LAW CHANGE MULLED AFTER AUSTRALIA COURT REJECTS APPEAL OF RULING ALLOWING LESBIANS IVF

CANBERRA, April 19, 2002 (LSN.ca) – Australian Prime Minister John Howard said Friday that there is “a very strong likelihood” the government will introduce changes to the federal Sex Discrimination Act allowing state governments to restrict artificial procreation treatments to married women and heterosexual couples. The comments came a day after the High Court dismissed an appeal by the country’s Catholic Bishops Conference that sought to overturn a lower court ruling allowing single women and lesbians full access to fertility treatments such as in vitro fertilization. Howard explained his stance against allowing the procedure to single women and lesbians saying, […]
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FDA NOTES CHANGE IN LABELING OF DRUG USED IN RU-486 ABORTIONS

Removes Contraindications and Warns of Harmful Side-Effects WASHINGTON, April 19, 2002 (LSN.ca) – The US Food and Drug Administration yesterday released a labeling change notice to health care workers regarding Cytotec (misoprostol) – one of the drugs used in the RU-486 abortion regimen. Cytotec was originally used to treat ulcers and as such contained a strict labeling warning against use of the drug by pregnant women since it could cause abortion. The FDA explained that the contraindication was removed since “The drug is widely used by obstetricians and gynecologists (OB-Gyns) to induce labor, delivery, and is part of the FDA […]
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CANADIAN SUPREME COURT REJECTS ASSISTED SUICIDE APPEAL

OTTAWA, April 19, 2002 (LSN.ca) – Yesterday the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed the case of Toronto homosexual/AIDS activist James Wakeford who was requesting legal assisted suicide. The case, James Wakeford – v. – Attorney General of Canada was dismissed without comment by Justices L’Heureux-Dubé, Bastarache and Binnie JJ. The Supreme Court of Canada had already decided on the assisted suicide question in 1993 when it rejected the appeal of Lou Gehrig’s disease sufferer Sue Rodriguez, noting that laws against assisted suicide did not infringe her constitutional rights. Wakeford’s lawyer, David Corbett, insisted that the case was different from that […]
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VIRGINIA LAWMAKERS FAIL TO OVERRIDE GOVERNOR’S VETO OF PARTIAL BIRTH ABORTION BAN https://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20020418/ap_wo_en_po/us_virginia_abortion_3 FEDERAL APPEALS COURT NIXES COLORADO LAW REQUIRING PARENTAL NOTIFICATION ON ABORTION https://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20020418/ap_wo_en_ge/us_abortion_notification_1
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US HOUSE PASSES BAN ON INTERSTATE TRANSPORTATION OF MINORS FOR SECRET ABORTIONS

WASHINGTON, April 18, 2002 (LSN.ca) – The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday approved the Child Custody Protection Act (H.R. 476), by a lopsided margin of 260-161. This bill would make it a federal crime to transport a minor across a state line in circumvention of a state law requiring parental or judicial involvement in the minor’s abortion decision. More than 24 states have laws that would be covered by the bill. National Right to Life Committee Legislative Director Douglas Johnson commented, “By passing the Child Custody Protection Act Congress would take a clear stand against the bizarre notion that […]
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UK PRO-LIFE GROUPS LEGAL CHALLENGE TO ABORTIFACIENT PILLS REJECTED

LONDON, April 18, 2002 (LSN.ca) – The English high court has rejected a legal challenge by the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) to sales of the abortifacient morning-after pill from pharmacists. Mr Justice Munby handed down his judgment this morning, after which SPUC announced its intention to seek leave to appeal. The judgement ran to 398 paragraphs in total, but the judge’s principal reason for rejecting SPUC’s case was that the term “miscarriage” in the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 should be understood according to what it means today rather than what it meant when the […]
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PHILIPPINE GROUPS SUE “CATHOLICS” FOR A FREE CHOICE, CHARGING MEDIA LIES

Deceptive International Campaign Funded by U.S. Foundations is Challenged MANILA, April 18, 2002 (c-Fam/LSN.ca) – The latest media campaign of “Catholics” for a Free Choice (CFFC) has finally garnered attention, but it may not be the attention CFFC desired—CFFC is being sued for deceptive advertising. For the past few months, CFFC has purchased billboards and newspaper advertisement in cities worldwide, which claim that Catholic bishops “ban” condoms, and that the Church is responsible for the deaths of millions of people due to HIV/AIDS. In response, a group of pro-life and pro-family advocates in the Philippines has lodged a court complaint […]
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HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS UNION PRESIDENT SLAMS CATHOLIC SCHOOLS OVER HOMOSEXUALITY

Taxes paid by Hundreds of Thousands of Catholics Not Considered ‘Public tax Dollars’ TORONTO, April 18, 2002 (LSN.ca) – Earl Manners, President Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF), in a release denounced a Catholic school’s refusal to allow a student’s homosexual prom date. Commenting on the situation Manners, writes, “why should any institution that receives public tax dollars be allowed to ignore basic rights and protections afforded to all citizens of Ontario?” Manners calls for an end to allowing Catholics to support Catholic education through their education taxes, a right guaranteed in the Constitution. Apparently, education taxes collected from hundreds […]
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MP PLANS PARLIAMENT DEBATE ON LEGAL PROTECTION FOR UNBORN CHILDREN

OTTAWA, April 18, 2002 (LSN.ca) – Today, Garry Breitkreuz, MP for Yorkton-Melville, appealed to Canadians to write their MPs in support of his Private Member’s Motion M-392 that calls for the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights to prepare a report on laws protecting unborn children. “I understand that not all Canadians hold opinions similar to mine that life begins at conception; therefore, I want to use the democratic process to determine what the majority of Canadians do think about this important issue,” said Breitkreuz. The Saskatchewan MP has raised this issue in Parliament on a number of occasions […]
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RU-486 MANUFACTURER WARNS DOCTORS OF TWO DEATHS AND SIX ILLNESSES AFTER USE

NEW YORK, April 18, 2002 (LSN.ca) – Danco Labs., the New York company which manufactures and distributes the abortion pill Mifeprix (RU-486) sent a letter yesterday to health care workers warning of severe complications associated with the deadly drugs. The letter notes that six women have developed serious illnesses and two have died after taking the drugs to induce abortions. The letter also warns doctors that they must report similar complications following the use of the drugs. Three women who took the drug along with misoprostol to expel the aborted baby suffered bleeding caused by rupture of ectopic pregnancies; one […]
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