Culture of Life
BY Jim Cosgrove
March 30-April 5, 2003 Issue | Posted 3/30/03 at 2:00 PM
Aborted, Abandoned — Alive
Doctors caring for the baby think the 34-year-old mother drank something to start labor. Once she delivered, the mother and an accomplice wrapped the boy in newspaper and a plastic bag and left him in a car at an auto-body shop. An employee there recovered the baby and called police.
The baby, who weighs less than 2.5 pounds, remains in the neonatal intensive care unit of a local hospital. The mother and a woman who provided the abortion-inducing substance have been arrested and charged with attempted murder.
No Board Post for Pro-Abort
THE CHARLESTON GAZETTE , March 12 — Encouraged by the voices of West Virginians for Life, the West Virginia state Senate has rejected the appointment of Pat Hussey, a former nun, to the state medical board. Hussey quit the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1988, stating that she could not accept the Church's teaching on abortion.
The newspaper also reported that, under the state's new informed-consent law, doctors who fail to follow the 24-hour waiting period for abortions, or fail to provide women with materials outlining abortion risks and alternatives, will be disciplined by the medical board.
Aware at 24 Weeks
Although Baroness Susan Greenfield, a professor of neurology at Oxford University, fell short of calling for changes in the abortion laws, she urged doctors and society to be cautious when assuming unborn babies lacked consciousness.
The London daily reported that Lady Greenfield is skeptical of philosophers and doctors who argue that consciousness is “switched on” at some point during the brain's development. She believes instead that there is a sliding scale of consciousness and that it develops gradually as neurons, or brain cells, make more and more connections with each other.
Gov. Gray Davis Apologizes
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