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Thursday, December 28, 2006
Childermass (Feast of the Holy Innocents). Some on-point news items: Archive Sheds Light on Nazi Death Camp (via The Rat):
The "pyramid" ranged from death camps such as Auschwitz at the top, to secondary and tertiary detention centers. There were 500 brothels, where foreign women were put at the disposal of German officers, and more than 100 "child care facilities" where women in labor camps were forced to undergo abortions or had their newborns taken away and killed — usually by starvation — so the mothers could quickly return to work.
And: Ukraine babies in stem cell probe. Congrats to the BBC for investigating this, and to Drudge for posting it:
Healthy new-born babies may have been killed in Ukraine to feed a flourishing international trade in stem cells, evidence obtained by the BBC suggests.

Disturbing video footage of post-mortem examinations on dismembered tiny bodies raises serious questions about what happened to them.

Ukraine has become the self-styled stem cell capital of the world.

There is a trade in stem cells from aborted foetuses, amid unproven claims they can help fight many diseases.

But now there are claims that stem cells are also being harvested from live babies.

The Weekly Standard is on it too: it's more than even the BBC found. (One wonders, btw, whether in the case of those who die by partial-birth or other late-term abortion, the Beeb is equally eager to "raise serious questions about what happens to them.")

According to the Standard, serious questions about what happens to them need to be asked as well about vanishing newborns in Europe: "The Council of Europe 'describes a general culture of trafficking of children snatched at birth, and a wall of silence from hospital staff upwards over their fate.' "

It's as Robby George predicted: fetal stem cells aren't all that useful, but stem cells from seven-month-olds may be. These can be obtained through clone harvesting, as permitted by new laws in New Jersey and Missouri (the latter sold to the public as "anti-cloning" because it requires the killing of the baby once it's been tapped for cells), or simply by stealing newborns and letting them ripen until use.