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Items of Interest

Posted in Government & Politics,Imago Dei by sosipater on August 25, 2006

I wanted to pass along several items of interest this morning, two related to Wal-Mart.

The following information comes from the Family Research Council and most of you have probably heard about these items but here goes.

Misstep on the Road to a Culture of Life

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced that it would approve the application of a Barr Laboratories subsidiary to sell the Plan B “morning-after-pill” to women 18 years and older without prescription as an over-the-counter drug (“OTC”). Family Research Council and other strong supporters of President Bush’s policies on health and life issues have opposed to OTC status for Plan B. Apparently, this has fallen on deaf ears. The White House is allowing Senators Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and Patty Murray (D-WA) to determine medical and social policy in America. This, in exchange for their lifting their holds on the nomination of Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach to head the FDA. FDA’s approval of this unprecedented arrangement for Plan B raises many legal, medical, and social questions. For example, selling an identical drug both by prescription and OTC to different populations based on age is unenforceable. Local jurisdication have tremendous difficultly enforcing sale of tobacco and alcohol to minors; will this lead to the Plan B police? We believe that FDA does not have the legal authority to approve Barr’s application. Consequently, FRC and its allies will now consider their legal options as well as ask Congress to follow the lead of Rep. Mark Souder (R-IN) and Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) in conducting serious oversight of this rogue bureaucracy.

Do No Harm with Your No Harm Headlines

Today’s Washington Post splashes a banner headline across page A3. “Stem Cells Created with No Harm to Human Embryos.” Wouldn’t that be great? Not so fast. The organization announcing this seeming breakthrough is Advanced Cell Technology of Worcester, Mass. (ACT). ACT has a long history of killing embryonic human beings. They’re the Vege-matic, slice-and-dice shop of stem cell scavengers. The new technique, it is claimed, enables experimenters to remove one cell at the eight-cell stage of human development. This one cell then is “coaxed” into providing stem cells through cell division. These stem cells then, ACT contends, can be used in the treatment of disease. But what happens to the seven-celled organism that remains? ACT maintains that it develops into a normal human embryo. No harm, no foul. FRC’s Dr. David Prentice notes that the President’s Council on Bioethics has already considered this technique and has unanimously rejected it. I agree. Robert Lanza, who leads ACT experiments, is eager to proclaim an end to “the political impasse” over the killing of embryonic humans. The Nuremberg Code adopted after the horrors of the Holocaust prescribed that, among other principles, no experiments could be done on human beings where there is prior reason to believe that death or disabling injury will occur. Of course, Lanza had no problem in the past with killing embryonic humans. And his “big announcement” concedes that there is an ethical issue with killing embryonic humans. Indeed, the Post reports that this latest Lanza lab act destroyed “some” embryos too.

Wal-Mart’s Odd Domestic Partners

Wal-Mart has announced an odd new domestic “partnership.” They have teamed up with an outfit called the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. Wal-Mart has caved-in, obviously, to the pressure tactics such groups apply to large corporations. This is outrageous. Wal-Mart has made its billions by serving the needs of rural communities throughout America. It has never discriminated against homosexuals who want to purchase their products at low prices. Nor has it discriminated in hiring against homosexuals. But that is not enough. The activists demand that Wal-Mart grovel. They demand that Wal-Mart take sides in the great cultural clash over marriage. This is an affront to the millions of traditional families that patronize Wal-Mart. I wouldn’t be surprised if this causes a rollback in Wal-Mart’s customer base. Won’t you please join me in opposing this offensive move? You can download and print the accompanying .pdf file and drop it off at the Customer Service Desk at your nearest Wal-Mart. Let them know you know what they’re up to–and you don’t appreciate it.

And finally another Wal-Mart story, this one involves communtist involvement in their store(s) in China. Here is the story. What in the world???  Busy Friday, huh?


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