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The Weekly Digest: 2-10-16

By James Arnold posted on:
October 17, 2017
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On to the news.

Sanctity of Life

Let's talk about three-parent embryos. If you're not familiar with the concept, here we go: For a variety of reasons (ranging from research to disease prevention all the way to giving children three genetic links, rather than two), scientists have asked to begin testing a "novel form of genetic engineering that could prevent congenital diseases but would result in babies with genetic material from three parents." Not just asked, either: They have been approved. There is a caveat, however. While the approval came through the FDA (and came with a note to "go forward, but with caution"), the budget passed by Congress prohibits funding experiments that genetically alter human embryos.

If you read news last week, you likely saw this article from the Los Angeles Times floating around. Read the headline, and you may quickly understand why: "After Texas stopped funding Planned Parenthood, low-income women had more babies." Now, there's a few ways you can read a headline like this. A pro-abortion advocate may say that defunding Planned Parenthood is clearly devastating.

Wait, did I say "may"? From Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood of America:

"This new research shows the devastating consequences for women when politicians block access to care at Planned Parenthood."
The most obvious implication is that the "devastating consequence" is a living, breathing child. Pro-life folks would likely read the headline and rejoice, since more children are being born, rather than aborted, and lives are all valuable, no matter the economic situation into which they are born.

Of course, all of that assumes that the report on the study is accurate. There may be good reason to think otherwise.

Finally, we'll look at the documentary about euthanasia that will air on the BBC soon. The filmmakers insist the film is neither pro- nor anti-euthanasia. The wife of the man who died is similarly conflicted. Throughout her story, she makes it clear that there is something in her husband's life that is distinctly hers. Definitely worth pondering as euthanasia laws begin cropping up around the world.

Religious Freedom

First, South Dakota. The House State Affairs committee sent a religious protection measure to the floor for debate. From the Associated Press story: "Under the bill, government entities couldn't take 'discriminatory action' against people, companies and organizations, among others, for actions, speech or beliefs based on certain religious or moral convictions."

If you'd like our perspective, here's what Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Matt Sharp had to say:
"This is narrowly targeted to protect a small group of organizations and individuals that are particularly vulnerable in light of the same-sex marriage decision by the Supreme Court."
This article from The Telegraph is off to a strong start, there. In one sentence, we've got Karl Marx, drugs, and the meaning of life. According to a recent analysis from Britain's Office for National Statistics, people who are religious report the most satisfaction with their lives.

The religions that top the charts? Judaism and Christianity, followed by Hinduism.

You know what would make religious people even happier? The freedom to live out their peacefully held beliefs, even in the public square.

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James Arnold

James Arnold

News and Research Manager

James Arnold manages and edits the Alliance Alert, a daily repository of news in all forms—written, spoken, or in video format.


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