Friday, December 16, 2011

Pro-life news in Minnesota: December 2011

A few facts that every pro-life Minnesotan should know (especially as families gather for the holidays, sometimes discussing current events and issues):

  • Among the major candidates now competing for the 2012 Republican nomination for U.S. president (Romney, Gingrich, Perry, Santorum, Bachmann, Paul and Huntsman), all take a pro-life position. By contrast, the future nominee's opponent in the general election, Pres. Barack Obama, is a committed advocate of abortion on demand and has compiled a lengthy track record of policies promoting and expanding abortion.
  • Regions Hospital in St. Paul stopped performing elective abortions this month. This good news is tempered by the fact that other abortion providers, particularly Planned Parenthood, are eager to make up the difference.

  • Planned Parenthood's new headquarters in St. Paul is scheduled to open this month. It will be the state's largest abortion center, and the third largest abortion center in the nation.
  • Planned Parenthood this summer began doing "webcam" abortions at its Rochester, Minn., clinic. It marked the first time that Planned Parenthood in Minnesota has performed abortions outside of St. Paul. The webcam abortion method is particularly dangerous for pregnant women and will allow Planned Parenthood to expand its reach and increase the number of abortions it performs. (MCCL's just-updated brochure on RU486 webcam abortions is now available online; to order copies, contact us by email or call 612.825.6831.)
  • Embryonic stem cell research company Geron Corp. recently abandoned its work with human embryos. It is the latest setback for unethical research that requires the killing of embryonic human beings; such research has resulted in no medical benefits, while ethically-derived adult stem cells have successfully treated many thousands of human patients.
  • The annual MCCL March for Life will be held on Sunday, Jan. 22, at 2 p.m. at the state Capitol in St. Paul. It is the anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that imposed a nationwide policy of abortion on demand. If you live in Minnesota, please make sure to attend.
  • Other upcoming events include the start of the 2012 state legislative session in January (MCCL will be there advocating for pro-life legislation) and the precinct caucuses on Feb. 7 (attend to elect pro-life delegates and offer pro-life resolutions). Both are previewed in the new (Nov.-Dec. 2011) issue of MCCL News.

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