British members of parliament have voted in favor of a bill that paves the way for the creation of "three-parent" babies with the DNA from two women and one man, aimed at tackling genetic diseases. The approval comes despite concerns from the Church of England.
BBC News reported that 382 MPs in the House of Commons voted in favor of the bill, and 128 were against. While a vote at the House of Lords is also needed to take place before the bill becomes law, proponents said they expect it to pass, with the first babies from this process being born in 2016.
British Prime Minister David Cameron said that the idea is to allow parents with genetic diseases to give birth to healthy infants. more >>
A so-called "emergency contraceptive" that has been central to recent court battles due to its mandated coverage by the Obama administration works most often by causing an abortion, according to a review of medical data published this month in the journal The Linacre Quarterly.
After studying the most recent scientific and medical evidence on levonorgestrel emergency contraception, which goes by the brand name Plan B, the researchers concluded that the women who take it do not get pregnant because it "quite often" causes an abortion if taken before ovulation.
Plan B was first approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration in 1999. After passage of the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," the Health and Human Services Administration required most employers to cover Plan B and other FDA-approved emergency contraceptives in their employee's health insurance plans. more >>
Actor Val Kilmer's faith is reportedly getting in the way of his seeking medical treatment.
Kilmer, a Christian Scientist, was taken to the hospital this past weekend after suffering a "complication" in his throat. The actor put to rest any ideas that he was suffering from a tumor, though, which had been published by TMZ.
"Thank you for all your sweet support," Kilmer posted to Facebook. "But I have not had a tumor, or tumor operations, or any operation. I had a complication where the best way to receive care was to stay under the watchful eye of the (UCLA) ICU. Friends have assisted who know my spiritual convictions and have been most sensitive and kind for the extra effort in making sure there's minimum gossip and silly talk. I am praying for a speedy return to the boards as they say. God bless you all and please don't worry. Love and deep affection, Val." more >>
People are incapable of weighing decisions based values and morality when they're watching porn because that part of the brain is turned off, according to Dr. David Greenfield, a psychologist and director of the Center for Internet and Technology Addiction at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.
"When you're in a sexual arousal process where you're looking at pornography, you're activating limbic parts of the brain," he told VICE. "By doing so, the connection to prefrontal cortex — where decisions are weighed by values and morality — is cut off."
The Christian Post spoke to Greenfield who elaborated more on this point. more >>
A petition posted on a White House website calling for a national ban on what LGBT activists call transgender "conversion therapy" has garnered the necessary number of signatures to be guaranteed a response from the Obama administration.
Created in response to a transgender youth's suicide, the petition was posted on the administration's "We the People" website in January and has garnered over 109,000 signatures.
The petition claims that "Therapists that engage in the attempt to brainwash or reverse any child's 'gender identity' or 'sexual orientation' are seriously unethical and legislation is needed to end such practices that are resulting in LGBTQ+ deaths." more >>
The Church of England has spoken out against a bill that British MPs are getting set to vote on which would allow "three-parent babies" to be born from DNA replacement.
"The Archbishops Council, which monitors this issue, does not feel that there has been sufficient scientific study or informed consultation into the ethics, safety and efficacy of mitochondria transfer," Rev. Brendan McCarthy, the Church of England's national adviser on medical ethics, said.
"Without a clearer picture of the role mitochondria play in the transfer of hereditary characteristics, the Church does not feel it would be responsible to change the law at this time." more >>