Thursday, Jan. 25, 2007

In December 2005, nearly 70% of adult Iraqis took the trouble to vote in their national elections. If we are not willing to fight to help decent, peaceful Iraqis establish democracy, what are we willing to fight for? Some commentators have pointed out that more Americans have died fighting in Iraq than during the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11. They forget that more Americans died on the beaches of Normandy in an hour on D-day than in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Barb Yagley
Troy, Michigan, U.S.


2006D-0383Characterization and Qualification of Cell Substrates and Other Biological Starting Materials Used in the Production of Viral Vaccines for the Prevention and Treatment of Infectious Diseases
 FDA Comment Number :     EC3359 
Submitter : Ms. Barbara YagleyDate & Time:  12/15/2006 08:12:28
Organization :    Ms. Barbara Yagley
Category:    Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments


I write to express my concerns about the development of new cell lines derided from aborted fetuses for use in vaccines. The pharmaceutical industry should use other non-human sources for cell lines to be used for vaccines, as we all know that they are fully capable. The use of fetal derived cell lines for vaccines puts people who are opposed to abortion in an unnecessary quandary of choosing to accept the unethical vaccine or exposing themselves or their children to medical risks. Or the pharmaceutical industry may do like so many others do, try to hide the facts from the public. However, the "pandora's box" is open on this issue. If Merck and Sanofi Pasteur are unwilling to use non-fetal sources for their cell lines, perhaps you should consider approval of other manufacturers like Kaketsuken or Kitasato Institute. Just because something is legal doesn't make it right. And we should not be forced to use a vaccine that is derived from immoral actions.

Calgary Herald

Barb Yagley said:
As a post-abortive woman myself, I can tell you the graphic pictures pain me ... Confronting the evil that I have done was the first step towards healing. I use a similar one as part of my prayer vigil in front of our neighborhood abortion clinic. It is a warning to all who enter the clinic of what they are about to do to their babies - so that they can avoid the mistake that I made. People have told me that my picture saved lives. I will continue to use the picture. As for catching more flies with honey than vinegar... abortion is not a popularity contest and the pictures are an effective way of breaking through people's indifference. In the US, a pregnant woman is more likely to die from murder than any other single cause. We've got to change the culture to respect and affirm pregnant women. We won't until we stop the conspiracy of silence. I admire Canadians for the respectful manner in which they debate the issues.
August 15, 2007 4:23 PM

Michigan Catholic

Nov 30, 2007
From Our Readers - Senator Kerry

U.S. Sen. John Kerry may say that he is pro-choice and anti-abortion (Nov. 9) but his actions say that he is pro-abortion by his votes:
1.) in favor of funding Planned Parenthood (the leading provider of abortions).
2.) against the Mexico City policy (which prohibits U.S government financial support of abortion providers in other countries).
3.) against parental notification laws for girls getting abortions outside their home states.
4.) in favor of bills requiring medical personnel and pharmacists to provide contraception (including abortifacients) regardless of conscience.

Those who say they are pro-choice and anti-abortion should spend a Saturday mourning outside of an abortion center and observe the de-humanizing effect abortion has on people. You would see that abortion harms women, men and families. And remember Jesus' teaching, "whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes Me" (matt 18:5).

Barb Yagley
Troy, Michigan

Detroit News

Monday, November 12, 2007
Letters to the Editor - Challenge abortion attitude

I agree with George Will ("Overturning Roe v. Wade would not end abortion," Oct. 30). A reversal of Roe v. Wade is either unlikely or would be ineffective in ending abortion, given the culture. However, Americans (and certainly, their leaders) should challenge the assumption that abortion promotes the common good. This most common surgical procedure causes the death of an innocent human life.

Barb Yagley