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Award-winning biologist says Pope Francis gave his blessing to animal-human hybrids

In Greek mythology, the Chimera is a monstrous fire-breathing animal hybrid, usually depicted as a lion, with the head of a goat arising from its back, and a tail that ends with a snake’s head.

Now, unscrupulous scientists are fashioning even worse than Chimeras — animal-human hybrids — by injecting human stem cells into animals, to grow human organs for eventual transplant.

In January 2016, it was reported that scientists in Japan successfully used human stem cells to grow a human ear on the back of a rat. (Discovery)

rat with human ear

In September 2015, the National Institutes of Health (NIH)  announced it would not support research involving “human-animal chimeras” because of the hybrids may blue the line between species by ending up with human brain cells. But some U.S. research centers are defying the federal government with support from other funding sources, such as California’s state stem-cell agency. They are growing human tissue inside pigs and sheep, with the goal of creating hearts, livers, or other organs for transplants. (See “Defiling God’s creation: Scientists are creating animal-human hybrids“)

The Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California, is one such research center.

Biologist Dr. Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte

Biologist Dr. Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte

Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte, 55, is a professor in the Gene Expression Laboratories at the Salk Institute. A native of Spain, he received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Pharmacology at the University of Bologna, Italy and the University of Valencia, Spain. In 2004, he helped establish the Center for Regenerative Medicine in Barcelona and was its Director for 10 years, from 2004 to 2014. He is the recipient of several awards and honors, including the William Clinton Presidential Award, the Pew Scholar Award, the Gold Medal of the Junta Castilla-La Mancha, and the Roger Guillemin Endowed Nobel Chair.

At the Salk Institute, Dr. Izpisua Belmonte heads a team of scientists who “discovered a new type of stem cell that allowed them to develop the first reliable method for integrating human stem cells into an animal embryo. This could help them overcome a major hurdle toward growing replacement organs for humans.” If allowed to grow after birth, the chimeric embryo creature would be an animal-human hybrid or chimera.

In a phone interview with Christine Gorman, an editor of Scientific American magazine, published on January 25, 2016, Dr. Izpisua Belmonte said the following in answer to Gorman’s question, “How far along have these human-animal chimeras developed?”:

“We are entering into an ethical [area]. Because there are some people who think that we shouldn’t mix human cells with other animals and there are others who don’t care, so to speak. Here in California, we have gone through the different committees and they allow us to have a pig embryo develop for a month. Which is one third of their gestation. At that point you can see already all of the major organ primordia.

There are other countries. I’m from Spain and Spain has been quite open to this field of stem cell research. And they have allowed us to go until the animal is born. So in theory we could have a pig born with the human organ. It was not easy. Even though Spain is quite open to this stem cell research area, at the same time, Spain is a very Catholic country, so we had to go through the Pope. He very nicely said yes. This is to help people.”

When Gorman expressed surprise and asked, “The current Pope?,” Dr. Izpisua Belmonte confirmed that indeed he was referring to Pope Francis, i.e., Jorge Bergoglio:

Yes. The current Pope. So the Vatican is behind this research and has no problem based on the idea is to help humankind. And in theory all that we will be doing is killing pigs.

Dr. Izpisua Belmonte acknowledges that animal-human hybrids could develop human brain cells:

“One problem and the major problem is that these cells could colonize the brain of the animal in which you put them. And obviously it would not be appropriate to have an animal with neurons from people. Or these cells could colonize the germline so that the sperm or the oocytes of that pig would be human. So to avoid that the government of Spain allowed us to have the pig be born and then immediately after to be sacrificed.

But I was not happy with that. People will think that still you will have an embryo maybe with some neuron contribution. And even though the pig is not born, there are people who believe that that should not be done. So we are devising genetic engineering technology so that if a cell becomes a neuron it is just destroyed in the embryo. Any cell that starts to be taught okay you are going to become a neuron at the moment of the first stages of neurogenesis, we are putting a toxin construct in it so that it will be destroyed by itself. So that will prevent any pig embryos from having human neurons so to speak.

I feel that this will still generate controversy. Many people will think one way and others will think differently, so it is impossible to have a consensus. My feeling is that we still need to better understand these issues of cell competence, of mixing cells in embryogenesis—the rules of development, so to speak. And I am a developmental biologist by background and that is my own interest. It will take a long time to have all these hopes and dreams come true.”

According to a statement by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), the Catholic Church supports ethically responsible stem cell research and “has long supported research using stem cells from adult tissue and umbilical cord blood, which poses no moral problem.” Ethically irresponsible research is any research that “exploits or destroys human embryos,” which would include “research as currently conducted” that employs embryonic stem cells. However, the Church “welcomes” proposed research that obtains “embryonic stem cells or their pluripotent equivalent without creating or harming embryos”.

An even more relevant document is Instruction Dignitas Personae on Certain Bioethical Questions, which was issued in 2008 under Pope Benedict XVI by the Vatican’s Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith as the Church’s doctrinal directives on embryonic ethical controversies. No. 33 of the Instruction clearly states the following on “attempts at hybridization”:

From the ethical standpoint, such procedures represent an offense against the dignity of human beings on account of the admixture of human and animal genetic elements capable of disrupting the specific identity of man. The possible use of the stem cells, taken from these embryos, may also involve additional health risks, as yet unknown, due to the presence of animal genetic material in their cytoplasm. To consciously expose a human being to such risks is morally and ethically unacceptable.

Animal-human hybrids do exactly that by being “admixtures of human and animal genetic elements” which “disrupt the specific identity of man”.

However, according to eminent biologist Dr. Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte, Pope Francis approves of research that uses human stem cells to grow human organs in animal, which may lead to the animal developing HUMAN brain cells.

But that’s okay with Jorge Bergoglio, so long as the animal-human hybrid is immediately killed after it’s born. All in the name of the end justifying the means — “doing good” by “helping humankind”.

And who’s to say there aren’t scientists, even in Spain, who disobey the rule by letting the chimera survive after birth?

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UPDATE (Feb. 9, 2016):

According to the Italian-language blog Il Sismografo, Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi, Director of the Holy See’s Press Office, said, “It’s absolutely untrue that Pope Francis encourages this kind of [animal-human hybrid] research.” Lombardi calls reports that claim the pope approves of such research “a disgusting lie, irresponsible and uncivilized”. I suggest Lombardi contact Scientific American and Dr. Izpisua Belmonte to set the record straight.

~Eowyn

First 2016 Votes: Iowa Caucus results

REPUBLICANS (Cruz):

Record turnout: 52% men; 48% women

  1. Cruz: 28%; 51,649 votes; 8 delegates; 29% men; 27% women
  2. Trump: 24%; 45,416 votes; 7 delegates; 25% men; 24% women
  3. Rubio: 23%; 43,132 votes; 7 delegates; 25% men; 21% women
  4. Carson: 9%; 17,393 votes; 3 delegates
  5. Paul: 4%; 8,478 votes; 1 delegate
  6. Bush: 3%; 5,235 votes; 1 delegate
  7. Fiorina: 2%, 3,483 votes; 0 delegate
  8. Kasich: 2%; 3,473 votes; 0 delegate
  9. Huckabee: 2% 3,344 votes; 0 delegate
  10. Christie: 2%; 3,278 votes; 0 delegate
  11. Santorum: 1%; votes; 1,783 votes; 0 delegate

Source: CNN

DEMOCRATS (tie):

43% men; 57% women

  1. Clinton: 50%; 24 delegates; 44% men; 53% women
  2. Sanders: 40%; 21 delegates; 50% men; 42% women
  3. O’Malley: 1%; 0 delegate

Source: CNN

ANALYSIS:

Polling data had shown Trump with a lead in Iowa for weeks. LifeNews attributes Cruz’s win over Trump to the former’s pro-life record.

According to ThinkProgess, less than a week before the Iowa caucus, Cruz gave the hundreds of Iowans at a rally a list of his pro-life actions as U.S. Senator and former Texas solicitor general, including efforts to de-fund Planned Parenthood, enact parental notification laws, and prohibit partial-birth abortion. Cruz aimed some of his comments specifically at Trump, whom some question about the sincerity of his pro-life stance. Cruz said: “Every candidate in a Republican primary says they’re pro-life. That’s what you say in a Republican primary, regardless of the facts. The question we ought to ask is, don’t tell me that you’re pro-life. Show me. When have you stood up and fought to defend the right to life?”

9 days before the Iowa Caucus, on Jan. 23, 2016, Trump finally outlined his pro-life stance in an op/ed in Washington Examiner. He said America has gone astray because we have moved away from many of this country’s founding principles, most notably the right to life. He said he is pro-life with exceptions only for the very rarest abortions:

“Let me be clear — I am pro-life. I support that position with exceptions allowed for rape, incest or the life of the mother being at risk. I did not always hold this position, but I had a significant personal experience that brought the precious gift of life into perspective for me.”

~Eowyn

Planned Parenthood abortionist says she has a ‘god-given calling’

It’s one thing to make your living killing innocent unborn human beings.

But it’s evil of an even greater magnitude to lard over those killings by calling murder your mission from God.

That’s precisely what this revolting Planned Parenthood abortionist does.

Jill Meadows

Micaiah Bilger reports for Life News, Jan. 15, 2016, that abortion doctors — an oxymoron — are now using God as an excuse for killing unborn babies:

  • Mississippi abortionist Willie Parker defends his abortion practice with religious references, claiming his abortion career is “a ministry” and that the parable of the Good Samaritan inspired him to abort unborn babies.
  • Abortionist-in-training Carolyn Payne also recently wrote a column, claiming that her Christian faith motivated her to pursue a career as an abortionist.
  • In November 2015, pro-lifers in Chicago filmed an unnamed abortionist as she knelt and prayed on the sidewalk, thanking God that she can abort unborn babies.

The latest blasphemous abortionist is Jill Meadows, a Planned Parenthood medical director in Des Moines, Iowa, who says it is her “god-given calling” to kill unborn babies at Planned Parenthood.

In the wake of a series of undercover videos showing top Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of aborted babies’ body parts, Meadows defended her abortion business in a letter to the editor of The Des Moines Register on January 5. This is her letter:

I am an abortion health care provider, and I am proud of what I do. It’s a privilege to be a positive presence in a person’s life at a time when she most deserves care and compassion.

Recently, a fraudulent video smear campaign against abortion providers was used to justify political attacks and violence against Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood of the Heartland does not participate in fetal tissue research, but not because we don’t believe it is important.

Fetal tissue research has led to medical therapy that has helped to save the lives of millions of people. As a premed student, when touring the labs at the University of Iowa, I learned that fetal tissue research had contributed to the development of a medication used to help infants born prematurely to breathe. This is just one example of the vital life-saving results of this type of research.

Planned Parenthood provides evidence-based, compassionate, non-judgmental, high quality, affordable reproductive health care. It is time for people who are anti-abortion to stop using terror, lies, hate rhetoric, misinformation and violence against us. Regardless, we will not be bullied and intimidated into abandoning the people who depend on us. I will continue to follow my conscience and God-given calling of being an abortion care provider. Our doors will stay open. No matter what.

Cheryl Sullenger, senior policy adviser for Operation Rescue, told LifeNews that “Meadows is known for aggressively defending late-term abortions. When going by her maiden name of Vibhaker, she sued with [late-term abortion doctor] LeRoy Carhart to defend the grisly late-term Partial Birth Abortion method that has since been banned in the U.S.”

Note: Both Barack and Michelle Obama support late-term or partial-birth abortions (“partial-birth” because advances in medical technology mean a baby in his/her third trimester is now viable outside of the womb). Moreover, when he was an Illinois state senator, Barack had thrice voted for infanticide by voting against the Born Alive Infant Survival Act.

All of which means that Jill Meadows claims she has a mission from god to abort babies for any reason through all 9 months of pregnancy. No matter what.

Hey, Jill Meadows. I suggest you take a good look at your so-called god:

Satan

But then you already know that.

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H/t FOTM‘s MomOfIV

~Eowyn

Baby Butchers at Planned Parenthood Endorse Hillary Clinton

Your tax dollars at work.

hillary clinton planned parenthood

The New York Times reported yesterday that Planned Parenthood has endorsed Hillary Clinton. From their story:

“Planned Parenthood, which has become an ideological minefield in the 2016 presidential election, said Thursday that it would endorse Hillary Clinton — its first endorsement in a presidential primary in the nonprofit’s 100-year existence. Mrs. Clinton will officially accept the group’s support Sunday at a campaign rally in Manchester, N.H. “Everything Planned Parenthood has believed in and fought for over the past 100 years is on the ballot,” said Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood.”

Cecile Richards

Cecile Richards

Cecile Richards tweeted the picture of Hillary as well as the following:

“Today, we’re proud to endorse .”

GOP candidates want to erase decades of progress for women: health insurance, birth control, abortion. We need her. In the White House.

“In : Why is the right choice for women’s & reproductive rights in 2016 →

“This election is much bigger than Planned Parenthood — it’s about a whole generation of people & their right to health care.”

“. understands the lives of women & has been fighting for them her entire life.”

In response to the last tweet, I asked Cecile the following: “Like those such as Broaddrick, Willey, Flowers, Lewinsky, etc.?” She chose not to reply to me. Shocker, not.

DCG

The View’s Joy Behar says she’ll vote for a rapist or killer if he’s pro-abortion

Need any more evidence that pro-aborts are utterly amoral, spawn of the father of all lies?

Yesterday, Jan. 5, on the execrable ABC daytime talkshow The View, 73-year-old Joy Behar said that, regardless of what Bill Clinton and Ted Kennedy did to women — raping and drowning, respectively — she would still vote for them because they “vote in my favor” for “women’s rights,” which include the right to abort.

Behar was born Josephina Victoria Occhiuto in Brooklyn, New York, to an Italian Catholic family. Her mother was a seamstress, and her father was a truck driver for Coca-Cola.

Joy Behar

Scott Whitlock of NewsBusters has the transcript from the discussion in The View of Jan. 5, 2015, beginning at the 11:02 mark:

JOY BEHAR: Hillary is in a quandary in my opinion, because she’s talking about violence against women and sexual harassment and all that stuff and her husband has a checkered past to put it mildly, so she is in a bind.

WHOOPI GOLDBERG: He’s not perpetrated violence against women.

BEHAR: There are accusations.

GOLDBERG: That’s right. Accusations.

PAULA FARIS: There are accusations but there are three women that claim that he did things to them that they didn’t want. One of them is Paula Jones.

BEHAR: Remember her?

FARIS: Juanita Broaddrick, Kathleen Willey. They say that he either exposed himself to them, raped them or groped them. These are three accusations.

RAVEN-SYMONE: This has nothing to do with Hillary Clinton. It has nothing to do with that.

GOLDBERG: No, it doesn’t.

FARIS: He has denied all of those.

BEHAR: It puts her in a bind. On the other hand, it’s her policies that really matter. Like, Republicans have voted against the Violence Against Women Act. Now, that to me, is more important than anything that Bill Clinton did or didn’t do because it’s what she’s going to vote for, how she’s going to lead the country that matters more than that. On the other hand, he is a dog. Let’s face it.

BEHAR: People have to understand, it’s policy. Teddy Kennedy. Remember Chappaquiddick? Am I the oldest person in the room? Chappaquiddick.  I mean, a girl drowns and he abandons her and she drowned and women still voted for Teddy Kennedy. Why? Because he voted for women’s rights. That’s why. That’s the bottom line of it in my opinion. I mean, I don’t like either one of them, to tell you the truth, Teddy or Bill. They’re both dogs as far as I’m concerned. But I still will vote for Bill Clinton because he votes in my favor.

In other words, Joy Behar knows full well and publicly acknowledges that:

  • Ted Kennedy abandoned Mary Jo Kopechne, 28, to drown in Chappaquiddick.
  • Bill Clinton could well have sexually abused and raped Paula Jones, Juanita Broaddrick, Kathleen Willey, and other women.

But Joy Behar will still vote for them — or their proxy, Hillary Clinton — because they are for “women’s rights”.

That’s called a Faustian bargain, otherwise known as a pact with the Devil.

pact with the devil

Of course, Behar somehow missed the memo that the victims of Ted Kennedy and Bill Clinton are all women, not to mention the fact that the girl babies who are aborted never have the chance to grow up to be women like Behar and her View co-hosts. What about their rights?

Has the thought ever occurred to Joy Behar, née Josephina Victoria Occhiuto, that her humble seamstress mother, Rose, could have aborted little Josephina? — and so spared the world of an aging harridan who misuses the public platform afforded by The View to promote the killing of innocent human beings.

To paraphrase Matthew 26:24:

“but woe to that woman by whom The Son of Man is betrayed; it would have been better for that woman if she had never been born.”

H/t FOTM‘s MomOfIV

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~Eowyn

Happy New Year!

What can I say about the past year?

Were there any good news?

Gas prices went down, and will continue to. On the other hand, that’s because the OPEC, led by Saudi Arabia, are deliberately depressing prices so as to destroy the U.S. oil industry. So, I’m not sure that low gas prices really constitute good news.

The bad news were plenty, but none as horrible as the betrayal by the Republican Party.

Despite the GOP being elected to a majority of both House and Senate in 2014, Republicans sold us out by ending the year with passing the omnibus spending bill that gives Obama everything he wants by funding:

  • Resettling Syrian and other Middle East “refugees,” who are overwhelmingly Muslim and bringing the terrible flesh-eating leishmaniasis disease into America.
  • Planned Parenthood, despite all the undercover videos revealing the nationwide abortion mill’s venal murderous ways, with PP officials haggling over the price of unborn baby parts and discussing illegal partial-birth abortions.
  • Amnesty for illegals, who are pouring across our southern border in even larger numbers, as well as sanctuary cities and the release of criminal aliens.
  • Massive increase in H-2B visas for foreign labor used to displace American workers.
  • Obama’s climate change agenda.

What’s the point of having two political parties?

Disappointing though the past year has been, we simply must keep our fighting spirits up because 2016 is an election year. So let’s help each other. Agree?

Thank you for being our Fellowship of the Minds family.

May God have mercy on America,

~Eowyn 

Parents of preemie born weighing under one pound celebrate her survival

E’layah Faith/Photo courtesy of Carolinas Healthcare System

E’layah Faith/Photo courtesy of Carolinas Healthcare System

In Charlotte, North Carolina, little baby E’layah Faith was born on September 23rd, nearly 14 weeks early. She weighed just 10 ounces and is the smallest surviving baby born at Carolinas Medical Center, and one of the smallest surviving babies ever born anywhere in the world!

MyFox8 reports that on Tuesday, E’layah celebrated her “original” due date and weighed in at about five times as much as her original birth weight. “Our goal since her birth was to grow her as quickly and as safely as we could,” said Dr. Andrew Herman, a neonatologist and chief medical officer at Levine Children’s Hospital.

E’layah’s mother, Megan Smith, suffered two strokes, battled morning sickness and dealt with high blood pressure during her pregnancy. In August, Smith’s OB/GYN noticed that the baby wasn’t growing and she was placed on bed rest for nearly a month. Then, in September, doctors noticed the baby wasn’t moving and performed an emergency C-Section.

According to a release, the medical team prepared E’layah’s parents for the worst. “We just weren’t taking it,” Smith said. “We said, we have to have faith, and that’s when we made her middle name ‘Faith,’ because we weren’t going to give up on her.

E’layah is now up to 3 pounds thanks to a special combination of formula and breast milk. Smith said she believes her daughter will have an active life thanks to her medical team. “We pray for her strength,” Smith said. “E’layah is our miracle baby girl.”

DCG