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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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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FORMER PM TURNER BLAMES PM TRUDEAU FOR ABORTION

TORONTO, October 15, 2001 (LSN.ca) – In an exclusive interview with the Interim newspaper (LifeSite’s parent publication) former Prime Minister John Turner would not accept any blame for bringing abortion to Canada but insisted that the blame belonged to his predecessor, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. The September issue of Interim carries the front-page interview with Turner during which he said, “You have to blame Trudeau for that.” Interim co-editor Paul Tuns, who interviewed Turner for the story, told LifeSite that Turner was very candid and permitted the remark about blaming Trudeau saying, “I have nothing to lose from the Liberal […]
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Boston’s Cardinal Bernard Law spoke to a crowd of 3,500 at the 15th annual walk by Massachusetts Citizens for Life Sunday.  https://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/288/metro/Law_speaks_against_abortion_at_march+.shtml On Sunday California Gov. Gray Davis (D) signed two laws allowing pharmacists to dispense abortifacient morning after pills, homosexual marriage-like benefits, and publicly fund more security at abortion clinics.  https://latimes.com/news/local/la-000082145oct15.story?coll=la%2Dheadlines%2Dcalifornia%2Dmanual Newsmax.com reports on a just released book about the Clintons’ last days in office, by Barbara Olsen, who died in the airliner that terrorists flew into the Pentagon Sept. 11. In “The Final Days,” Olson warned that ex-president Bill Clinton’s pardons of terrorists in New York City “sent […]
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KOPP LOSES EXTRADITION APPEAL – MAY APPEAL ONCE MORE

RENNES, France, October 15, 2001 (LSN.ca) – James C. Kopp, accused of killing abortionist Barnett Slepian has lost his extradition appeal in France. Kopp’s Buffalo attorney Paul J. Cambria said, “Ultimately, I want him back here, and he wants to come back here to fight these charges. But his French attorney has been telling him to keep fighting extradition, because he couldn’t possibly get a fair trial in this country.” Acting U.S. Attorney Kathleen M. Mehltretter said Friday that Kopp lost an appeal last week in France’s highest judicial court, “but he can still make one more appeal to the […]
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CHILE TO DISTRIBUTE FREE ABORTIFACIENT MORNING AFTER PILL

SANTIAGO, October 15, 2001 (LSN.ca) – Chilean Health Minister Michelle Bachelet announced Thursday that health care officials will distribute the abortifacient morning after pill, Postinor-2, free of charge. The decision comes as a surprise since Chile’s Supreme Court banned a similar morning after pill on August 30. However, the ruling reflects an appeals court ruling Wednesday which permitted the new pill. The same day that the Supreme Court in Chile banned the morning after pill -Postinal – since it can cause an abortion, the Ministry of Health approved Postinor-2 arguing that the court only banned a certain brand-name of abortifacient […]
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HOME SCHOOLED CHILDREN HAVE BETTER SOCIAL SKILLS SAYS STUDY

VANCOUVER, BC, October 15, 2001 (LSN.ca) – Home schooled children are, on average, more academically and socially advanced than public and private school students, according to a new study, “Home Schooling: From the Extreme to the Mainstream”, released last week by The Fraser Institute. Contrary to the concerns of the educational establishment, the typical home schooled child participates in a wide variety of extracurricular activities, including afternoon and weekend programs with public school students, day-time field trips and co-operative programs with groups of other home schooled kids. Ninety-eight percent of home schooled students are involved in two or more outside […]
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NOBEL PEACE PRIZE AWARDED TO UNITED NATIONS AND KOFI ANNAN

UNITED NATIONS, October 15, 2001 (LSN.ca) – The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded jointly to the United Nations and its Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Friday. Following the award, the organization and its leader were heaped with accolades by world leaders, but given sharp criticism by pro-life leaders. Jim Hughes, National President of Campaign Life Coalition Canada reacted to the announcement of the awards saying, “I’m appalled.” Hughes recalled the atrocious record of the United Nations in promoting abortion through its various agencies UNFPA, UNICEF, UNIFEM, UNDP, and the personal efforts of Kofi Annan to promote population control. UNFPA, in conjunction […]
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EVEN CHINA BACKING AWAY FROM ABORTION PILL

BEIJING, October 11, 2001 (LSN.ca) – While Chinese manufactured abortion pills are available in the United States with FDA approval, China is backing away from all-out endorsement of the drugs. The Beijing Youth Daily reported on Wednesday that the State Drug Administration banned the sale of abortion pills at pharmacies and said Beijing drugstores had already stopped selling the drugs. Reuters reports that the newspaper quoted specialists as saying unregulated use of the abortion drug could lead to incomplete abortions, major blood loss, infections and impotence. See the Reuters report at:  https://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20011010/hl/suicide_1.html
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BRITISH HIGH COURT HEARS ARGUMENTS IN ASSISTED SUICIDE CASE

Lawyer argues Right to Life Includes Right to Die LONDON, October 11, 2001 (LSN.ca) – Dianne Pretty, a 47-year-old British woman suffering from motor neurone disease, was in court Tuesday on the first day of a hearing about her desired assisted suicide. Pretty’s lawyer, Philip Havers, argued at the High Court that the refusal to allow her husband to assist her with suicide contravenes the Human Rights Convention by subjecting her to inhuman and degrading treatment. In a bizarre twist, Havers argued further that prohibitions against Mrs. Pretty’s assisted suicide violate her right to life under Article 2 of the […]
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