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BY John Lilly
TRIBUNE, Feb. 20 — Several
studies dating back more than a decade have shown that fetal cells are present
within a woman’s body for years after she has been pregnant.
It was earlier
theorized that fetal cells could be the culprits for the autoimmune diseases
that women who have been pregnant are likelier to develop.
But a recent study
by researchers at Tufts-New England Medical Center, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association,
offers an alternate hypothesis: The fetal cells may be acting like stem cells,
and may be responding to injury.
resembled those in the organs where they were found — the liver, spleen and
thyroid — and they appeared disproportionately in diseased organs, suggesting
that they were performing some therapeutic function.
UNITED NATIONS POPULATION DIVISION, Feb. 11 — A new report from the
division that registers maternal and infant mortality for every nation
contradicts the position of abortion advocates that abortion restrictions
increase women’s deaths in childbirth.
According to the
“World Mortality Report: 2005,” nations with laws permitting abortion have not
produced a corresponding drop in the rate of maternal deaths, and their rates
of maternal mortality are not lower than those for nation’s that have made
The report reveals
that Russia, where abortion has long been legal, has a maternal mortality rate
of 67 deaths for every 100,000 births. The rate is 17 deaths for every 100,000
births in the United States.
ASSOCIATED PRESS, Feb. 21 — Backers of various proposals to protect
unborn children as well as their pregnant mothers from acts of violence have
agreed to support a law that protects mother and child throughout pregnancy.
District Attorneys Association switched its allegiance from a competing measure
that would protect unborn children after 19 weeks of pregnancy.
The law will allow
the state to charge criminals with a second crime when they kill or injure an
unborn child in an assault against a pregnant woman.
General Troy King said similar laws in other states have never been declared
unconstitutional in any legal challenges to them filed by abortion advocates.
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