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apemanDespite the histrionics of Salon’s Andrea Marcotte , and the not-so-subtle inferences of the Wichita Eagle that pro-lifers are nutty, the creation of animal-human hybrids (called “chimeras”) is indeed worrying at least some scientists.

NPR (National Public Radio) has run stories about the controversy which (as usual) involves researchers impatient with any limitations.

On the May 18, 2016 radio broadcast, of NPR’s “All Things Considered” Rob Stein reported:

A handful of scientists around the United States are trying to do something that some people find disturbing: make embryos that are part human, part animal. … But some scientists and bioethicists worry the creation of these interspecies embryos crosses the line. “You’re getting into unsettling ground that I think is damaging to our sense of humanity,” says Stuart Newman, a professor of cell biology and anatomy at the New York Medical College.

The experiments are so sensitive that the National Institutes of Health [NIH] has imposed a moratorium on funding them while officials explore the ethical issues they raise.

Previously, Stein had filed a report on NPR’s “Morning Edition” on Nov. 6, 2015, titled, “Should human cells be used to make partly human chimeras?” Stein revealed that the NIH was holding a workshop that day focused on this chimera agenda, and presumably, the funding moratorium.

One of the proposals was to fund “research in which human pluripotent cells are introduced into non-human vertebrate animal pre-gastrulation stage embryos.”

In the written story that accompanied the May 18 broadcast, Stein explained, “Scientists have been creating partly human chimeras for years. …What’s new is putting human stem cells into the embryos of other animals, very early in embryonic development.”

Stein uses as an example, the experiments of Pablo Ross, a reproductive biologist at the University of California, Davis. In simplest terms, Ross’ research:

  1. takes a pig embryo,
  2. deletes a gene,
  3. adds human cells,
  4. puts the altered chimera embryo into a pig womb,
  5. checks to see whether a human organ is forming,
  6. destroys the chimera embryo within 28 days,
  7. continues such experiments with variations.

ANIMAL-HUMAN HYBRID ETHICAL CONCERNS
Stein lists some concerns about chimera experiments raised by Newman and other professors and ethicists:

  • Human stem cells could form human sperm and human eggs in the chimeras.
  • Animals could give birth to some kind of part-human, part-pig creature.
  • If you have pigs with partly human brains you would have animals that might actually have consciousness like a human.
  • If a male chimeric pig mated with a female chimeric pig, the result could be a human fetus developing in the uterus of that female chimera.

Stein writes, “The uncertainty is part of what makes the work so controversial. Ross and other scientists conducting these experiments can’t know exactly where the human stem cells will go. Ross hopes they’ll only grow a human pancreas. But they could go elsewhere, such as to the brain.”caution

Newman told Stein, “If you have pigs with partly human brains you would have animals that might actually have consciousness like a human,” adding, “It might have human-type needs. We don’t really know.”

The Wichita Eagle story (the basis for Marcotte’s  rant) focused on some of the bio-tech issues Kansans for Life included on our Political Action Committee’s questionnaire for candidates to the Statehouse. I was quoted accurately but derisively about pro-life concerns:

“The questionnaire is a way to show candidates the range of the kinds of things that the pro-life movement is interested in…[cloning and animal /human hybrids (chimeras)] has  been a concern for over 10 years. We’re not inventing this. This is not crazy stuff. Am I aware of it happening in Kansas? At this moment, no. But does that mean it’s not happening somewhere, I can’t tell you that.”

Apparently, it is happening in the U.S. –and even the NIH is denying funding until vexing ethical questions are examined.

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Kansas pro-lifers can rejoice in Tuesday’s primary results because pro-life candidates, including incumbents, were victorious.

Kansans for Life’s endorsed candidates won handily: In the House, 74%  (31 of 42 races) and in the Senate, 77% (24 of 31 races).

These elections were characterized as a referendum on pro-life Gov. Sam Brownback’s conservative agenda, with the media repeatedly identifying economic conservative groups as major players.  But the GOP rout depended on the candidates’ pro-life credentials and is a reflection of Kansas pro-life persistence, hard work and prayer.

KFL executive director Mary Kay Culp explained: “This continued pattern of electing pro-life legislators is inspired by more than a decade of frustration with the failure to prosecute fraudulent late-term abortions, the Senate resistance to toughening abortion laws, the shameless shredding of evidence of criminal abortion by the Sebelius administration, and the failure of the Senate to throw out the worst state judicial process in the nation, as we watch newly-passed pro-life bills sit in court or head to our extremely liberal state Supreme Court.”

The Senate results were truly stunning: eight ‘moderate’ GOP Senators, including the Kansas Senate President, Steve Morris (with a huge war chest) all lost their primaries Tuesday to authentically pro-life challengers endorsed and promoted by the Kansans for Life political action committee. In addition to Morris, the exiting Senators are: Pete Brungardt (Salina), Bob Marshall (Fort Scott), Tim Owens (Overland Park), Roger Reitz (Manhattan), Jean Schodorf (Wichita), Ruth Teichman (Stafford) and Dwayne Umbarger (Thayer).

Senate President Morris came into his leadership position with a pro-life record, but then betrayed it by rigging Senate committees with pro-abortion majorities and working behind the scenes to hurt pro-life bills! But due to the pro-life routing of ‘moderates’, there is a real possibility that after the November elections, as many as 32 out of 40 Kansas Senate seats could be filled by trusted pro-lifers!

While seven of KFL-endorsed Senate candidates were defeated, in three of those contests, the successful challengers are also pro-life! In fact, the problem KFL faced this cycle was a never-before last minute reconfiguring of legislative districts in June by federal judges. This caused some districts to have two, or even three, proven pro-life incumbent legislators competing with each other.  This problem also stemmed from Morris and his ‘moderate’ GOP associates; they pushed unfair redistricting maps until the legislative session ran out of time and the feds had to do the job—giving us the distinction of being the only state in the nation to fail to fix their maps to reflect census changes (read more here).

By the end of Tuesday evening, only two pro-abortion-voting GOP ‘moderate’ Senators survived KFL candidate challenges: Jay Emler (Lindsborg) and Vicki Schmidt (Topeka).

The retention of Schmidt by only 159 votes is particularly disheartening, as her challenger was Joe Patton, a pro-life champion, three-term state representative, and one of the founders of Kansans for Life. State election reports last week showed Schmidt spent over $200,000 where Patton had spent approximately $60,000 in the same reporting period. The race was not only the most expensive in Kansas electoral history, nasty ads supporting Schmidt were acknowledged by the Topeka newspaper to contain “easily disproved” smears against Patton.

According to the Wichita Eagle, Sen. Carolyn McGinn acknowledged the loss of fellow GOP ‘moderates’ in the Senate: “Wow,” she said. “What kind of life is that going to be?”

Kansans for Life’s answer to that question is: “It will be wonderful!”

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Chris Martinez

Pro-lifers mourn the deaths of 2 Kansas warriors this past week: Kansans for Life’s Political Action chair, Chris Martinez, and state representative Jim Morrison (R-Colby).

Chris died Saturday after several years battling cancer, and was buried Wednesday in his home town of Augusta.  He had long been an activist with Kansans for Life before moving to the political action committee to energize the recruitment of pro-life candidates, and was pleased at the ever-improving election results.

Chris developed the PAC website and worked diligently to improve KFL effectiveness, even during periods when he was quite ill.  He was a model of leadership, patience and good will and will be sorely missed.

Rep. Jim Morrison

On Wednesday, House Rep. Jim Morrison passed away while undergoing treatment for his heart condition.  Jim had a wide variety of talents and was a virtual “energizer bunny” despite years of health challenges.

Pro-lifers benefited when he was chair of the House health committee from 2003- 2008, during which time Gov. Sebelius was exerting tremendous pressure to create bad state policy on abortion and cloning.

Jim was a solid pro-life vote and often had clever ideas for the KFL legislative team.  When you see Rep. Morrison’s ‘God Bless America’ Kansas license plate (more…)

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Closing in on a pro-life Kansas

Tuesday’s Kansas election results are final and it was a huge victory for life!  All Kansas members of the U.S. Congress and Senate will aggressively fight to turn back ‘Obamacare’ with its abortion promotion and rationed healthcare threats.

Our goal at Kansans for Life has always been to create a Kansas where all unborn children and their mothers are protected and welcomed. Gov.-elect Brownback has stated that he will sign all pro-life bills that get to his desk, and we are designing a legislative agenda with that in mind.

We made a net gain of thirteen new House reps that are pro-life,

  • bringing the 125 member total to 88 pro-life and 37 pro-abortion;
  • 79 out of 92 Republican reps are pro-life;
  • 9 out of 33 Democrat reps are pro-life.

11 districts with hard-core Democrat pro-abortion incumbents were replaced with self-identified pro-life (more…)

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Kansas turned a historic corner Tuesday.  With pro-lifers winning nearly every significant state office, the health of Kansas women, and safety of unborn children, will be better protected.

  • The U.S. Senate and Congress will now benefit from strong Kansas voices against Obamacare;
  • Gov.-elect Sam Brownback, will welcome, and sign, the many pro-life bills Sebelius vetoed.

Kansans for Life rejoices that the electorate expelled Sebelius’ hand-selected abortion-industry-protector, AG Stephen Six, and hopes that the Johnson County prosecution of Planned Parenthood will engage the assistance of AG-elect Derek Schmidt.

The 125-member Kansas House increased it’s pro-life majority to over 2/3 as nearly 80% of KFL-supported state representative candidates won their races.  Correction Nov.5: Of the 20% losses, notably 4 endorsed pro-life incumbent Democrats were unseated by Republicans (3 pro-life and 1 undeclared).

The ‘Fire Beier’ campaign– started by the KFL political action committee to discourage retention of 4 (more…)

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KFL-PAC opposes Justice Beier

Kansans for Life deplores the preferential treatment of the abortion industry in the Sebelius-loaded state supreme court, which:

  • undermined citizen-petitioned grand juries conducted against abortionists;
  • invented rules to block acquisition of abortion records–but not other sensitive medical files;
  • silenced a judge they appointed to watch over abortion records, after he discovered clinic forgery.

Thus, the Kansans for Life political action committee (KFL-PAC)  proposed a ‘Fire Beier’ campaign, opposing the retention of the 4 state supreme court justices, especially Carol Beier.

The KFL-PAC also believes that the public will be better served by electing judges in general.

To that end, the 10th District U.S. Circuit Court ruled in 2006 that Kansas ethics rules that prohibit judicial candidates from answering pre-election questionnaires violate the judges’ fundamental free speech rights.

Some argue that (more…)

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Voters have traditionally been reluctant to oust sitting  judges– much less state supreme court justices–but the Kansans for Life Political Action Committee (KFL-PAC) thinks the ‘Fire Beier’ campaign is worth waging because of egregious pro-abortion Court bias.

And now that battle is even harder, as we are competing against public service media announcements issued by the Kansas Commission on Judicial Performance, a state entity that recommends ALL Kansas judges be retained.

Kansas Supreme Court Justice Carol Beier is a beneficiary of these tax-payer-funded ads, which promote the Commission’s website as the “true” information voters need for November’s election.

This Commission recommends every judge be retained (including Justice Beier) relying primarily on surveys from a limited group of insiders— mostly attorneys– even when an admittedly insufficient number of surveys was received!

A review of all profiles shows (more…)

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