Kresta in the Afternoon – January 17, 2008 – Hour 2

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    First Topic –  The Muddied Waters of Pro-Life Politics

    Many pro-life leaders are saying the pro-life community has never been so split in a presidential primary. Endorsements from pro-life / pro-family organizations and leaders have gone to 5 different legitimate contenders. Catholic pundit Kate O’Beirne is with us to discuss whether this is a negative divide in the pro-life community or just a circumstance of the current situation that will be remedied once a nominee emerges.

    Second Topic – Religious freedom on the decline

    Yesterday Freedom House released the findings from the latest edition of Freedom in the World, the annual survey of global political rights and civil liberties. It reports the year 2007 was marked by a notable setback for global freedom. The decline was most pronounced in South Asia, but also reached significant levels in the former Soviet Union, the Middle East and North Africa, and sub-Saharan Africa. We look at it with the survey’s author, Arch Puddington.

    Third Topic – Britain to open pandora’s box?

    The British House of Lords has rejected an effort to ban the creation of "hybrid" embryos combining human and animal tissues. By a vote of 268- 96 the House of Lords defeated a proposed amendment to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill that would have prohibited the creation of the hybrid embryos. Last year they approved the process in which human DNA is injected into a hollowed out animal egg cell. The resulting embryo will be a human / animal hybrid. We look at this disturbing situation with Dr. Ed Furton of the National Catholic Bioethics Center.

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