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Daily News Summary – Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Police: leads needed in search for pregnant teller shooter


INDIANAPOLIS – An intense search continues Wednesday for a man who shot a pregnant bank teller during a robbery at a bank on Indianapolis' east side, leaving her critically wounded. No new information was released early Wednesday concerning the condition of Katherin Shuffield, 30, of Franklin. She was last reported in critical condition, but her unborn twins were not believed to be in immediate jeopardy Tuesday night. Indianapolis Metro police vowed to commit whatever resources and officers necessary to capture those responsible for the shooting. "We're getting quite a few tips," said IMPD Detective Dennis May. "A lot of people driving by the scene yesterday were kind of cheering the officers on. I think the public is really outraged at this whole situation."

Police ask anyone with information about the shooting to call Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477.



Is Planned Parenthood Above the Law?


Planned Parenthood likes to think of itself as above all reproach — a champion of women's rights and also (as its annual report claims) the nation's "social justice movement."


But this week, in front of Planned Parenthood offices at 1108 16th St. NW in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, a group of black pastors and pro-life activists (joined by two GOP congressmen) will demand a congressional audit of what the group alleges are a pattern of racist practices, funded by taxpayers, at Planned Parenthood abortion clinics.



Kline presses for abortion records in planned parenthood criminal investigation


In a legal brief filed Monday, Phill Kline argued that a judge should order the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to turn over the 23 late-term abortion records he has subpoenaed. Kline wants the records to bolster his criminal case against Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri and its clinic in Overland Park. District Judge Stephen Tatum is scheduled to rule Monday on the department’s motion to quash the subpoena. Planned Parenthood attorneys support the motion. A preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for May 27 and 28. Kline filed a 107-count complaint in October accusing Planned Parenthood’s Overland Park clinic of manufacturing records related to late-term abortions performed in 2003. The clinic is charged with "making a false information," which is a felony, in 23 instances.



Yale pulls student's 'abortion art' project from exhibit


Yale University followed through on its warning Tuesday and banned a student's "abortion art" project from the opening of a campus exhibit after she continued to deny that she fabricated shocking stories of multiple inseminations and self-induced miscarriages. Senior Aliza Shvarts' controversial piece still could be included in the student show, which runs through May 1, Yale officials indicated. "Her exhibit is not on display, but it's unresolved as to whether it will be," said Yale Spokesman Tom Conroy, suggesting discussions were in progress between the University and Shvarts.



Cardinal Arinze Voices Support for May 3rd One Million Rosaries for Unborn Babies Prayer Event


MEMPHIS, Tennessee, April 21, 2008 ( – The May 3 One Million Rosaries for Unborn Babies prayer event, initiated by the Saint Michael the Archangel Organization, has received a much welcomed letter of support from Francis Cardinal Arinze, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Vatican City. In the letter, dated March 31st, 2008, Cardinal Arinze states: "I write you to support your Organization's project that one million or more people participate in the May 3, 2008 'One Million Rosaries for Unborn Babies' prayer event."
The One Million Rosaries initiative is hopes to see a million participants pray the rosary on Saturday, May 3 for an end to the surgical and non-surgical killing of unborn babies.  Participants will be praying the rosary within the same sixty-minute time span: 9:00 am – 10:00 am, Eastern Time Zone; 8:00 am – 9:00 am, Central Time Zone; etc.



Abortion pressure mounts on MPs


Pressure is building on MPs over whether or not to cut the legal time limit for abortion. It is expected MPs will get a vote on cutting the 24-week limit possibly to 20 weeks in an amendment to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill.


It would be the first time politicians have had a chance to vote on the issue since 1990. And the prospect has prompted campaigners on both sides of the debate to start lobbying MPs.



Prominent Baptist Albert Mohler Tackles Anti-human Overpopulation Hysteria


April 22, 2008 ( – In a recent column Albert Mohler, the current president of the prestigious Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, comes out swinging against what he calls (echoing the words of Malcolm Muggeridge), "The Great Liberal Death Wish."


Mohler's column was prompted by an apocalyptic piece that appeared in USA Today, entitled "Might our religion be killing us?" In the article Oliver "Buzz" Thomas argues that the commandment, given to Adam in the Garden of Eden, to "be fruitful and multiply" is leading to the destruction of the planet and suggests that instead of encouraging procreation religions ought instead to be promoting smaller families, at a limit of two children. He also suggests that governments ought to introduce tax incentives for those who limit their families, instead of for those who have children.



Study Finds Having More Children Linked to Longer Life

COLLEGE PARK, Maryland, April 22, 2008 ( – As studies continue to confirm the decreased lifespan of individuals engaging in homosexual relationships, a recent University of Maryland study indicated a link between larger families and longer lifespan. 


A 2006 study of Amish in Lancaster, PA found that men born between 1749 and 1912, who lived 50 or more years, averaged 0.23 more years of life per additional child. Women from the same period average 0.32 extra years of life per additional child, up to the 14th child. 


"We conclude that high parity among men and later menopause among women may be markers for increased life span. Understanding the biological and/or social factors mediating these relationships may provide insights into mechanisms underlying successful aging," the researchers stated.



California stem cell agency exaggerated its role in funding research


SANTA MONICA, California – California's stem cell agency overstated and hyped the importance of its funding in enabling clinical trials for a drug to treat a severe blood disorder Consumer Watchdog said today. The hype has seriously undercut the agency's credibility and alienated those who support publicly funded stem cell research. "There is important scientific work here that led quickly to an important clinical trial," said John M. Simpson, director of Consumer Watchdog's Stem Cell Project. "But the fact is that CIRM is jumping on the bandwagon, claiming credit for contributions that were at best rather trivial."



Biologists join the race to create synthetic life


Researchers will gather in London this week to outline plans to promote one of the most audacious and controversial scientific ideas of the 21st century synthetic biology. The new discipline, established by scientists such as human genome pioneer Craig Venter, involves stripping microbes down to their basic genetic constituents so they can be reassembled and manipulated to create new life forms. These organisms can then be exploited to manufacture drugs and fuels or to act as bio-sensors inside the body.