ASSISTED SUICIDE ADVOCATE DIES NATURALLY, PAINLESSLY

LUTON, ENGLAND, May 14, 2002 (LSN.ca) – Euthanasia proponent Diane Pretty, 43, died naturally and painlessly on Saturday, May 11 in a hospice near her home with her husband at her side. She died after slipping into a coma related to complications from motor neuron disease, the degenerative nervous system disorder that, since she contracted it in 1999, had paralysed her from the neck down.  Last fall, Mrs. Pretty and her husband Brian launched a court challenge to win him the right to help her commit suicide without risk of prosecution, reports CNS News. (Suicide is legal in Britain but […]
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KOPP CLAIMS HE FLED TO AVOID FATE OF CANADIAN PRO-LIFER

WASHINGTON, May 13, 2002 (LSN.ca) – James Kopp, the pro-life activist charged with the 1998 murder of Buffalo abortionist Barnett Slepian, claims that he did not flee the United States because he was guilty, but because he feared that he might be killed, as he believes happened to Canadian pro-lifer Maurice Lewis, who died in September, 1997 under mysterious circumstances.  In a letter written to friends while he was in prison in France in 2001, Kopp claimed that he was innocent in the Slepian killing.  In response to questions as to why he fled, he wrote “The answer is a […]
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MARCH FOR LIFE 2002 SUCCESS

OTTAWA, May 13, 2002 (LSN.ca) – Organizers estimate that 2,300 people participated in this year’s March for Life on Parliament Hill.  Pro-lifers from across Canada rallied to this year’s theme, “Let them live.” The march was given extra timeliness due to the previous day’s introduction of Bill C-56, the Assisted Human Reproduction Act, which allows for the destruction of living human embryos for research purposes.  Campaign Life National President Jim Hughes told the crowd, “We must let them know there is no such thing as a spare embryo. We must also let them know that if they vote for this […]
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PRO-FAMILY VICTORY AT UNITED NATIONS CHILDREN’S SESSION

Fanatical pro-abortion Canadian Delegation Walked out Because of US Pro-Life Stand UNITED NATIONS, May 13, 2002 (LSN.ca) – A LifeSite correspondent at the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on Children reports that the final outcome document of the session does not contain references to “reproductive health services” – language which a former Canadian delegation to the UN revealed includes abortion.  The Special Session which ended Friday after heated round-the-clock negotiations saw Canada and the European Union, along with a few Latin American countries, battling for language to promote abortion, homosexuality and graphic sex education for children.  However, the courageous […]
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COURT FORBIDS CATHOLIC SCHOOL FROM BARRING HOMOSEXUAL DATE FROM PROM

Coren says Canadian “pluralism has died at the hands of intolerant people”  TORONTO, May 13, 2002 (LSN.ca) – In an interim ruling Friday, Ontario Superior Court Justice Robert MacKinnon ruled that a Catholic School and the Catholic school board could not forbid a 17-year-old male student from bringing his homosexual ‘boyfriend’ to the school prom.  The prom was held Friday night and the injunction ruling was expedited so as to allow Marc and his “boyfriend” to attend the prom. The date of the ruling did not afford the school the opportunity to appeal the ruling prior to the prom.  The […]
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SCOTLAND MOVES TO APPROVE SAME-SEX MARRIAGE

EDINBURGH, May 9, 2002 (LSN.ca) – The Scotsman newspaper reports that city registrars in Scotland will soon recognize and publicly register homosexual marriages.  In a related move, Robin Harper, a Green Party MSP (Member of the Scottish Parliament), backed by nearly 20 other MSPs, will demand that the Scottish Executive set up a national register of civic partnership which will allow homosexuals and unmarried couples the same protection under the law as those contracting legal marriages.  The Catholic Church in Scotland condemned partnership ceremonies as “damaging” to the institution of marriage. “These ceremonies would appear to be an attempt to […]
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NEW ZEALAND TO PROCEED WITH IVF EXPERIMENTATION ON HUMAN EMBRYOS

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND, May 9, 2002 (LSN.ca) – New Zealand scientists are applying to a national ethics body for permission to experiment with, and in the process destroy, human embryos in a quest to improve artificial fertility treatments, CNSNews.com reports. Peter Benny, medical director of the Fertility Centre in Christchurch Women's Hospital, wants to learn how genes behave during egg maturation, fertilization and embryo growth. He wants to identify which embryos are most likely to lead to a successful pregnancy after artificial insemination. Benny says researchers want approval to move on from non-viable embryos – those that have too few […]
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CANADIAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS PRO-LIFE COMMITTEE ENDORSES MARCH FOR LIFE

OTTAWA, May 9, 2002 (LSN.ca) – The Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF), founded by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Knights of Columbus to promote respect for human life and dignity and the essential role of the family, has issued a statement on the March for Life.  “May each and every person marching in the National March for Life under this year’s theme, ‘Let Them Live,’ reaffirm his or her personal commitment to give even the tiniest and earliest life the chance it needs and deserves!” says the letter.  Then reminding pro-lifers that they must put […]
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CANADIAN DELEGATION LEADING ATTACK ON PRO-FAMILY GROUPS AT THE UNITED NATIONS

UNITED NATIONS, May 9, 2002 (LSN.ca) – LifeSite has obtained a document released by the Canadian delegation at the United Nations Special Session on Children which is currently underway at the organization’s New York headquarters.  The document entitled “Child Rights and the Family” is printed on “The Senate of Canada” letterhead and attributed to Senator Landon Pearson.  The document also notes that Pearson is the “Personal Representative of the Prime Minister to the UN Special Session on Children” and the “Advisor on Children’s Rights to the Minister of Foreign Affairs.”  The document aims its criticisms specifically at “‘pro-family’, ‘pro-life’, or […]
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McLELLAN TABLES REPRODUCTIVE TECHNOLOGY BILL: ALLOWS DESTRUCTION OF HUMAN EMBRYOS

OTTAWA, May 9, 2002 (LSN.ca) – Health Minister Anne McLellan introduced the federal government's long awaited bill on Assisted Human Reproduction today, a bill which allows for human embryos to be destroyed, saying that her bill “represents the values of the vast majority of Canadians.” Pro-life organizations, opposition critics and Liberal backbenchers, all expressed grave concerns that the bill could pave the way for destructive research on human embryos and other possible abuses, such as mixture of animal and human genetic material and commercial surrogacy. The legislation brings in new regulations on such practices as in vitro fertilization, and prohibits […]
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