OPPOSITION PARTIES IN SPAIN WANT TO ALLOW MORE ABORTIONS

MADRID, October 17, 2001 (LSN.ca) – Despite serious concerns about the declining population level, Spanish legislators are urging greater access to abortion. Several opposition parties in the Spanish Parliament are urging more liberal abortion laws. El Mundo, reported yesterday on the frustration of five pro-abortion opposition parties who want the parliament to consider allowing more abortions. PSOE, the leading opposition party, supports an extension of the law to allow abortions on the grounds of “serious personal, family or social conflict” and no longer make them punishable with a prison sentence. According to demographer Juan Antonio Fernandez of Spain’s Superior Council […]
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CONGRESSIONAL HEARING ON CHINA’S COERCIVE POPULATION CONTROL

WASHINGTON, October 17, 2001 (LSN.ca) – An investigation of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) activities in China by the Population Research Institute (PRI) prompted a Congressional hearing on coercive forms of population control in China, held today. The hearing, entitled “Coercive Population Control in China: New Evidence of Forced Abortion and Sterilization”, heard testimony from PRI President Steven Mosher and the lead investigator of the PRI-sponsored investigation of UNFPA operations in China. During its recent investigation in China, a team of PRI investigators discovered a policy of forced abortion and sterilization enforced in a region where UNFPA operates. UNFPA, […]
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OBEYING UNITED NATIONS NEPAL LEGALIZES ABORTION

KATHMANDU, October 17, 2001 (LSN.ca) – Less than two months after being told to do so by the United Nations, Nepal’s MPs have, for the first time, voted to legalize abortion. On Tuesday Oct. 9, the House of Representatives approved the 11th Amendment to the Civil Code allowing abortion in cases of rape or incest up to 10 weeks into the pregnancy and abortion at any time where pregnancy poses any danger to the physical or mental health of the mother or if the child will be disabled. Agence France Presse reported that 112 MPs in the 205-member house voted […]
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CONCERN THAT PROPOSED TERRORISM LAW COULD TARGET PRO-LIFERS

OTTAWA, October 17, 2001 (LSN.ca) – An anti-terrorism bill entailing broad powers of arrest and detention and a massive loss of rights of the accused has pro-lifers concerned since the legislation’s definition of terrorism could be interpreted to include pro-life groups. The apprehension is warranted given a government intelligence agency document which includes the “pro-life movement” under the category of “single issue terrorism.” (see the Canadian Security Intelligence Service CSIS document: https://www.csis-scrs.gc.ca/eng/comment/com74_e.html) Presented in the House of Commons Monday, the Liberal Government’s the Anti-Terrorism Act, Bill C-36, would allow for arrest and confinement by police for up to 72 hours […]
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US NEWS ROUNDUP

MASS GENETIC SCREENING FOR CYSTIC FIBROSIS Under new guidelines taking effect this month, obstetricians and gynecologists are supposed to offer the gene test to every Caucasian—or the partner of a Caucasian—who is pregnant or considering having a baby. It marks the first time gene tests are being offered to the general population. Pressure to abort the unborn will now increase in response to positive tests.  https://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/asection/la-000081838oct14.story MASS. SUPREME COURT RULES FOR BIOLOGICAL OVER SURROGATE PARENTS The Supreme Judicial Court, in a 7-0 ruling Friday, declared that a couple whose twins were born to a surrogate mother were the children’s legal […]
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AUSTRALIAN COURT RULES TRANSSEXUAL MARRIAGE VALID

SYDNEY, October 16, 2001 (LSN.ca) – Australian Family Court Justice Richard Chisholm ruled Friday that marriage between two women is valid since one of the partners had sexual reassignment surgery. The alarming ruling says that there is no persuasive reason to assume, for the purposes of marriage, that “if a person is a male or female at birth, the person must be a male or female at the date of the marriage”. The Federal Attorney-General opposed the case, arguing the husband was not a man under marriage law. He submitted the meaning of the word “man” in the Marriage Act […]
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DESIGNER BABY PROCEDURE USED FOR UK FAMILY IN SEARCH OF MARROW TRANSPLANT MATCH

LONDON, October 16, 2001 (LSN.ca) – British newspapers report that an unnamed couple has undergone IVF treatment in the United States to select a child with a genetic match to their four-year-old son who has leukemia. The unborn “designer” baby is expected to be born at the end of the year. The parents say the procedure was undertaken in case their son’s leukemia relapses and he is in need of a bone marrow transplant. The mother traveled to Chicago for the £30,000 treatment. As with all IVF treatment, the procedure creates many embryos (live children) and implants only a few, […]
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UNITED NATIONS ON ANTI-SPANKING RAMPAGE

NEW YORK, October 16, 2001 (LSN.ca) – The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child has released a document containing some of its most explicit statements mandating the elimination of spanking by parents in the home. Published Oct. 12, the committee’s final conclusions and recommendations on the compliance reports of Mauritania, Kenya, Oman, Portugal, Qatar, Uzbekistan, Gambia, Paraguay, Cameroon and Cape Verde, call for the elimination of the practice. In reference to Portugal, a UN report quotes the committee as recommending the state “adopt legislation prohibiting corporal punishment in the family and in any other contexts not covered […]
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HHS AWARDS FIRST-EVER GRANTS TO PROMOTE ADOPTION AWARENESS

WASHINGTON, October 16, 2001 (LSN.ca) – HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson today announced the release of $8.6 million in grants to start a new program to raise awareness about adoption as an option for pregnant women. The four grant recipients – all adoption centers – will train health care workers at federally funded health centers and clinics to provide pregnant women with information about adoption, as well as other options, when providing counseling and other services. “Women should know that adoption often makes sense both for themselves and for their unborn children,” Secretary Thompson said. “These grants are an important […]
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PRO-LIFER ALEX VERNON CLEARED OF ALL CHARGES

TORONTO, October 16, 2001 (LSN.ca) – Toronto sidewalk counselor Alex Vernon went before a judge, Oct. 11, to enter into a common-law peace-bond. In the agreement, the crown withdrew charges on the condition that Vernon refrain from communicating with a Scott abortuary staff member, and not be found within 100 feet of that abortuary located at 157 Gerrard Street East. Defense Counsel Blaise MacLean considered the Peace Bond an acceptable resolution to a confusing series of events that began when Vernon was arrested February 26, while standing outside of the injunction zone surrounding the abortuary. Vernon was strip searched during […]
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