Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Clinic to weed out embryos with a squint

Embryos are to be screened for a cosmetic defect for the first time in a British clinic.

Doctors have been given permission to create a baby free from a genetic disorder which would have caused the child to have a severe squint.

The Bridge Centre family clinic, in London, has been licensed to treat a businessman and his wife to create the baby. Both the businessman and his father suffer from the condition, which causes the eyes only to look downwards or sideways.

Critics have said that the permission is another step on the road to creating only perfect-looking babies in the laboratory.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Message From the HRTL Director

Dear Pro-Life Supporter, April 25, 2007

Re: Invitation for Membership

I would like to invite you to join us in the fight for life. Let me introduce myself, I am Beverly Larranaga, the current Executive Director of Hawaii Right to Life. The former Executive Director, John Long, has taken a sabbatical of an undetermined length. I took this job because I believe in saving the lives of millions of unborn babies, the disabled and the elderly. I truly believe in the heartfelt mission and commitment of Hawaii Right to Life. Our Mission Statement at Hawaii Right to Life is as follows:

“Promote the common good and general welfare of the People of the State of Hawaii through the advancement of reverence for all innocent and defenseless human life from conception to natural death.”

We take this mission very seriously, that is why we are made up of three major action components; they are the legislative, educational and political action legs of Hawaii Right to Life.

We are recruiting membership for our Education Fund. This component is non-profit, to administer and solicit contributions to be used for educational purposes, teaching our community about the health and moral benefits of Pro-Life issues. Donations are Tax Deductible, IRC Section 501(c)(3).

When you partner with Hawaii Right to Life you will rest in assurance we are defending the lives of the defenseless. Membership is $25.00 and lasts for one year. This membership is tax deductible and goes to our Educational Fund. As a member of Hawaii Right to Life you will receive a membership package with the following:

A HRTL email newsletter once a month and occasional alerts
A check list of ways to help save lives
Do’s and don’ts for Political Activity of Pastors (give a copy to your Pastor)
Educational information on Physician Assisted Suicide, Stem Cell Research, Abortion and Abstinence
Voter guides (in election years)

Mahalo for your consideration as a valued and treasured member of Hawaii Right to Life.

Beverly Larranaga
Executive Director,

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Letter From President Bush


On May 3rd, 2007, President Bush sent the following letter to Senator Reid and Speaker Pelosi:
Dear Mr. Leader/Madam Speaker:

I am concerned that this year the Congress may consider legislation that could substantially change Federal policies and laws on abortion, and allow taxpayer dollars to be used for the destruction of human life. I am writing to make sure that there is no misunderstanding of my views on these important issues.

Our Nation was founded on the belief that every human being has rights, dignity, and matchless value. Every child should be welcomed into life and protected in law. The advancement of science and medicine need not conflict with the ethical imperative to cherish and protect every life. In fact, advances in science have made it possible to see life developing at earlier stages and underscore Americans’ obligation to protect helpless and innocent life from destruction, whether it is in the womb or elsewhere. These issues are deeply emotional and are made even more complicated when the American taxpayer is asked to fund efforts that end human life.

As you know, current law prohibits Federal funding for abortion, both domestically and internationally, except in cases of rape, incest, or where the life of the mother is endangered. Recent legislative practice has ensured that taxpayer funds do not underwrite organizations that perform or promote abortion as a method of family planning. Current U.S. law protects human embryos. The standing pattern is that appropriate conscience protections must be in place for health care entities, and that taxpayer dollars may not be used in coercive or involuntary family planning programs.

I urge that these and other existing, important protections be respected and continued. I believe it is the most basic duty of Government to guard the innocent. With that in mind, I will veto any legislation that weakens current Federal policies and laws on abortion, or that encourages the destruction of human life at any stage.