HOUSE SPEAKER, 202 MEMBERS AND A BISHOP ON EMBRYO RESEARCH

WASHINGTON, July 30, 2001 (LSN.ca) – House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) has come out with a statement with wavering support for life and rejection of the funding of destructive research on human embryos. Yesterday Hastert said, “I personally am pro-life, [and] I think . . . taking and killing those embryos certainly doesn't go along with that sanctity of life issue that I think is important . I don't think at this point there ought to be federal funding, but I want to look at all the debate before I make solid that decision.” In related news, a letter […]
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UN VOICES CONCERN ABOUT DUTCH EUTHANASIA LAW

NEW YORK, July 30, 2001 (LSN.ca) – The United Nations Human Rights Committee has expressed concern over the Dutch law allowing legal euthanasia which is to come into effect in January. On Friday, the Committee issued final recommendations on a report submitted by the Netherlands. The Committee asked the Netherlands to re-examine its euthanasia law to ensure “adequate safeguards against abuse or misuse.” Committee rapporteur Eckart Klein said “The main worry is not only the actual practice, but also the fact that this new law could create precedents that dilute the importance and trivialize this act.” He stated “The practitioner […]
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US NEWS ROUNDUP

A pro-life petition asking President Bush to begin taking actions that would restore full legal protection for unborn babies, ends signup on July 31.  https://www.conservativepetitions.com/petition.html?name=first_step_initiativ
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GREENLAND TOPS NORDIC COUNTRIES IN NUMBER OF ABORTIONS

NUUK, July 27, 2001 (LSN.ca) – Figures from NOMESCO, the Nordic health statistics committee, show that Greenlandic girls aged between 15 and 19, have far more abortions than girls of the same age in Denmark, Finland, the Aland Islands, Norway and Sweden. The report notes that in the mid-1990s, one in ten Greenlandic girls had an abortion while the same figure for the rest of the Nordic region was about one in 50. The report, featured by the Nordic Business Report, also said that Greenland’s teenage girls get pregnant and have children nearly ten times as often as their Nordic […]
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US SENATE PANEL MOVES TO FUND GROUPS PERFORMING AND LOBBYING FOR ABORTION OVERSEAS

WASHINGTON, July 27, 2001 (LSN.ca) – Yesterday the Senate Appropriations Committee moved to reinstate funding for groups which lobby for and perform abortion overseas. The committee approved without challenge a Democrat-sponsored amendment to a foreign aid bill which would overturn Bush’s Mexico City policy. A Republican aide explained the no contest allowance of the amendment, by Democrats Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont and Barbara A. Mikulski of Maryland, saying the Republicans would have lost a vote in the committee. “Rather than have a vote and lose in committee, the decision was made to fight this out later,” the aide told […]
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TWO WOMEN SUE MANITOBA TO FUND ABORTIONS IN PRIVATE CLINICS

WINNIPEG, July 27, 2001 (LSN.ca) – Two women who opted to pay for abortions at a private clinic rather than have their children aborted for free at a hospital are now suing the province for only paying for abortions in hospitals. The women, who cannot be named due to a court order, are being represented by Winnipeg lawyer Robert Tapper. The Winnipeg Sun reports that one of the women is a Winnipeg nurse who had an abortion at the Morgentaler Clinic in 1994. The other woman had an abortion at the same clinic in April 2001. Maria Slykerman, President of […]
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SIRCAM VIRUS ALERT WARNING

WWW, July 27, 2001 (LSN.ca) – A virus known as “Sircam” has been spreading very quickly over the Internet via email. Although LifeSite has never transmitted the virus since our system sends from a server rather than from a personal computer, LifeSite computers have received the virus via email over 100 times in the past two days. Thus we ask that LifeSite subscribers please check your systems for the virus. More information on the virus is available from various antivirus software companies. The fix for the virus and more information can be found at the links below or on other […]
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COURT ORDERS AYLMER CHILDREN CAN BE RETURNED HOME

ST THOMAS, ON, July 26, 2001 (LSN.ca) – The seven children forcibly removed from their home early this month because their parents refused to promise Children’s Aid workers that they would never spank them with a switch were allowed to return home today. A judge heard arguments from the lawyers of the parents and the Children’s Aid Society and agreed to a compromise. The agreement imposes eight conditions on the family including one that the parents will temporarily not spank their children. The court will meet again to continue the proceedings on Sept. 6th. Before and during the proceedings, in […]
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EMBRYO STEM CELL FUNDING ADVOCATES LOBBY BUSH UNDER FALSE PRETENSES

WASHINGTON, July 26, 2001 (LSN.ca) – The lobbying over embryonic stem cell research has stooped to manipulation involving a video demonstrating the results of a stem cell study on paralyzed rats that regain some function in their legs. The video is being promoted by advocates of embryonic stem cell research funding as key evidence to persuade President Bush to decide pro-funding. However, the study in the video does not involve the type of stem cells in question in the funding debate – a critical fact being withheld in media coverage. The study, led by Drs. John Gearhart and Douglas Kerr […]
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US NEWS ROUNDUP

The Catholic News Service reports that the National Black Catholic Apostolate for Life has declared Aug. 4-5 a mobilization weekend in the black community against embryonic stem-cell research. “Black Catholics cannot and will not sit back and allow this attack on human life to go unchallenged,” said Franciscan Father Jim Goode, president of the New York-based apostolate founded in 1997. The group is asking parishes and institutions in the black community throughout the country to send letters and make phone calls to President Bush and to their representatives in Congress asking them not to fund any research that would involve […]
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