Daily Archives: March 22, 2010

Hamsters underwent tests at WSU after approval for testing had lapsed

A U.S. Department of Agriculture report says Wichita State University violated animal welfare laws when a researcher surgically removed ovaries from hamsters for three years without the university’s approval.

The  USDA also found that WSU failed to include in three annual reports — 2006, 2007 and 2008 — information that  animals were being used for experiments. At least 107 hamsters underwent surgical procedures during that time.

A routine inspection by the USDA on Sept. 14 found that that 54 hamsters had their ovaries surgically removed, and 31 died, between Dec. 16, 2006 and March 6, 2009. Approval of the protocol for the experiments had expired in 2005.

David McDonald, associate provost for research and dean of the graduate school at WSU, said neither the university nor the researcher were aware the approval had lapsed.

“Had we been aware, we certainly would’ve taken measures immediately,” he said.

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Kansas House advances bill barring mental health as a reason for late-term abortion

TOPEKA — The Kansas House gave preliminary approval Monday to a bill that would prevent women from using mental health as a reason to receive a late-term abortion on a viable fetus.

The courts have said that a woman’s mental health can fall under the definition of “irreversible impairment of a major bodily function.” House Bill 2166 would specify that bodily function does not include mental or emotional functions.

Abortion opponents said the change would bring the law closer to the late-term abortion rules’ original intent.

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