TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Oct 31 (LSN) – The Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a mother who shot her child in her womb could not be prosecuted for killing the fetus. In 1994 Kawana Ashley, then 19, fired a .22 caliber bullet into her abdomen attempting to kill the 25 week old child in her womb. She claimed she could not afford to pay a doctor to kill the baby for her. The baby, named Britanny, was delivered by emergency Caesarean section with a bullet wound in the wrist. Brittany died 15 days later of complications brought on by the shooting. […]
OTTAWA, Oct 31 (LSN) – The Supreme Court of Canada today, in a 7-2 decision, denied children in the womb protection from harm caused by their mothers. The case involved a glue-sniffing mother who was ordered by the Children’s Aid Society in Winnipeg to receive treatment for her addiction for fear of harm to the five month old child in her womb. The Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench upheld the agency’s right to force the woman into a program, but the ruling was overturned by the Manitoba Court of Appeal, which said the law is clear on the issue and […]
TORONTO, Oct 31 (LSN) – Shock and horror at the minimal sentence given to the man who had raped him drove Martin Kruze to suicide this week. Other victims of Gordon Stuckless, the former Maple Leaf Gardens equipment manager, stormed out of court noting that the judge had hurt them just as much as did the attacks. Stuckless received two years less a day for sexually abusing about two dozen young boys. In a related case, pedophiliac rapist Robert Noyes, conviceted in 1986 for 19 sex offences, has been granted unescorted day passes from a Montreal-area jail, Global TV News […]
COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CWN) – South Carolina’s state Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the child abuse conviction of a woman who took drugs while she was pregnant. The court ruled that Cornelia Whitner’s conviction for child neglect in 1992 is valid because child abuse laws do apply to unborn children if they can survive apart from their mother. Whitner was sentenced to eight years in prison after her newborn tested positive for cocaine, but a judge freed her 19 months later, saying child abuse laws do not apply to prenatal actions. The state’s highest court had already upheld the sentence […]
NOVA SCOTIA, Oct 31 (LSN) – Grace Maternity Hospital, the renowned Nova Scotia centre for birth and premature care, has just announced that it has begun construction of an abortion ward on the sixth floor. Until two years ago, when it became a government facility, it was run by the Salvation Army. Women in the area are distressed that the only hospital in the area to go to for deliveries will now be killing babies on the floor above the delivery ward. The new ‘‘Well Womens Health Clinic’’ project, as it has been called was kept secret until the beginning […]
BATTLEFORD, Sask., Oct 30 (LSN) – Jurors in the case against Robert Latimer heard more today from Latimer’s written confession to police. RCMP Sgt. Ken Lyons testified that Latimer considered shooting his daughter in the head and calling in Jack Kevorkian before deciding on the poisoning method he used to kill his daughter.
Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute New York City (October 29)- Citing UNICEF promotion of abortion overseas, the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute today alerted parents concerning the annual children’s collection for the UN agency. “We urge all parents not to give to UNICEF this year and not to allow their children to assist in UNICEF’s annual Halloween collection,” said Austin Ruse, Deputy Director of the Institute. Long, a supporter of UNICEF’s legitimate mission, said last year the Holy See removed its annual donation to the agency citing four concerns about UNICEF and family planning
ROMULUS, Mich., Oct 30 (LSN) – John O’Haria, 54, a former probation officer who had been living in a New York City nursing home, was discovered dead in a Michigan motel room. Nearby was a note identifying O’Haria as a Kevorkian patient and ordering police to not investigate. Police investigated the body for fear of Kevorkian’s promise to harvest organs from his victims but found no identifiable tampering. A spokesman for the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s office said an autopsy would be performed Thursday.
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, Oct 29 (LSN) – A parliamentary committee this week approved a bill enshrining in federal law the right of gays and lesbians to adopt children and would also sanction same-sex marriages. The legislation, said to have broad backing in Parliament and a good shot at passage early in 1998, also would give gay couples the same pension, inheritance and social security rights as normal married couples.
TORONTO, Oct 29 (LSN) – Canadian centres for organ transplants are seriously looking at the proposal of organ harvesting. CTV news reported today, that the controversial procedure being performed in the US is being carefully studied by Canada’s transplant centres with the need for organs in the country now double the number of available donors. Under the new procedure, doctors ‘‘trigger’’ the death of the patients, by removing life support, and wait two minutes for the heart to stop beating, then remove the organs. Doctors supporting the mehod produced financial and compassionate reasons for the procedure. Pro-life leaders feel that […]