Wow. Roughly 34,000 people pledged 100 dollars to today’s Tea Party online fundraiser for Ron Paul, which means $3.4M was pledged for today. It’s 2:30 and over $3M is already donated, with a $122 average donation. This does not include checks that get mailed in. We are well on the way to crushing the $4.2M record for November 5th.
Please give today if you haven’t already to get a true leader, who is not afraid to talk about hard questions to American citizens, rather than like children to pay off with easy promises on what to do with our own tax money and debt. (I should also remind folks that he is a steadfast pro-lifer and an OB-GYN who has delivered thousands of babies, practicing medicine even as a Representative.)
Also check out Catholics for Ron Paul.
Feminists for Life speaker Karen Shablin will be speaking at the William Pitt Union this Thursday:
“Abortion: A Betrayal of Feminism”
Thursday, November 29, 2007
William Pitt Union, Kurtzman Room
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
From the biographical sketch linked above, I see that Ms Shablin was a former NARAL member and had an abortion herself. This is the first time one of the new members of the FFL speaker’s bureau has come to Pittsburgh, so it should be very interesting.
If you live elsewhere–namely Kentucky, Maryland or North Carolina–there are other speaking events held in the future by FFL listed here.
We now know more of the reason why Ian Wilmut left the human cloning research behind. Researchers from two labs (Yamanaka in San Fran. and Japan, Thomson in Madison) have induced mature somatic cells to become embryonic-like stem cells, matching all the experimental criteria for embryonic stem cells. This new class of stem cells is called an inducible pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells). Both labs created these cells by using viruses to express key genes in the somatic cells.
You read it right the first time, folks.
Ian Wilmut, the cloner of Dolly the sheep, is giving up on human cloning in favor of stem cell regression, wherein one takes an adult cell and reprograms it into becoming an embryonic-like stem cell. (A briefer overview can be seen here.)
Magee-Womens Hospital has opened a umbilical cord blood bank for either public clinical use or research. This a great boon for raising awareness of a rich, ethically acceptable source of stem cells. Kudos to Magee and Carol Berger for spearheading this, and if you know people expecting to have a baby at Magee, encourage them to make use of this.
National Geographic has a nice little article on umbilical cord blood stem cells here.