CAMPAIGN TO OUST VATICAN FROM U.N. GAINS SUPPORT

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 21 (LifesiteNews) – The campaign launched by the radical pro-abortion group Catholics for a Free Choice to oust the Vatican from the United Nations has gained the support of 400 organizations, according to a report from the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-fam). C-fam attributes the campaign’s success to “extensive international media coverage, a sophisticated web-site, and advertising in the New York Times.” The groups are now   calling for the UN to downgrade the status of the Vatican from Permanent Observer to NGO (non-  governmental organization). C-fam reports that the initiative called “See Change” (www.seechange.org) […]
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Concerns About Ontario Tory Influence On UA

TORONTO, Jan 20 (LSN.ca) – Ontario Premier Mike Harris’ campaign wizard, Tom Long, has bid adieu to the federal Tories in his article in the January 18 National Post. The article is causing concern among social conservatives who fear Long’s involvement in the United Alternative may be to transform it into a clone of the fiscal conservative only Harris regime. Long was once president of the young Progressive Conservatives of Ontario and was at that time outspokenly pro-life. Since then he has quietly adopted a plan for power which no longer includes social conservatism. In the National Post article “So […]
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The founder of Italy’s Radical Party who was convicted for the second time Tuesday of handing out free hashish is an abortion activist.  The Boston Globe reports that Marco Pannella has gone on hunger strikes and distributed money to help push through referendums to legalize divorce and abortion.  Hong Kong is set to legalize passive euthanasia. New Medical Council guidelines have been proposed noting that consultations with hospital ethics committees or the courts should be undertaken when in doubt on a decision.  The January 8 edition of The Lancet reports that Spain has the lowest birth rate in the world […]
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US STEM CELL RESEARCH GUIDELINES PUT ANIMALS OVER HUMANS

WASHINGTON, Jan 20 (LifeSiteNews) – A report published by the pro-life committee of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops notes that the draft government document on stem cells justifies the destruction of human embryos “by, among other things, the prospect that use of the resulting cells may reduce the need to use ‘laboratory animals’ for drug testing (p.  67576). “The human embryo ranks lower in status than a laboratory rat,” says the Bishop’s letter. WorldNetDaily drew attention to the bishops’ letter yesterday noting especially that the deadline for public comment on the proposed guidelines is January 31. “The guidelines instruct […]
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CHRETIEN NOT TRUE TO HIMSELF ON NOTWITHSTANDING CLAUSE

OTTAWA, Jan 20 (LifeSiteNews) – Pro-family groups were astounded that Prime Minister Jean Chretien and his government refused to invoke the “notwithstanding” clause to retain the law against child pornography. Calgary Reform MP Eric Lowther has discovered more reason for shock. In a 1990 book called Towards a Just Society – The Trudeau Years, the current PM explained that the nothwithstanding clause was inserted in the constitution “to ensure that freedom of speech not render unconstitutional legislation banning child pornography.”  Moreover, as Justice Minister at the time when the clause was inserted he consented to the clause being put in […]
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Vermont’s Roman Catholic bishop is organizing a rally outside the Statehouse to demonstrate opposition to same-sex marriage and domestic partnerships. ‘‘Today in Vermont, the sacredness of marriage and the family as ordered by God is in jeopardy, and we are called to defend it,’’ Bishop Kenneth Angell says in a pastoral letter to be read at all Masses throughout the state this weekend.  A paper calling for open access to abortion, same-sex marriages, gay ministers, and sex education at all ages signed by 850 religious figures was released yesterday.  Notably, the petition contained no valid representatives from the Catholic, Evangelical, […]
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CIDER HOUSE RULES AUTHOR AN ABORTION ACTIVIST

HOLLYWOOD, Jan 20 (LifeSiteNews) – Cider House Rules, a film glorifying abortion which LifeSite readers were first warned about last September, and which hit the screen in late December,  was authored by an abortion activist.  John Irving, the author who wrote both the screenplay and the novel gave a rare interview in the December issue of Famous magazine. The article notes that Irving is “a longstanding supporter of Planned Parenthood and the national Abortion Rights Action League.  “I take it as a given that women should be able to get abortions if they want them,” says Irving.  Irving refers to […]
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CONCERNS ABOUT ONTARIO TORY INFLUENCE ON UA

TORONTO, Jan 20 (LifeSiteNews) – Ontario Premier Mike Harris’ campaign wizard, Tom Long, has bid adieu to the federal Tories in his article in the January 18 National Post. The article is causing concern among social conservatives who fear Long’s involvement in the United Alternative may be to transform it into a clone of the fiscal conservative only Harris regime. Critics note that although most Reformers and UA supporters might agree with much of this fiscal agenda, nowhere in Long’s article is there any mention of also providing a political alternative to the anti-family, anti-life and social left-wing, Liberal, Tory […]
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CANADIAN LABOUR CONGRESS INITIATES GAY ADVOCACY

OTTAWA, Jan 19 (LifeSiteNews) – Last Friday the Canadian Labour Congress launched a campaign to raise awareness in the workplace of “gay and lesbian rights.” The Congress is the national voice of the labour movement, but claims to speak for “all workers and their families, in Canada and beyond.”  Millions of unionized workers are forced to contribute to the Congress through their union dues including many who are diametrically opposed to the anti-family initiatives the Congress espouses. Among the campaign’s materials is a poster with the pictures of seven men and women and sporting the headline: “We’ll give you a […]
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LIFESITE NEWSBYTES

The Secretary-General of the United Nations has announced the appointment of Kunio Waki of Japan as Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), effective 1 February 2000.  A study on cigarette warnings with photos of health effects has found the graphic photos are effective at discouraging smoking. The results of the study would likely apply to graphic photos of abortion as well.  A Planned Parenthood fundraising letter has insinuated that Christian organizations such as the Family Research Council and Focus on the Family are linked to those who would bomb abortuaries and stalk abortionists.  The Christian groups […]
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