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.”
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
NEW YORK, Feb 25 (LSN) – On Monday, Associated Press reported on the horrific story of the attempt by two alleged Chinese officials to sell kidneys, corneas, livers, skin, pancreases and lungs of their executed prisoners in the United States. Cheng Yong Wang, 41, and Xingqi Fu, 35, were arrested Friday in Manhattan. According to papers provided by an informant, Wang had been a prosecutor in the Hainan Province of China and participated in the execution of Chinese prisoners. The pair were caught by an FBI sting operation wherein an agent posed as a board member of a dialysis center […]
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 […]
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 […]
PONTIAC, Mich., Feb 25 (LSN) – Oakland County Medical Examiner Dr. Ljubisa Dragovic ruled today that the latest victim of assisted-suicide activist Jack Kevorkian, Muriel Clement of North Branford, Conn., was not suffering from a terminal illness. “The cause of death was poisoning by intravenously injected substance. The cause of death was homicide,” Ljubisa told reporters. Tests are underway to determine if the victim had Parkinson’s disease. The Archdiocese of Detroit issued a statement accusing Kevorkian of orchestrating his latest assisted suicide to promote a local television news broadcast on his new assistant, Georges Reding.
OTTAWA, Feb 25 (LSN) – Federal Health Ministry spokesman Doris Cook said yesterday that the government is planning to re-introduce laws and regulations to ban or restrict certain new reproductive and genetic technologies, before the end of the year. The first attempt at such regulation, Bill C-47, containing among other things bans on human cloning and on the sale of eggs and sperm, died when parliament was dissolved for the 1997 federal election. Pro-life observers note that the government’s proposals were mostly praiseworthy, but that they did not go nearly far enough. Moreover, pro-lifers objected strenuously to plans for licensing […]
LOS ANGELES, Feb 24 (LSN) – Abortionist Bruce Saul Steir, 66, was ordered Wednesday to stand trial on a charge of second-degree murder by Riverside County Judge Dennis McConaghy. Steir was arrested at his home in San Francisco last October for the murder of Sharon Hamptlon, 27, of Barstow, who bled to death shortly after Steir aborted her last December 13. The medical examiner concluded that Hamptlon died of gross negligence and ruled the death a homicide. Hampton left behind her 3-year-old son Curtis. Steir is free on bail and will be arraigned in court on March 11.
BUFFALO, N.Y., Feb 24 (LSN) – On Friday, John Bement was convicted of manslaughter for the killing of his wife by asphyxiation. Reminiscent of Canada’s recent Latimer trial, the secular media portrayed Bement as a compassionate hero facing punishment for an act of mercy.
OTTAWA, Feb 24 (LSN) – Campaign Life Coalition is alerting pro-lifers about upcoming lobbying opportunities. Members of Parliament have a week off from the House during the first week in March to spend time in their constituencies. CLC advises that this is probably the best time to set up appointments to see MPs about issues of personal concern. Pro-life, pro-family Canadians are urged to call their MP’s office and make an appointment. CLC suggests that individuals should visit their MPs with their families or with a friend or two. Plan ahead of time the message, and responses to questions the […]
SASKATCHEWAN, Feb 24 (LSN) – The University of Saskatchewan’s College of Education will be hosting a March 21 conference advocating the acceptance of homosexuality by schools. Speaking at the event, entitled “Breaking the silence: Gays and lesbians in our schools,” will be homosexual activist Delwin Vriend. Vriend brought King’s College (a Christian college in Edmonton) to the Supreme Court last year for firing him, due to a conflict between Vriend’s homosexual lifestyle and the school’s religious principles. Pat Atkinson, the Saskatchewan Minister of Education, will give closing remarks at the conference. Letters of protest may be addressed to: Dean of […]
The Toronto Sun reported today that many Ontario Tory MPPs believe it is time for the government to deal with some of the social issues, after having focused exclusively on economics in the first part of its mandate. Tory MPP Frank Klees stated that the Progessive Conservative government is in a position to make a difference “in the quality of life in the province.” He would like to see a law that would protect health- care workers who refuse on moral or religious grounds to participate in certain procedures like abortions, and legislation recognizing the authority of parents to oversee […]
TORONTO, Feb 23 (LSN) – The controversial Toronto doctor, Maurice Genereux, who last December became the first Canadian doctor to be convicted of assisting suicide, will be sentenced on April 29 and 30. Although the maximum penalty he faces is 14 years, he will likely only be given a sentence of less than two years. Genereux, an active homosexual, is still practicing medicine despite his assisted suicide conviction and earlier charges of sexual misconduct with patients.
VATICAN CITY, Feb 23 (LSN) – On Friday, Pope John Paul II addressed participants at the international conference on “Women’s Health Issues,” in Rome, organized by the Sacred Heart University of Rome together with the Georgetown Center for Medical Ethics. The pope condemned the thinking of such groups as the United Nations and certain feminist organizations for considering motherhood to be an illness. “The search for health as well-being has led to the consideration of maternity itself, even in important political documents, as a burden and an illness, creating the presuppositions, in the name of health and quality of life, […]
TORONTO, Feb 23 (LSN) – Yesterday and today, the Sun newspapers and the Toronto Star contained stories on the “Human Egg Trade.” Proponents of in vitro fertilization (IVF) have succeeded in drawing public attention to the lucrative side of the business of illicit procreation by warning that if Canada erects barriers to the collection of human eggs, it will lose the “business” to the US. The raising of the issue gives pro-lifers the opportunity to educate people on the evils of this procedure. The following explanation reveals that it is impossible to be pro-life and pro-IVF. Besides the foremost reason […]
WASHINGTON, Feb 23 (LSN) – Yesterday, the US Pro-Life Infonet reported that ABC News author David Phinney attacks pro-lifers in a piece concerning new methods of domestic and international terrorism. The item, entitled Preparing for Terrorists Wielding Weapons of Mass Destruction: New Tools of Fear and Death, shows extreme bias towards pro-life supporters by insinuating that we are one of several groups that engage in or have an interest in terrorism. Phinney says “anti-abortion extremists” are one of several “fringe domestic organizations” that “have been showing keen interest in biochemical weapons.” Phinney’s article may be found at:https://www.abcnews.com/sections/us/DailyNews/terrorism_main.html Please email Dave […]
NEWARK, N.J., Feb 20 (LSN) – 23-year-old Manuel Moreno was forced off life support at Barnert Hospital Thursday, despite the religious objections of his family. Last month Moreno walked into the hospital to have an abdominal abscess treated. An allergic reaction to penicillin caused the young man to lapse into a coma. Two weeks later, on Feb. 5, he was declared “brain dead.” On Feb. 10, the hospital’s bioethics committee approved removing life support. They were then opposed in court by Moreno’s family. Moreno’s wife and mother of their 18-month-old daughter told the judge, “We have a lot of faith, […]
WASHINGTON, Feb 20 (LSN) – US House Majority Whip Tom DeLay said yesterday that the Clinton administration does not have enough votes in the House to pass an $18 billion package for the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The statement is great news for pro-lifers, since the IMF is a key player in the population-control movement and the push for abortion-on-demand around the globe. Clinton is expected to step up promotion of the IMF in the coming weeks.
TORONTO, Feb 20 (LSN) – The discrepancy between the moral degradation of Canada and the US and the relative innocence of other countries was highlighted this week as governments looked at indecency. The Canadian Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal today seeking to allow the filthy practice of “lap-dancing” in Toronto’s multitudinous dens of iniquity known as strip clubs. Although the decision will not eradicate the “clubs,” it will curb the latest craze, involving strippers in physical contact with the patrons, which has been rampant in the past 4 years. In the US yesterday, a grand jury in Montgomery, […]
OTTAWA, Feb 20 (LSN) – Circulating in email among assistants on Parliament Hill yesterday was a call to end the pro-life efforts of Fr Tony Van Hee. Fr Van Hee, a Catholic priest, has protested, prayed and fasted on Parliament Hill every day for the past nine years as a constant witness to the plight of the preborn. An assistant to a Liberal MP wrote, “I’ve had enough of the Priest outside the Members' Entrance of the Centre Block….Is there any way, do you think, through our combined efforts that we could put a stop to this fellow displaying […]
OTTAWA, Feb 19 (LSN) – Last Thursday Canadian Senator Hon. Stanley Haidasz, proposed the establishment of a “Special Joint Committee on the Unborn Child.” The committee is to “examine and report upon the feasibility of legislating in the area of fetal rights and the protection to the unborn child.” The pro-life senator urged the committee to pay special attention to the “lack of protection in current Canadian law of the unborn child.” Noting that the 1997 case of the Winnipeg solvent addicted mother signaled a gap in current Canadian law respecting the rights of the unborn, Senator Haidasz reminded his […]
OTTAWA, Feb 19 (LSN) – The Canada Family Action Council has issued an action alert to pro- family leaders warning of the federal government’s intended legal redefinition of “spouse”. In a review of the Canadian Immigration Act, changes to the traditional definitions of the terms “spouse” and “family” are being proposed. Recommendation # 32 states: “For the purposes of the Immigration and Citizenship Act, “spouse” should be defined as 1) a partner through a marriage legal in the jurisdiction in which it occurred or, 2) a partner in an intimate relationship, including cohabitation of at least one year in duration, […]
WASHINGTON, Feb 19 (LSN) – Promise Keepers, the men’s movement which encouraged fathers to take responsibility for their families and live a Christian life, is in financial crisis. Reuters reported this morning that the group has had to lay off its entire staff of 345 workers, and continue with volunteers only. Founder Bill McCartney, a football coach at the University of Colorado, and member of the pro-life group Operation Rescue, told staff the bad news saying “I have a broken heart. But I don’t have a discouraged heart. I have a heart that is filled with hope.” Last year the […]
LONG BEACH, Feb 19 (LSN) – State Attorney General Dan Lungren formally launched his bid for governor of California today. The pro-life politician daringly hit at the heart of the social decay in America saying, “We are going to be a campaign that does not believe that separation of church and state means separation of public debate and religious values.” “If we are in fact to be a successful people, we have to be a religious people as well,” he said. With no major opposition from Republicans, the primary in June is set for a battle between the conservative Christian […]
DUBLIN, Feb 19 (LSN) – The Irish Times reported that on Tuesday the European Parliament adopted a report condemning Ireland for banning pro-abortion propaganda. The report “demands” that access to such information be ensured in all member-states. The EU parliament's committee on civil liberties and internal affairs prepared the report. Fianna Fáil Munster MEP, Mr Brian Crowley, criticized the report saying that the matter was outside the competence of the EU. Crowley also noted that the annual report on respect for human rights within the EU called on member-states to recognize what amounted to “marriages between homosexuals.” He urged that […]
TUPELO, MS, Feb 17 (LSN) – The American Family Association has asked pro-family supporters to lobby the Amoco and Mobil Oil companies who have joined with Shell and Chevron Oil companies in offering same sex Domestic Partner benefits to their employees. Thus equating a homosexual relationship with marriage between a man and a woman. Tim Wildmon, Vice President of American Family Association, has asked that those who don’t approve of these changes at Amoco and Mobil Oil to vote with their pocket books and return their company credit cards. Please contact Amoco and Mobil Oil companies and politely advise them […]
OCALA, Fla., Feb 17 (LSN) – On Monday, at the behest of Marion County Judge Sandra Edward- Stephens, jury selection began in the trial of 24-year-old Florida resident, Andrew Love. Love, a record-store clerk, was charged with obscenity for wearing a T-shirt featuring a bare-breasted nun and calling Jesus a profane name. The T-shirt promoted the British “death metal” band “Cradle of Filth”. In November security officers at an Ocala shopping mall told Love to turn the garment inside out or leave, police arrived shortly thereafter to arrest him and confiscate the offensive shirt. Although never jailed on the misdemeanor […]
CHEVY CHASE, Maryland, Feb 17 (LSN) – Julian L. Simon, 65, a brilliant population economist who gave the lie to population control zealots like Paul Erlich, passed away in early February. A recognized genius, Simon was listed by Fortune magazine in its 60th anniversary issue in March 1990 as one of the “150 great minds of the 1990s.” He has been noted in the press for leading the way in proving that doomsayers frightened by overpopulation and a global shortage of natural resources are dead wrong. Dr. Simon, a professor of business administration at the University of Maryland and a […]
MINNEAPOLIS, MN, Feb 17 (LSN) – The Education Reporter reported yesterday on the case of Margaret Byron, a mother of three, who requested that books from R.L. Stine’s “Goosebumps” fiction horror series be removed from Johnsville Elementary School library in the Anoka-Hennepin school district. The results of Mrs. Byron's valiant efforts to protect the sensibilities of the children in her community resulted in a blunt refusal to remove the books as well as a torrent of accusations labeling her a “censor” and a “book burner” from a review committee of the Anoka-Hennepin school district. Mrs. Byron found the books very […]
QUESNEL, BC, Feb 17 (LSN) – Social workers in Quensel, a small town of British Columbia, apprehended 71 children from their parents in just two months, sparking protests from the public and Judge Robin Smith. Smith, a family court judge, noted that children have been snatched from their families without good reason. In court last week, Smith revealed that in only five of the cases children were removed because they were in “immediate danger of harm.” Smith asserted that for the remaining cases, “there was a legal duty on the social worker to consider less disruptive measures to removal.” An […]
MEXICO CITY, Feb 16 (LSN) – Last week, Mexican Red Cross president Jose Barroso dared to expose the truth about contraceptive companies and non-governmental institutions in Mexico promoting condoms and AIDS “awareness.” Following the lead of Pro Vida, a Mexican pro-life organization, and the Catholic Church, Barroso called on the Ernesto Zedillo administration to suspend campaigns promoting condoms. Barroso recognized that the condom-promoting campaigns encourag “promiscuity” and courageously confronted the powerful AIDS lobby, arguing that scarce medical resources should not be rationed according to the priorities of political correctness, as is the case with AIDS. Barroso's move was attacked by […]
CHICAGO, Feb 16 (LSN) – On Wednesday, US District Judge Charles P. Kocoras allowed Illinois abortionists to continue the most gruesome practice of partial-birth abortion. A state law banning the abortion procedure was to take effect Friday, but was ruled unconstitutional in a case brought forward by the American Civil Liberties Union. DES MOINES, Iowa, (LSN) – Last Thursday, US District Judge Charles Wolle ordered the city of Bettendorf, Iowa to issue permits for an abortion mill to open in the city, striking down the second attempt by the city to block the abortuary with zoning restrictions. Ruling in favour […]
WHITBY, ON, Feb 16 (LSN) – Parents in the Durham school board are protesting today against a kit used in sex-education classes in Durham schools. The Ministry of Education approved the “LifeFacts Sexuality Kit,” which contains pornographic pictures and promotes homosexuality and masturbation, among other deviations. Brian Chiasson, Coordinator of the Durham Family Action Council, said that the books contain “a picture of a man masturbating,” and another “of a man wearing a condom with a view of the semen going into the condom.” The protest is scheduled for today at the Board of Education building, 400 Taunton Rd E., […]
PITTSBURGH, Feb 13 (LSN)—In a press release issued yesterday, Priests for Life called attention to the unjust imprisonment of Joan Andrews Bell, a recent mother of two adopted children. Christopher Bell, Joan's husband, her 5-year-old daughter, and 9-year-old son lamented that this Saturday, St. Valentines Day, will be the first time they will be permitted to visit Joan since her incarceration one month ago. Joan was sentenced to jail on 30 December l997 in Pittsburgh for a l985 pro-life demonstration in which she stepped onto the property of an abortuary. Judge Raymond Novak threatened to keep her in prison until […]
WASHINGTON, Feb 13 (LSN)—The perversion of children in America by books allowed and even promoted in public schools has been the cause of parental shock and outrage. Yesterday The Washington Times reported on the hair-raising story of Christine T. Schwalm, a mother who confronted the Montgomery County Board of Education with the perverse material recommended to students by the county school system. Mrs. Schwalm was forced to take the issue before the board, when School Superintendent Paul L. Vance denied her request to remove the filthy books from school libraries in January. The books contained graphic sexual prose laced with […]
ARIZONA, Feb 13 (LSN)—Dr. James Dobson, head of Focus on the Family, warned that if the Republican Congress continued to “betray” conservative evangelical voters, he would abandon the Republican Party and “do everything I can to take as many people with me as possible.” Speaking at a convention of conservative leaders, Dr. Dobson courageously identified offending parties by name. He criticized House Speaker Newt Gingrich, for inviting the notoriously pro- abortion Governor Christine Whitman to give the Republican response to the State of the Union address. In a rather lengthy list, the pro-life leader reprimanded even fairly conservative notables such […]
OTTAWA, Feb 13 (LSN)—The Supreme Court of Canada refused to hear a case wherein Ontario parents were appealing to have alternative religious education in public schools. Parents wishing for such an option are now left with the unlikely prospect of garnering funding for the classes from the Ontario government. Ontario allows a comparative-religions class, but has prohibited instruction in any one faith since 1990. The case went to the Supreme Court after it was dismissed by the Ontario Court of Appeal last summer. Brought forward by Monhar Singh Bal, the case represented parents from the Sikh, Hindu, Muslim, Mennonite and […]
PHILADELPHIA, Feb 12 (LSN) – On Tuesday, Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia commented on proposed city legislation to extend city employee health and pension benefits to same-sex partners, calling it “destructive to our city’s moral and social structure.”“The marital relationship shared by husband and wife constitutes the only true and lasting life partnership,” he said. He called on the mayor and city council to reject the measures.
LOS ANGELES, Feb 12 (LSN) – Pro-life groups cheered in victory today as California Governor Pete Wilson vetoed legislation which forced all employee insurance plans to cover contraceptives and abortifacient pills and devices such as the I.U.D. The bill (AB 160), sponsored by Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California (PPAC), was put forward by Assemblyman Robert Hertzberg. Wilson warned Hertzberg that a veto was probable unless the bill was amended to give employers the ability to opt out if they object to covering contraceptives and abortifacients on religious or moral grounds. Hertzberg refused to consent to the amendment.
WASHINGTON, DC, Feb 12 (LSN) – Once again this year, US pro-life Republicans, led by New Jersey Rep. Chris Smith, said they would attach language banning abortion funding to a funding proposal for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the UN. Last year the pro-life rider made the proposed US contributions to the IMF and the UN unworkable, since the organizations are so deeply involved in the provision of abortion. The pro-life rider will similarly stop US funding this year, since the IMF and UN are holding firmly to their abortion mandate. Interestingly, a campaign to pressure the US to […]
TORONTO, Feb 12 (LSN) – Campaign Life Coalition, the political arm of the pro-life movement in Canada, appealed this week for donations to a Legal Defence Fund to cover the growing number of legal persecutions directed against pro-lifers by pro-abortion forces. In their February newsletter, CLC notes that “threats to freedom of speech and freedom of assembly are coming right, left, and centre in Canada now, as no-protest zones are set up outside abortuaries, and pro-life public information materials are seized by police.” Canadian pro-life heroes such as BC’s Jim Demers, the “Show the Truth” Tour leaders, and Ontario’s “Pro-Life […]
OTTAWA, Feb 11 (LSN)—MP Réal Ménard (BQ, Hochelaga—Maisonneuve) put forward a bill in the House of Commons yesterday urging “eaqual treatment for persons cohabiting in a relationship similar to a conjugal relationship.” Noting that he was “proud” to introduce the proposed act, he explained that its purpose is “to guarantee common-law homosexual and lesbian couples the same rights as those granted under federal legislation to common-law hetero- sexual couples.” The motion was deemed adopted and the bill received first reading.
AUGUSTA, Maine, Feb 11 (LSN)—On Tuesday, pro-family advocates hailed a victory over homosexual activists as referendum results indicated that the citizens of Maine are opposed to the gay agenda. About 52% of voters rejected a recent law giving homosexuals special privileges, by adding “sexual orientation” to the list of prohibited grounds of “discrimination” in Maine's Human Rights Act. Christian groups led the repeal effort, triggering the referendum by collecting more than 58,000 signatures. In other news, Maine lawmakers voted 99-42 today against a measure to legalize physician- assisted suicide.
CALIFORNIA, Feb 11 (LSN)—This week, the press has reported on two mothers who have refused to abort their children, contrary to the advice of their doctors. In California a 21-year-old mother, Karen Crowe, refused to abort her children, whom doctors said were joined and should be aborted. Another mother in Sao Paulo Brazil was advised to abort her child since doctors believe the child has anencephaly, or an absence of brain tissue. Mrs Crowe told reporters, astonished by her unwillingness to kill her children, “I’m not going to play God. If God takes my babies, that’s up to Him…I had […]
WASHINGTON, Feb 11 (LSN)—Yesterday the US Senate confirmed President Clinton’s nomination of Dr. David Satcher as Surgeon General. Family Research Council President Gary Bauer noted that Satcher was a poor choice because of his support of partial-birth abortion. “Appointing an advocate of infanticide to the bully pulpit on our country’s health would send an absolutely tragic message to our nation and to the world,’’ said Bauer after Satcher's nomination in October. “The position of the ‘nation’s doctor’ should NOT be filled by an individual who acquiesces in a radical agenda that threatens the life and health of our nation’s mothers […]
MELBOURNE, Fla., Feb 9 (LSN)—On Monday, a Florida abortuary complained vigourously that it was being forced to leave its location. A road-widening project has forced the closure of the business and thus answered the prayers of pro-lifers in the area. Patricia Baird Windell, owner of the Aware Woman Center for Choice in Melbourne, accused city officials of devising the road project to get rid of the abortion mill. City officials noted that pro-life protests have urged them to change the abortuary's zoning category, since traffic-clogging has resulted from people slowing to view the pro-life demonstrations. The Mayor of Melbourne, John […]
UNITED NATIONS, Feb 10 (LSN)—The UN's Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women concluded its eighteenth session last Friday. The session, which began on January 19, saw continued efforts to push for a universal “right” to abortion on demand. Committee members blatantly sought to push abortion in Croatia, Indonesia, and Mexico. In considering the report of Croatia, the UN committee said it was “concerned” with the “close relationship between the government and the Church-related non-governmental organizations, which, it felt, could compromise the demarcation between the secular State and the Church.” The only reason offered for this “concern” was that […]
LISBON, Feb 10 (LSN)—Last Thursday, just one day after the Portuguese Parliament voted to legalize abortion on demand, the ruling Socialist Party agreed to hold a referendum on the new law. The pro-abortion law would be voided if the popular vote went against it in the referendum likely to be held in mid-June.
PERTH, Australia, Feb 10 (LSN)—Australian abortionist Victor Chan and an unidentified anaesthetist are being charged with committing abortions and will appear before the Perth Magistrates Court next Tuesday. Abortion is illegal in the state of Western Australia, except when the life of an expectant mother is said to be endangered by her pregnancy
HALIFAX, Feb 10 (LSN)—Nearly 100 spectators packed a Halifax courtroom today to witness the preliminary hearing of Dr. Nancy Morrison, who has been charged with murder in the 1996 death of Paul Mills, a 65-year-old cancer patient. An external committee that reviewed the incident for the hospital reported that Morrison is alleged to have administered a medication “outside ethical and acceptable medical practice.” Perhaps in response to a massive media campaign to make Morrison a hero for the cause of euthanasia, and a petition with over 4,500 signatures demanding that the charge be dropped, Crown Attorney Craig Botterill has announced […]
AUGUSTA, Maine, Feb 8 (LSN)—Last spring homosexual activists managed to gain special privileges through adding “sexual orientation” to the list of prohibited grounds of “discrimination” in Maine's Human Rights Act. In other US states and across Canada, similar legislation has been used by the gay lobby to gain “marital” and “family” status—including the right to adopt children— and to silence moral opposition to their “lifestyle.” Fortunately, a campaign to repeal the anti-family legislation has gained ground. Armed with 58,000 signatures on a petition, pro-family groups in Maine have succeeded in setting the stage for a “people’s veto” of the law, […]
SAN JUAN, Feb 6 (LSN) – A group of prominent U.S. pro-life leaders has triumphed over pro- abortion forces in a legal battle aimed at silencing opposition to abortion in Puerto Rico. In the 5-year-old case, Libertad et.al. v. Welch et.al., local abortuaries charged the pro- lifers with violating federal laws involving racketeering, extortion, and discrimination. For more than a year, the abortionists tried to get the pro-life defendants to settle the case
VANCOUVER, Feb 9 (LSN)—Liberal Senator Anne Cools spoke Friday at a conference on family violence. Senator Cools maintained that men and womenare equally good and bad. She noted however, that “in the family law systemthere is a terrible imbalance
HALIFAX, Feb 9 (LSN)—Nancy Morrison, the Halifax respirologist charged with murder in the 1996death of her patient Paul Mills, will appear in court today for a preliminary hearing. Her lawyerJoel Pink says he is not discussing a plea bargain with the Crown. Judge Hughes Randall is to decidewithin two weeks whether the evidence in the case warrants a prosecution. Morrison's arrest has ignited a push for legalizing euthanasia, as it is strongly suspected the caseinvolves “mercy” killing. From the moment of her arrest, the media trumpeted Morrison as a courgeous,exemplary physician, who was well-liked around the hospital. Local newspapers, The […]
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Feb 6 (LSN) – Governor George Voinovich has signed two bills restricting abortion in Ohio. One measure halts the use of state funds, directly or indirectly, to provide healthcare insurance benefits for “non-therapeutic” abortions for state employees. The other bill requires a physician to meet with a pregnant woman at least 24 hours before an abortion in order to answer questions and provide medical information, thus encouraging the mother at least to stop and think before choosing to end the life her preborn child. The latter bill also requires abortionists to secure informed consent from one parent, guardian, […]
NASSAU, Bahamas, Feb 6 (LSN) A Norwegian cruise liner, the Leeward, chartered by some 900 homosexual passengers, was prevented from landing in the Bahamas by high winds and waves. Christian leaders, who demonstrated Tuesday to protest the proposed landing of the ship, rejoiced at the turn of events, and called it an answer to their prayers. Baptist Bishop Harcourt Pinder, president of the Bahamas Christian Council, noted that the Bahamas government had invited the cruise ship to dock on its shores after the homosexual “love boat” was denied permission to dock in the Cayman Islands. “But I still feel that […]
PONTIAC, Mich., Feb 6, (LSN) – Assisted suicide proponent Jack Kevorkian and his partner in crime, Georges Reding, delivered the body of their latest victim, Jeremy Allen, of Cambridge, Mass., to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital on Wednesday. Kevorkian's new attorney, Michael Schwartz, said that the 52-year-old victim suffered from cancer.
LOS ANGELES, Feb 6 (LSN) – Last week the California State Assembly approved legislation which forces all employee insurance plans to cover contraceptives and abortifacient pills and devices such as the I.U.D. The bill (AB 160), sponsored by Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California (PPAC), was put forward by Assemblyman Robert Hertzberg. Providentially, proceedings have been interrupted, as California Governor Pete Wilson has demanded an amendment to give employers the ability to opt out if they object to covering contraceptives and abortifacients on religious or moral grounds. Hertzberg has refused consent to the amendment, arguing that “It would have cut the […]
LISBON, Portugal, Feb 5 (LSN)—On Wednesday the Portuguese Parliament voted 116-107 to allow abortions on demand up to the 10th week of pregnancy. Previously, the law in this predominantly Roman Catholic country permitted abortions only for strict medical reasons, including fetus malformation or perceived risk to the mother’s life. Demonstrations by hundreds of pro-fers outside marked the tragic occasion. Under the bill, women wanting an abortion can have consultations at family planning centers and will be referred to public or private clinics if they want to go ahead with the procedure. The measure will take effect in 90 days unless […]
LONDON, Feb 5 (LSN)—Yesterday British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook spelled out changes with regard to its colonies. Cook is resisting demands to grant full British citizenship to around 160,000 people in the 13 territories, which range from Bermuda to the island of Pitcairn. Instead, Cooke is offering the prospect of eventual citizenship on the condition that the territories bring themselves into line with British financial and social legislation. In particular, Cook wants the British Virgin Islands, the Turks and Caicos Islands, Anguilla, Montserrat and the Cayman Islands to change laws that ban homosexual acts.
DALLAS, Feb 5 (LSN)—US federal Magistrate Judge Jeff Kaplan, ruled in a civil suit yesterday against the pro-life group Operation Rescue, the group’ s national leader, the Rev. Flip Benham, and five other members. A jury found that the group was guilty of harrassing abortionist Norman Tompkins and his wife, Carolyn. The pro-lifers were ordered to pay the abortionist $10 million US. Rev. Benham nnotes that, “No law was broken. Nobody was arrested. The laws protect First Amendment rights and that’s all that were expressing was First Amendment rights.” Pro-life pickets held outside the abortionists residence led to the verdict.
OTTAWA, Feb 5 (LSN)—MP Svend Robinson, a euthanasia and homosexual activist, was enraged on Monday during House of Commons debates considering euthanasia. Several members made testimonials attesting to the horror of euthanasia and rejected Motion 123, a call for a review of the Criminal Code sections pertaining to euthanasia and assisted suicide proposed by Robinson. Liberal MP Clifford Lincoln, and Reform MP Ken Epp both revealed to their colleagues in the House personal situations where loved ones experienced debilitation and the resulting thoughts about the value of human life. Incensed at the apparent House approval of the moving testimonials, Robinson […]
VANCOUVER, Feb 5 (LSN)—BC Attorney General Ujjal Dosanjh, announced today that changes to the Family Relations Act enacted last summer took effect Wednesday, giving homosexual couples in BC the same rights for child care as normal parents. Under the revised act, homosexual couples are given equal rights to custody and access to children.
OTTAWA, Feb 5 (LSN)—Heritage Canada released a poster-calendar to MPs for 1998 which was designed to be a guide to “events and dates which have a particular significance for our heritage and identity as a nation.” However, the calendars omit the feasts of Easter and Christmas. The calendar was also intended for distribution to schools and other organizations to promote “days, weeks and months of heritage significance.” Heritage Minister Sheila Copps admitted to reporters this week that omitting such important days was a mistake, and they will be revised for school distribution. The posters, which cost $2 each to produce, […]
House of Commons Hansard—Feb. 3, 1998 Mr. Myron Thompson (Wild Rose, Ref.): Mr. Speaker, last week in Alberta a man was sentenced to 60 days for killing his dog. At the same time two men inMontreal who were convicted of raping a teenage girl were sentenced to 18 months to be served at home. They are walking free all because of a loophole called conditional sentencing which the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada supports. How does the justice minister explain to the rape victim that her life has less worth than that of a dog? From […]
LOS ANGELES, Feb 4 (LSN) – Network executives of Disney/ABC have decided to pull the homosexual- pushing show “Ellen” out of the ABC lineup for six weeks. In December, station executives complained that local ad revenues were being hurt by the blatantly homosexual themes of the sitcom. Analysts note that the show was experiencing trouble with falling ratings. Don Wildmon, president of the American Family Association, remarked, “Disney/ABC opened Pandora’s box last April with ELLEN’S ‘coming out’ episode and now the show has become yet another network bomb.”“There’s no doubt America has rejected the sound of the sitcom’s incessant pro-lesbian […]
UNITED NATIONS, Feb 4 (LSN) – Nafis Sadik, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), said that women’s health, including sexual and reproductive health (i.e. abortion), was finally acknowledged to be a human right. Sadik made her comments last week to a meeting of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women. “The international community’s recognition of that right and the growing understanding of all it implied were among the most notable achievements in human rights since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, ” she said. Sadik also pointed to the inclusion of the […]
OTTAWA, Feb 4 (LSN) – Diane Marleau, Minister for International Cooperation, announced on January 27 that the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) will fund a project to “promote human rights,” which will be implemented in Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia. According to the press release, “the project initially involves surveying business people of various [religious] denominations to find out their views on the issue of human rights in their community and it will help to evaluate the influence of religion on perception of human rights. The results of this survey will allow for a better understanding and better targeting […]
ALABAMA, Feb 4 (LSN) – On Monday a group calling itself the “Army of God” claimed responsibility for the bombing of the Alabama abortuary. The claim was made in a letter to Reuters news agency and The Atlanta Journal and Constitution that were intercepted by federal agents. They said it was similar to letters received last year after bombings at an Atlanta abortion clinic and a gay nightclub. The letter said, “The bombing in Birmingham was carried out by the Army of God. Let those who work in the murder mill’s (sic) around the nation be warned once more – […]
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, Feb 4 (LSN) ” Last week the American Bar Association (ABA) considered voting on a policy regarding frozen embryos. The proposal would have urged judges in divorce cases, where frozen, preborn children were at stake, to favor the spouse who wanted to take the child to term and assume parental rights and responsibilities. The parent who favored death or indefinite storage would not be given preference. A similar policy was withdrawn from ABA consideration last year due to the controversy around the issue. Although the current proposal had the support of the 346,000 lawyer organization’s board of governors, […]
UNITED NATIONS, Feb 3 (LSN)—The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women considered a report on Mexico last week. During the deliberations, a UN “expert” urged the Mexican government to legalize adultery, homosexuality, and abortion on demand. The expert demanded, “Was adultery still included in Mexico’s penal laws, as well as homosexuality, and was voluntary abortion still prohibited?”. Another expert again repeated the call, saying, “Mexico should also consider decriminalizing abortion, since the statute was not enforced and it only made abortion more dangerous for women”. “In different States, there were exceptions for the criminality of abortion and there […]
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, Feb 3 (LSN) – Mother Angelica, the founder and head of the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), experienced an apparently miraculous healing last Thursday. Beset with spine and leg injuries 40 years ago, the Roman Catholic nun has served the pro-life community by sponsoring and promoting the cause of life, with the enormous broadcasting empire she founded against enormous odds. Last week she revealed to her EWTN audience that she had been praying the Rosary with a guest—whom she did not identify—when the guest urged her to try walking without her crutches. She found she was able to […]
KANSAS CITY, MO, Feb 3 (LSN) – Hallmark is marketing a sympathy card for the loved ones of those who have committed suicide. Many have expressed concern that the card puts suicide in a positive light. Company spokesperson Rachel Bolton revealed that the message inside the card describes someone fleeing from life and the impossibility of knowing that person’s suffering. It also seeks to reassure the reader that “our compassionate Creator” understands and “already has welcomed” the loved one home. Critics note that no other type of sympathy card commemorates an action which is in itself morally wrong. People of […]
NEWARK, Feb 3 (LSN)—Abortionists and pro-abortion activists were outraged at a proposed law in New Jersey which would require mothers seeking to kill their children by abortion to meet with the physician at least 24 hours in advance. Those who introduced the proposal last week said that the waiting period would encourage women to think about the procedure and consider other options. Leaders of both parties in the New Jersey Assembly are sponsoring the legislation, which even has the support of pro-abortion Governor Christine Whitman. Senate leaders have also suggested that they would support the bill. The addition of New […]
WASHINGTON, Feb 2 (LSN) – Robert W. Peters, president of the group Morality in Media, has announced the seventh annual “Turn Off TV Day” for Saturday, February 14. Peters asserts that most Americans “agree that something is desperately wrong with broadcast TV programming.” Peters notes the “constant promiscuity and promotions of homosexuality . blood, mayhem, and foul language. on prime time sitcoms.” Peters added, “Participating in ‘Turn Off TV Day’ is easy. Leave the remote control alone for 24 hours. Spend the day with your loved ones—after all, it’s Valentine’s Day! Then take a moment to write letters to at […]
LONDON, UK, Feb 2 (LSN) – On Friday, London’s Electronic Telegraph reported that Ruth Deech, chairman of the Britain’s Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), said researchers in England were permitted to clone human embryos. She noted that the 1990 Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act licensed experimentation (including cloning) on babies within the first 14 days after conception. Sir Colin Campbell, chairman of the Human Genetics Advisory Commission, concurred, saying, “we have got to be careful not to legislate too rigidly too soon.” Deech claims that such research has not yet been undertaken. Her distorted notion of the beginning of […]
NEW YORK, Feb 2 (LSN) – Orange County Superior Court judge Robert Monarch has ruled that two-year-old Jaycee Buzzanca is “nobody’s child.” Monarch ruled that Jaycee is without a mother or father because doctors used both donor sperm and eggs, then transferred the embryo into the womb of a surrogate mother recruited by a San Francisco couple, John and Luanne Buzzanca, who paid her a fee of almost $10,000 US. Prior to the birth of the child, born in April 1995, Mr. Buzzanca had filed for divorce. His wife sought child-maintenance payments but Mr. Buzzanca argued successfully in court that […]
DALLAS, Feb 2 (LSN) – The beginning of February marks the end of the “Month of Prayer to End Abortion” in Texas. On January 14, 1988 Texas Governor George W. Bush declared January to be “A Month of Prayer to End Abortion.” The following clip from his speech indicates the governor’s exemplary courage in defending the smallest and weakest of his citizens, the preborn. Respect for human life has been the hallmark of all great civilizations. In recent decades, society has devalued the personal responsibility that preserves and protects life. Reverence for human life must be restored. Adoption is a […]