POPE REAFFIRMS IMPOSSIBILITY OF HOMOSEXUAL MARRIAGE

VATICAN, Feb 1, 2001 (LSN.ca) – Speaking to Vatican court officials today, Pope John Paul II stressed the constant teaching of the Church that homosexual marriages are contrary to nature. Marriage is of its nature “ordered for the good of the spouses and generation and education of children,” said the pope. He argued that marriage is a “natural reality … evident to reason” and not a mere social construct. The pope suggested that “truth” about marriage is “not only being disregarded but openly contested.” He said that this trend is clearly evidenced in the attempt to make homosexual unions equal […]
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CANADIAN ETHICIST PROMOTES HUMAN CLONING

OTTAWA, Feb 1, 2001 (LSN.ca) – Tim Caulfield, a prominent Canadian ethicist, has argued in favour of allowing human cloning, even reproductive human cloning. The National Post reported yesterday that Caulfield, research director of the University of Alberta’s Health Law Institute, said, “With a criminal law against cloning … we’re casting a possible chill over possible scientific inquiry that may be beneficial. When you have a criminal law, it sends a strong symbolic statement.” He argued that he was in favour of cloning since he believes “human beings are so much more than just their genes.” Canada is one of […]
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SASKATCHEWAN TO ALLOW M.A.P. WITHOUT PRESCRIPTION BY APRIL

REGINA, Feb 1, 2001 (LSN.ca) – The abortifacient morning-after-pill, Plan B, is set to be dispensed without a doctor’s prescription in Saskatchewan this April. Ray Joubert, registrar of the Saskatchewan Pharmaceutical told the Globe and Mail yesterday that the drug will be available from pharmacists, but stocked behind the counter. Plan B acts to make the mother’s body inhospitable to the human embryo (embryo – fertilized ovum – the first stage of human life) by weakening the uterine wall, thus not allowing implantation, leading to the death of the already conceived human being. Mark Beaudet, vice-president of Montreal-based Paladin Labs, […]
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MAJOR CHANGE OF FOCUS SEEN FROM US REPS AT UN

Applause Marks Bush Administration Support for Family UNITED NATIONS, Feb 1, 2001 (LSN.ca) – As the preparatory sessions for the UN Children’s Special Session scheduled for September got underway in New York, the Bush Administration signaled a major change in focus. Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute reported that today Ambassador Michael Southwick, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations, veered sharply from previous US policy on the question of parents and the family. C-Fam notes that Clinton Administration negotiators tended to fight mention of the family and were the leading forces against the rights of parents in UN […]
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