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The Vatican’s Permanent Observer to the United Nations warned this week against the UN’s upcoming Beijing +5 meeting.  In unusually frank language he said, the Vatican has ” no illusions and knows very well the agenda of the special session of the Beijng+5 meeting, which will be a new occasion to confront additional battles on so-called reproductive health, the right to contraception for adolescents without parental consent, on homosexuals’ ‘rights’  and on freedom to abort.” (EWTN) A bill in the Alberta legislature would reserve marriage for a man and a woman and allow the province to opt out, by the use of the […]
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GROUP OFFERS TO PAY HOSPITAL COSTS FOR EXPECTING MOTHER IN COMA

TORONTO, Dec 3 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Campaign Life Coalition (CLC) has offered to pay all or part of the hospital costs for Sophia Park’s care so that her child may be delivered safely. Campaign Life has written the Toronto Western Hospital and Ontario Health Minister Elizabeth Witmer requesting that they honour the family’s desire to keep Sophia on life-support at least long enough to have their child delivered safely.  Jim Hughes, National President of CLC told LifeSite, “the tragedy of the pending loss of their beloved wife and daughter is agonizing enough without the forced loss of this child and grandchild […]
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HEALTH CANADA REINFORCES STRIDENT ANTI-FAMILY PREJUDICE

OTTAWA, Dec 2 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Last week Health Minister Allan Rock launched the Canadian Health Network (CHN), an Internet-based, health information service for Canadians developed by Health Canada and more than 400 “respected health organizations.”  Listed among the 400 “respected health organizations” were several pro-abortion and homosexualist groups, however, no pro-life or pro-family groups were identified. Considering the fact that the government is touting the network as “a single door to a world of information that will help Canadians make choices about health and well-being” and is funding the project with $32 million over three years, the biased selection of […]
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UN INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT A GO DESPITE US OPPOSITION

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 3 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Ongoing discussions at the UN have made it apparent that despite the opposition of the United States, the International Criminal Court (ICC) will achieve the ratification by 60 countries that is required for its implementation. The ICC remains an ominous proposal since, despite strong opposition to it from various nations, the ICC claims universal jurisdiction. Thus, as the Washington Times reported today, “Even if the United States does not ratify the treaty, American citizens will be subject to arrest and trial as the treaty document is now drafted.”  David Scheffer, assistant secretary of state […]
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SCOTTISH HEALTH MINISTER THREATENS PRO-LIFERS

EDINBURGH, Dec 3 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Scottish Health Minister Susan Deacon threatened pro-lifers with criminal legislation, commanding them to “back off” from protests outside abortuaries.  Precious Life spokesman Jim Dowson said he “utterly condemned” any violence and said that the protests were to educate. Despite the groups commitment to peaceful activism, Deacon had no tolerance for them.  “What I am saying to these extremists is that it’s time for them to back off from the clinics, from the support services that provide that advice and support,” she said.  Dowson said Deacon’s remarks were reminiscent of Josef Stalin, “It’s the pro-life lobby […]
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BRITAIN ALLOWS PHARMACISTS TO REFUSE TO DISPENSE “MORNING AFTER PILL”

LONDON, Dec 1 (LifeSiteNews.com) – While the British government plans to allow the abortifacient “morning after” pill to be available over the counter, Prime Minister Tony Blair has agreed to some restrictions on the drugs. Most importantly pharmacists with moral or religious objections to the abortifacients will able to refuse to dispense it. Furthermore, expected guidelines would prohibit often-repeated acquisition of the pills by the same woman. Special rules must be followed when dispensing the drugs to girls under 16.  With files from the Telegraph.
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BILL GATES FUNDS POPULATION CONTROL IN SOUTH AFRICA

JOHANNESBURG, Dec 2, 1999 (LifeSiteNews.com) – International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) announced yesterday that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has donated $3 million (US) towards the South African IPPF affiliate. The money is aimed at “providing reproductive health information, counselling and clinical services to young people” in the African country. The announcement comes as a campaign by American Life League to educate Gates on population control continues. The pro-life group has taken out ads in local papers in Gates’  neighbourhood and has placed its 12-step “Windows to the truth” on line here. Recently ALL raised the possibility that Gates […]
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US GOV’T TO BEGIN FUNDING HUMAN EMBRYO RESEARCH

WASHINGTON, Dec 2 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Draft guidelines published today by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) will allow funding of research involving the killing of human embryos.  Research on stem or master cells harvested from live human embryos will be funded as long as those embryos were created not expressly for research purposes but were left over from fertility treatments.  The guidelines also recommend not funding human cloning.  The National Right to Life Committee said the guidelines “would result in federal sponsorship and funding of experiments in which living human embryos are dissected and killed – a clear violation […]
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NEBRASKA U USING ABORTED BABY BRAINS IN RESEARCH

OMAHA, Dec 2 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Omaha World-Herald newspaper reported Sunday that the University of Nebraska Medical Center has been conducting research on Alzheimer’s disease by using brain cells from aborted babies. Politicians expressed shock at the news and are considering action.  According to the paper, the Medical Center receives more than $1 million a year for the research from the National Institutes of Health. The aborted baby brains are courtesy of abortionist LeRoy H. Carhart, who operates the Bellevue-based Abortion & Contraception Clinic of Nebraska.  On Monday the speaker of the Legislature, Doug Kristensen of Minden, said university funding […]
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CANADIAN HOSPITAL REFUSING TO ALLOW BABY TO LIVE

TORONTO, Dec 2 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Toronto Western Hospital is battling the family of devout Catholic pro-lifer Sophia Park who want the hospital to keep her on life-support, despite her brain death diagnosis, because she is 10 weeks pregnant.  While Sophia’s husband and family have told doctors that they want Sophia kept on life support at least another 3 months to deliver her baby safely, doctors do not regard the baby as a person and thus the baby is not considered a patient in need of care. Shin told the media that doctors at the hospital urge the family to give […]
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