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Today on “Kresta in the Afternoon” – Feb. 19

Talking About the “Things That Matter Most” on February 19

4:00 – What’s At Stake in Kiev?
As fires burned in Kiev during a second night of deadly clashes between Ukraine dissidents and police, President Viktor Yanukovych fired his military chief and the military announced it could take part in a national anti-terrorist operation to restore order. The move, announced in a decree from Yanukovych, came a day after 26 people were killed and nearly 250 injured in clashes between police and protesters at the sprawling protest camp in central Kiev. The announcement boded ill for any reconciliation efforts between Yanukovych’s government and the protesters who have demanded his resignation for nearly three months. Officials have often referred to the demonstrators as “terrorists.” We talk to activist Tetiana Stawnychy who is on the ground in Ukraine

4:40 – Creating the Optimal Embryo: It’s Not a Thing of the Future
A near and present danger looms for the Catholic Church. This danger manifests itself in a new form of biotechnology entitled Pre-Implantation Genetic Screening and Selection (PIGSS). Members of the National Catholic Bioethics Center regard this among the greatest dangers to the Church’s moral teaching, legal independence of its institutions (hospitals, school, and churches, clergy) and economic viability. (PIGSS) is the screening and pre-selection of embryos before implantation in the uterus through in vitro fertilization technology, so that the optimal embryo might be selected or genetically enhanced. It is anticipated that it will be combined with Eugenics. It’s real and it’s here. We talk to Dr. Vincent Fortanasce who is leading the charge to educate people on this danger.

5:00 – Kresta Comments

5:20 – The War on Humans
A leading bioethicist declares that pigs have more right to live than human infants. A Harvard Law professor advocates giving cows and whales legal “standing” to sue. In support of radical depopulation measures, a famous maker of nature documentaries lambastes humans as a “plague on the Earth”. Examples like these aren’t the stuff of satire or science-fiction — they’re happening today. And as Wesley Smith reveals in the provocative new documentary The War Against Humans, they are part of an environmentalism that has become profoundly misanthropic. Wes joins us to talk about the impact of this war.

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