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  With advances in embryo research, itís time to bring abortion law out of the Victorian age.
Professor Sally Sheldon, Kent Law School, Kent University, Canterbury,
853, 5/31/16

This article is included because of the disregard for human nature it demonstrates.  The author complains because, under the laws of the United Kingdom, research on human embryos beyond 14 days is against the law.  She (and others) have argued that, since abortion is legal after 14 days, it should be legal to experiment on those very young human beings.  Evidently, using human being as guinea pigs does not bother those researchers at all.  Just when is an unborn human being too old to be the subject of experiments?
​This project is designed to develop human organs for transplant in pig embryos.

In Search for Cures, Scientists Create Embryos That Are Both Animal and Human
(radio broadcast on NPR show All Things Considered)
Rob Stein, May 18 ,2016

Researchers have begun to create beings that are both human and animal in order to develop models to better understand
human diseases and possibly develop human organs for transplant into human beings.  These "chimeras," as they are called,
have been allowed to live up to 28 days, when organs start to form.

Advance In Human Embryo Research Rekindles Ethical Debate,
Transcribed from a NPR radio broadcast by Rob Stein,
May 4, 2016

As scientists get closer to keeping embryos alive longer as research subjects, it raises questions about whether to
change current rules that limit research on human embryos to the first 14 days of life.  The NPR report contains cites
to papers in Nature and Nature Cell Biology that provide details on the latest research.


U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Hear Embryo Adoption Case
Antony Blackburn Starza,
BioNews March 16, 2016
This is an update to a prior report on an Illinois case involving a dispute regarding the custody of frozen embryos, where the
mother wanted to preserve the embryos and the father wanted to kill them.  An Illinois county court heard the dispute twice,
awarding the mother control over the embryos on both occasions. The father appealed the decision to the United States 
Supreme Court, asking the court to rule on his privacy rights under Roe v Wade in an attempt to establish a constitutional
right against 'forced parenthood'. The Supreme Court declined to hear the case, leaving in place the Illinois court decision
granting custody to the mother.

  Life, Edited
Jennifer Kahn,
The New York Times Magazine,
11/15/15, pages 62-66, 82-83

Is it wise and moral to "edit" human embryos?  This article explores the current status of the
science behind such effort, from using a new technique of genetic engineering, Crispr, to study
embryonic development in the lab and using it to create a genetically modified infant. 
  Abortionís Impact on Prematurity    Closing the Knowledge Ga
Martin McCaffrey, M.D.
Spring, 2013, Family North Carolina
This article explores the connection between abortion and later premature deliveries.

  Ohio Abortion Public Policy Facts: Number of Abortions by Age of Child Twenty Weeks
Gestation & Older  2006-2008

Ohio Department of Health

  Stricter Thinking on Alcohol During Pregnancy
Melinda Beck
The Wall Street Journal,
January 24, 2012
Article discusses the vulnerability of unborn children who are 6-12 weeks old to alcohol consumption by their mothers.
Some of the problems cited are fetal abnormalities, stunted growth and neurological problems.
  Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Mayo Clinic overview of consequences of exposure to alcohol during pregnancy.
May 21, 2011
  The First Ache,
Annie Murphy Paul,
The New York Times, February 10, 2008
  Variation in Homicide Risk During Infancy ó United States, 1989Ė1998
CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Vol. 51, No. 9 p187


Late-Term Abortion
  The U.S. Supreme Court's View on Late-Term Abortion
Denise Mackura 
The Human Family Research Center 
December 01, 2010
  Late-term Abortion: Antecedent Conditions and Consequences to Womenís Mental Health
The Human Family Research Center   
December 01, 2010
  Mental Health Risks of Abortion During Adolescence   
The Human Family Research Center   
December  01, 2010
  Abortion and Substance Abuse
The Human Family Research Center   
December 01, 2010


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