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 AUGUST 2005
Vol. 32, No. 8

Supreme Court to Hear Ayotte Case November 30

   November 30 has been set as the date for the United States Supreme Court to hear Ayotte v. Planned Parenthood of N. New.
England. In Ayotte, the newly constituted Court will hear the challenge to New Hampshire's 2003 parental notification law.

   The measure, which enjoyed widespread bipartisan support, requires that abortionists may not perform an abortion on an unemancipated minor until "at least 48 hours after written notice of the pending abortion" has been delivered to one of her parents. This requirement is waived if the "attending abortion provider certifies in the pregnant minor's medical record that the abortion is necessary to prevent the minor's death and there is insufficient time to provide required notice."

  The law, signed by then Governor Craig Benson in June 2003, was to take effect in December. However, in November, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, Concord Feminist Health Center, Feminist Health Center of Portsmouth, and a private physician successfully filed a complaint with the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire for a declaratory judgment that the act was unconstitutional and an injunction to prevent its enforcement once it was to become effective.

   Last November the First U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston agreed with the lower court. Both cited the absence of an explicit exception to protect the mother's health. As required by prior Supreme Court decisions, the law also contains a judicial bypass by which minors can avoid telling their parents by going to a judge.

   The law was closely modeled on the Minnesota law upheld by the Supreme Court in Hodgson v. Minnesota (1990). The law has saved many lives.

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Unfair Attacks Begin in Earnest Against Judge John Roberts

There have been a lot of "theories" about the recent Supreme Court nomination. 

Theories about who would retire from the court.  Theories about who the new nominee would be, with pundits claiming "inside information"-- only to be proved wrong.

There have been theories about the nominee's politics, or how he would vote once on the court. 

But one thing was never theoretical.  Whoever President Bush named to the U.S. Supreme Court, pro-abortion groups were going to attack. 

They were pre-programmed to do so. Like attack dogs let loose from the leash, they could only respond to whomever was nominated by viciously and relentlessly attacking their prey, in this case Federal Appeals Court Judge John Roberts.

Roberts, by all accounts, is a good and decent man of deep faith who loves his family and has a deep respect for his profession, the law. 

So perhaps it's not surprising, knowing the modus operandi of our pro-abortion opponents over the years that the first attacks, or "concerns" as the media likes to call them, have come against Judge Roberts' family, his faith, and his view of the law. 

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From the President

Wanda Franz, Ph.D.


On July 10, 2005, about 36 million households received Parade magazine as a Sunday supplement. The cover page was emblazoned with “Now…what the American people think about Stem Cell Research—A New Parade/Research!America Health Poll.”  Inside, readers found Micah Morrison’s article about “the state of stem cell research around the world” and a poll that is the cleverest piece of propaganda yet in support of embryonic stem cell research (ESCR).  

Morrison reviews the state of ESCR in various countries and suggests that ESCR in the United States is coming up short.

To his credit, Morrison states that “[t]he promise of embryonic stem cell science remains just that—a promise.  Adult stem cells, derived primarily from blood, have helped thousands with leukemia and genetic disorders.  Embryonic stem cell research, still relatively new, has yet to produce any groundbreaking cell therapy cures—and may never, some critics say.  But that hasn’t stopped scientists from believing in their potential.”

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