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After confession, God heals
the wounds of her abortion
By Melissa Deming


ATHENS, Texas (BP)--On a Saturday night before Sanctity of Life Sunday, DeAnn
Brindley crouched in front the altar of the empty Galloway Avenue Baptist Church
in Mesquite, Texas. Almost 17 years after she aborted her first child, the
search for healing and forgiveness culminated as she tenderly arranged flowers
and lit a few candles in a makeshift memorial. Pleading with God to reveal the
identity of her lost baby to her, the burden of past mistakes seemingly lifted
from her shoulders. The Lord had given her a name. He whispered to her spirit,
"Audrey Dawn."

Brindley walked away that evening with the strength to face the congregation the
next morning. In January 1995, Brindley and her deacon husband would share their
past with the church. The couple had no idea what was in store for them. From
this couple's humble plea for forgiveness, the lives of women across the state
would receive healing through the formation of the Crisis Pregnancy Center in
Athens, Texas.

Brindley's ministry began in 1978 with her first abortion at the age of 16. In
1979 a second one followed. With no crisis pregnancy center in her area,
Brindley's parents took her to a nearby abortion clinic.

"My parents went to what they felt was a good place, and of course at that time
we didn't know what abortion did to women, physically, emotionally and
spiritually," Brindley said. "They sounded like they had all the answers. They
said it would be quick and simple.

"No one ever thought to look back to the Scriptures that say, 'I knew you before
I formed you,'" she said, referring to the first chapter of Jeremiah.

Believing the clinic's information, which described her baby as "a glob of
tissue," Brindley had the abortion on Friday. She was back in church the next
Sunday. However, it wouldn't be until 17 years later that she would reap the
emotional consequences called post-abortion syndrome common to women who have
abortions.

In 1990, Brindley sought the counsel of her pastor after having a repeated
encounter with her Sunday school teacher who had been picketing abortion clinics
on Sunday afternoons.

"She was just killing me with it," Brindley said when her teacher would express
indignation toward the clinics during class time. "When she would start talking
about it, then the room would get 400 degrees and the walls would start caving
in on me."

Through the encouragement of the pastor, Brindley and her Sunday school teacher
worked through Brindley's emotions.

"She found a Bible literature that we could use by Ken Freeman called 'Healing
the Hurts From Last Harvest,'" Brindley recounted. "She said to me, 'I've found
this Bible course, and I'd like to help you walk through it and get you some
relief from what has happened.'"

On Sanctity of Life Sunday in 1995, after having completed the study, the
Brindleys stood in front of their church and shared their pain with their
friends. Having received forgiveness for aborting Audrey Dawn and their second
child whom they named Jennifer Nicole, the Brindleys made a simple offering to
the church.

"And my husband said, 'If there's anybody that has been touched by abortion,
please come to our house tomorrow night and look at this literature that DeAnn
went through,'" Brindley said. "And so the next night six ladies showed up at
our house."

A new ministry reaching women and men devastated by abortion had begun. The
couple soon moved, but the ministry, "Someone Who Cares," was left in the hands
of Carolyn Dyke. Since then Brindley has walked women through the same biblical
literature she went through, including a girl she was friends with in her youth
group as a teenager.

"She had an abortion about the same time as I had mine, but because we couldn't
tell, no one was supposed to know," Brindley said. "And so I had the privilege
of walking her through the same biblical class and help her get to the foot of
the cross and find forgiveness for what she had done in the past."

Although her life experiences have provided numerous opportunities to share the
Ken Freeman literature with many different women, Brindley's heart is centered
on the ministry she founded in February 2001, the Crisis Pregnancy Center of
Athens.

"I want to be here in a warm location, a place that is neutral, a place where
they can feel loved," she said of the hurting women who walk through her door
daily. "And when a girl comes in, I want her to feel that more than anything. If
I take care of her, the baby will follow.

"We are here to spread the gospel," Brindley said, noting the center had one
profession of faith during the year. "Every time a girl walks in the door, she's
going to hear my testimony, and she's going to be presented with the chance to
make the decision for salvation."

Brindley also reported four healthy babies being born this year to abortion-
minded clients. She shared an example of one these abortion-bound women, a 38-
year-old named Tracey, who entered the center on her way to an appointment with
an abortion clinic.

"She was pregnant with her second child and already had a 7-month-old," Brindley
said, describing the divine appointment. "She had her money in her hand, had
borrowed somebody's car and was headed to Fairmont Abortion Clinic in Dallas to
abort.

"She sat through our little intake. I shared my testimony with her, and we
shared a video with her. And this past October when we had our fundraiser, she
stood on the stage beside me with her little girl in her arms," Brindley said.
"She said she was very glad that she didn't abort that day."

Brindley hopes the center in Athens is able to participate in more divine
appointments like the one with Tracey. Currently, only eight churches out of the
198 churches in Henderson County are helping the center reach that goal.

"This is a huge mission field," Brindley said. "We've already seen 158 girls
this year."

While First Assembly of God in Athens pays the center's monthly rent, Henderson
County Baptist Association's director of missions, Mike Smith, said the center
also receives support from the associational office, which often assists in
various associational projects. The office gives $200 a month, and also gave a
one-time gift of $2,500. Additionally, two Catholic churches provide help by
organizing "Walk for Life" events for the center.

Last November, the association contacted the Southern Baptists of Texas
Convention and requested additional help. The SBTC responded by sending a check
to the association in the amount of $400.

Smith said all the money would go to the center to help defray costs for medical
packets and pregnancy tests.

"We need very desperately for God's people to get involved," said Brindley, who
fills in when one of the 14 volunteers is unavailable to work one of the daily
shifts, often requiring her to work into the night and on weekends. "We need
individuals to support us through prayer as well."

Looking to the future, Brindley envisions opening a transitional home for women
who need a place to live during and after their pregnancies.

"This would be for a young girl who might be kicked out after she's found out
she's pregnant or for women who have decided not to place their baby for
adoption and needed a place to care for her baby," Brindley said. "We will let
her come stay with us for the first six to nine months of the baby's life, make
sure that she can support herself, help her get a GED, help her get an
apartment, and get her near a church that can help her further."

Hoping to raise the money to bring this new ministry to fruition in the next
year, Brindley said the transitional home would be located on the seven acres
adjacent to their own home.

John Brindley, who entered the ministry after their 1995 disclosure, currently
is pastor of LaRue Baptist Church in Henderson County. The Brindleys have been
blessed with three more children: Stuart, 16; Brittany, 14; and Tyler, 10.
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New Life Children's Services presents
adoption by a family & by God
By Melissa Deming


HOUSTON (BP)--For 18 years, New Life Children's Services has facilitated the
growth of new families through giving birth parents, who are unable to care for
children, an alternative to abortion. NLCS has placed 275 children in Christian
homes, averaging about 13 placements a year, since starting as a ministry of
Houston Northwest Baptist Church.

The adoption agency was birthed from the heart of the late A.B. "Bo" Henderson,
associate pastor of Houston Northwest, as he counseled with women in crisis
pregnancies. An adoptive parent himself, Henderson began the often difficult and
tedious process of licensing NLCS with the state of Texas in 1983.

Although the ministry is now a separate entity from Houston Northwest, the
church still contributes $800 a month to NLCS. The adoption agency benefits from
its connection with the church by sharing electricity and water lines as well.

NLCS Executive Director Sara Black said the church's congregation actively
directs referrals to the agency and donates baby clothing, maternity clothing
and other items. Steven Wright pastors Houston Northwest Baptist, a member
church of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention.

Henderson hired Black in 1986. Before her hiring, however, God began to lay the
groundwork in her life preparing her for NLCS' needs. In 1976, the Blacks
adopted a biracial baby named Angie. After the adoption, Black completed a
master's degree in social work at Houston Baptist University while working for
Texas' Child Protective Services. During her time employed by the state, she
learned how to deal with licensing and legal issues facing adoptive families.
Such personal encounters with adoption have prepared Black to face greater
issues on behalf of the agency.

Black believes it is due to legal and licensing obstacles that more churches are
unable to sponsor adoption agencies.

"Adoption is a legal risk when you deal with birth fathers or birth mothers,"
said Black, who regards open adoption as the healthiest form of adoption. "The
concern would be birth parents who change their mind."

The legal matters can easily consume and financially overwhelm any institution,
particularly a ministry formed by a church, Black said.

Adoption fees, paid by the adopting parents, also constitute NLCS' financial
support. The fee of $14,000 includes the agency's work with the birth mother,
traveling expenses to interview and work with the adopting parents, medical
costs and legal fees.

"It sounds like a lot, and it is a lot, but when you look at adoption fees
across the board and call other agencies you'll find that it is like $25,000 and
$30,000," Black said.

With six families currently waiting to adopt babies through NLCS, Black said the
typical waiting period for a family could reach 18 months. Currently, NLCS has
10 women waiting to place their babies for adoption.

Because the heart of NLCS is to provide practical assistance to women in crisis
situations, it also offers services similar to a crisis pregnancy center. With a
licensed nurse on staff, the agency gives free pregnancy testing, abortion
alternative counseling and medical and shepherding home referrals. They offer
car seats and cribs free of charge as well. Birthparents are required to
participate in group and individual counseling sessions as well as childbirth
classes.

Potential adoptive parents also must complete classes concerning adoption just
like birth mothers. They are required to read certain books and undergo home
studies as well. Adoptive family requirements include: a two-parent husband and
wife family that professes Jesus Christ as Savior, between the ages of 21-39,
married for at least three years, active in a local church, and financially
stable.

Adoptive parents also must agree to three policies specified by the NLCS in
support of the birth mother: a name policy, which states that the birth mother
may name the baby; a gift policy, which states the adoptive parents must allow
the child to receive gifts from the birth mother and give a note of thanks; and
a communication policy. The communication policy requires the adoptive parents
to send a letter and 10 pictures of the child to the birthparents twice a year
for 18 years.

Black said these three policies are instrumental in the healing process of both
the birthparents and the child. The birth mother is allowed to see the child
grow and express love for the child in a somewhat limited manner. The adopted
child gradually understands the birth mother still desires to be a part of his
life and loves him.

As a mother nears the end of her pregnancy, she is shown profiles of prospective
families desiring to adopt a child. From these profiles, which include photos,
videos and autobiographies, the mother selects a family with which she will
place her own baby.

After the birth mother has her baby, she is then extended a 48-hour waiting
period in which she has time to finalize her decision to proceed with the
adoption or, in some cases, to keep the baby.

Black said this 48-hour period is excruciating for both the adoptive family and
the birth mother.

"It's awful for the adoptive family because they are waiting, and also the birth
mom because she is so grieved," Black said. "Sometimes our women are so focused
on adoption that they don't let themselves deal with the pain, but in truth,
when they are holding their baby in their arms, they have to deal with that
pain."

Black shared one example of a mother who decided not to follow through with the
agreement at the last minute.

"It was time to dress her baby and give it to the adoptive parents," Black
recounted. "She called me and said, 'Sara, I can't do this.' And I said, 'You
don't have to do this. This is your baby and you can make a plan for your baby.'
That was such a freeing thing for her. We have no right to say, 'You have to do
this, you've promised your baby to this particular family.' That's a very
unethical thing to do, but certainly it does happen."

Black said in situations where the birth mother is unsure of what to do, the
NLCS always supports the birth mother by offering interim childcare in a foster
home. This allows the birth mother additional time to make an unemotional
decision.

A modern misconception of adoption, promulgated by the abortion industry, states
that adoption agencies pressure mothers to sell their babies.

"We want to help birth mothers who want to place their baby for adoption," Black
said. "We aren't here to take anyone's baby or to coerce them in any way. For
some people, adoption is the best answer, but it's not for everybody."

For birth mothers who go through with the adoption, Black said grief is an
unavoidable side effect. Birth mothers also are faced with common misconceptions
concerning adoption suggesting they don't love their babies or that they are
throwing their babies away. For Black, birth mothers who place their baby
demonstrate a much greater love by giving them better homes.

Adoptive children also are faced with grief issues, believing their mothers did
not love them enough to keep them.

"We always take pictures of a birth mom holding her baby crying. It's not a
posed picture, just an impromptu picture, but we think that picture tells the
child years later more than words can ever say," Black said. "Because the world
would say to this child, 'Your mom didn't want you.' But the picture helps the
child to know that their mother loved them and the decision was a hard one and
that's why she's crying and holding them."

However, the adoption process does not end after a child is placed with new
parents in a Christian home. NLCS staff members continually offer post-adoption
counseling to birth mothers and their family members.

It also lifts up the newly created family in prayer.

"We know that it's such a spiritual battle, and we pray and fast on Thursdays as
a staff to seek to know what God would have us do," Black said. "We pray for the
adoptive families, and the birth families and we pray for the children."

One reason why Black feels so strongly about prayer stems from her desire to see
the children placed by the NLCS hear the gospel.

"We keep a list of the children who have been adopted and have made professions
of faith," Black said. "We want to know that these are the children who were
placed in homes that told them about Jesus."

Ultimately, NLCS seeks two adoptions for a child, an adoption into a new earthly
family and a second adoption as a child of the King.

"Adoption is an incredibly wonderful way to become part of a family," Black
said. "And it's the way that we become part of God's family, because he adopts
us into his family if we believe in Jesus Christ. So some of these kids are
adopted twice."

For more information on New Life Children's Services or to receive their
newsletter call (281) 955-1001 or visit their website: www. newlifeadopt.com.
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(BP) photo posted in the BP Photo Library at http://www.bpnews.net. Photo title:
PRAYER, FASTING & ADOPTION.


Women who have abortion more likely
to face depression, study shows
By Matt Pyeatt


WASHINGTON (BP)--Women who abort their first unintended pregnancy are more prone
to clinical depression, increased substance abuse and suicide than women who
carry their unintended pregnancy to term, a new study suggests.

The study, which appeared in the prestigious British Medical Journal Jan. 19,
was funded by the Elliot Institute of Springfield, Ill., a nonprofit
organization that examines post-abortion complications and promotes outreach and
counseling programs for women.

According to CNSNews.com, data for the report comes from a national study of
American youth, which began in 1979. A subset of 4,463 women were surveyed about
"depression, intendedness of pregnancy and pregnancy outcome" in 1992.

The study found that eight years after their abortions, married women were 138
percent more likely to be at high risk of clinical depression compared to women
who carried their unintended first pregnancies to term.

David C. Reardon, Ph.D., director of the Elliot Institute and the study's lead
author, said the study is consistent with other recent research that has shown a
suicide and substance abuse increase of fourfold to sixfold associated with
prior abortion. The study is also the first to include an analysis of depression
up to eight years after an abortion.

Reardon said the study was conducted using the same data set as that used by
feminist psychologist Nancy Russo of Arizona State University, who determined
that self-esteem was not affected significantly among women who aborted and
those who carried to term.

"The most serious flaw of the Russo study is that the authors did not even
comment on the extraordinarily high rate of concealment of past abortions in the
sample," Reardon said. "Women who do not want to mention a past abortion are
most likely the ones who will have unresolved feelings of shame, guilt or
grief."

Another problem associated with Russo's study is that researchers relied on a
measure of self-esteem that is not sensitive to post-abortion stress, Reardon
said.

"Russo's previous analysis of this data set was methodologically weak and was
frankly a poor basis on which to build the claim that abortion has no measurable
effect on women's well-being," he said. "The results of our reexamination of
this data set -- especially in combination with other studies showing higher
rates of suicide, substance abuse and other mental health disorders associated
with prior abortion -- shows that the 'no effect' hypothesis should be
rejected," Reardon said.

Reardon believes he believes this research can assist physicians in
understanding their patients better. "We recommend that physicians should
routinely inquire about the outcome of all patients' pregnancies," he said.

This would allow women to discuss unresolved feelings about prior pregnancy
loss, Reardon said. It would also be a good opportunity for physicians to give
referrals for additional counseling, he said.

(Information about the Elliot Institute, biographical information about David C.
Reardon and related articles and resources can be accessed at
http://www.afterabortion.org. The full article in the British Medical Journal
can be viewed on the Internet at
http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/324/7330/151?lookupType=volpage&vol=324&fp=151&v
iew=short.)
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Pierce is a staff writer with www.CNSNews.com. Used by permission.


Effects of Abortion Pill Tough to Swallow for Pro-Lifers

The abortion industry has stopped at nothing to convince
people that RU-486 is safe.  Now, a little over a year since
the Food and Drug Administration approved the pills for use
in America, new data proves that the drug can create serious
medical complications.  Of the 33 people whose cases were
referred to the FDA, several have experienced "life
threatening" side effects.  And, even more alarming,
according to the FDA's own records, five people have already
died with RU-486 listed as the prime suspect.  How many more
will be sacrificed for a political agenda that trumps
reality?  Contrary to popular belief, these aren't magic
pills-they're a human pesticide that endangers mother and
child.  Dr. John Diggs, a pro-life doctor and FRC advisor,
says he isn't surprised at the dangerous effects of the
drug.  "The problem is [that] the FDA chose to overlook
them.  Any drug that's causing...deaths under any other
circumstances would be withdrawn...  But this one was pushed
through under fast track."  This story points to the crucial
decision facing President Bush who is in the process of
selecting a new FDA commissioner.  We urge the president to
choose someone who will make decisions based on sound
science and principle, not hidden agendas and politics.

Dear  David Hunt,

I know you are a person who cares deeply about preserving the sanctity of life ...

... so I want to ALERT you to a strategic pro-life case we are fighting in New York - and I want to ask you for your support in this effort!

https://www.donation-net.net/aclj/donate2.cfm?dn=1008&commid=23878080&id=16096

The Attorney General for the state of New York has launched a campaign to SILENCE the pro-life message!

Attorney General Eliot Spitzer has issued a SUBPOENA against pro-life counseling centers as part of a campaign to disrupt, discredit, and harass pro-life counseling centers.  At question here: did the centers dispense medical advice to women without being licensed to do so?

But the issue is much more than medical. 

The counselors at these centers work with women who are faced with an unwanted or an unplanned pregnancy.  Sometimes it's a difficult pregnancy.  In any case, it's a tough situation - and the counselors try to help.

And, in doing so, it is PERFECTLY LEGAL for them to share that abortion isn't the only alternative!

That is why we have agreed to serve as lead counsel in representing one of the clients named in the subpoena.  We have FILED A MOTION to quash the subpoena on three grounds:

1. The subpoena VIOLATES THE FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHT of the center by attempting to eliminate constitutionally protected speech.

2. The subpoena contains NO SPECIFIC COMPLAINTS against the center.

3. New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer has publicly pledged to work with the National Abortion Rights Action League - whose strategy includes TARGETING crisis pregnancy centers.  This subpoena may well be little more than a tool in a politically-motivated campaign to CENSOR THE PRO-LIFE MESSAGE!

It is wrong for the New York Attorney General to SINGLE OUT these centers simply because he disagrees with their viewpoint and message.  And we intend to make sure the pro-life message is protected!

Free Congress Foundation’s
Notable News Now
February 22, 2002


The Free Congress Commentary
What’s Going On in New York?
By Connie Marshner
On one level, what New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer has done recently
looks like the quintessential playing out of the design of the Federalist
Papers.  An interest group helps elect somebody, who then returns the favor
after he is in office. This is understandable, and when the subject matter
is bridges or highways, James Madison and John Jay would approve.
On another level, Madison and Jay would be gagging at the subject matter of
Eliot Spitzer’s show of political gratitude.
On January 4, Spitzer launched a legal offensive against pregnancy help
centers in New York State.  Eleven organizations, 10 crisis pregnancy
centers and one pro-life medical clinic, have been subpoenaed to turn over
records and extensive information.  Why?  Because “the Attorney General has
a good faith belief” that they may have violated some state statutes about
deceptive advertising. 
Pregnancy resource centers, also known as PRC’s, are places with names like
“Expectant Mother Care” or “Pregnancy Center”.  A woman desperate about a
pregnancy can go there and find someone who cares and get connected with
lots of different kinds of help, from clothing to medical to housing to
counseling.  Get some real choices, one might say.  Now Spitzer is planning
to sue them.
The centers are usually staffed by volunteers, and are mostly funded by
freewill contributions. There are about 2500 of them divided among 50
states, with more than 20 in New York State.  Generally, they are listed in
the phone book under “Abortion Alternatives”, usually with a little notice
courtesy of the phone book publisher that these centers do not provide
abortions.  Never mind that other Attorneys General in other states have
been asked to sue centers for false advertising, but concluded there were no
grounds for action.
So what’s really going on here?
Well, on one level, it’s simple political payback. Spitzer received a $2,800
campaign contribution from the National Abortion Rights Action League
(NARAL), and soon after his election addressed a NARAL luncheon in January,
1999.  He promised to use his office to advance NARAL’s agenda.  True to his
promise, he soon created a new Reproductive Rights Unit in the Attorney
General’s office, and hired the former President and Executive Director of
NOW-NYC (formerly a fellow of the ACLU’s Reproductive Freedom Project) to
run it.
On another level, it’s just another tactic in the pro-abortion arsenal.
Twenty years ago, the abortion industry was waving this same anti-pregnancy
center flag.  NARAL even wrote a manual to guide its affiliates in shutting
down pregnancy care centers: A Step by Step Guide—Unmasking Fake Clinics.
What Spitzer is doing reads like a case study for NARAL’s handbook.  
On a third level, Spitzer’s attack is evidence of the ongoing trickling down
of the abortion wars to the state level. 
On another level, one must ask: why?  Why harass a few volunteer
organizations which are making nothing more than a barely perceptible dent
in New York State’s huge abortion rate? 
There is ideology, to be sure.  The ideology that equates killing one’s
child with fulfilling oneself, helping the earth, and other assorted
supposed goods seems to be ratcheting itself up in intensity as if to ensure
that abortion be the only choice that a desperate woman has.  As the number
of post-abortive women increases, the hatred of abortion increases.  Those
who advocate abortion find themselves getting desperate to re-gain the
golden aura of the 70’s when abortion was regarded as a positive life
experience.  Trying to extinguish voices which say abortion is a bad choice
is one way of proceeding. 
If I were inclined toward a Marxist view of reality, I’d have another
theory. 
Let’s see, each abortion costs, what?  Three to five hundred dollars is
typical for New York City (though Spanish language papers carry ads for
abortions as low as $100, it almost never ends up being just that).  Each
abortion takes, what, ten minutes of a doctor’s time?  Figure six abortions
an hour for six hours, 36 a day.  On a good day, an abortionist can take in
between $10,800 and $18,000.   
Nor is it all.  Thanks to new directions in medical research, lots of those
aborted baby bodies and body parts can be sold to labs for as much as $1,000
each.  Add another $36,000 to the day’s take.  Comes to a tidy sum, one
might say.
Figure relatively low overhead for that kind of work, too.  True, there’s
malpractice insurance, but because abortions are constitutionally protected
there’s not much in the way of regulation or equipment to worry about.
Staff doesn’t have to be particularly good, either, when the customers are
not likely to be telling their friends about the experience anyhow. 
Then understand that ten percent of all the abortions in the United States
occur in New York State.  There are eight abortions for every ten live
births in New York City.  In New York City alone, abortions are performed at
55 doctor’s offices and clinics – not counting the hospitals that do it.
Now that’s got to be a competitive market.  
Could it be –? Dare one breathe the word?  Could greed be an issue here? 
In all five boroughs of NYC, there are 10 abortion alternatives, a measly
ten pregnancy resource centers, in existence.   Couldn’t Eliot Spitzer pick
on someone his own size?

From: Ken Connor, President
Date: February 21, 2002-Thursday
To: Friends of Family Research Council

Pregnant Pause Hovers over CPC Legal Suit

They call themselves pro-choice.  But the truth is,
organizations like Planned Parenthood don't want women to
know what their choices are.  For this reason, pro-life
groups and churches across the country began forming what
they now call Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs), whose mission
is to counsel women to consider abortion alternatives-like
adoption.  In New York, these ministries are under attack.
Charged with deceptive advertising and practicing medicine
without licenses, CPCs are rallying in court, trying
desperately to avoid a legal challenge from the state's
"pro-choice" rivals.  The fact is, CPCs are remarkably
successful in changing the hearts and minds of expectant
mothers about life.  And that's enough to make the abortion
industry nervous-to the point of making false allegations
about the groups' methods.  The irony is that while CPCs are
being accused of shoddy operations, America's abortion
industry has plied its grisly trade for years, largely
without scrutiny.  In some states, veterinary clinics are
more closely regulated than abortion clinics.  The New York
legal challenge is nothing more than a ploy to stunt the
growth of powerful ministries and limit the effectiveness
they have in spreading the truth about the gruesome
realities of abortion.

Scientists Make "Womb" for Artificial Pregnancy

If modern science has its way, there won't be much need for
pregnancy at all.  Doctors reported last week that they have
developed an artificial womb that allows embryos to grow
outside the body.  By extracting cells from women's bodies,
scientists have made lab prototypes of the womb to which
embryos have successfully attached.  The pace of their
progress has surprised experts, and although they say it
could end childbirth problems, make no mistake.  An
artificial womb creates major ethical headaches-not the
least of which is the fate of the human embryos they plan to
experiment with.  Are they people who should be protected
under the law or products, which can be treated with
impunity?  As a society, we must decide the legal and moral
status of the human embryo.  Importantly, in the context of
an artificial environment, the embryo's rights do not come
into collision with a woman's "right to privacy."
Hopefully, this will allow us to have an honest debate about
what really is at stake here.  Bill Saunders will be
addressing the ethical conundrums raised by technology as he
participates in the Biotech Christian Worldview conference
tomorrow.  FRC will continue to champion the sanctity of
human life and dignity in the face of technology's latest
challenges.

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