N.S. COURT RULES AGAINST CORPORAL PUNISHMENT

ANTIGONISH, NS, May 25 (LSN) – Mr Justice Ron Pugsley of the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal ruled last week that an Antigonish County couple pose a danger to their children, because they use corporal punishment to discipline their children. The father has said he disciplines the children with a stick about the size of a wooden spoon, for serious matters such as lying and fighting.  The couple testified that corporal punishment is in accord with their Christian religious beliefs. In spite of a lack of evidence showing the children had suffered any harm, the judge sided with local social […]
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DUTCH DOCTORS WARN ABOUT PROBLEMS WITH FERTILITY TREATMENT CHILDREN

UTRECHT, HOLLAND, May 22, 1998 (LSN) – Dr. Egbert te Velde of University hospital in Utrecht and   his colleagues are calling for regulations to make sure that the latest fertility techniques are safe. They warned that manipulating human embryos and intervening in natural conception could cause chromosonal   damage and developmental problems in children.  In one study, researchers have found that children conceived via in-vitro fertilization scored significantly   lower in development than control groups. Te Velde says that although a small risk of genetic aberration is currently known, it may be an underestimation.  The May 22 Economist reports […]
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NEWFOUNDLANDERS OPPOSE MORGENTALER FUNDING

ST. JOHN’S, May 22, 1998 (LSN) – Campaign Life Coalition’s Margie Hynes reports that the Newfoundland government’s recent decision to fund the St. John’s Morgentaler abortion franchise is not a popular measure. Newfoundlanders have traditionally had a high regard for family and children and the government’s sudden decision is seen to be a serious violation of   that tradition. A spokesman for St. John’s Catholic Archbishop James MacDonald said the archbishop finds the funding decision “appalLing”.  Mrs. Hynes reports that the funding is also offensive to many because of the economic hardship the province is facing from major declines in […]
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AUSTRALIAN ADVOCATES KILLING SEVERELY DISABLED BABIES

AUSTRALIA, May 22, 1998 (LSN) – Professor Peter Singer recently said that in cases where parents and doctors agree that a baby’s disabilities are incompatible with a decent quality of life, it would be kinder to end the baby’s life deliberately, rather than leave it to die. He suggests giving a lethal injection would be appropriate. Singer is deputy director of the Centre for Human Bioethics at Australia’s Monash University.  In response, professor Richard Cook of the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health, said “What I feel about people who want to bump people off is they are doing […]
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ACID ATTACKS AGAINST FLORIDA ABORTUARIES CONTINUE

MIAMI, May 22, 1998 (LSN) – A total of eight Florida abortuaries have been subjected to butyric acid   fume attacks in the past week. Three women were slightly injured and patients and staff were forced to avacuate the centers. As a result of the action, it was discovered that one of the abortuaries may have been performing illegal abortions. No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks.  The attacks began the day after Gov. Lawton Chile vetoed the “Choose Life” licence plate approval   won by a campaign that raised the necessary 10,000 signatures for such initiatives.
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THIRD WORLD BISHOPS CONCERNED ABOUT GLOBALIZATION

NEW DELHI, May 22, 1998 (LSN) – The response of the IMF and World Bank to the recent   Asian crisis is seen by many to have worsened the situation for these nations and placed them under greater control of giant international financial interests. It would be reasonable to assume that the strong population control agenda of the IMF and World bank is playing some   role in the severity of demands on these vulnerable nations.  The recent special synod of Catholic bishops for Asia concluded by stating that ” While there are beneficial effects of globalization, we are concerned […]
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NEW AUSTRALIAN ABORTION LIBERALIZATION HAS A CATCH

AUSTRALIA, May 22, 1998 (LSN) – Previously reported changes to West Australian abortion laws   repeal criminal sanctions for women obtaining abortions and require informed consent before   abortionists can legally perform an abortion.The “stinker”, according to abortion providers, is that the law still allows for criminal sanctions against abortionists who do not properly follow the informed   consent provision which was included by pro-life MPs.  Pro-lifers are offering support to women who wish to take legal action for wrongful abortion under the   new law.
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US SENATE COMMITTEE TO REJECT INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT?

NEW YORK, May 21 (LSN) – According to a report released today by the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (CAFHRI), the Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee will halt US ratification of the International Criminal Court (ICC). CAFHRI reports that the lead lobbyists fighting the ICC in the US, the Catholic Alliance, announced today that “each Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee is now committed to killing this treaty.”  The proposed strategy for effecting the ICC is by international treaty which, in the US would require the signature of the President as well as Senate approval. Senate consideration of the ICC […]
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FLORIDA GOVERNOR VETOES PRO-LIFE LICENCE PLATE

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., May 21 (LSN) – Florida’s Governor Lawton Chiles vetoed a proposed pro-life licence plate this week. The pro-life plate was the brain-child of the pro-life group Choose Life Inc. which had worked to raise $30,000 for the proposal and collected over 10,000 supporting signatures.
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PLANNED PARENTHOOD RESUMES ABORTIONS IN WISCONSIN

MADISON, Wisconsin, May 21 (LSN) – After having halted all abortions in Wisconsin for the past week in protest of a new law banning partial-birth abortion, Planned Parenthood abortuaries in the state have begun again to abort babies in their mothers’ wombs. Frantic to reinstate their lucrative businesses,  abortion mills in the state sought out and received written confirmation from prosecutors in Milwaukee,  Appleton and Madison that abortionists in their jurisdictions would not be prosecuted for aborting children in the first 16 weeks of their lives.
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