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Don't spread false hope about stem cell research

Paul Ranalli, in the National Post, Tuesday April 21, 2009, wrote:

The hype generated around embryonic stem cells continues to grow out of control, judging by the National Post's front-page placement of the announcement of new British research study on age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Perhaps to counter the ethical darkness in using cells from aborted fetuses, the fawning publicity supporting embryonic stem cells has always far exceeded the reality.

In fact, there are exactly zero successful human treatments using embryonic cells. Despite the "huge step forward" headline, this news item is no exception. It merely announces that the multinational drug giant Pfizer has agreed to finance research trials which might lead to a human application "within seven years." Normally this would be covered in a one-paragraph item tucked back in the first section. Instead, the above-the-fold splash is sure to excite thousands of Canadian patients who might reasonably conclude that the Post would not make such a placement unless real patients had achieved real success. While one does not wish to dim anyone's hope, especially in this age of Obama, it must be tempered by reality. There are many, many hoops to go through, not least of which is the great difficulty in translating animal research on vision to a human therapy, especially one involving so delicate and precise a function as central vision.

Barbara Farlow in the CMAJ

Barbara Farlow, Advisor to the deVeber Institute, is featured in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) article:

Prenatal DNA test raises both hopes and worries

"I feel that the genetic testing ultimately determined her fate," says Farlow, who lives in Mississauga, Ontario. "She was treated as a syndrome. She wasn't treated as a child."

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Law prohibiting abortion would work

In the National Post: Tuesday, February 17, 2009

 

Re: Why We Need Legal Abortion, letter to the editor, Feb. 13.

 

Dr. Gail Erlick Robinson repeats the myth that women who are denied a legal abortion will simply resort to an illegal one. Yet, evidence from a number of countries calls this into question. Ireland and Poland both have strong laws restricting induced abortion. And even though some Irish and Polish women seek abortions in other countries, the overall abortion rate in Ireland and Poland remains low.

 

Why I am not an abortion doctor

Paul Ranalli,  National Post  Published: Thursday, February 07, 2008

On Monday, the National Post printed the transcript of a speech delivered recently by Garson Romalis, a Canadian abortion doctor who has shown remarkable personal courage in pursuing the practice of his choice -- abortion -- despite two violent physical attacks against him in 1994 and 2000. Dr. Henry Morgentaler, similarly, has endured many public protests and several jail terms in his successful quest to change the face of medicine and Canadian society. I am not certain I would be so steadfast in my belief in the face of such trauma.