SURREY, BC, Feb 29 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC) and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver have launched a joint intervention into the case of the Surrey School Board which appealed a ruling denying them the right to refuse to approve books for kindergarten and Grade 1 that featured same-sex parents. The case will be heard in the BC Court of Appeals in mid-June. LifeSite reported in 1998 that the school board had overwhelming public support in its decision to forbid the books urged by homosexual activists. The board’s decision was challenged in court by a […]
The UN Population Fund UNFPA announced it will grant $30 million to the Philippines to implement the country’s “family planning program”. Aimed at population control, the program will be launched on March 6 with a signing ceremony at the UN office in Manila. (Asia Pulse, 25 Feb). Britain’s notorious child murderer Ian Brady has become the latest poster boy for the right to die movement in the UK as he began a court battle yesterday for the right to starve himself to death. The Conservative News Service reports that Amnesty International has taken up the cause of Dr. Oscar Elias […]
NEW YORK, Feb 29 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The 44th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) began yesterday and will run to March 17. Eleven days of the three-week session will be allocated to the Commission acting as the final Preparatory Committee for the General Assembly Special Session, “Women 2000: Gender Equality, Development and Peace for the 21st Century” (Beijing +5). Three main documents were included with the information packages to delegates and together they demonstrate that a major focus of the whole exercise remains the promotion of abortion, “emergency contraception” and sex education for children and adolescents. […]
OTTAWA, Feb 29 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) is to appear before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights on Thursday, March 2 at 3:30 p.m. to make a presentation on Bill C-23. The omnibus legislation threatens to remove the legal uniqueness of marriage by conferring the same benefits on practicing homosexual couples. The CCCB will likely ask the committee to amend the bill to enshrine in law the traditional definition of marriage as the union of a man and a woman and to extend benefits to couples based on economic dependency […]
NEW YORK, Feb 29 (LSN.ca) – The 44th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) began yesterday and will run to March 17. Eleven days of the three-week session will be allocated to the Commission acting as the final Preparatory Committee for the General Assembly Special Session, “Women 2000: Gender Equality, Development and Peace for the 21st Century” (Beijing +5). Three main documents were included with the information packages to delegates and together they demonstrate that a major focus of the whole exercise remains the promotion of abortion, “emergency contraception” and sex education for children and adolescents. […]
NEW YORK, Feb 29 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The American Family Association (AFA) has sent the Johnson & Johnson company a stern warning for “sponsoring shows advancing anti-Christian bigotry, group sex, adultery and a rabid use of profanity aired during family viewing hours.” AFA President Don Wildmon notes that a major boycott of the company is looming after Johnson & Johnson recently sponsored one episode of West Wing which was particularly offensive to parents as it focused on the murder of a homosexual at the hands of two 13-year-old Catholic boys. In NBC’s West Wing, the boys had allegedly stripped the victim […]
Evangelical leader Chuck Colson commented Friday on the great positive impact of the popular children’s cartoon videos “Veggie Tales”. “We pursue art,” said Veggie Tales creator Phil Vischer, “to help a hopeless generation find its way back to a loving God. Art for the sake of impact.” Fr. Frank Pavone, Director of Priests for Life wrote last week about the need to ask for forgiveness. He said he has seen vivid examples of the willingness to do this in the work he has done with former abortionists. They have sought and received God’s forgiveness. And a number of these doctors […]
SALT LAKE CITY, Feb 28 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Writing in the February issue of the American Medical Association journal – Archives of Family Medicine, Physicians Walter Larimore and Joseph B. Stanford clearly describe the three modes of action of the Pill. The professors from the University of South Florida and the University of Utah respectively write that: “The primary mechanism of oral contraceptives is to inhibit ovulation, but this mechanism is not always operative. When breakthrough ovulation occurs, then secondary mechanisms operate to prevent clinically recognized pregnancy. These secondary mechanisms may occur either before or after fertilization.” The MD’s conclude that, […]
OTTAWA, Feb 28 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) announced Friday that it had filed a motion with the Supreme Court of Canada to intervene in the case of Trinity Western University of British Columbia, an evangelical post-secondary institution. The Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal by the British Columbia College of Teachers that claims the University’s teacher’s course is not worthy of accreditation with the College. The controversy surrounds TWU’s community standards agreement which forbids sexual promiscuity by students, including homosexual behaviour. Despite only evidence to the contrary, BCCT charges that teachers trained in such […]
“Dr. Death” Jack Kevorkian has been denied bail pending the appeal of his second-degree murder conviction for his televised murder of Thomas Youk. (Pro-Life E-News) Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, funded by state and federal tax dollars use body parts from aborted babies in their experiments. They obtain these body parts from a late term abortion facility off campus in Madison and possibly from other locations. These facts were revealed Friday at a joint press conference by the U.W. Pro-Life Action League, a pro-life student group on the U.W. Madison campus, and CRADLE, the Civil Rights Anti-Defamation League for […]
MANAGUA, Feb 28 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Thomas Jimenez, UN Population Fund (UNFPA) representative to Nicaragua announced last Thursday that aid to the country would be halted since the nation’s family planning programs contain “discrepancies.” UNFPA was enraged over the decision of Nicaraguan Minister for Families Max Padilla and Education Minister Fernando Robleto to reject the UN’s “reproductive health” programs. They did so because the UN’s programs advocate abortion. Earlier this month LifeSite reported that Nicaragua officially declared March 25 as the “National Day of the Unborn.” The decree stated that “the right to life, inherent in each of the inhabitants of […]
EDMONTON, AB, Feb 28 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A Private Members bill in the Alberta Legislature defining marriage as exclusively the union between a man and a woman received tacit approval last Wednesday passing second reading with a vote of 40-11. The Marriage Amendment Act, introduced by Progressive Conservative MLA Victor Doerksen, pledges to use the provincial “notwithstanding clause” to protect the traditional definition of marriage from court ordered revision. In related news, Focus on the Family Canada has received approval to appear before the Commons Justice Committee in regards to Bill C-23, the federal omnibus same-sex benefits legislation. Public Policy Director […]
OTTAWA, Feb 28 (LifeSiteNews.com) – On Friday, Reform MP Jim Pankiw (Saskatoon-Humboldt) introduced Bill C-440, “an act to provide for a referendum to determine whether Canadians wish medically unnecessary abortions to be insured services under the Canada Health Act and to amend the Referendum Act.” Pankiw said “if the electors agree that this should not be the case, an amendment to the Canada Health Act would be brought into force which would allow a reduction in fiscal transfers to provinces that allow such funding.” The initiative has strong public support. In a 1995 survey, fifty-seven per cent of Ontario residents […]
WASHINGTON, Feb 25 (LifeSiteNews.com) – This week, the United States Senate and House of Representatives are considering resolutions condemning the ongoing attack on the presence of the Vatican at the United Nations initiated by the anti-Catholic group “Catholics For a Free Choice.” The resolutions threaten that the Vatican’s removal from the world body would “further damage relations between the United States and the United Nations,” reports C-FAM (Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute) today. The resolutions, introduced by Republican Congressman Christopher Smith in the House and by Republican Senators Rick Santorum and Bob Smith in the Senate, “commend the Holy […]
Courageous newspaper owner David Weyrich of San Luis Obispo, California has refused to publish stories or ads promoting homosexuality or abortion despite the protests of activists and the resignation of some staff. (Pro-Life E-News) The Family Policy Network a pro-family organization used a car racing event in Daytona Beach Florida to educate race fans about race sponsor Anheuser-Busch’s (Budweiser) ongoing promotion of homosexuality throughout North America. An airplane flew a banner over 260,000 race fans who gathered to watch the race. The banner read, “BUD: STOP PROMOTING GAY AGENDA – GAYBEER.COM.” The Clinton administration is opposing a bill which would […]
SYDNEY, Feb 25 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Australian High Court Justice Michael Kirby, a self-proclaimed practicing homosexual, addressed students at a prestigious Catholic private school and took aim at Church teaching regarding homosexuality. Kirby told students at St. Ignatius College yesterday that “gays and lesbians exist, as they always have, in every walk of life,” and it is “totally unrealistic” to expect them to remain chaste. While no school authorities were available for comment, Kirby’s purposeful deviant teaching has been seen by some as retaliation for the condemnation of a gay pride event by the church just prior to his talk. Yesterday […]
WASHINGTON, Feb 25 (LifeSiteNews.com) – This week senior US State Department official, Elaine Jones, addressed more than 300 junior officials from the bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM), criticizing UNFPA for promoting “abortion and outdated contraceptives to Kosovars at the request of the Milosevic government. Basing her talk on investigative evidence provided by the Population Research Institute (PRI), Jones said UNFPA’s Kosovo campaign was administered in a haphazard way which threatened the health of Kosovar women. Zenit News reports that, the IUD they were distributing is called CU 375 Multiload. This product was never sold in the West, because […]
SPEAKER DISMISSES CONCERN ABOUT LEAKED BILL As reported previously in LifeSite. Reform MP Eric Lowther on February 15 accused the Liberals of violating the integrity of Parliament by distributing the same-sex benefits bill, C-23, to others, specifically the homosexual activist outfit EGALE (Equality for Gays and Lesbians Everywhere) prior to introducing it in the House of Commons. Derek Lee, speaking on behalf of the government, dismissed the complaint. Arguing that EGALE’s comments were constructed from the general public knowledge that the Liberals were planning to move on this issue. “Quite frequently the press is able to put together enough information […]
A petition to have Parliament withdraw Bill C-23, affirm the opposite-sex definition of marriage in legislation, and ensure that marriage is recognized as a unique institution is available from LifeSite on request. [email protected] The Washington Times reported last week that French Parliamentarian Madame Christine Boutin has come to America to find support for her pro-life efforts. A very provocative woman in France’s permissive society, she recently sent 100,000 Frenchmen to the streets of Paris to fight against a bill allowing homosexual marriage. Also, she has founded a pro-life group that has already attracted 20,000 members. As though that wasn’t enough […]
OMAHA, Neb., Feb 24 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Two hospitals in Omaha are reconsidering the use of a diagnostic test for viral identification after it was discovered that the test uses cells from aborted babies. The “MRC-5”, a test often used on children, has been in use for over 30 years, however the origin of the fetal tissue used in the test is not widely known. Experts maintain that there are ethically acceptable alternatives to that test. For more see the Omaha World Herald. (with files from Pro-Life E-News)
BOSTON, Feb 24 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A Dutch study published in Thursday’s edition of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) has found that assisted suicide does not go smoothly for about 1 in 5 patients. The findings shatter the “death with dignity” mantra of an easy and peaceful death. For more see today’s LifeSite Special Report.
NEW YORK, Feb 24 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Choices Women’s Medical Center abortuary, while it faces a temporary ban on its right to abort babies, is busing women to other abortion mills, even unlicensed ones. Writing in the New York Post on Sunday, Steve Dunleavy reports that “hundreds” of women are “shipped off like cattle” in a bus called the “Happiness Bus.” Dunleavy notes that last Saturday, the bus dropped “about 40 women, poor souls, in a most unhappy state of trauma” off at an unlicensed abortion mill in Jackson Heights. The medical director at Choices , Dr. Alan Zarkin, was suspended […]
DUBLIN, Feb 24 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Organ transplant operations, many still fraught with uncertainty over ethics around brain death, are so popular that huge waiting lists, organ purchasing, and illegal organ harvesting have become commonplace. The frenzy has caused governments the world over to aggressively promote organ donation and has even led to serious allegations of forced organ donation. The burgeoning black market trade in organs was highlighted recently by the Chinese sale of the organs of prisoners. Recent revelations in Ireland and England show that often without parental consent, hospitals have harvested organs from children who have died in hospital. […]
BOSTON, Feb 24 (LSN.ca) – A Dutch study published in Thursday’s edition of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) has found that assisted suicide does not go smoothly for about 1 in 5 patients. The findings shatter the “death with dignity” mantra of an easy and peaceful death. In 18 per cent of the 114 cases of assisted suicide studied, there were so many problems that the attending physician decided to see to the death of the patient personally by administering lethal drugs changing the cases to acts of euthanasia. Dr. Johanna Groenewoud of Erasmus University in Rotterdam found […]
Yesterday National Lutherans For Life commended the Board of Regents of Concordia University, River Forest, IL, for voting unanimously not to award an honorary doctorate to former senator Paul Simon. “It was the right decision to avoid honoring someone whose views on the God-given sanctity of human life are inconsistent with the Word of God.” The Boston Globe reported yesterday that Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne signed a law requiring girls under 18 to get parental or judicial consent before getting an abortion. ‘‘The decision to terminate a pregnancy and essentially a life is so serious that parents should give their […]
HAVANA, Cuba, Feb 23 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Oscar Elias Biscet, a pro-life MD in Cuba who lost his job at a government hospital due to his refusal to commit abortion on demand, faces seven years in prison for protesting against the holding of political prisoners. The Associated Press reports the harsh penalty stems from his alleged November 3 hanging of the Cuban flag upside down in protest. See the AP report at Nando Times.
VANCOUVER, Feb 23 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Today pro-life students at the University of British Columbia will be having another pro-life display. The first display, shown on November 23rd was destroyed by pro-choice” protestors who objected to it. The students went to Supreme Court yesterday but failed to obtain an injunction to prevent a repeat destruction of their display. Similar to the previous event, the members of Students for Life will be setting up their display in front of the “Goddess of Democracy”, located near the Student Union Building from 8:30am to 4:00pm. The display consists of graphic photos that associate the […]
WASHINGTON, Feb 23 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Alan Keyes, the only black candidate in the US Presidential election, told CNN Sunday that “racists in media” want to restrict his exposure in order to hide his conservative views from fellow African Americans. “These racists don’t want black people to know that the most capable candidate in this race has a black skin,” he said. “Because that might excite some folks in the black community.” Keyes said he would stay in the race indefinitely. See the report from the Conservative News Service.
EDINBURGH, Feb 23 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Thanks to a meticulous search through a 235-page patent application document, Greenpeace has discovered that the European Patent Office approved human cloning last December. The Patent Office claimed yesterday that the approval was “by mistake”. The Telegraph reports that EP 695351 was granted last December to the University of Edinburgh and the Australian company Stem Cell Sciences. Christian Gugerell, head of the biotechnology section of the Munich-based patent office, said: “We’ve committed a very serious error. It’s not our practice to grant patents on human beings.” See the Telegraph article.
Pro-Life E-News reports that the ABC 20/20 special on the marketing of aborted baby parts has been postponed again to March 8 to coincide with the US federal hearings on the topic. England’s Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) has distributed a quote from the Herald and Metro quoting the new Catholic archbishop of Westminster, Bishop Cormac Murphy- O’Connor as saying abortion is “always an evil”, even in the case of rape-victims and pregnant 12-year-olds. Russia saw its sharpest decline in population since 1992 last year, with the number of inhabitants falling by 784,500 or 0.5 per cent, […]
OTTAWA, Feb 22 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Bill C-23, which proposes to give all significant benefits of marriage to homosexuals living together in a sexual relationship, passed second reading yesterday and has been sent to committee for review. All 31 Reform MPs in the House of Commons yesterday voted against the bill. 5 Progressive Conservatives, 10 Bloc Québécois, and 1 Independent voted against the bill as well. Despite the fact that Prime Minister Chretien would not allow a free vote on the measure, 14 courageous Liberals voted against the government legislation, knowing that their actions leave them prey to party disciplinary measures […]
SALT LAKE CITY, Feb 22 (LifeSiteNews.com) – On Monday the Utah Senate passed a bill banning adoptions by non-married couples. The Associated Press reported that the bill passed 17-9 and will go to the House for consideration. However a House-sponsored bill with the same intent has already cleared committee and is awaiting debate. Gay activists are threatening legal action, and say the court costs could add up to millions of dollars. See the report in the Tribune.
A Christian school in New Zealand has banned the child-toy craze Pokemon saying that the toys are laced with references to the occult and promote anti-social behaviour. Promotional material described various Pokemon as “stubborn, headstrong, quibbling, self-centred, vindictive, obnoxious, hormonal, sexually preoccupied, evil thieving, and cross-dressing.” A Toronto Library offers a special collection of books for children called the “Gay and Lesbian Collection”. The collection includes: “fiction, art, magazines, biography, health, parenting, religion, social sciences and books for children of gay and lesbian parents.” The National Post reports that a Canadian Forces sergeant and a retired Toronto police constable who […]
WASHINGTON, Feb 22 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Speaking to the National Summit on Africa on Thursday US President Bill Clinton departed from his prepared speech to cajole religious Africans to accept condoms and sex-education using the threat of Aids as an incentive to abandon moral principles. Knight Ridder News Service reported that Clinton said “Now, I know this is a difficult and sensitive issue, I know there are cultural and religious factors that make it very difficult to tackle this issue (Aids) from a preventive point of view. . . . But the real answer is to stop people from getting the […]
CALGARY, Feb 22 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A conference of the Seventh-day Adventists held at their Canadian University College near Lacombe Feb 12, addressed the need for conscience legislation to protect against being forced to participate in abortion. The conference, “A Religious Conscience Clause for Healthcare Workers,” heard from Edmonton MLA Julius Yankowsky who has sponsored Private Member’s Bill 212 in the Alberta Legislature, defining “health-care professionals’ conscience rights.” The Calgary Herald reports that the keynote speaker, Lincoln Steed, editor of the Adventist’s Liberty magazine, said “That a public employer might instead try to force Christian nurses to engage in late-term abortions […]
VANCOUVER, Feb 21 (LifeSiteNews) – Ujjal Dosanjh, went from being British Columbia’s attorney general to the province’s premier-elect Sunday by winning the New Democratic Party leadership race in a single ballot. However the change in command will likely not alter the anti-life and anti-family reputation B.C. has earned under New Democrat rule. BC Report has said about Dosanjh that “[h]e is all in favour of allowing pro-homosexual literature into kindergarten, but wants restrictions on pro-life prayer near abortion clinics.” LifeSite coverage over the years bears out the accuracy of this observation. In September 1997, LifeSite reported that Dosanjh called on […]
NEW YORK, Feb 21 (LifeSiteNews) – The highly popular radio show host, Dr. Laura Schlesinger, is once again the target of homosexual activists. Only a week after it was published that she had been sent death threats for her pro-family stance, EGALE (Equality for Gays and Lesbians Everywhere) and other such groups have commenced a very aggressive email campaign to stop Dr. Laura’s television show from getting off the ground. Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) met last week with Paramount Television, which is developing a syndicated TV show with Dr. Laura set to launch in the fall. The […]
WASHINGTON, Feb 21 (LifeSiteNews) – On Friday, the US Food and Drug Administration withheld final approval for RU-486 as a number of questions remain unanswered. The Associated Press reports that the FDA wrote the pill’s marketing agent, Washington-based Danco Group, seeking answers on a number of undisclosed issues. See the LifeSite coverage of RU-486 in Spain. See the AP report.
The South China Morning Post reports that scientists in Hong Kong are complaining that a proposed law to disallow the intentional creation of human embryos for experimentation is “harsh” and would be a “set back”. The National Post reports that Prime Minister Jean Chretien yesterday categorically rejected demands he name one of Alberta’s two elected senators-in-waiting to the Parliament’s upper chamber to fill the vacancy created this week by the resignation of Senator Ron Ghitter. Catholic World News reported that the February 17 issue of the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano deplores the passive response to threats against life. The article […]
Vice President Al Gore and first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton prayed, sang and campaigned together in New York on Sunday in their first joint appearance of their respective drives for the U.S. presidency and U.S. Senate. The Houston Chronicle reports that Texas parental consent laws are being thwarted by permissive judges who are doling out okays for abortions for minors about once a week. The Boston Herald reports that a security guard injured in the 1994 Brookline abortion clinic shootings has sued two pro-abortion groups, (Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Federation) since they failed to award him a promised […]
OTTAWA, Feb 21 (LifeSiteNews) – The Liberal government has invoked closure on Bill C-23 today, requiring the first vote on the Bill late in the day. Watch LifeSite for detailed coverage and a link to check the vote of your MP on this crucial legislation. Pro-family groups are encouraging supporters to contact their MP’s on the issue as soon as possible. Although only 4 hours and 22 minutes of debate has occurred, the vote on closure will take place today passed (121-73) in spite of vehement opposition. The House will vote on Second Reading of Bill C-23 at 6:30 pm […]
OTTAWA, Feb 18 (LifeSiteNews) – Official Opposition Critic for Families, Reform MP Eric Lowther, accused the Liberal government Wednesday of breaking parliamentary law by providing a copy of Bill C-23, the same-sex partner benefits legislation, to a homosexual activist group prior to introducing it in the House of Commons. Lowther notes that while the Bill was tabled in the House at noon on Feb. 11, he possesses an email sent out by John Fisher, president of Equality for Gays and Lesbians Everywhere (EGALE), with an analysis of the bill, which was distributed over an hour prior to the bill’s first […]
VANCOUVER, Feb 28 (LifeSiteNews) – Evidence that a well-known BC abortionist may be extra-billing vulnerable, abortion-bound women, has resulted in a call for an immediate investigation by the authorities. Campaign Life Coalition BC has demanded the College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Medical Services Plan of BC launch an immediate independent probe of the circumstances surrounding this case. The details of the case were revealed in the latest (Feb 28) issue of The Report Magazine and involve a teen mother, her partner and Vancouver Abortion Dr. Lorena Kanke. The mother, seeking an abortion, was informed she would need to […]
Pro-Life E-News distributed a report indicating that New Hampshire Sen. Bob Smith is investigating an Overland Park abortuary from which companies removed and marketed tissue from aborted babies for experimentation. A personal note included with pro-life literature sent to an abortionist has led to harassment charges against a Bettendorf firefighter and his fiancée. The note read “Thought you might what (sic) a free picture of your baby .. Baby Killer”. A Montana judge has ordered a woman convicted of endangering her unborn child by taking drugs not to get pregnant for ten years. As part of her sentence, Dawn Marie […]
LONG ISLAND, NY, Feb 18 (LifeSiteNews) – Choices Women’s Medical Center, has been closed temporarily after authorities discovered that the clinic performed “hasty” abortions, lacked the required equipment and infection control, failed to properly screen and monitor employees and did not have enough nurses. The abortuary was fined $20,000 and closed until it could rectify the situation. The New York Times reported Wednesday that the abortuary reopened Friday only to close again when it was discovered that the building’s certificate of occupancy does not allow medical procedures. An investigation into the center’s Medicaid billing practices is also underway. Choices gained […]
OTTAWA, Feb 18 (LifeSiteNews) – On Tuesday, the Liberal government stunned many MP’s in the House by beginning debate on the omnibus same-sex legislation only introduced three days before. In their speeches, MP’s from three parties noted that this hasty call for debate was irresponsible especially since the bill requires amendments to 68 laws, thus requiring several weeks of research for a proper evaluation of all of the proposed law’s ramifications. Interestingly, after she gave her introductory speech on the legislation, Justice Minister Anne McLellan left the House not waiting for any rebuttals. Official Opposition Critic for Families Eric Lowther […]
MONTREAL, Feb 17 (LifeSiteNews) – On Wednesday of last week, the Canadian government’s Therapeutic Products Programme approved for sale, Plan B, an abortifacient post coital drug to rival Preven. Paladin Labs, headquartered in Montreal, Quebec, is a Canadian developer, marketer and distributor of pharmaceuticals currently offering products in urology, dermatology, rheumatology and other specialty markets. In December 1999, Paladin acquired the exclusive Canadian distribution rights for Plan B(TM) from the Women’s Capital Corporation. Paladin has indicated that it will commence a launch of the new abortifacient in the 2nd quarter of 2000. Paladin Labs has thus been added to the […]
GENEVA, Feb 17 (LifeSiteNews) – Yesterday, Mary Robinson, United Nations High Commissioner for the Human Rights and Secretary-General to the World Conference on Racism, delivered the opening speech at an “expert seminar on remedies available to the victims of acts of racism, racial discrimination, xenopobia and related intolerance.” In her talk Robinson called for legal measures to ensure “non-discrimination” and urged keeping tabs on the Internet in this regard. “I would encourage you to consider and examine different judicial, administrative and other procedures to ensure that the principles of non-discrimination and equality are applied in practice,” said Robinson. From the […]
SACRAMENTO, California, Feb 17 (LifeSiteNews) – US pro-lifers using a hidden video camera have captured on tape footage of abortuary “escorts” physically harassing pro-lifers. Lektric.com has put the video on the Internet for global access. The author of the site notes that pro-life sidewalk counselors are often accused of harassing and blocking women trying to enter to get an abortion, often engaging in illegal behaviour. “These allegations of illegal activity are cited to justify onerous “bubble-zone” ordinances and injunctions that further hinder the opportunity for pro-lifers to exercise their First Amendment rights,” he says. The animated GIFs, on the site, […]
WASHINGTON, Feb 17 (LifeSiteNews) – LifeSite has learned that the baby parts story exposed by Life Dynamics Inc. will be aired on ABC’s 20/20 program on Friday, February 25, 10pm (EST). Life Dynamics was originally told by the show’s producers that the segment would air Feb 9 but it was rescheduled. On the show, the pro-life “spy”, Kelly, who once worked at abortuaries chopping up and shipping out baby parts to researchers, will reveal her identity. There is some concern that once Kelly is exposed she will be heavily targeted by the pro-abortion movement and perhaps even silenced through lawsuits, […]
Former presidential candidate and Family Research council head Gary Bauer has endorsed Sen. John McCain for US president, while the National Right to Life has endorsed George Bush. This could split the pro-life, pro-family vote for a Republican presidential candidate. The Arizona Republic reported Tuesday that Planned Parenthood this week is launching a $30,000 blitz of newspaper ads, phone banks and direct mail in an effort to halt the momentum of three anti-abortion bills at the Capitol dealing with parental consent, informed consent, and interstate abortions. Dr. Neils Lauersen a popular infertility specialist is being charged with fraud for years […]
In a Globe and Mail article distributed by Pro-Life E-News yesterday, the story of Canadian abortionist Richard Neale, who after being barred from practice in Canada in 1985 on numerous instances of gross incompetence, was employed in a prestigious position in Ob/Gyn practice in England. Zenit News reported Tuesday that Nicaragua has officially declared March 25 as the “National Day of the Unborn.” The decree stated that “the right to life, inherent in each of the inhabitants of the nation and the world, is the principal axis of human rights and, therefore, merits the determined attention of the government.” The […]
FoxNews reported yesterday that the US House voted Tuesday to award 80-year-old Cardinal John O’Connor, a staunch defender of life and family, the Congressional Gold Medal, the body’s highest civilian honor. In 1990, he wrote that anyone “advocating legislation supporting abortion, or by making public funds available for abortion … must be warned that they are at risk of excommunication.” Idaho has overwhelmingly passed legislation requiring parental consent for abortions for minors.
DAYTON, Ohio, Feb 16 (LifeSiteNews) – Last week the American Psychiatric Association updated a “fact” sheet on homosexuality. Rather than facts, the sheet presents politically correct homosexual advocacy and repudiation of reparative therapy that has helped thousands of persons with homosexual tendencies to end their destructive lifestyles. The sheet called “Homosexual and Bisexual Issues,” says, “relief of homophobia allows for better psychological functioning.” The APA dismissed the noted success of reparative therapy saying that it works only “for some motivated individuals for limited periods of time,” and “such changes often are accompanied by depression, anxiety and other symptoms.” For more […]
Catholic World News reports that Bishop Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, was named by Pope John Paul II as the successor to the late Cardinal Basil Hume of Westminster. Bishop Murphy O’Connor is known for his vocal opposition to abortion and euthanasia. WorldNetDaily reports today that the parents of Samuel Armas, the infant whose in utero surgery made history after a photo of the pre-born baby grasping the finger of his surgeon through an opening in Mrs. Armas’ uterus, are pro-life. The couple said their decision to go public with their story “stemmed from the fact that it is believed that the vast […]
PHILADELPHIA, Feb 16 (LifeSiteNews) – A Yale University study in the current Annals of Internal Medicine has found that eugenics has been practiced in the US longer than was previously believed. The study reports that state-authorized sterilizations were carried out from the first state eugenics law in Indiana in 1907 till as late as 1963. Forced sterilization was once legal in 18 U.S. states. By 1963 some 62,000 Americans underwent sterilization. The study also compares the US eugenics program to the one practiced in Nazi Germany. The study suggests that eugenics in the US it came to an end through […]
OTTAWA, Feb 16 (LifeSiteNews) – LifeSite has learned that the Canadian government legislation which would give practicing homosexuals all significant benefits of marriage is scheduled to continue second reading debate on Monday, February 21. Parliamentary insiders informed LifeSite that the government may also invoke closure Monday on Bill C-23 (The Modernization of Benefits and Obligations Act). The legislation would then be moved to committee and according to Peter Stock of the Canada Family Action Coalition (CFAC) could be voted on as early Thursday of next week. The Globe and Mail today notes that the Prime Minister is not going to […]
VATICAN CITY, Feb 15 (LifeSiteNews) – In an address to the Pontifical Academy for Life yesterday, John Paul II spoke on life issues urging “that all people of good will feel called to activity in support of this great cause.” The pope also called on the Church to exert more effort in regards to the promotion of life. “In the last five years many initiatives have been promoted in dioceses and parishes, yet much remains to be done,” he said. “True pastoral care of life cannot simply be delegated to specific movements.” “Facts exist,” he said, “that prove with growing […]
NEW YORK, Feb 15 (LifeSiteNews) – The highly popular radio show host, Dr. Laura Schlesinger, has received death threats for speaking out against homosexual marriage and describing homosexuality as a deviant sexual orientation, reports the Conservative News Service. Homosexualist activist groups are exerting pressure to shut up the radio celebrity, attempting to thwart her upcoming TV show to debut this fall. Paramount Television, which is developing a syndicated TV show with Schlesinger, met yesterday with the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) to hear their concerns about Dr. Laura. Responding to the activities against her, the Jewish radio host […]
OTTAWA, Feb 15 (LifeSiteNews) – Canada’s newly appointed Supreme Court of Justice Louis LeBel gave an interview to CPAC last Friday during which he mimicked US presidential hopeful Al Gore in repudiating his former pro-life stance. In the interview, which is to air at 9pm tonight on the Canadian Public Affairs Channel (CPAC), Lebel said, “Abortion is a very complex issue, and I have grown to doubt very much the ability of the law to govern such a question.” LifeSite reported in December that Lebel, was painted as a “practicing Roman Catholic” and an “abortion foe” by the secular media. […]
FoxNews reported yesterday that in the US “women can deduct the costs of an abortion from their taxes, as long as the abortion was a legal one”. The Associated Press reports that the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League has endorsed Al Gore for president of the United States, this follows reports last week that Gore was the favorite of the Communist Chinese government. The Lancaster New Era reported yesterday that Judge Paul K. Allison of Lancaster reversed an April 1999 decision by the city Zoning Hearing Board, which allowed Planned Parenthood of the Susquehanna Valley to perform abortions […]
In yesterday’s news, the LifeSite report on the speech against the UN promotion of abortion given by Archbishop Jean-Louis Tauran, Holy See Secretary for Relations with States, omitted the website of the speech’s summary by Zenit News.
DETROIT, Feb 15 (https://www.lifesitenews.com/) – Euthanasia activist Jack Kevorkian is seeking bail while he appeals his case to the Supreme Court. The bail hearing is scheduled for tomorrow. Mayer Morganroth, his lawyer, claims that if released, Dr. Death will not help people commit suicide. While escaping jail on his “assisted suicide” of over 130 people, Kevorkian was sentenced last April to 10-25 years in prison for his televised murder of Thomas Youk, who had Lou Gehrig’s disease. At the time, Judge Jessica Cooper, denied Kevorkian bail pending an appeal since he had previously assisted suicides while on bail. For more […]
HONG KONG, Feb 15 (LifeSiteNews) – Researchers and medical experts in Hong Kong attempted to downplay the findings of their own study when it confirmed a link between abortion and increased rates of breast cancer. The study conducted in Queen Mary Hospital over the past three years surveyed 142 women between 31 and 50 who had breast ailments. Of the 54 that were found to have breast cancer, 20% had procured an abortion in the past. Only 10% of the remaining 88 healthy women had previously undergone an abortion. Prior to the current study, twenty-six out of thirty-two published studies […]
MIAMI, Florida, Feb 14 (LifeSiteNews) – On Friday, a Miami 8-person jury ruled against an Orthodox Jewish pharmacist who sued his employer for firing him for not selling condoms. Pharmacist Hillel Hellinger, a Hassidic Jew and father of nine, sued Eckerd Pharmacy for discrimination against his religion and was seeking $100,000 in damages, mental anguish and back pay. LifeSite reported last Tuesday that according to Hellinger, “condoms are not supposed to be used by a Jewish man because the sperm has to enter the woman.” He said that the pharmacy “could easily have accommodated him by moving the condom rack […]
VATICAN CITY, Feb 14 (LifeSiteNews) – Archbishop Jean-Louis Tauran, Holy See Secretary for Relations with States, blasted the United Nations Friday for their support of abortion in a speech to the Pontifical Academy for Life. In this watershed talk, the bishop explains in some detail the dangers of the UN international conferences and their promotion of abortion and abortifacient contraception under the guise of “reproductive health” and “rights”. He notes that the promotion of abortion at the UN was spawned by “two factors: first, apocalyptic forecasts of a population boom exceeding the resources of the planet and, second, a radical […]
NEW YORK, Feb 14 (LifeSiteNews) – Dr. Allan Zarkin, an Ob/Gyn hired on as medical director of Choices Women’s Medical Center, an abortuary in Queens, just weeks after being fired for carving his initials into a patient’s stomach, has settled with his carving victim out of court. The New York Times reported Saturday that Liana Gedz will receive $1.75 million in exchange for her dropping her claim against Beth Israel Medical Center where Zarkin assaulted her. On September 7 last year after a Caesarean section, Zarkin carved AZ into her stomach reportedly because “he thought he did such a beautiful […]
Catholic World News reported that two days after Scottish Cardinal Thomas Winning succeeded in leading the British House of Lords to retain Section 28 which bans the promotion of homosexuality in schools, the Scottish Parliament Thursday voted to scrap the legislation. Further developments in Scotland this week have the Labour government trying to establish homosexual relationships on the same footing as heterosexual marriage with a bill regarding disability benefits. (The Times) Church News reports that Catholic Bishops in Portugal are denouncing pro-homosexual legislation in the country which puts “de facto” union on par with marriages. Today is the ninth annual […]
LIMA, Peru, Feb 14 (LifeSiteNews) – Last week at a Feb 8-10 meeting of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the regional group agreed on the position they will take to the upcoming Bejing +5 conference. The UN meeting, to be held in New York in June of this year UN, has been labeled: “Women in 2000: Gender Equality, Development and Peace for the Twenty-First Century.” The meeting in Lima served as the region’s preparation for the June meeting and the 400 participants from 45 countries adopted a “Lima Consensus” which included the promotion […]
OTTAWA, Feb 14 (LifeSiteNews) – Bill C-23 proposed in Parliament Friday has received condemnation by most family groups in the country. The bill, “An Act to modernize the Statutes of Canada in relation to benefits and obligations,” would amend 68 federal statutes, changing every occurrence of the term “spouse” to “spouse or common-law partner.” The Canada Family Action Coalition (CFAC) says the bill “is not about fairness and equality; it represents the abolition of the institution of marriage. … We anticipate that in the very near future, the courts will use this legislation to order the legal sanction of marriages […]
The Kaiser report noted that the New York Senate and Assembly this week approved bills that would require insurance companies to pay for artificial fertility treatment such as in vitro fertilization and artificial insemination. The Senate bill, which cleared that chamber yesterday in a 37-21 vote, would: cap benefits at $60,000, excluding prescription drugs. A Mass. Supreme Court Judge ruled Tuesday that a 44-year-old woman cannot implant the frozen embryos created during her marriage to her estranged husband against his will, reported The Boston Globe yesterday. The Washington Times reported that the Virginia House gave final approval Wednesday to a […]
OTTAWA, Feb 11 (LifeSiteNews) – Today, the Liberal government is expected to unveil its omnibus pro- homosexual legislation which threatens to eliminate any legal distinctions between same-sex partnerships and married couples. It is anticipated that except for the right to marry, homosexual relationships will be equated with married couples under federal law. Focus on the Family Canada has urged concerned Canadians to pray for the family in Canada and to contact their MP’s, the Justice Minister and the Prime Minister, write their newspapers, and call in to local radio stations regarding the issue. To find your MP call Reference Canada […]
OTTAWA, Feb 11 (LifeSiteNews) – On Wednesday, Saskatchewan MP Maurice Vellacott introduced Bill C-422, “an act to amend the Criminal Code to prohibit coercion in medical procedures that offend a person’s religion or belief that human life is inviolable.” In presenting the Criminal Code amendment, Mr. Vellacott explained, :“the purpose of the bill is to ensure that health care providers working in medical facilities of various kinds will never be forced to participate against their wills in abortion procedures or acts of euthanasia.” “Incredibly, there are medical personnel in Canada who have been fired because the law is not explicit […]
LONDON, Feb 11 (LifeSiteNews) – The British House of Commons passed legislation yesterday to lower the age of consent for homosexual sex from 18 to 16 in England and to 17 in Northern Ireland. The Telegraph reports that although the move has been blocked for three consecutive years by the Lords, the current legislation was “introduced under the Parliament Act procedures, which mean it will become law automatically in England, Wales and Scotland later this year.” The new law is a victory for homosexual activists who have now set their sights on pushing for a new law which would legalise […]
The National Post reported yesterday that Ontario PC party strategist Tom Long will not seek the leadership of the Canadian Alliance party. The lead contender for the leadership other than Preston Manning appears to be Alberta’s Tory Treasurer Stockwell Day. The Globe and Mail reported Wednesday on Dr. Colin Woolf, a respirologist and former associate dean of medicine at the University of Toronto, 75, who is promoting assisted suicide in Canada. The Anglican Church is in crisis over homosexuality. The National Post reported yesterday that Archbishop Michael Peers, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, has denounced as a “schismatic […]
International Planned Parenthood reports that it’s affiliate in the Philippines, the Family Planning Oragnization of the Philippines (FPOP), “has intensified its campaign to promote acceptance of family planning among couples in the rural areas, where women’s fertility rate remains high at 4.8 per cent against 3.5 for urban women.” Russia Today reported Feb 3 that Russia’s Chief Sanitation Doctor, Gennady Onischenko, signed a resolution in January advocating emergency AIDS prevention measures. This move is ascribed to the deteriorating AIDS situation in Russia. In 1999, 14,980 HIV carriers were registered, which is 23.5 times more than in 1998. Spains’s Catholic bishops […]
LONDON, Feb 10 (LifeSiteNews) – Peter Brand, a physician and Liberal Democrat MP in Britain is under police investigation for euthanasia. In late January, Brand was speaking against an anti-euthanasia measure in the House of Commons and used his personal experience with a two- year old leukemia patient for an example. BBC news reports that he told the Commons that under the terms of the Bill he would be considered a “multiple murderer”. In a 1973 case described by Brand, he disconnected (or consented to the removal of) a child from “tubes” (presumably life support) at the parents’ request. The […]
TORONTO, Feb 10 (LifeSiteNews) – Yesterday the BC Supreme Court ruled that British Columbia’s NDP election gag law is an unconstitutional infringement of freedom of expression and freedom of association. The National Citizens’ Coalition (NCC) used the occasion to call on the federal government to abandon its pursuit of the election gag law proposal contained in Bill C-2. A press release from Stephen Harper, president of NCC, says that Chretien’s gag law would make it a crime for citizens or groups to spend more than $3,000 in a riding. “The BC court came out so forcefully in favour of free […]
OTTAWA, Feb 10 (LifeSiteNews) – Canadian court decisions have laid the groundwork for the federal Liberals’ comprehensive pro-homosexual legislation about to be imposed on Canada. Critics note however that Canada’s federal and provincial governments have unnecessarily allowed these judicial bodies to dictate law. Both levels of government have refused to use the notwithstanding clause to counter court decisions and they have also failed to effectively challenge some lower court decisions thus giving them tacit approval. Pro-family groups note that such court decisions provide a good cover for unpopular legislation, which would otherwise face rejection by Canadians. Yesterday in the House […]
OTTAWA, Feb 9 (LifeSiteNews) – The Toronto Star reported yesterday that the Liberal government is set to introduce an omnibus bill Thursday or Friday which would alter more than 60 federal statutes to grant legal equality between married spouses and homosexual couples. While the terminology of “spouse” and “marriage” will be retained for heterosexual unions, the relationships would be treated as on par with regard to pensions, income tax, immigration, and other matters. LifeSite has learned that a cabinet meeting was held yesterday on the subject and a Liberal Caucus briefing meeting on the issue of “Modernizing Benefits and Obligations” […]
New Jersey abortionist Steven Brigham has begun a 120-day jail sentence in Albany, N.Y., on a tax conviction. He also must make $8,188 restitution to the New York State Department of Taxation and Finances. Cardinal Bernard Law, Archbishop of Boston, was quoted by Church News yesterday as saying “to believe in the Gospel of Life is to do all within our power to champion the right of life for every human being.”“The option of abortion is never an option, because it goes against the fundamental right to life of an innocent child,” he said and ended saying that “we can […]
WASHINGTON, Feb 9 (LifeSiteNews) – The third annual National Week of Chastity starts next week, February 13-19, amid growing interest and participation. The number of supporting organizations has jumped from 50 to 100 over the last year and continues to grow. Supporting organizations include American Life League, the Challenge Task Force on Chastity, Project Reality and Teen Aid. “Finally, people are starting to clearly understand the direct connection between abortion, disease, heartbreak, divorce and many other side effects resulting from unchaste living,” said National Week of Chastity Coordinator Cathy Brown. “Chastity obviously prevents out-of-wedlock pregnancy and the possibility of disease […]
The New York Times reported that France has begun handing out morning after abortifacient pills in schools. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) appointed Miss Universe, Mpule Kwelagobe, its Goodwill Ambassador for Botswana yesterday. UNFPA ambassadors usually use their fame to target youth for “reproductive health” which includes sex education, contraception and abortion.
LONDON, Feb 9 (LifeSiteNews) – In a major victory for pro-family forces in Britain Monday, the House of Lords rejected (210 to 165) government legislation that would have repealed a law banning the promotion of homosexuality in schools. Section 28 assures that local authorities “shall not promote the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship”. The opposition to the repeal of Section 28 was lead by Catholic Cardinal Thomas Winning of Scotland and supported by leading Church of England bishops and Dr. Jonathan Sacks, the Chief Rabbi, financial support for the pro-family […]
DALLAS, Feb 9 (LifeSiteNews) – As was predicted, the legal abuse heaped on pro-lifers by successful lawsuits launched by abortionists and their supporters against peaceful pro-life protesters are being used against other forms of protest. The Dallas Observer reports that two furriers have launched lawsuits against the Coalition to Abolish the Fur Trade accusing the group of violating the federal anti-racketeering law, known as RICO. In 1998, the National Organization for Women was successful in a lawsuit under the RICO act, which bankrupted many leaders of the US pro-life movement. Two weeks ago, Macy’s filed suit against the Dallas-based Coalition […]
DETROIT, Feb 8 (LifeSiteNews) – The auxiliary bishop of Detroit, Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, whose stance on homosexuality is seen by many as contrary to that of the Vatican, is supporting a city ordinance that may land the church in court on charges of “discrimination.” Bishop Gumbleton held a rally Sunday at St. James Church in Ferndale in support of the measure which would ban discrimination against homosexuals regarding employment, housing, public accommodations, and public services. Catholic World News reported yesterday that the measure does not allow for exemptions for religious organizations. “If passed violators, including churches that refuse to hire […]
VATICAN CITY, Feb 8 (LifeSiteNews) – Speaking on Sunday, the Italian national pro-life day, Pope John Paul II addressed a large crowd in St. Peter’s Square. The pope noted “the worrisome demographic decline registered in recent years” and called for a “renewal in Italian society.”“Above all it is up to married couples to re-establish a culture of love and life, rediscovering the mission of parenthood assumed on their wedding day.” For the full address by the pope see Zenit News.
In an interview with the Associated Press and covered in the Washington Times, US first lady Hillary Clinton said voting for a judicial nominee with pro-life views would be unthinkable. “I can’t imagine I would vote to confirm such a nominee,” she said. A ban on partial-birth abortions passed the Kansas House by a margin large enough to withstand a promised veto by Gov. Bill Graves. The bill is headed for the Senate. A Colorado bill that required informed consent for women prior to getting abortions was rejected Thursday by a state Senate committee. The bill included a 24-hour waiting […]
MADRID, Feb 7 (LifeSiteNews) – On Monday Spanish public hospitals and some private clinics began selling the deadly chemical abortion drug RU-486 (Mifegyne). Agence France Press reports that the health ministry has said that the pills will not be available in pharmacies but only in hospitals and clinics. Furthermore, the 50 Euros which will be charged for the drugs will be reimbursed at tax payers expense if the abortion takes place in a hospital. The moral decline in Spain began in the sixties when the birth rate of the once strongly Catholic country began to plummet. LifeSite reported in January […]
WASHINGTON, Feb 8 (LifeSiteNews) – The bill passed by the US Senate Wednesday which declares that people found to have violated laws protecting abortuaries cannot escape fines or civil judgments against them through bankruptcy is much more dangerous than it appears, say critics. The measure, which passed overwhelmingly in the Senate (80-17), contains language that “goes far beyond the discrete issue of violence at abortion clinics,” warned Senator Orrin Hatch during the Senate debate. He noted that the bill contained vague language which would allow the legislation to be used against pro-lifers who not only committed an offence but also […]
BEIJING, Feb 8 (LifeSiteNews) – The Herald Tribune reports today that Chinese officials have made it clear that their preferred candidate for the president of the US is vice-president and Democrat front-runner, Al Gore. The Chinese suggest that the main reasons concern Taiwan and stability. However, observers suggest that the communist government knows that Gore would continue the Clinton policy of favouritism for China despite the country’s brutal human rights oppression including the notorious one-child policy. See the Tribune article.
Bill Gates has donated $480,000 (US) to Planned Parenthood Federation of Canada (PPFC) to be used to increase (by ten times) public and private sector support in Canada for international support for population control programmes. Dr Sona Sethi was appointed as PPFC’s Director of International Development for the project which targets Africa and Asia. (PPFC Jan. 28, 2000). The National Post reported Saturday that a new course at the University of British Columbia offers students credits for “feminist activism.” Pro-Life E-News distributed a Calgary Herald story from December which noted that the Calgary Community Lottery Board gave $100,000 to Planned […]
WASHINGTON, Feb 7 (LifeSiteNews) – LifeSite has learned that the baby parts story exposed by Life Dynamics Inc. which was to be aired on ABC’s 20/20 program this Wednesday, Feb 9, has been postponed. LifeDynamics was informed by the show that the program would air at a date in the near future. LifeSite will follow the developments. On the show, the pro-life “spy”, Kelly, who once worked at abortuaries chopping up and shipping out baby parts to researchers, will reveal her identity. The issue is also likely to come up in the US congress. Washington Watch reports that the House […]
Hillary Rodham Clinton has finally announced officially that she is running for the US Senate at the State University in New York at Purchase. Just prior to the announcement yesterday, the audience was blasted with the sexually explicit and crude lyrics of Billy Joel’s “Captain Jack.” Catholic World News reported Friday that Connecticut’s Albertus Magnus College, a small Catholic college, is being sued by its former Associate Dean Michael Hartwig who was fired in 1997 after he revealed his homosexuality and his intention to publish articles against abstinence, thus contradicting Church teaching. In a victory for pro-lifers and basic […]
BEIJING, Feb 7 (LifeSiteNews) – Demographers are issuing stringent warnings that China’s population is headed for upheaval. The one-child “family planning” regime initiated 20 years ago has led to a dangerous situation in which far more boys are being born than girls. The problems will become severe over the next 10 years as those many men without wives reach marriage age. The Straits Times of Singapore reported last Tuesday that Chinese State officials are especially concerned about the countryside where the ratio of boys to girls is as skewed as eight to two. Last November LifeSite News quoted a Fides […]
JOHANNESBURG, Feb 7 (LifeSiteNews) – A new law in South Africa called the “Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act” threatens to make criminals of pro-life and pro- family supporters and of Christians generally. The law, pushed through by the African National Congress and signed by President Thabo Mbeki last Thursday, is second in importance only to the country’s constitution and thus supercedes all other laws. The Conservative News Service reports that under the Act, equality courts will be set up to enforce the law’s provisions against discrimination on the grounds of “race, gender, sex, pregnancy, marital status, […]
ABC’s popular 20/20 news program is set to cover the baby parts story this month. The recent sex survey of Roman Catholic priests by the Kansas City Star which claimed that AIDS-related deaths among priests is about 4 times the general population rate has been found faulty in an analysis by two leading statisticians: David Murray, research director at the Statistical Assessment Service and S. Robert Lichter, president of the Center for Media and Public Affairs have posted their review.
BALTIMORE, Maryland, Feb 4 (LifeSiteNews) – The Maryland-based Anatomic Gift Foundation (AGF), a baby parts harvesting and marketing company founded and lead by Brenda and Jim Bardsley has announced that it will no longer sell aborted baby parts. A press release issued by AGF noted that it would “no longer procure or provide human tissue derived from elective pregnancy terminations for research and education.” Life Dynamics, the US pro-life organization which first exposed the baby parts story reported in a January “LifeTalk” video magazine that AGF did not go repenting but rather quit the business because of severe pressure from […]
TORONTO, Feb 4 (LifeSiteNews) – Citytv, a Toronto TV station, has partnered with the homosexual activist organization PlanetOut to produce “QT-QueerTelevision” which will premiere on Citytv on Sunday, March 5th at 12:00 midnight. The station describes the show as a “new, weekly, 30-minute, converged TV/internet program offering a rare glimpse into the lives and loves of gay, lesbian, bi, trans and open-minded straight people around the world.” The show is to be broadcast on the Internet as well. Moses Znaimer, President/Executive Producer of Citytv, boasted that “In 1998, Citytv became the first commercial TV station in North America to launch […]
WASHINGTON, Feb 4 (LifeSiteNews) – Following in the footsteps of Mother Teresa, Pope John Paul II addressed, through his nuncio, the US National Prayer Breakfast this week with a message decrying abortion. Agence France Press reports that with President Clinton in attendance, Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo read the papal message saying: “This question is the oldest issue of protecting every human being in their right to life from conception until their natural death. “This is the great civil rights issue of our time and the world looks to the United States leadership in cherishing every human life and in providing legal […]
NEW YORK, Feb 4 (LifeSiteNews) – Demonstrating that abortion practice is the bottom rung of the medical profession, Dr. Allan Zarkin, an Ob/Gyn was hired on as medical director of Choices Women’s Medical Center, an abortuary in Queens, just weeks after being fired for carving his initials into a patient’s stomach. Beth Israel Medical Center dismissed Zarkin after the carving incident, before which he was already being investigated for sexual harassment of patients. Zarkin had worked part time for the abortuary prior to his dismissal from Beth Israel. The center’s director, Merle Hoffman, did not conduct a legally mandated inquiry […]
The (London) Times reports today that a torrent of cash is pouring into the presidential campaign coffers of John McCain, with polls showing that he has moved ahead of George W. Bush in South Carolina after his crunching victory in the New Hampshire primary. The Conservative News Service
OTTAWA, Feb 4 (LifeSiteNews) – LifeSite has learned that Adrienne Clarkson, appointed in September by Prime Minister Jean Chretien as Canada’s new Governor General, was listed in 1983 as one of eighteen “Honorary Directors” of the Canadian Abortion Rights Action League. The list also includes Henry Morgentaler (the father of abortion in Canada) and Svend Robinson, the homosexual MP who is best known for his aggressive promotion of homosexuality and euthanasia. See a related story from LifeSite.
RIO RANCHO, Feb 3 (LifeSiteNews) – Kevorkian sidekick Dr. Georges Reding who practiced assisted suicide with his mentor, has been on the run from authorities since he skipped out on his scheduled murder arraignment in New Mexico last September. District Attorney Mike Runnels told the press last week that evidence has surfaced indicating that Reding was hiding in Europe and perhaps he has even been back to the US. His current whereabouts is unknown. The family of Donna Brennan, one of Reding’s victims, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Reding, and last month a judge ruled that the man had […]
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 3 (LifeSiteNews) – While school sex education materials in Canada and the US promote oral sex as a safe alternative to intercourse, a new study has found that AIDS can be passed through such practises. By extension, many other sexually transmitted diseases are also probably transmitted this way. The study released Tuesday found that oral sex was probably the cause of 8 percent of recent HIV infections among a group of homosexual men examined in San Francisco. New diagnostic tests allow doctors to narrow down the timing of HIV infections thus making possible a pinpointing of the […]
A new morning-after pill has been launched in Britain. Levonelle-2 costs five pounds, contains progestogen only (no oestrogen) and requires women to take two rather than four pills. The Family Planning Association is pushing for the drug to be available over the counter from pharmacists. Pro-life groups counter that the pill will give rise to increased promiscuity. Sex education teaching for children should stress that “lifelong celibacy can be fulfilling”, the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches said yesterday in a joint statement to the British Government. Police in Poland raided two doctors’ private offices and arrested them as they […]
PALO ALTO, California, Feb 3 (LifeSiteNews) – Novartis, a world leader in healthcare with core businesses in pharmaceuticals, consumer health, generics, eye-care, and animal health is involved with the grisly trade in aborted baby parts. LifeSite News has obtained an order form for baby parts from Life Dynamics which notes that Systemix, a wholly owned subsidiary of Novartis, is requesting “thymus,”“liver,”“mesentery,”“leg/arm bone,” and “spleen” from aborted babies beyond 18 weeks gestation. The order form, called a protocol, is dated September 1990 and requests that the baby parts are to “be removed and prepared” (for shipping on ice) “within a maximum […]
The US Senate voted 80-17 Wednesday for a law which declares that people found to have violated laws protecting abortion clinics cannot escape fines or civil judgements against them through bankruptcy. The courts have ordered Operation Rescue’s Terry to pay abortionists $1.6 million for his abortuary protests. A story in the Wichita Eagle distributed by Pro-Life E-News indicates that Rep. Thomas Klein, a pro-abortion Kansas legislator has proposed lowering the abortion rate by giving women who place their babies up for adoption a $5,000 tax credit. A New Jersey couple has lost their septuplets after 5 months. Fred and Ivette […]
NEW YORK, Feb 3 (LifeSiteNews) – Tim Disney, grandnephew of Walt has produced his first feature cartoon, “Blessed Art Thou”, a picture which aims to defame the Catholic Church. A review in the New York Post notes: “When Anselm (Martha Hackett), an effeminate priest, gets visited by the angel Gabriel, Father Frederick (Bernard Hill) suspects him of trying to cover up a homosexual dalliance. Then he assumes that the young man has mental problems and orders him locked in his cell. The younger monks take Anselm’s side, but then a miracle happens: He turns into a woman, and a pregnant […]
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, Feb 2 (LifeSiteNews) – In the same week that a US video will air on public television demonstrating methods for suicide, news of a Dutch website how-to on the same subject has created waves. The Dutch parliament was in an uproar Monday with calls for regulating the Internet. The site offers step-by-step instructions on wrist-slashing, sleeping pills, jumping off buildings and the “reasonably painless … death of carbon monoxide poisoning.” The site is called “Thisbe’s Self-destruction Site.” For a website to aid those contemplating suicide to choose life, click here. See the story by AP.
PARIS, France, Feb 2 (LifeSiteNews) – French young people are abandoning sexual promiscuity and opting for abstinence until marriage. Incredibly, the trend is being seen negatively by sex educators and AIDS groups. In a revealing article in Monday’s National Post, Susan Martinuk writes that the new commitment to chastity and marriage is expected to result in an “amazing 70%” increase in marriages in 2000. Martinuk notes that sex educators and AIDS groups are labelling the healthy trend as evidence of gross ignorance about the “virtues” of safe sex – in other words, children are refraining from sexual relations because of […]
WASHINGTON, Feb 2 (LifeSiteNews) – Zenit News reports that the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) has decided to extend the deadline for public comment on a revised set of guidelines for stem cell research. 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,” […]
Much to the chagrin of fertility clinics, the UK’s Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists urged a maximum of two embryos for transfer for in vitro fertilization. Ontario’s provincial government has firmly rejected the United Nations’ human rights tribunal ruling urging public funding for religious schooling other than that provided for Catholic schools. Catholic World News reported that the Federal Communications Commission last Friday reversed a controversial ruling that had limited the amount of religious programming on noncommercial television stations. Russia is facing a demographic crisis with its population dwindling thanks to low birth rates. Family Policy Network reported yesterday […]
TORONTO, Feb 2 (LifeSiteNews) – The January edition of the Canadian Pharmacy Practice journal covers the controversy raised over the recent release of “Preven” in Canada. Preven is the first approved drug kit specifically designed to be taken after intercourse in order to kill the possibility of giving birth to a child. The article cites Jeff Poston the executive director of the Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA), as indicating that while the organization “supports the use of the new drug, it also recognizes the pharmacist’s right to refuse to fill [a prescription] based on moral or religious beliefs.” While the US […]
The United Alternative initiative, which spawned the Canadian Alliance over the weekend, could be taken over by “the Machiavellian Ontario Tories,” according to John Ibbitson in a front page Globe and Mail story on Saturday. Indeed, Ontario Tories Tom Long and Tony Clement, often mentioned Mike Harris and the “Common Sense Revolution” in their frequent appearances as organizational leaders at the United Alternative meeting. Ibbitson suggests that Long may try for leadership of the Canadian Alliance and be backed in his bid by the Harris “campaign team” including “Alister Campbell, communications specialist, Paul Rhodes, master spin doctor, Mark Mullins, the […]
US Vice President Al Gore has been caught lying while trying to distance himself from an earlier pro-life stand. While his voting record from the 1980’s demonstrates that he voted pro-life on most measures he claimed, “I’ve always supported keeping abortion legal and I’ve always been attacked by the anti-choice groups for that position since the beginning of my career.” As evidence of his voting record was produced he changed his tune. Pro-Life E-News circulated a note that last week a Kansas legislative panel passed a bill banning partial birth abortion. Catholic World News reported last week that the […]
LONDON, Feb 1 (LifeSiteNews) – A teaching kit available in over 180 schools in England, which includes a video encouraging school children as young as 14 to experiment with homosexual sex, is a foremost example of the need for the retention of Section 28. The section bans the promotion of homosexuality in schools and Britain’s Labour Party appears committed to dropping the law. The Sunday Times reported this weekend that “Beyond a Phase: A Practical Guide to Challenging Homophobia in Schools” was produced by the Avon health authority with public funds. In the video a young college student called Karl […]
LANE COUNTY, Oregon, Feb 1 (LifeSiteNews) – Euthanasia activist Derek Humphry, the founder of the Hemlock Society, has produced a how-to-kill-yourself video, which will be aired on public television in Oregon this week. The video is based on Humphry’s controversial how-to guide to suicide, “Final Exit”, which has sold more than one million copies and has been printed in 12 languages. WorldNetDaily (WND) reported today that even pro-euthanasia groups think the television suicide promo goes too far. Barbara Coombs Lee, executive director of the Portland-based Compassion in Dying Federation, told WND, “I think it’s reckless, it can give people […]
UNITED NATIONS, Feb 1 (LifeSiteNews) – The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child concluded its three-week winter session Friday by issuing conclusions and recommendations on reports submitted by India, Sierra Leone, Costa Rica, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Armenia, Peru, Grenada, and South Africa. Incredibly, the UN report issued a veiled recommendation for aborting the disabled. Specifically the committee recommended “that early identification programmes be developed to prevent disabilities and implement alternative measures to the institutionalization of children with disabilities.” Early identification of disabilities and “prevention” is nowadays most often associated with prenatal diagnosis of disability […]
UNITED NATIONS, Feb 1 (LifeSiteNews) – While claiming not to promote abortion in countries where it is illegal, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women did just that with Burkina Faso, according to UN reports issued late last week. Mariam Marie-Gisele Guigma, Minister for the Development of Women of Burkina Faso, told the committee that her country’s Family Code contained legislation which “imposed penalties for female genital mutilation, rape, abortion, seduction of minors, public assault on chastity and good morals, incest, bigamy, adultery and incitation of minors to debauchery.” Yet after this clear indication of the […]
Feb. 1 (LifesiteNews) – The United Alternative initiative, which spawned the Canadian Alliance over the weekend, could be taken over by “the Machiavellian Ontario Tories,” according to John Ibbitson in a front page Globe and Mail story on Saturday. Indeed, Ontario Tories Tom Long and Tony Clement, often mentioned Mike Harris and the “Common Sense Revolution” in their frequent appearances as organizational leaders at the United Alternative meeting. For more see today’s LifeSite Special Report.