Ice Bucket Challenge: Alternatives to funding ALSA

By now most everyone has heard of the Ice Bucket Challenge raising funds for the ALS Association.  Americans are a generous lot and they have gravitated to this fun effort.  However in the midst of the excitement a cruel fact has been uncovered; one which crosses ethical lines and jerks us from entertainment back to reality.  ALSA uses embryonic stem cells in its research efforts. 

So what is one to do?  Compassionate people certainly want improvements in the lives of ALS patients and look to the possibility of a cure.  But we also want a moral solution.  We are unwilling to say one person may be sacrificed for the potential good of another.  We are unwilling to accept that the most vulnerable among us are only worthwhile as research material.  Fortunately there are research options that do not compromise our principles.

Midwest Stem Cell Therapy Center (MSCTC)

Mayo Clinic

 John Paul II Medical Research Institute

Adult Stem Cell Technology Center, LLC

Removing Moral Planks From the Republican Platform

On April 12th the Nevada Republican Party stripped two important planks from its state platform.  After spending a long day discussing endorsements and other business, and with only half the delegates remaining on the floor, the NRP voted to remove long-standing planks that supported marriage and opposed abortion.  Should we in Pennsylvania be concerned that a demographically small, geographically removed state made this move at this time and in the way it did?  Yes, we should!

Consider

  • In unsettling circumstances that occur too often, the decision came during a time that precluded a robust discussion.   By 7:30 pm half of the GOP delegates had left the meeting, many to attend the associated Lincoln Day Dinner.  Conceivably, some also left due to the length of the day with the meeting having begun at 7 am.  By evening, after a day of wrangling over the endorsement process itself and individual endorsements, many delegates were not as attentive as they could or should have been.
  • Transparency and accountability were lost without a roll call vote.  On such an important decision one would expect delegates to be on the record and accountable to the constituents that sent them to the convention.
  • Members of NRP’s platform committee said they were choosing not to deal with social issues this year.  They fool only themselves.  By supporting a change of the party’s official position they certainly addressed social issues in a way that hasn’t been seen since the 1980s.
  • The proposed changes originated in the less conservative Clark County Republican Committee representing the area around Las Vegas.  Were such a resolution put forward from a county with many state committeemen, would the conservative rural “T” of Pennsylvania fare differently in having it voice heard?  How would PAGOP respond?
  • Similarly to the situation in Pennsylvania, the State Attorney General has refused to defend Nevada’s constitution which declares marriage as between one man and one woman.  In Pennsylvania AG Kathleen Kane has also refused to do the job she was elected to do, instead refusing to uphold laws that she finds objectionable.
  • It should be noted that the Nevada GOP is the second state party to remove the social planks from their platform.  In 2012 Indiana Republican Party made a similar change.  Using the language of President Ronald Reagan the 3-legged stool of the Republican Party includes fiscal conservatives, foreign policy/defense focused conservatives and religious conservatives.  What will become of a 3-legged stool that continues to saw off parts of one leg?  Eventually it will topple.  What remains may be named the Republican Party but the dynamics will have changed as to exclude those of us who stand for social conservatism.  What then?

 

Terri’s Day

9:05 am, March 31, 2005 Terri Schiavo succumbed to court-ordered death by starvation and dehydration.

Unregulated Abortion is the Beginning and End-All

An interesting development in PA politics is happening in southeastern Pennsylvania.  Even though it is happening on the other side of the aisle it bears notice for Republican women.

You may remember State Representative Margo Davidson’s statement on the House floor referring to death of her cousin, a victim of Kermit Gosnell and his horrific Philadelphia clinic.  Rep. Davidson joined others in supporting measures to regulate abortion clinics under the same standards as other free-standing medical clinics requiring what most of us expect when we access medical care:  sterile instruments, clean rooms, and properly trained personnel.

It turns out Rep. Davidson committed a crime, at least in the eyes of Planned Parenthood and similar pro-abortion organizations.  And they intend to make her pay by removing her from office.  Rep. Davidson still supports abortion rights, but that no longer matters to the degree it did when Pennsylvania affiliates of Planned Parenthood endorsed her in 2010.  This year her primary opposition enjoys the support and endorsements of the pro-abortion crowd.

Now we don’t agree with Margo Davidson on very many policy issues, but we can recognize when PP, NOW and other advocates of unrestricted abortion out themselves in spite of all their well-framed lines about caring for women.  Their definition of caring for women is looking the other way when women are victimized and punishing those who won’t.

It’s A Girl!

“It’s a girl!” may be an exuberant phrase uttered when finding that one is expecting a little bundle of pink joy, but increasingly that exclamation is not one of happiness.  Sex selection abortion is on the rise in the Unites States and other western counties.  It’s A Girl is a documentary about the practice in the most populous countries in the world.  The agony and dispassion are equally heart wrenching in this trailer.

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