HOMOSEXUAL BENEFITS BILL PASSES SECOND READING

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 […]
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UTAH SENATE PASSES BAN ON ADOPTION BY UNWED COUPLES

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.
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LIFESITE NEWSBYTES

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 […]
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CLINTON USES AIDS TO SCARE AFRICA INTO CONDOMS

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 […]
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ADVENTISTS PUSH FOR CONSCIENCE LEGISLATION IN ALBERTA

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 […]
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NEW BC PREMIER NO FRIEND OF LIFE OR FAMILY

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 […]
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HOMOSEXUAL ACTIVISTS TARGET DR. LAURA

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 […]
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FDA DELAYS RU-486 APPROVAL IN US

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. 
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LIFESITE NEWSBYTES

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 […]
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US NEWS ROUNDUP

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 […]
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