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New York Cardinal Egan is heading to Albany, the state capital to lobby legislators on a bill which threatens to force the Catholic Church to provide contraceptive benefits for its employees. The New York post reports that one Senate insider said the Cardinal’s presence will cause them to “[soil] their pants.”  https://www.nypostonline.com/commentary/24353.htm
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U.S. OBJECTORS TO CLINTON AT CATHOLIC FUNDRAISER REPORTED TO U.S. CONSULATE

Sister Claims She Did Not Know Of Clinton’s Pro-abortion Record HAMILTON, ON, Feb 21, 2001 (LSN.ca) – LifeSite has been contacted by U.S. residents who communicated with the Sisters of St. Joseph in Hamilton, Ontario to object to the Sisters’ approval of former President Bill Clinton as a speaker for their Catholic hospital fundraiser. Sister Anne Anderson, President and Chair of the St. Joseph’s Health Care System, had returned calls and left messages indicating that she was reporting the calls to the U.S. Consulate. One message left by Sister Anderson on the answering machine of California resident Allyson Smith said, […]
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CLINTON ASKED TO DOUBLE ENGAGEMENT FOR CATHOLIC HOSPITAL

Still no Comment From Church Officials HAMILTON, ON, Feb 21, 2001 (LSN.ca) – LifeSite has learned that the Morgan Firestone Foundation that invited former President Clinton to speak at a fundraiser for a Catholic hospital in Hamilton, Ontario has asked if he could an additional night for the fundraiser. Dowhaniuk told LifeSite that since the 1,090 tickets sold out the first day, there was a waiting list of some 800 people. Dowhaniuk has since learned that the New York firm that manages Clinton’s bookings was not able to book another engagement. While there has been no official word of protest […]
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POLL: CANADIANS OPPOSE HUMAN CLONING BUT APPROVE USE OF EMBRYO STEM CELLS

OTTAWA, Feb 21, 2001 (LSN.ca) – In a survey whose results are aimed at Health Canada and other professional organizations, it was reported that 62% of Canadians supported using stem cells from human embryos to produce human organs. The survey, which polled approximately 2,600 Canadians aged 15 and older, found a vast majority of respondents disagreed with human reproductive cloning. However, the PricewaterhouseCoopers poll, with a margin of error of 1.8 percentage points 19 times out of 20, found that 60% supported using human embryos for research. For more see the National Post at:  https://www.nationalpost.com/home/story.html?f=/stories/20010221/480944.html
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VATICAN GIVES EXAMPLE ON CHURCH INVOLVEMENT IN POLITICS

ROME, Feb 21, 2001 (LSN.ca) – The Vatican has commenced meetings with Italian political parties to encourage them, regardless of political affiliation, to uphold values of central concern to the Church. Zenit News reported yesterday that Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Vatican secretary of state, confirmed that the Vatican is engaged in providing Catholics with information on the stands of politicians regarding key issues. The issues of life and abortion are given foremost consideration. A list of issues in consideration mentioned by Cardinal Sodano were: life and abortion, aid to private schools, family, and solidarity. “These are topics that are heartfelt by […]
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DOMINICAN CARDINAL TO HEAD YEARLY CAMPAIGN FOR UNBORN

SANTO DOMINGO, Feb 21, 2001 (LSN.ca) – Cardinal Nicolas de Jesús López Rodríguez, archbishop of Santo Domingo, says he will head a campaign every year in defense of the unborn. Zenit News reported yesterday that the Cardinal requested governmental authority to promulgate the Dominican Republic law declaring March 25, the feast of the Annunciation, as the “Day of the Unborn.” While the law was recently approved by Congress, the national executive must promulgate it. For more see Zenit News at:  www.zenit.org
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MORNING AFTER PILLS ALLOWED WITHOUT PRESCRIPTION IN VIRGINIA

RICHMOND, Feb 21, 2001 (LSN.ca) – Yesterday the Virginia Senate passed legislation allowing pharmacists to dispense abortifacient morning-after pills without prescriptions. One major detail left to be worked out is whether teenagers under 18 should be required to obtain the consent of a parent before obtaining the drugs. For more see the Washington Post at:  www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A31734-2001Feb20.html
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BUSH SELECTS US AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED NATIONS

WASHINGTON, Feb 20,2001 (LSN.ca) – US President George W. Bush has selected John D. Negroponte to serve as the US Ambassador to the United Nations. Social conservatives had hoped that the sensitive post would have been awarded to a known pro-lifer, however Mr. Negroponte’s record on life issues is unknown and some past associations are seen as cause for concern. News reports indicate Negroponte is a consummate politician having served as a diplomat for some 37 years. He was Ambassador to Honduras, Mexico and the Philippines, and worked in the National Security Council under Dr. Henry Kissinger and again under […]
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PETITION CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED IN FAVOUR OF LATIMER CLEMENCY

OTTAWA, Feb 20, 2001 (LSN.ca) – The Canadian Civil Liberties Association has launched a petition to ask the federal government to grant Robert Latimer clemency in the 1993 “mercy” killing of his disabled daughter Tracy. The petition has additional serious implications in that it also asks for the abolition of mandatory minimum sentences. LifeSite has received reports that the petition has circulated in communities across Canada in local newspapers. The campaign capitalizes on media misinformation about Latimer’s case. The petition reads, “whereas it shocks the conscience of Canadians that a compassionate father must be punished as severely as a malevolent […]
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ARIZONA ABORTIONIST CONVICTED OF MANSLAUGHTER

PHOENIX, Feb 20, 2001 (LSN.ca) – Abortionist John Biskind was convicted of manslaughter today as a jury returned a guilty verdict in the case. Carol Stuart-Schadoff, the former administrator of the Phoenix abortuary was found guilty of negligent homicide. Biskind’s victim, LouAnne Herron, was left to bleed to death after Biskind punctured her uterus during a supposedly “safe and legal” late-term abortion on April 17, 1998. See LifeSite’s ongoing coverage of the case:  https://lsn.ca/ldn/1998/aug/980817.html#3 https://lsn.ca/ldn/1999/jan/990113.html#4 https://lsn.ca/ldn/1999/jan/990114.html#2 See coverage from Nando Times at:  https://www.nandotimes.com/noframes/story/0,2107,500311882-500501917-503542652-0,00.html
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