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Date: February 7, 2005

Contact: Jerry Horn 540-785-4733

National Priests' group: Court Rulings should follow Science

Washington, DC - Priests for Life, a national anti-abortion organization, praised the decision of a Cook County judge who ruled that a frozen embryo destroyed in a Chicago fertility clinic was a human being whose parents are entitled to file a wrongful-death lawsuit. Judge Jeffrey Lawrence II said "a pre-embryo is a 'human being' ... whether or not it is implanted in its mother's womb."

"Judge Lawrence understands what science has taught for a long time," said Fr. Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life. "Rulings of courts should be based on these simple scientific facts. Otherwise, public policy will be subject to the whims of those who want to exploit human beings by defining them as less than human."

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