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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VATICAN ISSUES STRONGEST EVER STATEMENT AT THE UN ON LIFE AND FAMILY

UNITED NATIONS, May 9, 2002 (LSN.ca) – Cardinal Alfonso L√≥pez Trujillo, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family addressed the United Nations Special Session on Children today using some of the strongest language the Holy See has ever used at the UN to condemn anti-life and anti-family measures. Today’s LifeSite Special Report reproduces the text of the Cardinal’s speech in full however a couple of excerpts are in order to demonstrate the exceptional character of the statement.  Despite the fact that diplomatic language has historically been employed at the international body in effect blunting criticisms, the Cardinal did not […]
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BRITISH LABOUR GOVERNMENT SUPPORTS HOMOSEXUAL ADOPTION

LONDON, May 8, 2002 (LSN.ca) – Tony Blair, the Labour Party prime minister of Great Britain, is supporting a bill to allow unmarried couples, including same-sex partners, to have joint custody over adopted children. Co-habiting homosexuals and non-married heterosexuals can already adopt in Britain.  The Associated Press reports that Alan Milburn, the Health Secretary, said the government would support amending the Adoption and Children Bill now before Parliament as necessary to bring about joint custody rights, on which it will allow a free vote. “The government’s objective is to increase the number of children to have the opportunity, through adoption, […]
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PLANNED PARENTHOOD REPORTS 80 ABORTIONS FOR EVERY 1 ADOPTION REFERRAL

NEW YORK, May 8, 2002 (LSN.ca) – Planned Parenthood Federation of America performed 79.3 abortions for every referral it made for adoption in 2000, according to its latest fact sheet.  Over 98 percent of women who sought Planned Parenthood counsel opted for abortion, PPFA says, leading to 197,070 abortions. However, adoption referrals declined for the fourth consecutive year, from 9,200 in 1997 to 2,486 in 2000.  Founded by Margaret Sanger (1879-1966) to promote contraception, the organization’s abortion network now yields revenues estimated in the tens of millions of dollars.  A CNSNews.com staffer contacted a PPFA clinic and was told that […]
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NEW TECHNOLOGY CREATES ILLUSION OF “TOUCHING” AN UNBORN BABY DURING ULTRASOUND

ALBUQUERQUE, May 8, 2002 (LSN.ca) – A U.S. company claims it has pioneered a new haptic (tactile) computer technology that enables parents to “touch” the features of their unborn child during ultrasound, according to a May 7 press release from Manhattan Scientifics Inc.  Hailing “the Ultimate Mother’s Day Gift,” the Albuquerque, New Mexico-based company says “e-Touch”(TM), a 3-D system developed by affiliate Novint Technologies Inc., gives parents “unprecedented interaction with their unborn child by providing the ability to touch the child’s virtual image.” The procedure, for which they will charge $250 per exam, is to be unveiled at New Mexico […]
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ALBERTA LAWS GIVE GAY PARTNERS THE SAME RIGHTS AS MARRIED COUPLES

EDMONTON, May 8, 2002 (LSN.ca) – The Alberta government has introduced two bills that would give same-sex partners, and other adults living in “interdependent” relationships, such as siblings living together, many of the same legal rights as married couples.  However, in a meager attempt to placate conservatives, Alberta Premier Ralph Klein said that he would be willing to invoke the notwithstanding clause to protect the definition of marriage as heterosexual.  Bill 29, tabled in response to an Alberta court decision declaring Alberta’s inheritance laws unconstitutional, grants same-sex partners the same inheritance rights as married persons have when their spouse dies […]
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CATHOLIC MORAL PRINCIPLES A LAUGHING MATTER TO JUDGE

OSHAWA, May 8, 2002 (LSN.ca) – At a court hearing on Tuesday, Ontario Superior Court Judge Robert Mackinnon joked about Durham District Catholic School Board lawyer Peter Lauwers’ explanation of the board’s policy on homosexual students attending school events. When Lauwers explained that students with a homosexual orientation could attend school events such as dances as single individuals, but could not “manifest romance”, MacKinnon asked if this meant that gay students could not dance together.  When Lauwers said it did, MacKinnon said, to laughter from the court, “So I’m having a good time, but I can’t dance.” MacKinnon, perhaps realizing […]
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PRO-LIFE PARLIAMENTARIANS GEAR UP FOR MARCH FOR LIFE

OTTAWA, May 8, 2002 (LSN.ca) – The Parliamentary Pro-Life Caucus is holding a press conference on May 9 in conjunction with the 4th annual March for Life, which takes place in Ottawa the following day. By participating in this annual event, Members of Parliament are showing their solidarity with Canadians who are concerned about the sanctity of life from conception to natural death.  “Every MP needs to take a stand for the protection of the unborn. We only have to stop and think for a moment that each and every one of us was an unborn child in the womb […]
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