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I think stem cell research is crucial. I think medically it has a great future. I think that the answers aren’t in yet. Some people say it’s absolutely the answer, and others say it’s no good and don’t do it. It’s not known yet, and I’ll tell you what: politicians and bureaucrats and the FDA don’t know either, and I don’t think that’s where it should be determined. It should be determined in the marketplace. In Washington so far we only had two choices, either prohibit it or subsidize it. My position is that we shouldn’t do either. It should be in the states to devise the rules and laws on what you can do and can’t do. Though I’m very strong pro-life and the worst thing I can conceive of is manufacturing babies to be used for research, but as an obstetrician I’ve had on quite a few occasions to do a surgery on a woman with a pregnancy in the Fallopian tube. And, the fetus is small, and alive, and the heart is beating, but if you don’t operate on him, the fetus dies and the patient dies, because a hemorrhage is a very very critical time for ectopic pregnancy. I don’t see any reason why you can’t use that fetal tissue for research.”
  —Ron Paul
 Politico TV, May 2007

Don Peters Sexual Abuse: Olympic Gymnastics Coach Resigns Amidst Allegations

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. — A former Olympic gymnastics coach facing allegations of sexual abuse resigned Tuesday from his coaching and director positions at a prominent Orange County club.

The resignation comes after the newspaper’s investigation last month alleging sexual and physical abuse of underage gymnasts. More than a dozen former gymnasts told the newspaper stories of abuse.

In a Sept. 25 Register story, Doe Yamashiro, a former U.S. national team and SCATS member, said Peters began fondling her in 1986, when she was 16, and had sexual intercourse with her when she was 17.

Peters declined to comment to the Register.

A Nov. 11 hearing has been scheduled in Indianapolis by gymnastics’ national governing body to decide whether Peters should be banned from the sport.

Peters led the U.S. women’s team to a record eight medals in the 1984 Olympics.

The alleged abuse took place in the 1980s and can’t be prosecuted under California law because the statute of limitation has expired.

Two other U.S. gymnastics coaches, Doug Boger and Michael Zapp, have either been dismissed or terminated from coaching roles after allegations of sexual and physical abuse surfaced in newspaper.

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