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Where has our Constitution gone?

us-constitution-1It used to be that the constitution was the “law of the land,” the ultimate “decider” of all that is legal and the rights that are protected in our land. But no more!! In just two months there have been more direct attacks on the constitution than in the past 20 years combined. Buried in the pages and pages of the “Stimulus package” (which stimulates the size of government and its control and not much else) and the president’s budget proposal are attacks on our basic freedoms.

One, in the name of health care, is the attempt to remove the so-called “conscience refusal” for doctors and other health care providers to be able to decline procedures they morally object to . . . such as abortion. One of the groups that will be fighting for the free speech and freedom of religion rights of health care workers is the American Center for Law & Justice. Go online and sign a petition to President Obama letting him know of your opposition to this violation of basic constitutional rights. Sign the Petition HERE.

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Good News in Adult Stem Cell Research

One of the greatest desires of our generation, and rightly so, is to find a cure to the diseases that plague mankind. For many, myself included, there is a moral question in using embryonic stem cells because it requires starting a life and then destroying it. Arguments are made the the “greater good” should prevail, and that good being finding cures.

For some time now many scientists have been saying that the real key to making significant progress is in work with adult stem cells rather than embryonic cells. Last week the Washington Post ran an article that indicates that scientists have made real progress toward significant results with adult cells. In an article entitled Scientists Reprogram Adult Cells’ Function they stated:

“Scientists have transformed one type of fully developed adult cell directly into another inside a living animal, a startling advance that could lead to cures for a variety of illnesses and sidestep the political and ethical quagmires associated with embryonic stem cell research.

Through a series of painstaking experiments involving mice, the Harvard biologists pinpointed three crucial molecular switches that, when flipped, completely convert a common cell in the pancreas into the more precious insulin-producing ones that diabetics need to survive.”

May this develop into something that will bring great relief to many people in the not so distant future. For this we should diligently pray.

One of the scientists expressed his enthusiasm this way:

“One day, this may allow the doctor to replace the scalpel with a sort of genetic surgery,” Lanza said. “If this can be perfected, it would represent one of the holy grails of medicine.”