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The LifeSite Newsbyte on the pro-family demonstration outside the offices of Justice Minister Anne McLellan over the child pornography law stated there were “dozens” of protesters.  Eye-witnesses have informed LifeSite that there were actually some 200 people demonstrating despite a temperatures of -20 C.
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LIFESITE NEWSBYTES

The Catholic Register reports today that Ontario’s Catholic bishops have thrown their support behind a new coalition seeking full government funding of religious-based schools in addition to the already funded Catholic school system.  A Reuters report circulated by Pro-Life E-News notes that Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern has pledged to hold a referendum on changing the country’s abortion laws. Church News reported Saturday that Columbia is considering a new Penal Code which would allow for genetic manipulation of human embryos for scientific research.  Columbia Archbishop Pedro Rubiano Saenz of Bogota jas written an article opposing the measure saying that the […]
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US NEWS ROUNDUP

APC news reports that a 15-year-old boy who allegedly backed out of a suicide pact with his 15-year-old girlfriend, and watched her die, may be the first person charged under the state’s new assisted-suicide law.  President Clinton told Democratic Party donors Saturday that the fate of abortion would be determined by the current presidential election, “to pretend otherwise is naëve,” he said.
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CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION GROUP HELPS PREGNANT WOMEN

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Jan 24 (LifeSiteNews) – Glenn Penner, Director of Development for Voice of the Martyrs, included a special report in the latest issue of the organization’s newsletter on the persecution Christians are facing in Egypt. In the report, Penner also discusses the suffering of persecuted Christians from Sudan who have fled to Egypt’s capital, Cairo, and notes that many of the women are pregnant. He says: “Many Sudanese mothers are pregnant and unable to pay the fee that hospitals regularly charge them to deliver their baby. Dr. S.  [name kept confidential by VOM for security purposes] is trying to […]
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MP CALLS CARDINAL RAVING BIGOT FOR PRO-FAMILY STAND

GLASGOW, Scotland, Jan 24 (LifeSiteNews) – George Galloway, a leading Labour MP from Glasgow likened Cardinal Thomas Winning, leader of Scotland’s 750,000 Catholics, to a “raving bigot”  following the cardinal’s opposition to the promotion of homosexuality in schools. Galloway was reacting to the cardinal’s use of the word “perverse” to describe the homosexual act. “I was disgusted by the use of this word [perversion] which could have dripped from the lips of any raving bigot, and Cardinal Winning had no business using such a word,” said Galloway. “Cardinal Winning is not fit for the great office that he holds.” However, […]
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MARCH FOR LIFE USA

WASHINGTON, Jan 24 (LifeSiteNews) – Hundreds of thousands of pro-life Americans are marching today in commemoration of the 27th anniversary of the Roe v Wade decision which brought abortion to the US.  While the pro-abortion media has reported equal representation at events dealing with the anniversary, eye-witnesses report an overwhelming pro-life presence with little if any opposition present. The Associated Press reported yesterday that “Hundreds of activists on both sides of the abortion debate converged on the nation’s capital Saturday to mark the 27th anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision with a weekend of vigils, marches and protests.”  Jim […]
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LAWSUIT AGAINST ABORTUARY FOR DENYING BREAST CANCER LINK MOVES FORWARD

FARGO, ND, Jan 21 (LifesiteNews) – On Wednesday, Cass County District Court Judge Michael McGuire rejected the desperate plea of an abortion mill to dismiss a false advertising lawsuit against it. The abortuary argued that the plaintiff did not have standing to sue because she did not allege that she personally was misled or harmed by the brochure information in question which denied a scientific link between abortion and breast cancer, American Life League reported yesterday. The judge observed, however, that the relevant statute explicitly allows any person to sue for injunctive relief against false advertising on behalf of the […]
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BEIJING +5 PREP COM PROMISES TO PROMOTE ABORTION

GENEVA, Switzerland, Jan 21 (LifesiteNews) – The Economic Commission for Europe Regional Preparatory Meeting on the 2000 Review of the Implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action, began yesterday and ends today in Geneva. One of the workshops leading up to the prepcom focused on abortion, even though the subject was not one of the stated themes of the conference. The workshop, held Monday and entitled “Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in the ECE Region”, attracted some 40+ NGO delegates to the ECE Beijing+5 NGO preparatory meeting. The panelists, including Françoise Laurant from the French Family Planning Association […]
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LIFESITE NEWSBYTES

The January 15 edition of The Economist reports that the UN population monitors and Eurostat,  the European Union’s statistical office, predict that there will be too few working-age Europeans to support the continent’s elderly population in the future. The full statistical report is due in March. The cover story in the current issue of World Magazine is a heartwarming boost for pro-lifers,  describing the amazing pro-life successes of the small town of Lancaster Pennsylvania, which has fought off the opening of an abortuary in the town.  The Coalition for Justice in Educational Funding announced the results of an Environics poll,  […]
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HUNGARIAN PRIEST AND PRO-LIFE GROUP FINED FOR DEFENCE OF LIFE

BUDAPEST, Jan 21 (LifesiteNews) – A Budapest municipal court ruled Tuesday that a Hungarian pro-life group and a priest are required to pay over $35,000 (CDN) to a teenage girl whose baby they attempted to save from abortion by taking her to court. Agence France Press reported yesterday that the Alfa Federation family protection organization and an unnamed priest (no denomination provided) were fined because they took a 13-year-old to court in the southern town of Baja trying to stop her from killing her baby. The Baja court ruled in 1998 that the girl, Katalin, could not have an abortion […]
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