LIFESITE NEWSBYTES

* Two expert witnesses for the upcoming October Canadian court case on the legality of spanking debated the issue last weekend at the International Conference on the Changing Family in Alberta; one expert said “loving, sober parents who are in control of their anger,” can use spanking to the benefit of their children, the other described all spanking as physical “assault.”  (The National Post) * American Family News is reporting that Veronica Berrill, a former Connecticut school teacher, is suing a Christian family for having complained that Berill was promoting homosexuality in the classroom. * Business leaders, politicians, parents and […]
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CZECH PATIENTS PREMATURELY DECLARED DEAD FOR ORGAN TRANSPLANTS

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic, June 7 (Lifesitenews.com) – A hospital investigation into the world’s most active transplant centre, located in the Czech Republic, has revealed that at least 49 patients were declared dead prematurely so their organs could be harvested. In one such case, reports yesterday’s London Telegraph, an 18-year-old road crash victim was declared “brain dead” and “was taken to the operating theatre [where] he then began to breathe and cough before surgeons had started to take any organs from him.” Evidence suggests that the human organ market is booming. Documentation has emerged indicating that foreign doctors were flying into […]
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POPE DECRIES ANTI-FAMILY LEGISLATION

ROME, June 7 (Lifesitenews.com) – In remarks to the Pontifical Council for the Family Friday, Pope John Paul II condemned the problems produced when non-married partners receive legal recognition that places them on equal footing with married couples. In a reference some believe was addressed to Canada, the leader of the Catholic Church said “in some countries it is sought to impose so-called ‘de facto’ unions upon society,” and to “give juridicial value to a desire that remains far distant from any kind of definitive union.” Addressing the intended outcome of such legal maneuvering the pope said: “When ‘de facto’  […]
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TTC TRANSFERS MUST CARRY GAY ADS

TORONTO, June 7 (Lifesitenews.com) – The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) has ruled that the Toronto Transit Commission must place gay, lesbian and bisexual advertisements on TTC transfers and electronic billboards at stations. A discrimination complaint by the homosexualist group Toronto Area Gays and Lesbians produced the ruling from the controversial quasi-judicial tribunal. TTC officials told LifeSite that elected representatives sitting on the public transit commission voted against running the ads. As a result, this ruling is another in a growing list of affronts to democracy by Canadian courts and tribunals. The Supreme Court of Canada’s recent M vs. H […]
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ONTARIO ELECTION ‘99 PRO-LIFE ANALYSIS

TORONTO, June 4 (Lifesitenews.com) – The Ontario election held last night saw Mike Harris’s Progressive Conservative government returned to power. Political commentators note that it was mainly a two-party race in most ridings with the NDP doing so poorly that it lost party status gaining only 9 of a needed 12 seats. The Conservatives won a slightly higher percentage of seats from the last election (45.1% compared to 44.8% in 1995), but they lost three cabinet ministers, in one case a major victory for moral conservatism. The Liberals gained almost 9% in seats, giving them 35 against the Tories’ 59 […]
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ATHEISTS WANT GOD TO BE REMOVED FROM CANADA’S CONSTITUTION

OTTAWA, June 4 (Lifesitenews.com) – Next Tuesday homosexual and euthanasia activist NDP MP Svend Robinson will present a 1,000 name petition in parliament requesting the removal of the reference to God in the preamble of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Charter currently reads: “Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God.” Behind the move are atheists, many of whom are involved with the Humanist Association of Canada, whose most infamous board member is abortionist Henry Morgentaler. Humanists also complain of having the reference to God in the national anthem and the practice of swearing […]
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4-YEAR-OLD ANNA RATH FINALLY RETURNED TO PARENTS

VANCOUVER, June 4 (Lifesitenews.com) – On Wednesday night four-year-old Anna Rath was returned to her parents after a grueling ordeal suffered at the hands of social workers working for the BC Children’s Ministry. For 33 days prior to her return, Anna was taken from her parents and held in a foster home on the basis of unfounded allegations of sexual abuse at the hands of her father Jurgan Rath. Rath an evangelical mission worker from Paris, who was asked to move with his family to BC to help provincial Christian ministries, was accused of abuse,  apparently by a disgruntled acquaintance […]
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LIFESITE NEWSBYTES

* Yesterday Russian President Boris Yeltsin scrapped the death penalty in Russia giving the last prisoner scheduled for the death sentence a prison term instead. (The Times) * The government of Guatemala has banned the sale of “Vermagest” a morning-after type pill recognizing it as an abortion drug.  (Zenit News) * Despite a 1997 Supreme Court ruling against the legalization of lap dancing in Ontario,  the Quebec Court of Appeal has just struck down a Quebec law which effectively banned the practice.  (The Globe and Mail) * Pro-Life E-News distributed a report indicating that nearly 130 Lancaster, Pennsylvania churches are […]
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Ontario Election ‘99 Pro-Life Analysis

TORONTO, June 4 (LSN) – The Ontario election held last night saw Mike Harris’s Progressive Conservative government returned to power. Political commentators note that it was mainly a two-party race in most ridings with the NDP doing so poorly that it lost party status gaining only 9 of a needed 12 seats. The Conservatives won a slightly higher percentage of seats from the last election (45.1% compared to 44.8% in 1995), but they lost three cabinet ministers, in one case a major victory for moral conservatism. The Liberals gained almost 9% in seats, giving them 35 against the Tories’ 59 […]
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VAN HALEN LEAD SINGER PRO-LIFE ACTIVIST

WASHINGTON, June 3 (Lifesitenews.com) – Gary Cherone, the lead singer of the rock group Van Halen has joined up with American Life League’s Rock for Life and has written to rocker Eddie Vedder challenging his strong pro-abortion stance and his support for organizations like Rock For Choice. Bryan Kemper, national director of Rock For Life noted that “thousands of babies have died,  thanks to the efforts of bands like Pearl Jam and R.E.M. It’s about time someone like Gary stood up for the rights of these babies.” In his letter, Cherone notes that life begins at conception and argues for […]
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