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The Nov 24 news item on Mary Wagner erroneously stated that the BC Access to Abortion Act prohibits all pro-life activity “including silent prayer” within 50 metres of an abortion clinic. While it is true that pro-life picketing and free speech are forbidden within the Bubble Zone, silent prayer is still allowed.  In fact, several members of a prayer group that meets outside Everywoman’s abortuary every Friday morning regularly pray silently inside the Bubble Zone.  Although the abortuary staff is deeply troubled by this presence, the prayer group has been reassured by the police that its activity does not fall […]
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LIFESITE NEWSBYTES

Michigan Right to Life reports that on December 20, Governor John Engler signed into law a three-bill package that requires abortion clinics to meet basic health and safety requirements. The law will also provide more accurate information about abortion and the injuries it causes to women. The abortion clinic regulation and reporting law will take effect March 9, 2000. (PR Newswire)  The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Washington-based Islamic advocacy group,  today released the results of a nationwide survey of American Muslim political attitudes indicating that only 55 percent of respondents say they believe abortion should be prohibited except to […]
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BUCHANAN BLASTS “ARROGANT” JUDGES’ DECISIONS

WASHINGTON, Dec 23 (LifeSiteNews.com) – US Presidential Candidate Pat Buchanan, commented this week on the recent Vermont Supreme Court decision to give marriage benefits to homosexual couples and the Ohio court ruling nixing school vouchers for religious schools.  “I condemn these two illegitimate judicial decisions, as I condemn Roe v. Wade and other decisions where federal and state courts have ruled in unconstitutional and immoral ways,” he said. “It is time the American people took back from these arrogant judges the right to make the decisions that govern their daily lives.”
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MILAN SUPPORTS POOR IN AVOIDING ABORTION

MILAN, Dec 23 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Women who feel they must abort their babies for financial reasons are being given an option to avoid abortion in Milan. The Italian city has offered to support women who decide to allow their babies to live with about $775 (Canadian) per month. Reuters reported that Girolamo Sirchia, the head of social services in Milan explained, “our aim is to safeguard the maternity of needy people and to avoid abortions for economic reasons.”  With files from Pro-Life E-news.
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MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM LIFESITE NEWS

The editors and reporters at LifeSite would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your families a happy and holy Christmas and a blessed New Year. May the love of the Little One born 2000 years ago inflame your hearts with joy and peace. Remember: Jesus is the “reason for the season.”  Please note that regular LifeSite News reports will not be published from Dec. 24 to Dec. 31.  However, urgent news items will be sent out as bulletins. We will resume regular publication on Jan. 3, 2000.
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WEB SITE EXPOSES CANADIAN ABORTION INDUSTRY SECRETS

VANCOUVER, Dec 23 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Ted Gerk of the Pro-Life Resource Centre in British Columbia has released a new web site cataloguing the numerous controversies around Canada’s abortion industry since the 70’s. Information from news clippings, freedom of information requests and court documents reveal the “dirty little secrets” that lie festering beneath the “safe, legal” façade of abortion facilities.  Taking information available in the public domain, the web page documents such incidents as the case of a 17-year old Ottawa girl who died from her abortion – an abortion that was not approved by the local abortion committee until after […]
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NEW SUPREME COURT JUDGE SAID TO BE PRO-LIFE

OTTAWA, Dec 23 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Prime Minister Jean Chretien yesterday announced the surprise appointment to the Supreme Court of Justice Louis LeBel of the Quebec court of appeal. The judge, labeled an “abortion foe” by the Toronto Star, issued a temporary injunction in the 1989 Chantale Daigle case preventing a woman from aborting the child in her womb while her husband sought a court order to protect the child’s life. He is to take his seat at the court on Jan. 7.  Today’s Toronto Star quotes Henri Grondin, LeBel’s former law partner of 20 years as saying of LeBel, “He’s […]
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CANADIAN DEPOPULATION TIED TO ECONOMICS AND SELFISHNESS

OTTAWA, Dec 23 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A report from Statistics Canada yesterday noted that the current fertility rate in Canada, at 1.55, falls far short of the replacement rate of 2.1 needed to sustain the population. The report indicates that Canada’s population die-off is related to career earnings of young Canadians which are far below that of their parents.  While some say that young Canadians are thus “priced right out of the having-babies market,” others contend that selfishness is at the heart of the issue. Jim Frideres, a professor of sociology at the University of Calgary, told the National Post, “You’ve got […]
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WALL STREET JOURNAL CALLS UN LEADER TO ACCOUNT FOR RWANDA

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 22 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Today, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) called United Nations leader Kofi Annan to account for the UN’s complicity in the Rwandan genocide costing some 800,000 lives. Philip Gourevitch, in response to the “independent” inquiry into the UN’s role in the massacre and Annan’s subsequent apology, said the UN head “cannot be sorry enough for this state of affairs”.  Gourevitch points out the inquiry’s observation that Annan and the UN secretariat failed to share the warnings they were receiving on the deteriorating situation and proposed solutions with the Security Council. As a result, “crucial months […]
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EQUADOR TRIBUNAL TO PUNISH REFUSAL TO DO ABORTIONS

QUITO, Equador, Dec 22 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Feminist organizations in Equador have set up tribunals operating within the legal framework of the government which will investigate violations of “gender rights” including the “refusal to perform legal abortions.” The tribunals also investigate and push for punishments for true violations against women’s rights such as forced sterilization and forced abortion.  Equador permits abortions in cases where the “health” of the mother is at risk, but the legislation fails to define health so that both physical and mental health considerations are considered. With files from Inter Press Service.
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