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Civil Rights & Abortion Discuss Catholic school teacher says she was fired over fertility treatments at the Political Forums; Originally Posted by Infidel Dog Sure, you're not bad. I've seen the pics. However...I've made it this far without knowing ...

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Sure, you're not bad. I've seen the pics.

However...I've made it this far without knowing you, and as far as I'm concerned you can cross your legs till you turn blue in protest of this coming female rights armagedon your strange lefty brain has imagined. I'll get by. And I'll still be smiling.

Well, I'm not the one advocating such tactics, am I?
I just said, I'd never have sex with a man anyway if he didn't respect my fundamental human rights, so it wouldn't make much difference if I announced that I would in the future be withholding sex from such men as a political protest, now would it?

I do think the "feminists/ Democrats/ Liberal women are ugly" routine is pretty weak, though; it was old in the late 1800s, when it was used against first wave feminists. It was fossilized by the 1960s, when it was dug up as ammunition against the women's libbers. Today, it's merely pathetic.
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Well, I'm not the one advocating such tactics, am I?
I just said, I'd never have sex with a man anyway if he didn't respect my fundamental human rights, so it wouldn't make much difference if I announced that I would in the future be withholding sex from such men as a political protest, now would it?

I do think the "feminists/ Democrats/ Liberal women are ugly" routine is pretty weak, though; it was old in the late 1800s, when it was used against first wave feminists. It was fossilized by the 1960s, when it was dug up as ammunition against the women's libbers. Today, it's merely pathetic.
Good for you. My point - and it was just a little humorous sidebar - was going from a an isolated incident like the one in the OP to a broad general assertion like 'this proves pro-lifers are out to take away contraception, and withdraw women's rights' is silly.

OK, I pointed out just how silly by referencing the idiot who wants liberal women to withhold sex from conservative men, because basically the first problem in advocating such a proposal would be finding a conservative man who cared.
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New hope for infertile women...

Mouse implanted with ovaries made by 3D printer gives birth, offering new hope for infertile women
Thursday 18th May, 2017 — Infertile women have been offered new hope after scientists created ovaries on a 3D printer and used them to produce healthy offspring.
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For the first time ever, U.S. researchers printed an artificial ovary and implanted it in a mouse, which went on to produce eggs, mate successfully, and give birth to healthy pups. Although the procedure has only been tested on animals so far, the long- term aim is to help restore fertility and hormone production in women who have undergone chemotherapy or who suffer from other infertility issues, such as polycystic ovaries. “The real breakthrough here is we’re building a real ovarian prosthesis and the goal of this project is to be able to restore fertility to young cancer patients who have been sterilized by their cancer treatment,” said Dr Teresa Woodruff, reproductive scientist director at the Women’s Health Research Institute, Northwestern University, Illinois. “Right now, we’re able to do that with young mice and the goal ultimately is to provide this to (human) patients.

The prosthetic ovaries, called scaffolds by scientists, were printed using liquid gelatin made from broken-down collagen, a natural material which is found in ligaments, tendons, muscles, bones and skin, researchers reported in the journal Nature Communications. The ovary walls were engineered to have a lattice-like porous structure, so they could interact with body tissues and trigger the production of eggs, while also being strong enough to cope with implantation. The sac-like structure also allows room for the egg cells to mature and ovulate and for blood vessels to form within the implant, enabling the hormones to circulate and trigger lactation after giving birth.


The procedure has only been tested on animals so far, but the long- term aim is to help restore fertility and hormone production in women who have undergone chemotherapy or who suffer from other infertility issues

Dr Monica Laronda, co-lead author of the research, said: “What happens with some of our cancer patients is that their ovaries don’t function at a high enough level and they need to use hormone replacement therapies in order to trigger puberty. “Our technician removed the ovary of the mouse, replaced it with our scaffold, stitched it all back up and we mated some of those animals and we were able to get live birth. The team is now working on enlarging the scaffold so that it could be in tested on larger animals, and eventually humans.”

Martin Ledwick, the head cancer information nurse at Cancer Research UK, said: “Fertility preservation is an important issue for many patients whose treatment is likely to leave them infertile. It’s good to see research into new ways that might maintain fertility. But so far this work has only been done in mice so it’s not yet clear whether it might be useful for people in the future.”

Mouse implanted with ovaries made by 3D printer gives birth, offering new hope for infertile women | National Post
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‘Astonishing’ hope for infertile women after cancer drug found to make ovaries produce new eggs
December 5, 2016 – Infertile women have been offered new hope after scientists found that a common cancer drug triggers the development of new eggs, an outcome previously thought to be impossible.
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In a discovery hailed as “astonishing,” researchers at the University of Edinburgh proved that it is possible to reverse the clock and coax the ovaries back into a pre-pubescent state where they begin to produce new eggs. Women are born with all their eggs, which is why conceiving grows harder with age, as the eggs become old and damaged before running out entirely. But scientists noticed that women who had undergone chemotherapy for Hodgkin Lymphoma with a drug combination known as ABVD had up to 10 times the number of eggs as healthy women. Far from damaging the chance of having a baby, the cancer drugs actually have improved their fertility.

The researchers speculate that the shock of chemotherapy may trigger stem cells in the ovaries into producing new follicles, the hair-like structures that each produce a single egg. Lead researcher Evelyn Telfer of the University of Edinburgh’s school of biological sciences, said: “We were astonished when we saw what had happened to the tissue. It looked like pre-pubescent tissue with a high density of follicles and clustering that you don’t normally see in an adult. “We knew that ABVD does not have a sterilizing effect like some cancer drugs can, but to find new eggs being made, in such huge numbers – that was very surprising to see.”


Women who had undergone chemotherapy with *ABVD had up to 10 times the number of eggs as healthy women.

Telfer said the outcome of the study may prove to be “significant and far-reaching,” adding that “it is significant that the same effect was seen in all of the women on ABVD”. Scientists analyzed samples of ovarian tissue donated by 14 women who had undergone chemotherapy, alongside tissue from 12 healthy women. They found that the tissue from eight of the cancer patients treated with ABVD had between four and 10 times more eggs compared with tissue from women who had received a different chemotherapy, or healthy women of a similar age. The ovarian tissue was in healthy condition, appearing similar to tissue from young women’s ovaries.

Although the eggs are in an immature state, the scientists are trying to discover how they were created, then work out a way to bring them to maturity. It is unclear if the eggs in their current form would be functional. Charles Kingsland, a fertility expert at Liverpool Women’s Hospital, said: “This is a very small but extremely interesting study. It’s very early days but may give an insight as to how the ovary can make new eggs, which previously we thought was impossible.” The study was published in the journal Human Reproduction, and supported by the Medical Research Council.

?Astonishing’ hope for infertile women after cancer drug found to make ovaries produce new eggs | National Post
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Wombs will be grown for infertile women from their own stem cells in 10 years, specialist says
June 22, 2016 - Infertile women could be implanted with new wombs grown from their own stem cells within 10 years, the doctor who achieved the first uterus transplant has predicted.
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Professor Mats Brannstrom carried out the first womb transplant in 2014, which allowed a Swedish woman to give birth to a healthy baby boy. He has since undertaken nine more procedures, resulting in a total of five births. But he told a conference in Birmingham the future lies in bio-engineering, which lessens risk factors. At present, women undergoing the operation must be given strong immunosuppressant drugs to prevent their bodies from rejecting the new womb, which is donated by a family member or close friend. But if a new womb could be grown from their own stem cells no drugs would be needed and there would be fewer complications.


The doctor has performed several successful womb transplants

Brannstrom told delegates that womb “patches” had already been successfully grown in rats from stem cells and the procedure could be perfected for humans within 10 or 15 years. “The concept is you create from stem cells of the recipient and transplant that into the recipient,” he told the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists world congress. “These may be the future, but we’ll of course need a lot of research,” he said, referring to a time frame of “not in five years, but perhaps in 10-15 years.”

Womb transplants help women suffering from Absolute Uterine Factor Infertility (AUFI), which occurs when a faulty or absent uterus prevents an embryo from implanting. AUFI affects around 12,000 women in Britain. Richard Smith, who leads the U.K. Uterine Transplant Research Programme, lauded Brannstom’s “very important proof of concept”, and said “the success of the Swedish team shows that at least some of these women will be able to bear their own child where before there was no hope.”

Wombs will be grown for infertile women from their own stem cells in 10 years, specialist says | National Post
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