COURT ALLOWS RELEASE FROM HOSPITAL TO COMMIT SUICIDE

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Feb 27 (LSN) – On Wednesday, Grand Rapids’ Metropolitan Hospital requested permission to hold a 21-year-old in treatment, since he was threatening to kill himself with the help of suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian. A psychiatrist working for Kent County Probate Court denied the hospital's request, and the patient, Roosevelt Dawson, was dead five hours later.  The young man, an Oakland University student from Southfield, had been unable to use his arms and legs and had depended on a ventilator to breathe since a viral infection attacked his spinal cord 13 months ago. Dawson, Kevorkian's youngest reported victim, was […]
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OREGON CITIZENS FORCED TO PAY FOR ASSISTED SUICIDE

PORTLAND, Ore., Feb 27 (LSN) – On Thursday the Oregon Health Services Commission voted 10-1 to cover assisted suicide as a medical service for low-income residents under the state's health plan.  Oregon’s “Death with Dignity Act” allows doctors to prescribe lethal drugs at the request of terminally ill patients who are deemed to have less than six months to live.  Commission chairman Alan Bates said, “religious opponents have no right to impose their moral views on others.”  Speaking for the law's most outspoken opponent, the Oregon Catholic Conference, spokesman Bob Castagna said, “there would be no more tragic discrimination against […]
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CHARGES DROPPED IN HALIFAX EUTHANASIA CASE

HALIFAX, Feb 27 (LSN) – Nova Scotia Provincial Court Judge Hughes Randall threw out the murder charge against Halifax respirologist Nancy Morrison, accused of the “mercy-killing”  of patient Paul Mills at the city’s QEII Health Sciences Centre in November, 1996. He ruled today that the Crown did not have enough evidence to warrant a trial.  Prosecutors are considering whether to proceed with a “preferred indictment,” to get around the ruling. It is uncertain what charges the Crown would pursue in that case. Crown Attorney Craig Botterill announced in December he felt manslaughter was a more appropriate charge than murder, indicating […]
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TIE VOTE IN SPANISH PARLIAMENT HALTS ABORTION DEBATE

MADRID, Spain, Feb 27 (LSN) – On Tuesday, the Spanish Parliament voted on whether to allow debate of two bills proposing to “liberalize” the Spanish abortion law.  The bills would introduce the notion of “psychological harm to the mother” as a condition justifying abortion.  The phrase has been used in countries around the world as a justification for what amounts to abortion on demand.  After three tie votes, however, the Spanish Parliament was deadlocked. According to Spanish Parliamentary regulations, the request for a hearing of the bills was rejected due to the indecisive position of parliament. Providentially, former socialist Prime […]
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VATICAN USES STRONG WORDS TO DENOUNCE EMBRYO SCREENING

VATICAN, Feb 27 (LSN) – Bishop Elio Sgreccia, the vice-president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, reinforced the pope's condemnation of prenatal screening and killing of embryos,  in an address to the Academy Thursday. He noted that the diagnostic tests were characteristic of the eugenics movement which culminated in the Nazi era.  In Hitler's time, however,  scientists were unable to identify “undesirable” babies before birth.  Modern technology has allowed doctors “to select embryos, and proceed like Hitler.”
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ONTARIO TORIES DISCUSS ABORTION

COLLINGWOOD, Ont., Feb 26 (LSN) – Ontario Conservatives began a caucus meeting Wednesday wherein some backbench MPP’s raised the abortion issue. As reported on Tuesday,  Tory MPP Frank Klees called for his party to focus more on the conservative social policies now that the fiscal policies are mostly dealt with.  Suggestions by Klees would require doctors to inform the parents of girls under 16 before committing an abortion. He also advocates conscience legislation that would permit health care workers to refuse to take part in abortion because of religious or moral objections without being punished.  However, there is a concern […]
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BERNARDO VICTIM FAMILIES LOSE BID TO BAN TAPES FROM PUBLIC

TORONTO, Feb 26 (LSN) – CBC news reported yesterday that the families of murder victims Kristen French and Leslie Mahaffy have lost a bid to prevent the public from ever seeing in open court videotapes of the teens being assaulted by sex killer Paul Bernardo and his ex-wife Karla Homolka. According to the report Justice Michael Moldaver of the Ontario Court of Appeal “rejected the families’ contention that, by definition, coerced and child pornography are not constitutionally protected as forms of expression.”  He ruled that any order restricting access should be left to the discretion of the judge conducting the […]
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SPAIN OKAYS RU486 ABORTION PILL

MADRID, Feb 26 (LSN) – According to Spanish journalists, Spain’s Health Commission requested that the Ministry of Health approve distribution of the abortion pill RU486.  Reports indicate that the Ministry agreed to the request within 48 hours. The vote to pass the resolution was unanimous, including the votes of the governing party.  The Health Ministry must conduct scientific examinations on the drug before it can be distributed. In Spain abortions are permitted only when there is risk of harm to the mother’s health.
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CANADIAN GENERAL NOT ALLOWED TO TELL TRUTH ABOUT UN

ARUSHA, Tanzania, Feb 25 (LSN) – Canadian Major General Romeo Dallaire, the leader of the UN peacekeeping force in Rwanda, took the stand today in the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Dallaire was summoned as an expert witness by lawyers representing Jean-Paul Akayesu, a former small-town mayor accused of genocide and crimes against humanity in the deaths more than 2,000 Tutsis. The UN-run International Criminal Tribunal was sure to censor testimony by Dallaire that would incriminate the UN itself in the Rwandan genocide.  The Associated Press reported that presiding Judge Laity Kama of Senegal “repeatedly reminded defence attorney Nicholas Tiangaye […]
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POPE SPEAKS ON GENETIC RESEARCH

VATICAN CITY, Feb 25 (LSN) – Yesterday, Pope John Paul II addressed the Pontifical Academy for Life, who are studying the theme “The Human Genome: Human Personality and the Society of the Future” in their Fourth Plenary Assembly. Speaking about the human genome, the genetic blueprint of individuals, the Pope said, “It is on the basis of this inner truth about the genome, already present at the moment of procreation when the genetic heritage of the father and the mother unite, that the Church has taken on the task of defending the human dignity of all individuals from the moment […]
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