Spain Encourages Pregnancy
According to United Nations figures, Spain's birth rate is the world's lowest, plummeting to fewer than 1.2 births per woman — well below the 2.1 rate needed for a generation to replace itself.
Spanish demographer Juan Antonio Fernandez says with fewer babies born each year, Spaniards, on average, are getting older. As the balance tips further, he says he fears the country's social-welfare system, particularly its pension plan, will collapse.
No Right to Money
The justices said although the right of privacy in Florida's Constitution “protects a woman's right to choose an abortion,” it does not give her “an entitlement to the financial resources to avail herself of this choice.”
The decision lets stand a rule that prohibits state money from being spent on abortions, except in cases of rape or incest or when needed to save a woman's life.
Methodists on Stem Cells …
GENERAL BOARD OF CHURCH AND SOCIETY, UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, July 17 — Jim Winkler, the general secretary of the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society, sent a letter to President Bush, a member of the United Methodist church, urging him to continue to impose “an extended moratorium” on human embryo stem cell research.
Winkler wrote in the letter, “Such practices seem to be destructive of human dignity and speed us further down the path that ignores the sacred dimensions of life and personhood and turns life into a commodity to be manipulated, controlled, patented and sold.”
And Bret Schundler
Schundler called on Bush to instead increase funding for adult stem cell research, an alternative that does not involve the destruction of human embryos.
He said, “Recent scientific studies have shown that adult stem cell research holds the most promise in finding new treatments and cures to some of mankind's most serious infirmities.”