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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. 
  Abortion’s 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 — United States, 1989–1998
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 Women’s 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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