U.S COURT RULES TAXPAYERS MUST FUND PORN IN PUBLIC LIBRARIES

WASHINGTON, May 31, 2002 (LSN.ca) – A three-judge panel for the federal district court in Philadelphia issued its ruling today holding that the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) is unconstitutional. CIPA requires public schools (K-12th grade) and public libraries, that accept certain federal subsidies for Internet access, to use blocking technology on any of its computers with Internet access. The purpose is to protect against user access to visual depictions that are obscene or child pornography, and material harmful to minors when a minor is using a computer. It permits a library official to disable the technology during use by […]
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INTERNATIONAL EXPERT FINDS CANADIAN STEM CELL LEGISLATION DEEPLY FLAWED

OTTAWA, May 31, 2002 (LSN.ca) – Dr. Dianne Irving, a leading international expert on new reproductive technologies, has reviewed the proposed Canadian legislation, Bill C-56 and has found it completely inadequate.  Dr. Irving, whose Ph.D. included a doctoral concentration in secular bioethics at the world’s foremost bioethics institute, noted that the bill was poorly prepared using faulty science and lacking basic definitions necessary to have the law actually ban cloning as it claims it does.  Irving points out in her analysis that the Bill erroneously or inadequately defines or completely fails to define several key terms. She suggests that if […]
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MAJORITY OF CANADIANS WANT STRONGER CHILD PORN LAWS AND HIGHER AGE OF CONSENT

86% Disagreed With the Recent Acquittal of John Robin Sharpe on Possession and Distribution Charges   VANCOUVER, May 31, 2002 (LSN.ca) – Canadian Alliance Justice Critic, Vic Toews, joined today with Focus on the Family Canada to announce the results of a nationwide poll concerning child pornography legislation and the age of sexual consent.  The POLLARA poll, commissioned this month by Focus on the Family, showed that:  * 86% of respondents disagreed with the recent ruling that acquitted John Robin Sharpe of possessing and distributing child pornography on the grounds that his writings depicting violence and sex involving adults with […]
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B.C. TO DISBAND ITS HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION

VICTORIA, May 31, 2002 (LSN.ca) – The B.C. Liberals tabled draft legislation to scrap the province’s Human Rights Commission, leaving only a simple tribunal to hear complaints. The move, if it goes ahead next fall, would make B.C. the first province to tackle the power-hungry bodies whose zany decisions have removed citizen’s basic liberties.  Attorney-General Geoff Plant said his goal is to restore “public confidence” in human rights protection. “The process has been rife with delay, people caught within human rights complaints usually feel like they’re lost in some kind of Kafkaesque nightmare.”  Jon Hof, B.C. president of Campaign Life […]
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COALITION LAUNCHES EMERGENCY PETITION AGAINST FLAWED STEM CELL BILL

  VICTORIA, May 31, 2002 (LSN.ca) – A coalition of Canadian organizations and individuals has launched an emergency petition campaign to address the serious flaws in Bill C-56, The Assisted Human Reproduction Act.  The petition recognizes that many “Canadians suffer from debilitating illnesses and diseases” and that the petitioners “support ethical stem cell research that has already shown encouraging potential to provide cures and therapies for these illnesses and diseases.” The petition emphasizes “the already proven value of non-embryonic stem cell research and calls upon Parliament to focus its legislative support on adult stem cell research…” Campaign Life Coalition, as […]
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HYSTERECTOMY SURGEON REPRIMANDED FOR ABORTION WITHOUT CONSENT

LONDON, England, May 31, 2002 (LSN.ca) – A surgeon who aborted a baby without the mother’s consent – during a hysterectomy she herself had requested – was found guilty of serious professional misconduct Thursday by England’s General Medical Council, the Independent newspaper reports.  Barbara Whiten, now 43, did not know she was 11 weeks pregnant when she sought a hysterectomy in 1993 to relieve abdominal pain. Reginald Dixon, now retired, discovered the fetus but proceeded with removing the ovaries and uterus with the fetus inside. Although Mrs. Whiten herself sought to have herself sterlized, she has repeatedly complained that, “The […]
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SWISS TO HOLD ABORTION REFERENDUM ON JUNE 2

GENEVA, May 31, 2002 (LSN.ca) – A year ago, LifeSite reported that Switzerland’s socialist-controlled parliament passed a law legalizing abortion on demand in the first three months of pregnancy. But Swiss pro-lifers triggered a referendum with a 120,000-signature petition with two-thirds of the signatures believed to be those of women.  The most recent opinion poll indicates that a majority of Swiss people – 63 per cent – support “updating” the 1942 law that has limited access to abortion in predominantly Catholic cantons.  Even so, around 12,000 abortions are done each year because many doctors are willing to approve the procedure.  […]
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US CONSIDERS WITHDRAWING FROM PEACEKEEPING OPERATION BECAUSE OF INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT

VIENNA, May 30, 2002 (LSN.ca) – In an address to the Permanent Council of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) U.S. diplomat Douglas Davidson gave more details on the US formal notification to the UN that it would not become a party to the Rome Statute creating the International Criminal Court (ICC).  In the May 9 address, obtained by LifeSite, Davidson noted that the ICC treaty “has significant defects” which “may constrain the willingness of the U.S. and perhaps other nations to engage in military operations, such as peacekeeping, because military personnel would be at risk of […]
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WORLD BANK’S $20 MILLION DECEPTIVE POPULATION CONTROL PUSH IN PHILIPPINES

MANILA, May 29, 2002 (LSN.ca) – The World Bank and unidentified “foreign donors” have launched a $20 million (USD) campaign to push population control on the Philippines.  Dubbed the “Maternal Health and Population Management Program,” the venture is set for implementation starting 2004 or 2005. However, the Philippine government under President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has resisted the population control push with good reason.  The push for population control in the Philippines, which includes dire predictions of mass starvation if the population is not culled, is out of step with United Nations population forecasts for the country.  At a recent UN meeting […]
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US HOUSE PASSES BILL AFTER REMOVING UNFPA FUNDING STIPULATION

WASHINGTON, May 30, 2002 (LSN.ca) – In a victory for pro-lifers, the US House has passed a Supplemental Appropriations Bill which was stripped of UNFPA funding language. After pro-lifers in the US led by the Population Research Institute pointed out to the Bush administration the involvement of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) with China’s coercive abortion regime, the administration withheld $34 million in UNFPA designated funds.  Language in the original Appropriations bill would have forced President Bush to release the UNFPA funds.  The House passed the bill Friday without the UNFPA language in a vote of 280-138.  See related […]
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