Henrietta Lacks’ descendants seek compensation... A historic human cell line has generated controversy—and now a lawsuit By Rachel Lynn Aldrich | October 7, 2021 | WNG.org
Henrietta Lacks died 70 years ago, but her cells live on. Known as HeLa cells, they are foundational to scientific research, generating both money and medical breakthroughs for the institutions and companies that use them. But her family members say they’ve been cut out of the deal. A group of Lacks’ descendants filed a lawsuit on Monday, the anniversary of her death, against biotechnology company Thermo Fisher Scientific, claiming it has profited from her cells despite knowing she didn’t consent to their use or sale.
The case of the HeLa cell line illustrates a perennial tension between privacy rights and scientific research. Lacks, an African American woman, went to Johns Hopkins Hospital for treatment in the 1950s. Researchers there discovered that some of her cells had unique properties that allowed them to survive and replicate indefinitely, even outside of her body. Lacks died on Oct. 4, 1951, of cervical cancer. The unique properties of the cells made them valuable to researchers, and courts now must decide how to weigh the scientific benefits against the claims of her family. To read the rest of the story, click HERE.
Leaked emails show Pfizer wanted to hide COVID vaccine’s connection to abortion LifeSite News | Pierre Boralevi | Oct 7, 2021
A whistleblower employed by vaccine maker Pfizer has leaked a chain of emails by company executives discussing how to best withhold information from the public on the use of fetal cell lines derived from an aborted baby in the development of the Pfizer vaccine. In a video released by Project Veritas today, Pfizer whistleblower Melissa Strickler provided a chain of emails between top Pfizer executives including VP and CSO Philip Dormitzer and Senior Director of Worldwide Research Vanessa Gelman, in which they discuss the appropriate script and “approved answer” to use in order to avoid disclosing information to the public on the use of fetal cell lines in creating the vaccine.
Melissa Strickler has worked at Pfizer for about ten years and is currently part of the quality department at one of the company’s biggest plants. She accidentally uncovered a chain of emails discussing fetal tissue and the COVID vaccine. “What was troubling to me was that they wanted to keep it under wraps,” Strickler told Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe. “They didn’t really want the information out there that they were using the HEK cells to do the study. They’re being so deceptive in their emails … they’re just being really deceptive and they’re being careful with their words, and it made me not trust it.” The first leaked email shown in the report was from Advait Badkar, a Senior Director at Pfizer, asking Gelman how to answer a question about whether Pfizer used a cell line from an aborted fetus when carrying out confirmation tests for the vaccine. Badkar admits in this email that Pfizer had already confirmed that no cell lines from an aborted fetus were used in the “manufacturing process.” The first reply to Badkar’s question came from Dormitzer, who wrote that there is “an approved answer” to the question about the use of fetal cell lines. He acknowledged that “HEK293T cells” are “ultimately derived from an aborted fetus.”
HEK stands for Human Embryonic Kidney, and 293 is the number of experiments that were needed to obtain the cell line from the kidney of the aborted baby. Gelman wrote that Pfizer “[has] been trying as much as possible to not mention the fetal cell lines.” To read the rest of the story, click HERE.
228 Republicans sign legal brief asking Supreme Court to uphold Mississippi abortion ban By Calvin Freiburger | LifeSiteNews.com | July 29, 2021 More than 200 Republican members of Congress have signed yet another amicus brief calling on the U.S. Supreme Court to return greater discretion on abortion policy to the elected branches of government in its upcoming review of Mississippi’s fifteen-week abortion ban.
The Court announced in May that it would be hearing Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which concerns Mississippi’s HB 1510 law banning abortions from being committed past 15 weeks for any reason other than physical medical emergencies or severe fetal abnormalities. After its enactment in 2019, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals deemed it unconstitutional because of an “unbroken line dating to Roe v. Wade,” the 1973 ruling which imposed on all 50 states a “right” to pre-viability abortion.
The attorneys general of Mississippi and Missouri have asked the Court to directly overturn Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, as have Sens. Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, and Mike Lee in their own brief, as well as eleven Republican governors including Ron DeSantis of Florida. To read the rest of the story, click HERE.
World’s most premature baby, given 0% chance of survival, just celebrated his first birthday The baby boy, born at 21 weeks, is now thriving and happy, and has inspired his parents to begin a nonprofit to support premature babies. By Emily Mangiaracina | LifeSiteNews.com | June 28, 2021 A baby boy who was said to have 0 percent odds of surviving after being born four months prematurely just celebrated his first birthday this month. Richard Scott William Hutchinson is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most premature baby to survive to date. He was born weighing only 11.9 ounces, so tiny that he fit in the palm of a hand, CNN reported. To read the rest of the story, click here.
Biden admin axes Trump rules limiting experimentation on aborted babies Joe Biden’s allowance of research on the bodies of aborted babies will ‘force Americans to be complicit in barbaric experiments using body parts harvested from innocent children killed in abortions, with no limits of any kind. By David McLoone | April 19, 2021 | LifeSite News President Joe Biden’s administration overturned restrictions on Fridayrelating to federal funding of the use offetal tissue – body parts of aborted babies – for experimental purposes.The policy reverses a ban put in place by former President Donald Trumplimiting federal funding for such research. Read the rest of the story HERE.
Democrats’ $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill forces taxpayers to bail out abortion industry Democrats have pushed through extreme anti-life provisions masquerading as COVID-19 relief ... a blatant disregard for all pro-life Americans. Mar 1, 2021 | LifeSiteNews.com Over the weekend, the Democrat-controlled U.S. House of Representatives passed a COVID-19 relief bill which aims to use taxpayer money to fund abortions and the abortion industry under the guise of coronavirus relief. To read more, click HERE.
32 Nations, including US, Declare ‘No International Right to Abortion’ at UN
Article by Paul Smeaton | LifeSiteNews | October 22, 202 The United States, in a coalition of 32 countries representing more than 1.6 billion people, today issued a declaration at the United Nations that there is “no international right to abortion.” On Thursday, October 22, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and HHS Secretary Alex Azar participated in the virtual signing of the Geneva Consensus Declaration, a historic document that further strengthens an ongoing coalition to achieve better health for women, the preservation of human life, support for the family as foundational to a healthy society, and the protection of national sovereignty in global politics,” a press release from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reads. Along with the United States the document was co-sponsored and signed by 32 countries including Brazil, Egypt, Hungary, Indonesia, and Uganda. To read the rest of the article, click HERE.
IRS Gives Tax Breaks for Killing Babies in Abortions Article by LIBERTY COUNSEL | AUG 17, 2020 | Lifenews.com
More than 100 U.S. senators and representatives have signed a letter urging the Department of the Treasury to abandon Internal Revenue Service guidance that classifies abortion as health care. After the 1973 Supreme Court ruling on Roe v. Wade, the IRS chose to reinterpret the 1942 statutory definition of “medical care” in the Code to include abortions. This, in turn, creates tax breaks for abortions through the medical expenses deduction as well as through health flexible spending accounts, health savings accounts, health reimbursement arrangements, and other tax-preferred health accounts and tax breaks that incorporate §213(d)’s definition of “medical care.” By correcting this error, the Department of Treasury would protect taxpayers from funding the procedure and subsidizing the deaths of innocent unborn children. The letter was signed by 23 U.S. Senators and 80 U.S. Representatives and states, “Abortion is not healthcare. Any procedure for which a successful outcome depends on the death of a living human being, born or unborn, cannot be considered health care.” The legislators also urge the IRS not to “treat premiums for health insurance that covers such abortions as medical care, unless in compliance with the law’s separate accounting requirements for coverage of non-medical care” and “to take swift action to issue new regulations to protect innocent human life by ending tax breaks for abortion under the guise of medical care.” The new guidance would end medical tax breaks for abortion, except in cases where the mother’s life is in danger. It also requests that health insurers be required to separately distinguish abortion from medical care in coverage policies in order for insurance premiums to remain eligible for medical expense and self-employed tax deductions, similar to the 2009 Nelson Amendment included in the Affordable Care Act. Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mat Staver said, “Abortion is not healthcare. Not one tax dollar should ever fund the murder of children.”
Pro-Life Teen Nicholas Sandmann Wins Settlement From Washington Post For Smearing Him
Article by Micaiah Bilger | July 24, 2020 | LifeNews.com Covington Catholic High School teen Nicholas Sandman won a second defamation settlement against a major news outlet, he and his lawyers announced Thursday. The pro-life teen was the target of misleading, biased news coverage during his Kentucky high school’s trip to the March for Life in 2019. On Thursday, Sandmann said his lawyers and the Washington Post reached a settlement agreement, WLWT News 5 reports. To read the rest of the story, click here.
Supreme Court Upholds Trump’s Order Protecting Little Sisters From Funding Abortions
Article by Steven Ertelt | July 8, 2020 | LifeNews.com The Supreme Court issued a ruling today upholding a pro-life order from President Donald Trump that protected the Little Sisters of the Poor from being force to pay for abortion-causing drugs under their health insurance plan. Abortion advocates have spent years trying to force the Catholic nuns to fund the destruction of unborn babies in abortions. Justices voted 7-2 to uphold the pro-life order from the president with Chief Justice John Roberts joining the four conservatives on the court along with liberal Justices Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor, both abortion advocates, dissented. To read the rest of the story, click here.
Facebook Censors Pro-Life Ad Showing How Abortion Pill Kills Babies, Injures Women
Article by Micaiah Bilger | JUNE 5, 2020 | LifeNews.com The online censorship of pro-life groups continued again this week. On Thursday, Students for Life of America said Facebook censored one of its ads about the dangers of abortion drugs, claiming it “may be shocking and scary to viewers.” Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life, said their ad used footage from the pro-life movie “Unplanned” to provide an accurate depiction of what can happened to a woman when she takes the abortion drugs. She noted that approximately 40% of abortions in the U.S. are drug-induced abortions, and the abortion industry is pushing to expand access to the deadly drugs through mail-order abortions. “The abortion industry’s next play is to flood the country with dangerous RU-486 chemical abortion drugs, encouraging women to take the pills as they downplay the risks,” she said. “RU-486 drugs and chemical abortions indeed are scary–that’s why we wanted to highlight the horrific experience in an appropriate manner. Facebook must revise its policies to allow groups like ours to highlight serious problems with chemical abortion drugs.” According to the pro-life organization, Facebook flagged the post as “sensational content” on Memorial Day weekend. In an e-mail exchange with Facebook, Students for Life said it was told that the video could be posted on its page but not run as an ad. To read the rest of the story, click here.
Trump Ends Relationship WHO, Which Wanted to Use Coronavirus Funds to Kill Babies in Abortions
By Steven Ertelt | May 29, 2020 | LifeNews.com President Donald Trump has ended America’s relationship with the WHO, the international agency that has botched its response to the coronavirus. WHO has been accused of lying to the world about the coronavirus and it has come under fire for saying killing babies in abortions is somehow an essential procedure as the world deals with the coronavirus pandemic. Today, President Trump said the relationship between the United States and the World Health Organization has ended. The president said China, which has pushed a forced abortion population control policy on its people for decades and killed more babies in abortions than any other nation, “has control” over the controversial agency. “China has total control over the World Health Organization despite paying only $40 million per year compared to what the United States has been paying, which is approximately $450 million a year,” Trump said. “We have detailed the reforms that it must make and engaged with them directly, but they have refused to act. Because they have failed to make the requested and greatly needed reforms, we will be today terminating our relationship with the World Health Organization and redirecting those funds to other worldwide and deserving urgent, global public health needs,” Trump said. Click here to read the rest of the story.
27 Senators Want Answers: How Did 'Cash-Rich Abortion Giant' Snag Small Business Aid?
CBN News | May 22, 2020 | https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews More than two dozen Republican senators are asking US Attorney General William Barr to investigate how multiple Planned Parenthood affiliates received $80 million worth of coronavirus relief funds from the government. The 27 senators sent their signed letter to Barr after Fox News's Tucker Carlson's program learned this week that the Small Business Administration (SBA) is talking to those 37 Planned Parenthood affiliates. As CBN News reported, the SBA is asking for the money back, because the affiliates wrongly claimed they were eligible. To read the rest of the story, click here.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer: Killing Babies in Abortions “is Life Sustaining”
Article by Mary Margaret Olohan | April 16, 2020 |lifenews.com The governor of Michigan said Thursday that abortion is “life sustaining.” Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, discussed abortion in times of the coronavirus pandemic during David Axelrod’s Axe Files podcast posted Thursday. Whitmer, who has drawn criticism for the coronavirus restrictions she’s implemented, noted that while Michigan has put a hold on performing all elective surgeries, abortions can still be performed in the state and are considered essential. To read the rest of the story, click here.
Can We Dismember the Disabled? Are They Less Valuable?
Right to Life of Michigan - File: Real Life Stories | March 2, 2020 On December 23, 2019, the signatures of 379,419 Michigan citizens were submitted to the Michigan Bureau of Elections to initiate legislation to end dismemberment abortions in Michigan. A dismemberment abortion is the most common late-term abortion procedure. Abortion advocates know that late-term abortions are unpopular. Even many people who describe themselves as “pro-choice” intuitively understand that something is wrong with taking the life of a child old enough to survive outside the womb. Knowing this, abortion advocates often focus on late-term abortions in extreme cases. Their go-to narrative involves a pregnancy where the child in the womb has been diagnosed with a serious condition. There are two big problems with this narrative. To read the rest of the story,click here.
The Horror of Human Embryo Jewelry
Article by Abigail Dodds, Regular Contributor | desiringGod.org | May 13, 2017 Some of the strangest news I’ve ever seen came across my screen this week. A company in Australia is turning frozen embryo children into jewelry for their parents to wear. Previously Baby Bee Hummingbirds had been making jewelry out of mothers’ breastmilk and placentas. Now, the company has turned its attention to frozen human embryos— embryos that couples choose not to implant in the mother’s uterus and no longer want to store or “donate.” To put it plainly, they’re making trinkets out of discarded children. To read the rest of the article, click here. Photo: Jewelry offered by Baby Bee Hummingbird.
Dr. Mildred Jefferson, First Black Woman to Graduate from Harvard Medical School and Passionate Pro-Life Advocate
Article by Randy Alcorn | Eternal Perspective Ministries | February 17, 2020 In honor of Black History Month, Live Action produced a video featuring Dr. Mildred Jefferson, the first Black woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School, in 1951. I had heard of her before but had never seen her speak. She is articulate and exudes an inner strength and conviction that’s remarkable. I can see how she succeeded in persuading Ronald Reagan to become pro-life and oppose abortion. I read these words in an article about her death in an October 2010 New York Times. I’ve heard many excellent pro-life speakers and tend to agree: “She probably was the greatest orator of our movement,” Darla St. Martin, co-executive director of the National Right to Life Committee, said Monday. “In fact, take away the probably.” To read the rest of the article, click here.
Murder by Any Other Name, Introducing 4th Term Abortion
Article by Greg Morse, Staff writer, desiringGod.org | March 2, 2019 How does one group of people murder another and sleep at night? Answer: they don’t. German soldiers didn’t slaughter humans, Southern whites didn’t lynch humans, and Planned Parenthood isn’t killing humans either. The infectious pathos, rising from the pit of hell and blackening the darkest periods in human history, is an idea, an idea that a hierarchy of human and subhuman exists. Men who kill men in cold blood lose sleep; men who kill beasts don’t. In Germany, they called the subhuman creatures the Untermenschen. The German propaganda Der Untermensch (thought to be edited by Hitler’s right-hand man, Heinrich Himmler), manifested the serpent’s whisper this way: The subhuman is a biological creature, crafted by nature, which has hands, legs, eyes, and mouth, even the semblance of a brain. Nevertheless, this terrible creature is only a partial human being. Although it has features similar to a human, the subhuman is lower on the spiritual and psychological scale than any animal. . . . Not all of those who appear human are in fact so. Woe to him who forgets it! Though it may appear to be human, it isn’t. It may look like it is made in the image of God, may look like an actual man, woman, or child — but it isn’t. Its color, disability, or lack of development betrays the fact that the terrible creature is only partially human. And as history repeatedly teaches: when “they” are not fully human, “they” — when their dignity inevitably conflicts with our interests — become not at all human. Our evil, having arrogantly defied God’s law (thou shall not murder, lie, steal), goes on to defy mathematics: rounding three-fifths down to zero. To read the rest of the article, click here.