Trump reinstates ban on US funding for abortion overseas

BY JESSIE HELLMANN – 01/23/17 11:58 AM EST President Trump on Monday reignited the war over abortion by signing an executive order blocking foreign aid or federal funding for international nongovernmental organizations that provide or “promote” abortions. The so-called Mexico City policy, established by Republican President Ronald Reagan in 1984, blocks federal funding for international family

Sofia Vergara lawsuit: Who exactly owns frozen embryos?

  By Radhika Sanghani 1:39PM BST 17 Apr 2015 Modern Family actress Sofia Vergara is reportedly engaged in a legal battle with her ex-fiancé Nick Loeb over their embryos. Yep, you heard me correctly. Back in 2013, the couple underwent IVF, which resulted in fertilised eggs created from Loeb’s sperm and Vergara’s eggs. The couple then split

US: FDA approves clinical trial for stem cell treatment

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves a clinical trial using stem cell therapy on patients with spinal cord injury. The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), California’s stem cell agency, is funding the trial. The Phase 1/2a clinical trial is designed to test the safety of this approach and to see if it has any

Stem cell research in the US: More money to/from state initiatives?

The  California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), a state agency with a US$3-billion budget for stem-cell research, is in need of more funding. Nature reports that “CIRM had to revamp its structure and practices in response to complaints about inefficiency and potential conflicts of interest. It has also had to adapt its mission to seismic

A Unanimous Supreme Court: Abortion Rights Lose a Buffer.

In the world as Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia imagines it, anti-abortion advocates resemble Eleanor McCullen, a self-described “mother and grandmother” who stands outside a reproductive-health clinic in Boston and attempts to gently “counsel” approaching women out of getting an abortion.He also sees lawmakers and judges conspiring to silence the voices of those like Ms.

Justices Hear Case on Health Law’s Contraceptive Rule

This case is Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc and concerns the contraception requirement set by ObamaCare. Hobby Lobby Stores argued that the requirement that the employment-based group health care plan cover contraception violated the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA). The question raised by the case: Does the Religious

US Stem Cell Company Heads to Mexico After FDA Reprimand

The attack on stem cell research has driven at least one regenerative medicine company to seek friendlier climes south of the border. Six months after the federal government forced it to stop its treatments, the Houston-based Celltex Therapeutics moved its operations to Mexico to avoid the long arm of the law. The U.S. Food and