent study if abortion and family planning contributed to lower maternal deaths. The author, Dr. Christopher Murray, replied that it would be hard to find evidence to support that belief.

While the most recent UN report found the same lower number of maternal deaths as the independent study, its research methods remain murky. While the UN report includes a comparison of study methods, Chireau said it leaves readers more confused about the UN's approach. “They talk about process. What process? Where are the additional data sets?”

A former UN reproductive health official said promoting abortion services stems from a belief by most UN staff that legalizing abortion makes it safer and does not increase its incidence. Dr. Guiseppe Benagiano, formerly of the World Health Organization, acknowledged that abortion rates have increased after legalization in a number of countries.

Complete data is available for countries where abortion is illegal and maternal deaths low, such as Chile, Ireland, Malta, and Poland. Pro-life analysts say the research links tighter abortion laws with better maternal health. The new UN report, meanwhile, shows maternal deaths are higher than previously estimated in India, where abortion is legal and widespread.

Sixty-five percent of all maternal deaths occur in 11 countries, including India, according to the report. Three states with the highest rates of maternal death rates are torn by war or suffer from failed governments.

While it does not offer an evidentiary link, the new UN report says that higher contraceptive prevalence “may have contributed to improved outcomes.” Chireau called that misleading because a decrease in HIVAIDS-related deaths is a big factor behind lower maternal deaths in sub-Saharan Africa.

The UN report puts HIVAIDS-related maternal deaths at 21,000, one-third the number found by the independent researchers. It acknowledges that the figure was “difficult to estimate directly from available study data.”"
Susan Yoshihara, Ph.D. writing for C-Fam Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (Catholic and Human Special Interests coverage; Independent of the American Government; Based in New York, and Washington D.C. in the United States)
30 / 09 | September / 2010: "Critics Call New Maternal Death Report Faulty"

C-Fam In-house bibliography of their writer:

"Susan Yoshihara, Ph.D.
Vice President for Research / Director, International Organizations Research Group
susan@c-fam.org
Susan Fink Yoshihara is C-FAM Vice President
for Research and Director of the International Organizations Research Group (IORG). Her research interests include intervention, human rights, and humanitarianism in international law and politics. She is the author of Waging War to Make Peace: U.S. Intervention in Global Conflicts (Praeger, 2010).

Before joining C-FAM, Susan was on the faculty at the U.S. Naval War College where she taught national security decision making and international relations. In her twenty-year career as a U.S. Navy helicopter pilot, she held the rank of Commander, led combat logistics and search and rescue units in the Pacific and Persian Gulf, advised the Atlantic Fleet commander, and worked for the Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade as a White House Fellow. She is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and received her Ph.D. in international relations from the Fletcher School, Tufts University. She and her husband Toshi have one daughter and live in Portsmouth, Rhode Island.

Selected Publications:
"Women Deliver a ruse," Washington Times, June 4, 2010
“Brickbats for Pope Benedict,” Washington Times, April 20, 2010

“Aging World Population is Profound Crisis,” Human Events, April 15, 2010

"Clinton Promises Global Push for Abortion Rights," National Review Online, January 15, 2010

"The Quest for Happiness: How the UN's Advocacy of Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights Undermines Liberty and Opportunity," in Brett D. Schaefer, ed., ConUNdrum: The Limits of the United Nations and the Search for Alternatives (New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 2009).

"Obama Nominee Wants U.N. Committees Setting U.S. Social Policy" Human Events.com, April 7, 2009

Book Review: "Fatal Misconception: The Struggle to Control World Population," National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, vol.8, no.4 (Winter 2009)

Book Review: "Agenda Setting, the UN, and NGOs: Gender Violence and Reproductive Rights," National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, vol.8, no. 3 (Autumn 2008)

"How to Think About the Responsibility to Protect," First Things online, June 16, 2008

"The False Choice Between Development and Daughters," First Thingss online, August 23, 2007

"Rights by Stealth: the Role of UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies in the Campaign for an International Right to Abortion," National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, vol.7, no.1 (Spring 2007)

“Kosovo,” in Flashpoints in the War on Terrorism, Derek Reveron and Jeffrey Murer, eds. (New York: Routlege, 2006)

“The Trouble with Mixed Motives: Debating the Political, Legal, and Moral Dimensions of Intervention,” Naval War College Review vol. LVII, no. 3/4 (Summer/Autumn 2004)

Friday Fax:
Critics Call New Maternal Death Report Faulty
UN Finally Accepts New and Much Lower Estimates of Global Maternal Deaths
Abortion Groups Praise Newly Named Head of UN Women’s Agency
Barack Obama’s Image in Kenya Tarnished by Abortion Battle
UK Announces Plan to Push Radical Sex Agenda on Developing Nations
Latin American Economic Summit Promotes Abortion, Condemns “Lesbophobia”
U.S. Attacks Egypt Over Homosexual Rights at UN
Abortion Activists Claim New “Right” to Maternal Health
UN Leadership in Disarray as Scientific Dispute Shatters Consensus on Maternal Health
Researchers Asked to Hide Scientific Debate over Maternal Deaths
Women Deliver 2 Conference Calls for Billions More for Abortion
Top Abortion Law Firm Says Government Funded Abortion is a Human Right
New Global Study Shows Maternal Mortality Significantly Lower Than Previously Thought/Policy Implications Worry Abortion Advocates
UN Judge Says Pope Should be Prosecuted at International Criminal Court
UN Report Calls for Doubling Investment on "Modern Family Planning" Including Abortion
UN Aging Report Warns of Dire Effects of Fertility Decline
Chilean Maternal Mortality Study Undercuts Pro-Abortion Claims
New UN Human Rights Treaty on Aging Promoted, Questioned
Top Legal Scholar Warns Abortion Issue Can Divide a Nation
Top Abortion Provider Cashes in on Haiti Crisis, Pro-Life Medics Respond
Other Friday Faxes

Research:
Six Problems with “Women Deliver:” Why the UN Should Not Change MDG 5
Rights By Stealth: The Role of UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies in the Campaign for an International Right to Abortion
CEDAW Reality Check"
C-Fam Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (Catholic and Human Special Interests coverage; Independent of the American Government; Based in New York, and Washington D.C. in the United States)
"Susan Yoshihara, Ph.D.
Vice President for Research / Director, International Organizations Research Group
"

UN and mainstream Aid money spent on political agendas, not aid- media reports!

Quote noted by Marc Aupiais

Two quotes: one from C-Fam, the other is of the bibliography on site of the person writing for them.

C-Fam, an organization specializing in United Nations politics reports:

"Rock star Bono, front man of the Irish group U2, was caught violating his own call for greater transparency and accountability in an op-ed piece for the New York Times. His opinions inspired the New York Post to examine the finances of Bono's own ONE Foundation, including an emerging scandal widely reported by the media.

It seems ONE had $15 million in public donations during 2008, but distributed less than $200,000 to private charities combating poverty, according to IRS records. The charity spent more than $8 million on salaries. The remainder went to advocacy, including pricey gift boxes hand-delivered to newsrooms to influence coverage of the UN summit.

The critique of UN policies, meanwhile, came from a surprising source: Margaret Chan, head of the World Health Organization. Scuttling her prepared remarks at an event sponsored by all of the major UN agencies, Chan warned that the international donor community hasn’t learned from past lessons in dealing with developing countries.

“We have to stop being arrogant and dictating what to do,” she said.

Donor countries too often impose their own agenda, leading to a lack of ownership on the part of recipient countries. “If a country doesn’t own the plan, they have no motivation to deliver,” Chan said.

She also acknowledged that donor countries don't have a firm understanding of what they invest in, with no good measures of progress or failure.

Chan said that the UN agencies are not funding agencies, responding to repeated calls for “fresh money” from ministers of developing countries. Such requests should go to the World Bank, she said.

The issue of new money for development was a dominant theme of the UN Summit. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced that agencies needed $169 billion to save the lives of more than 15 million women and children by improving access to health care. A highly publicized event announced $40 billion in pledges from public and private sectors for the initiative, though critics said the total recycled at least half of the money from old commitments.

Despite the rhetoric of significant new investments in improving overall health care in developing countries, the commitments make clear an overwhelming emphasis on spending for political advocacy and family planning programs. This reflects the section of the UN summit outcome document on maternal health, in which all but one of the 6 paragraphs focus on increasing access to family planning and sexual and reproductive health."
Terrence McKeegan, J.D. writing for C-Fam (Catholic, Family and Human Special Interests and UN Special Interests coverage; Independent of the American State; American Based)
30 / 09 | September / 2010: "Rock Star Scandal Upends UN Development Meeting"

C-Fam In-house Bibliography of Terrence McKeegan, J.D.

"Terrence McKeegan, J.D.
Vice President / Senior Counsel
terrence@c-fam.org
Terrence McKeegan is the Vice President and Senior Counsel for the Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute (C-FAM), 
He also serves as the Director of the Center for Legal Studies which includes the Edmund Burke Fellowship and the International Organizations Law Group. As head of C-FAM’s New York office, he is the managing editor of the weekly Friday Fax publication and responsible for advancing C-FAM’s mission to defend life and family at the United Nations and other international institutions.



McKeegan worked for several years as an attorney in Washington D.C. on dozens of major litigation cases and government investigations for several large firms. He is co-founder and vice president for the International Solidarity & Human Rights Institute (ISHRI). He was formerly Counsel for the European Centre for Law and Justice (ECLJ) based in Strasbourg, France, for whom he covered international legal issues and was their main UN representative.

McKeegan began his legal career as an assistant prosecuting attorney, in which he successfully prosecuted over a dozen felony weapons and drug cases, including a 93 count RICO case, and represented the county children services board. He was also an adjunct professor in the legal studies department at Franciscan University of Steubenville teaching courses on human rights, and has lectured and presented his work in the US, East Timor, the Philippines, Austria, Belize and Ireland, and has provided legal advice for the Holy See and several other nations. He has lobbied and advised on legal and social issues at the European Parliament, the United Nations, and on Capitol Hill.



A firm believer in solidarity amongst both peoples and organizations, McKeegan provides pro bono assistance and counsel to a number of organizations and individuals. McKeegan has received two grants from the Alliance Defense Fund to support his work in advising on international legal issues. He has written extensively on international human rights, including life, family and religious freedom issues, and authored numerous legal briefs that were submitted to the United Nations, and has addressed the UN Human Rights Council. He is the co-author, along with Brian Scarnecchia, of the white paper “The Millennium Development Goals: In Light of Catholic Social Teaching”, which was published by C-FAM’s International Organizations Research Group in 2009.



During law school, McKeegan worked as a research assistant for Dana Rosemary Scallon, former MEP for Ireland, studied international human rights and comparative health law in Rome. He has also studied and worked in Austria and Ireland.

McKeegan earned his J.D. at Ave Maria School of Law and his B.A. at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is admitted to the District of Columbia Bar.

Friday Fax:
Rock Star Scandal Upends UN Development Meeting
Young People Launch Pro-Life/Pro-Family “Statement to the UN and the World”
Sex Toys on Display at the World Youth Conference
Chaos and Ideology Reign at UN Conference on Youth in Mexico
UNFPA Uses International Year of Youth to Exploit Children
UK Announces Plan to Push Radical Sex Agenda on Developing Nations
UN Committee Attacks Motherhood, Demands New “Rights” for Women
Nuncio to Iraq Appointed as New Head of Holy See Mission to UN
Calls for Radical Autonomy for Youth Ahead of Mexico Conference
G8 Countries Launch Global Initiative on Maternal Health without Reference to Abortion
US Administration Launches All-Out International Homosexual “Rights” Offensive
IPPF Report Calls for Youth Sex Rights and Reveals New UN Funding
Human Rights Activists Call for a Super-Treaty Monitoring Body at UN
Portugal Legalizes Homosexual Marriage, Visiting Pope Condemns It
Gender-bending Yogyakarta Principles Brought to Council of Europe
USSC Nominee Kagan Displays Strong Internationalist Sympathies
G8 Battle Breaks Out Over International Abortion Funding
New US House Bill Would Overturn Last Meaningful Restrictions on International Abortion Funding
Last Minute Backroom Negotiations Leave Witnesses Baffled at UN Commission on Population and Development
NYU Law Panelist: CEDAW Would Bring "Radical Transformation of American Law"
Other Friday Faxes

Research:
The Millennium Development Goals: In Light of Catholic Social Teaching"
C-Fam (Catholic, Family and Human Special Interests and UN Special Interests coverage; Independent of the American State; American Based)
"Terrence McKeegan, J.D.
Vice President / Senior Counsel
terrence@c-fam.org"

American Scientists create even more viable embryonic stem cells from adult cells

Quote compilation Noted by Marc Aupiais

Most Stem Cell success has been through use of adult cells turned into embryonic stem cells: this is the global statistic on the issue. Another such success just recently occurred, we give you some quotations around this issue!

Please note that the Catholic Church considers research using embryonic stem cells from aborted embryos to be of the same grade as the research of the National Socialists of Germany, destroyed after World War II as it was taken at the cost or harm to human organisms.

Most embryonic stem cell researchers aim to use destroyed human organisms to achieve their research, endangering funding for projects such as the recently successful one. If an appeal to allow federal funding of research involving the destruction of human organisms fails, the US Democratic Party has decided to enter a bill into the US parliament, to allow federal funding of the destruction of human organisms.

Quotes in this compilation:

Go to summary by C-Fam
See Washington Post Article
See CNA Article on US Legal Issues on the Destruction of human organisms
Bibliography of C-Fam writer


C-Fam, which opposes the destruction of human organisms for research is our first quote:

"Scientists released a paper today showing they can turn ordinary cells into the equivalent of embryonic stem cells without the worrisome side effects of previous methods.

The new approach eliminates such hurdles as possible cancer risks attendant to existing methods of producing induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells).

The Washington Post reports in breaking news that the Children's Hospital Boston team used "messenger RNA" or mRNA:

"After tinkering with the mRNA molecules in the laboratory to make signals that the cells would not destroy as dangerous invaders, the researchers found that a daily cocktail of their creations were surprisingly fast and efficient at reprogramming the cells. The approach converted the cells in about half the time of previous methods - only about 17 days - with surprising economy - up to 100 times more efficient than the standard approach."

One disappointing note in the story is that the scientists, including lead scientist, Derrick Rossi, still think the destruction of human embryos is necessary "to validate" their work."
Susan Yoshihara, Ph.D. writing for C-Fam Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (Catholic and Human Special Interests coverage; Independent of the American Government; Based in New York, and Washington D.C. in the United States)
30 / 09 | September / 2010 : "Today's stem cell breakthrough"

Our Next Quotation is of the Washington Post:


"A team of researchers at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute in Boston published a series of experiments Thursday showing that synthetic biological signals can quickly reprogram ordinary skin cells into entities that appear virtually identical to embryonic stem cells. Moreover, the same strategy can then turn those cells into ones that could be used for transplants.

"This is going to be very exciting to the research community," said Derrick J. Rossi of the Children's Hospital Boston, who led the research published in the journal Cell Stem Cell. "We now have an experimental paradigm for generating patient-specific cells highly efficiently and safely and also taking those cells to clinically useful cell types."

Scientists hope stem cells will lead to cures for diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, spinal cord injuries, heart attacks and many other ailments because they can turn into almost any tissue in the body, potentially providing an invaluable source of cells to replace those damaged by disease or injury. But the cells can be obtained only by destroying days-old embryos.

The cells produced by the Harvard team, known as induced pluripotent stem cells, or iPS cells, would avoid that ethical objection and could in some ways be superior to embryonic stem cells. For example, iPS cells could enable scientists to take an easily obtainable skin cell from any patient and use it to create perfectly matched cells, tissue and potentially even entire organs for transplants that would be immune to rejection.

'Game changer'

While cautioning that the work needs to be repeated elsewhere and explored further, other researchers said the technique appears to represent a major development in the promising field of "regenerative medicine," which aims to create treatments tailored to individual patients.

"All I can say is 'wow' - this is a game changer," said Robert Lanza, a stem cell researcher at Advanced Cell Technology in Worcester, Mass. "It would solve some of the most important problems in the field."

The results were so striking that the Harvard Stem Cell Institute where Rossi works had already ordered every scientist working on iPS cells to switch to the new process.

"This paper is a major paper, in my view, in the field of regenerative medicine," said Douglas A. Melton, a leading stem cell researcher who co-directs the institute.

[...]

"With each new study it becomes more and more implausible to claim that scientists must rely on destruction of human embryos to achieve rapid progress in regenerative medicine," said Richard M. Doerflinger of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

[...]

Rossi and other researchers, however, said that embryonic stem cells are still crucial because, among other things, they remain irreplaceable for evaluating alternatives.

"The new report provides a substantial advance," said National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins. "But this research in no way reduces the importance of comparing the resulting iPS cells to human embryonic stem cells. Previous research has shown that iPS cells retain some memory of their tissue of origin, which may have important implications for their use in therapeutics. To explore these important potential differences, iPS research must continue to be conducted side by side with human embryonic cell research."

In 2006, researchers discovered that they could coax adult cells into a state that appeared identical to embryonic stem cells and then, just like embryonic stem cells, morph these iPS cells into various tissues. But the process involved inserting genes into cells using retroviruses, which raised the risk that the cells could cause cancer. Since then, scientists have been trying to develop safer methods. Several approaches using chemicals or other types of viruses have shown promise. But none has eliminated the safety concerns, and most have been slow and balky.

Cell conversion

The new approach involves molecules known as "messenger RNA" (mRNA), which cells use to create proteins they need to carry out vital functions. Working in the laboratory, the researchers created mRNA molecules carrying the instructions for the cell's machinery to produce the four key proteins needed to reprogram into iPS cells.

After tinkering with the mRNA molecules to make signals that the cells would not destroy as dangerous invaders, the researchers found that a daily cocktail of their creations was remarkably fast and efficient at reprogramming the cells. The technique converted the cells in about half the time that previous methods did, about 17 days, and with surprising economy - up to 100 times more efficient.

"We ended up with so many colonies of cells all over the place that we had to stop the experiment," Rossi said.

Moreover, the cells had not experienced any disturbing changes in their DNA caused by previous methods and appeared much more indistinguishable from embryonic stem cells than iPS cells created using other methods. In addition, the researchers went one step further and showed that they could use the strategy to quickly and easily convert the iPS cells they created into a specific cell types - in this case muscle cells.

"If you put all these things together, several of the major hurdles toward clinical translation of iPS cells are addressed by this technology," Rossi said. "That's what we've very excited about."



Others agreed. Lanza, for example, called the approach "almost too good to be true," saying it evoked the magical alchemy of "turning lead into gold."

"The ability to safely and efficiently generate patient-specific cells has the potential to transform transplantation medicine," Lanza said.

In an e-mail, stem cell pioneer Shinya Yamanaka of Kyoto University in Japan, who helped discover iPS cells, said he plans to try the technique in his lab."
Rob Stein writing for the Washington Post (American Based; Secular/General Interests Coverage; Independent of the American Government; Linked by some with Democratic Party and pro-abortionist special interests)
30 / 09 | September / 2010: "Scientists overcome hurdles to stem cell alternatives" | Page 2 of the story

Washington Post Story compilation page for Rob Stein

We Now Quote Catholic News Agency on US Law involving the destruction of human organisms for research:

"Washington D.C., Sep 30, 2010 / 10:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington on Tuesday overturned a federal court’s ban on taxpayer funding for human embryonic stem cell research (ESCR).

In August U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth ruled that the funding of the research by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) should be suspended while its legality was challenged. A coalition of opponents says the funding violates federal law barring funding for research which destroys human embryos.

Government lawyers said dozens of research projects would be ruined if the ban continued, the BBC reports.

Judge Lamberth’s ruling had already been temporarily suspended but Tuesday’s decision overrules it until a final decision is reached.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs praised the three-judge panel’s ruling, saying the "pursuit of groundbreaking treatments and cures” was a top priority of President Obama. Gibbs said the White House was “heartened” that the NIH and their grantees can “continue moving forward while the appeal is resolved.”

Sam Casey, a lawyer for the opposing coalition, said the ruling was disappointing. He said funding opponents were confident in their case and "expect the court will ultimately end taxpayer funding of unlawful, unnecessary and unethical experiments on living human embryos," the BBC says.

Human ESCR investigates the therapeutic possibilities of using embryonic stem cells to treat human diseases. It relies upon stem cells harvested by destroying human embryos.

In an interview last month, the Westchester Institute’s Fr. Thomas Berg addressed the ethical objections to ESCR funding.

The practice is “complicity in the destruction of individual, embryonic human persons,” he said.

“You were once an embryo. That’s a simple matter of scientific and biological facts.”

In his view, Judge Lamberth’s decision correctly interpreted the Dickey-Wicker Amendment, which bars the funding of embryo-destroying research."
Staff Writer for CNA Catholic News Agency (Catholic Special Interests coverage; Independent of the American Government; American Based)
30 / 09 | September / 2010: "Federal court reinstates taxpayer funding of embryonic stem cell research, lawsuit still pending"





C-Fam written In-House bibliography of the writer of 30 / 09 | September / 2010 : "Today's stem cell breakthrough" for C-Fam:

"Susan Yoshihara, Ph.D.
Vice President for Research / Director, International Organizations Research Group
susan@c-fam.org
Susan Fink Yoshihara is C-FAM Vice President
for Research and Director of the International Organizations Research Group (IORG). Her research interests include intervention, human rights, and humanitarianism in international law and politics. She is the author of Waging War to Make Peace: U.S. Intervention in Global Conflicts (Praeger, 2010).

Before joining C-FAM, Susan was on the faculty at the U.S. Naval War College where she taught national security decision making and international relations. In her twenty-year career as a U.S. Navy helicopter pilot, she held the rank of Commander, led combat logistics and search and rescue units in the Pacific and Persian Gulf, advised the Atlantic Fleet commander, and worked for the Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade as a White House Fellow. She is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and received her Ph.D. in international relations from the Fletcher School, Tufts University. She and her husband Toshi have one daughter and live in Portsmouth, Rhode Island.

Selected Publications:
"Women Deliver a ruse," Washington Times, June 4, 2010
“Brickbats for Pope Benedict,” Washington Times, April 20, 2010

“Aging World Population is Profound Crisis,” Human Events, April 15, 2010

"Clinton Promises Global Push for Abortion Rights," National Review Online, January 15, 2010

"The Quest for Happiness: How the UN's Advocacy of Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights Undermines Liberty and Opportunity," in Brett D. Schaefer, ed., ConUNdrum: The Limits of the United Nations and the Search for Alternatives (New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 2009).

"Obama Nominee Wants U.N. Committees Setting U.S. Social Policy" Human Events.com, April 7, 2009

Book Review: "Fatal Misconception: The Struggle to Control World Population," National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, vol.8, no.4 (Winter 2009)

Book Review: "Agenda Setting, the UN, and NGOs: Gender Violence and Reproductive Rights," National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, vol.8, no. 3 (Autumn 2008)

"How to Think About the Responsibility to Protect," First Things online, June 16, 2008

"The False Choice Between Development and Daughters," First Thingss online, August 23, 2007

"Rights by Stealth: the Role of UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies in the Campaign for an International Right to Abortion," National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, vol.7, no.1 (Spring 2007)

“Kosovo,” in Flashpoints in the War on Terrorism, Derek Reveron and Jeffrey Murer, eds. (New York: Routlege, 2006)

“The Trouble with Mixed Motives: Debating the Political, Legal, and Moral Dimensions of Intervention,” Naval War College Review vol. LVII, no. 3/4 (Summer/Autumn 2004)

Friday Fax:
Critics Call New Maternal Death Report Faulty
UN Finally Accepts New and Much Lower Estimates of Global Maternal Deaths
Abortion Groups Praise Newly Named Head of UN Women’s Agency
Barack Obama’s Image in Kenya Tarnished by Abortion Battle
UK Announces Plan to Push Radical Sex Agenda on Developing Nations
Latin American Economic Summit Promotes Abortion, Condemns “Lesbophobia”
U.S. Attacks Egypt Over Homosexual Rights at UN
Abortion Activists Claim New “Right” to Maternal Health
UN Leadership in Disarray as Scientific Dispute Shatters Consensus on Maternal Health
Researchers Asked to Hide Scientific Debate over Maternal Deaths
Women Deliver 2 Conference Calls for Billions More for Abortion
Top Abortion Law Firm Says Government Funded Abortion is a Human Right
New Global Study Shows Maternal Mortality Significantly Lower Than Previously Thought/Policy Implications Worry Abortion Advocates
UN Judge Says Pope Should be Prosecuted at International Criminal Court
UN Report Calls for Doubling Investment on "Modern Family Planning" Including Abortion
UN Aging Report Warns of Dire Effects of Fertility Decline
Chilean Maternal Mortality Study Undercuts Pro-Abortion Claims
New UN Human Rights Treaty on Aging Promoted, Questioned
Top Legal Scholar Warns Abortion Issue Can Divide a Nation
Top Abortion Provider Cashes in on Haiti Crisis, Pro-Life Medics Respond
Other Friday Faxes

Research:
Six Problems with “Women Deliver:” Why the UN Should Not Change MDG 5
Rights By Stealth: The Role of UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies in the Campaign for an International Right to Abortion
CEDAW Reality Check"
C-Fam Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (Catholic and Human Special Interests coverage; Independent of the American Government; Based in New York, and Washington D.C. in the United States)
"Susan Yoshihara, Ph.D.
Vice President for Research / Director, International Organizations Research Group
"