I promise to return to my usual commentary next week!
Pearls Before Swine Web Site
I think you're strong, smart, thoughtful, and caring. I believe in you and your ability to make the best decision. I think you did the right thing.Another version:
There are no words to express my sympathy for your loss. As you grieve, remember that you are loved. I am thinking of you.Which version should you send? I guess it depends on however the woman undergoing the abortion regards her actions. It does seem paradoxical to affirm abortion in one card, and yet see it as a great loss in another.
Doctors should be really careful when they assume God-like wisdom, and intrude into the realm of suggesting preemptive death as a treatment.
Granted, the hospital claims that their doctors advised the woman to seek further diagnostic tests, and she chose additional input from a private clinic. Yet the physicians should have told her two things:
Given the circumstances, the Vatican newspaper said that the child's life had been "thrown away."
Daily Telegraph article
Pointing to flaws in Verfaillie's work to say that ASCs cannot develop into all three germ layers is like declaring that new revelations on the Wright Brothers' methodology call into question whether planes actually fly or that flaws in Thomas Edison's work indicate light bulbs may not light.Dr. Verfaillie's research led to many other studies that duplicated and extended her work. Here's the actual score:
Adult Stem cells: 1300 clinical trials (over 70 approved treatments)In recent weeks, we also have seen the underreported story that human amniotic fluid may produce "embryonic-like" stem cells that can become all of the tissues of adult organs (see my commentary on this). It seems that the hype and hysteria to destroy embryos for purely speculative gains is overriding common sense.
Embryonic Stem Cells: 0 (that's right, zero: still being tested in animals)