McCain Under Fire for Flip-Flop on Tissue Research
South Carolina Citizens for Life has aired radio ads urging voters to oppose McCain because, the ads said, the Arizona Republican had “flipflopped” on a promise to maintain the ban on federal funds for research “that uses the body parts of aborted babies.”
The Globe reported that in April 1992 McCain voted in favor of authorizing funds for the National Institutes of Health that included a provision to lift the federal fetal-research moratorium that presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush had put in place.
Also, McCain was the chief sponsor of a bill, enacted in 1997, that provides $100 million a year for finding a cure for Parkinson's disease; however, he opposed an amendment that would have banned research on fetal-tissue transplants, reported the Globe.
Parish Priest Rebukes Pro-Abortion Legislator
Father Daniel Rupp chastised Poirier's committee in the state legislature for bottling up legislation that would require notification to parents of a minor who wants an abortion, reported the Herald.
“He used the sacred Mass to make a political point, and that's where I got upset. I believe it was an attempt to intimidate me personally,” Poirier said. “I was preaching to everybody. I wasn't trying to single him out,” said Father Rupp, an associate pastor at St. Monica's Church. “I was trying to tell the people that this is an issue … that I think, as Catholics, we are called to be involved in.”
Father Rupp said he was following in a tradition of priestly opposition to such government-approved practices as capital punishment, abortion and same-sex marriage, reported the Herald.
Media Campaign Launches in Southern California
The media campaign in San Diego began Jan. 24 on all major broadcast networks and cable stations, and will run through the beginning of April. This concept of a network of life organizations that is formed for this purpose is spreading as other California regions are coming together and raising funds for media advertisements.
Permission Needed for Abortion Facility Inspections
The compromise precludes a trial that had been slated for Feb. 12 in U.S. District Court.
The case arose after five abortion facilities filed suit against the state, calling a 1999 law that gave state health officials “broader authority” in inspecting abortion facilities a violation of the Fourth Amendment protection against search and seizure. The abortion facilities claimed that the new law allowed for inspections without a warrant or the consent of the owner.