UN THREATENS NICARAGUA WITH BLACKMAIL OVER ABORTION

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 […]
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PROVINCE REACTS TO FEDERAL HOMOSEXUAL BILL WITH FAMILY LAW

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 […]
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BILL TO DEFUND ELECTIVE ABORTIONS PROPOSED

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 […]
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US CONGRESS CONSIDERS DEFENDING VATICAN AT UN

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 […]
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US NEWS ROUNDUP

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 […]
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HOMOSEXUAL JUDGE UNDERMINES CATHOLIC EDUCATION IN AUSTRALIA

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 […]
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US OFFICIAL DECRIES UN FOR PROMOTING ABORTION IN KOSOVO

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 […]
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Ottawa Report

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 […]
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LIFESITE NEWSBYTES

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 […]
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ABORTED BABY TISSUE USED COMMONLY IN HOSPITAL TESTS

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)
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