Monday, November 24, 2008

LifeBeat for November 29, 2008

Wesley Smith talks about human exceptionalism and the idea that human beings have rights simply because they are human. He also talks about the consequences of not accepting human exceptionalism. To listen, click here.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

LifeBeat for November 22, 2008

Kris Faasse, director of adoption services at Bethany Christian Services, talks about the process of adoption and what services her organization provides to women looking to place a child for adoption and couples looking to adopt. To listen, click here.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Freedom of Choice Act Update

"The first thing I'd do as president is sign the Freedom of Choice Act. That's the first thing that I'd do." -- Senator Barack Obama, speaking to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, July 17, 2007

President-elect Barack Obama made a promise in the summer of 2007 to Planned Parenthood supporters. The promise highlighted the signing of the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA). FOCA is a proposed federal law to nullify virtually all federal and state limitations on abortion. President-elect Obama’s statement was more than an empty pledge. He emphasized signing FOCA will be the “first thing” he’ll do as president. Prolife people have kept the Freedom of Choice Act from reaching any president’s desk. Learn more about FOCA, its history and how you can partner with Right to Life of Michigan to protect Michigan’s commonsense laws by clicking here.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

LifeBeat for November 15, 2008

Kris Faasse, director of adoption services at Bethany Christian Services, discusses the various kinds of adoption and some incorrect perceptions people can have about adoption. To listen, click here.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

LifeBeat for November 8, 2008

Michael Voris of St. Michael’s Media talks about abortion and the toll it has taken on our society and economy over the last 35 years. To listen, click here.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Members of the President’s Council of Bioethics warn that Proposal 2 has been misrepresented by supporters

The statement from the President’s Council of Bioethics members Robert George, Gilbert Meilaender, William Hurlbut, Peter Lawler and Diana Schaub is available online here.

The statement notes that Michigan law doesn’t prohibit embryonic stem cell research, there is no federal law regulating research on human embryos, Proposal 2's language leaves non-stem cell forms of research on human embryos completely unregulated, Proposal 2 might create incentives for in-vitro fertility clinics to intentionally create more human embryos than are typically used for fertility treatments and how proponents of Proposal 2 are basing their campaign on “cures” when embryonic stem cell research hasn’t led to a single treatment or cure.

The statement concludes by saying,
In short, Proposal 2 would create a new constitutional right to engage in destruction of human embryos for any medical research purpose, without meaningful limitations. It is not primarily about stem cell research, or about “cures” unobtainable in other, less controversial ways. Michigan voters have a right to know this before they vote.