UK TO GIVE ANIMALS POWERFUL ‘BILL OF RIGHTS’ WHILE UNBORN HUMANS HAVE NONE

LONDON, April 30, 2002 (LSN.ca) – The British government is working on legislation to give dogs, cats, and other house pets and circus animals a legal bill of rights which would hold owners liable to prosecution if the rights are violated. The Sunday Times reports that Elliot Morley, an environment minister is drawing up the proposals with the help of The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. In a speech today Morley will announce the proposals. “We need to modernise the law by setting minimum standards for the animals in our care. We have an obligation to […]
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UNITED STATES REGAINS UNITED NATIONS HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION SEAT https://www.canoe.ca/CNEWSTopNews/un_apr29-ap.html TEXAS SUPREME COURT ALLOWS MINOR TO HAVE AN ABORTION WITHOUT NOTIFYING PARENTS https://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/story.hts/front/1389692
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US PRIESTS FOR LIFE DIRECTOR COMMENTS ON SEXUAL ABUSE SCANDAL

NEW YORK, April 30, 2002 (LSN.ca) – Anthony DeStefano, the Executive Director of Priests for Life, has commented on the abuse scandal in a release entitled Memo to Catholics: Stop Playing Defense! DeStefano describes himself as “a lay person who has worked closely with the clergy for over a decade, and who has seen first-hand how heroically selfless and self-sacrificing our Roman Catholic priests truly are.” While he acknowledges the horror of the crimes committed by guilty priests and stresses that they should be punished, he asserts that the media attacks on the church over this issue are motivated by […]
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BUSH MENTIONS SANCTITY OF LIFE IN NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER PROCLAMATION

WASHINGTON, April 30, 2002 (LSN.ca) – In his proclamation for the US National Day of Prayer Friday, President George W. Bush noted the sanctity of human life. In a proclamation overflowing with references to God, a taboo on the Canadian political scene, Bush included a line sure to endear his pro-life supporters. “We offer thanks for the countless blessings God has provided. And we thank God for sanctifying every human life by creating each of us in His image,” he said. For the full National Day of Prayer Proclamation see the White House at:  https://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2002/04/20020426-2.html
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CANADA’S FUNDING OF EMBRYONIC STEM CELL RESEARCH PUT ON HOLD 1 YEAR

OTTAWA, April 30, 2002 (LSN.ca) – The federal funding agency, Canadian Institutes for Health Research, has announced that it has postponed its grants for research involving embryonic stem cell research until next April. Moreover, Genome Canada, another federal funding agency has said it will go along with the CIHR decision and postpone funding as well. The hold comes after CIHR president Alan Bernstein came under heavy fire by the Health Committee for releasing funding guidelines prior to federal legislation on the issue. The delay will give legislators a chance to debate the reproductive technology legislation which Health Minister Anne McLellan […]
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SASKATCHEWAN MP FRUSTRATED THAT ABORTION DEBATE NOT PERMITTED IN COMMONS

Not One of the 235 Private Members’ Bills During Current Parliament Have Been Adopted. OTTAWA, April 30, 2002 (LSN.ca) – Saskatchewan MP Garry Breitkreuz has told the media he is bracing to have the Prime Minister’s Office shut down his motion to open discussion in parliament on when human life begins. The motion is scheduled to be put to the House of Commons on May 22. “I think the government should have to listen to the views of Canadians,” said a very frustrated Mr. Breitkreuz. Breitkreuz told the Saskatoon Star Phoenix that his frustration is fuelled by the knowledge that […]
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STUDY FINDS FERTILITY FADES IN WOMEN BEGINNING IN THEIR 20s https://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/health/newsid_1958000/1958465.stm UK GENERAL MEDICAL COUNCIL DRAWING UP GUIDELINES ON WITHHOLDING TREATMENT https://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/health/newsid_1958000/1958969.stm WOMAN WHO SUCCESSFULLY APPEALED TO UK HIGH COURT FOR RIGHT TO REFUSE TREATMENT DIES https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/0,,1-282643,00.html DOCTORS SAY CONJOINED NEWBORN TWINS MUST BE SEPARATED https://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20020430/ap_wo_en_ge/britain_conjoined_twins_1
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HIGH SCHOOL SHOOTER IN GERMANY ADDICTED TO VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES

ERFURT, Germany, April 29, 2002 (LSN.ca) – Robert Steinhauser, the former student who killed 16 people and injured 10 others in a shooting massacre at a high school in Germany was heavily involved in violent computer video games. Der Spiegel magazine reports that Steinhauser spent much of his time playing the games with his favourite being Counterstrike” in which anti-terror units wearing masks battle each other to death. Steinhauser also wore a black mask and dark clothes to carry out his attack. Related links:  Video violence fears real   https://www.family.org/cforum/fnif/news/a0018973.html Video game violence: what does the research say?  https://www.mediafamily.org/research/vgrc/1998-2.shtml Interview […]
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FAMOUS ‘DOLLY’ CLONING SCIENTISTS SAYS EVERY CLONED ANIMAL SUFFERS DEFECTS

“No justification for believing that this will not happen with humans.” EDINBURGH, Scotland, April 29, 2002 (LSN.ca) – Ian Wilmut, of the Roslin research centre in Scotland who is best known for his work in creating Dolly the cloned sheep, says every cloned animal is genetically and physically defective. Dolly the sheep itself suffers from premature arthritis, and Wilmut says cloned mice, cows, sheep and pigs all show developmental difficulties. Wilmut published a new study over the weekend which surveyed cloning experiments around the world. The major defects found include mice becoming grotesquely fat, white blood cell production in a […]
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EUROPEAN COURT RULES AGAINST ASSISTED SUICIDE IN PRETTY CASE

STRASBOURG, April 29, 2002 (LSN.ca) – The European Court of Human Rights ruled against assisted suicide today in the case of Dianne Pretty – a UK woman suffering from motor neurone disease. After having her case rejected by the UK High Court, Pretty appealed to the European Court to have her husband be allowed to assist in her suicide without being punished. The seven member court ruled unanimously that the refusal of the UK to allow her husband to assist in her suicide did not violate the European Convention on Human Rights. Pretty perversely claimed that the “right to life” […]
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