Catholic World News Oct 14, 1997 WASHINGTON, DC (CWN) The US Supreme Court on Tuesday, without comment, rejected a lawsuit that challenges Oregon’s law permitting euthanasia, just months after the court upheld state laws banning the practice. The ruling upholds a lower court ruling that threw out a lawsuit filed by a terminally-ill woman and two doctors, saying that the plaintiffs lacked the proper legal standing to sue. The doctors had contended that the woman, Janice Elsner, suffers from clinical depression which often makes her want to end her life and the Oregon law violates equal-protection rights by treating terminally […]
VATICAN (LSN) – In what the Vatican called a ‘grave episode’, Catholic Bishop Su Zhimin of Boading, a city south of Beijing, has been arrested by Chinese authorities. Bishop Zhimin, is known for his fidelity to the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church and his refusal to enter the government-sponsored `Patriotic Church’ has led to his many arrests. In total he has spent 20 years in prison.
CHICAGO, Oct 15 (LSN) – Cincinatti Right to Life reported in their October News that Chicago Archbishop, Francis George, has redefined the approach to dealing with abortion. Rather than equating the importance of abortion with as many as 12-16 social issues, the Archbishop gave the abortion holocaust priority over all other social issues. He stated: “Abortion is no more a single issue than was slavery. It is instead a defining issue—one which shapes the future of the nation. The present legal policy of abortion-on-demand, which permits even the killing of infants being delivered, weakens the social contract that has kept […]
On September 24, Prof Michael Healey, an aquatic ecologist at the University of B.C., released a study on the Fraser Basin Ecosystem … (speaking on the vastly underpopulated country of Canada) “The federal government should adopt a population policy for Canada that is consistent with the principles of sustainability…I recognize that this is an emotional subject that many people don’t want to hear about…But we have to talk about it if we are going to work toward a population the environment can sustain…We might not be able to avoid a one-child policy …China gets a lot of criticism, but we […]
Common-law couples increase: census OTTAWA (CP) – Statistics Canada today released its report on marital status, common-law unions and marriages. Figures from the 1996 census show that single-parent families exceeded the one-million mark for the first time. Moreover, in the last 5 years, the number of common-law families increased 28 per cent and families headed by a single parent grew by 19 per cent. One in four families is now said to be either common-law or single parent. This brought the percentage of children living in a household with unmarried parents up a staggering 52 percent.
Catholic World News Oct 13, 1997 WASHINGTON, DC (CWN) – President Bill Clinton vetoed a proposed ban on partial-birth abortions on Friday as he had promised, and congressional supporters of the bill said they plan on waiting for an override until next year. The reason for the delay is that the proximity of the 1998 congressional elections could force some representatives and senators who might be on the fence about the override to contemplate the backlash possible on the politically-charged issue. The House voted for the ban with a large enough margin to win an override, but the Senate was […]
BEIJING, Oct 14 (LSN) – At a population conference in Beijing, China unveiled a new device for expediting the crime of abortion. A mobile abortion clinic was presented with pride, complete with bed, body clamp and suction pumps. China plans to send 600 such white vans around the country to kill their children. At the conference, with some 1,400 delegates from around the world, Western experts reported that China commonly used coercion to force mothers to abort their children. Yves Blayo, a French researcher at the Institut National D’Etudes Demographiques, said that family planning officials scoured neighbourhoods to find pregnant […]
LOS ANGELES, Oct 10 (LSN) – Village Voice published an article in their Oct 7th issue which quoted Peter Kostmayer of Zero Population Growth accusing the pro-life organization Population Research Institute (PRI) , of “xenophobic hate’‘. Kostmayer, a raving population control fanatic, associated PRI with the “dark underside of the population movement’‘. Please see the next article – a letter from PRI in response to Kostmayer. The Village Voice article also included information on the monetary support of population control coming from three of the richest men in the US. Noting Ted Turner’s 1 billion dollar donation to the UN […]
VANCOUVER – Oct 10 (LSN) – Michael Horowitz, senior fellow at the prestigious Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C., is a zealous defender of persecuted Christians worldwide. Although of Jewish heritage and faith, Mr. Hotowitz has learned of horrendous persecution of Christians the world over and works to inform the public about the totally under-reported facts. In a recent visit to Vancouver sponsored by the Catholic Civil Rights League, Horowitz accused the Canadian government of turning a blind eye to human-rights abuses of Holocaust-like proportions —abuses that involve Christians. Horowitz gave examples of China’s documented abuse of the 100 million Chinese […]
WASHINGTON, Oct 10 (LSN) – The US House of Representatives approved a Republican plan to provide about 2,000 federally funded vouchers to help low income Washington, D.C., children attend private schools. Although Clinton and the Democrats opposed the measure, it was passed today by a 212-197 vote. The bill would provide federally funded scholarships of up to $3,200 that low income students could use to pay for private schools or public schools in outlying suburbs. The Senate has opposed the voucher system thus far.