NORWEGIAN GOV’T CONTINUES PRO-LIFE LAW REGARDING STEM CELL RESEARCH

OSLO, July 8, 2002 (LSN.ca) – The Norwegian government presented a bill to Parliament yesterday proposing a permanent ban on therapeutic cloning as a method to produce embryonic stem cells for medical research.  The bill also proposes to maintain the 1994-established prohibition on research on human embryos. Moreover, the government notes that the “bill also proposes to clarify that this prohibition includes research on stem cell lines created by isolating and culturing stem cells from human embryos.”  The Norwegian government press release notes that stem cells created from “spare embryos after IVF-treatment or embryos created by therapeutic cloning” raise “several […]
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MANNING LOYALISTS RETURNING TO HIGH POSITIONS IN ALLIANCE

Will likely undermine Harper when time is ripe   OTTAWA, July 8, 2002 (LSN.ca) – Stephen Harper is continuing to purge staffers who some party insiders say pose no loyalty threat to his leadership of the Canadian Alliance. Perhaps unwittingly, however, he is replacing them with less-qualified, die-hard Manning loyalists and Grant Hill campaigners. Manningites will soon be ideally placed to undermine Harper as soon as the opportunity arises—likely after a future election debacle against a strong new Liberal leader such as Paul Martin.  Harper recently named Jim Armour, Manning’s communications advisor from 1997 to 2000, as his own director […]
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LIFESITE NEWSBYTES

President George W. Bush celebrated a highly spiritual Independence Day, invoking “the wisdom and the blessing of Divine Providence” that he believes have guided the nation “under God” for 226 years, criticizing the recent circuit court decision (now suspended pending appeal) to ban the Pledge of Allegiance from schools. For U.S. media coverage see: https://www.washingtontimes.com/national/20020705-19828104.htm and: https://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&node=&contentId=A25857-2002Jul4
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ABUSE ACTIVISTS SEEK TO CASH IN ON POPE’S VISIT

OTTAWA, July 5, 2002 (LSN.ca) – Activists who claim to represent victims of abuse by lay officials and clergy in Catholic institutions are hoping to cash in on Pope John Paul’s upcoming visit to Canada. Described by activists and media as “survivors” (presumably to shamefully garner some of the resonance of Holocaust survival), they want a “10-minute sit-down” with the pontiff to “restore some of their lost dignity, if not their faith,” reports Canadian Press.  “The bishops in Canada have been treating many survivors with utter contempt and hatred,” David Gagnon, director of the so-called Survivors Network of those Abused […]
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HEALTHCARE WORKERS TRAUMATISED BY ABORTION

PRETORIA, South Africa, July 5, 2002 (LSN.ca) – The investigation into the abuse of patients undergoing abortions at Philadelphia Hospital near Groblersdal, which started in the last week of June, has placed some much-needed attention on the plight of traumatized healthcare workers pressured into participating in abortions.  Doctors for Life in South Africa published quotes from some healthcare workers, who chose to remain nameless to protect their jobs, in a recent press release, as follows:  Healthcare worker 1: “I never really understood what a TOP [Termination of Pregnancy] was, and didn’t really think to find out, I didn’t ask the […]
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NEW DUTCH GOV’T HAS NO PLANS TO ALTER EUTHANASIA

THE HAGUE, July 5, 2002 (LSN.ca) – The newly elected Dutch government, described by observers as a “sharp turn to the right,” will in all likelihood do nothing to change the notorious euthanasia and homosexual marriage laws brought in a year ago by the former leftist government.  The changes proposed so far will slightly alter the country’s liberal drug laws, banning safety tests of ecstasy narcotics at dance parties, and relocating marijuana cafes farther from schools and borders.  Other reforms will tinker with the refugee/asylum system and oblige immigrants to learn Dutch. The notorious one-fifth of Dutch citizens who receive […]
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AYLMER SOCIAL WORKERS VIOLATED CHARTER RIGHTS, LAWYER ARGUES

ST. THOMAS, Ont., July 5, 2002 (LSN.ca) – The legal strategy of the parents’ lawyers in the Aylmer child abduction case is becoming clear after the trial judge’s publication ban was lifted last week by a more senior court. The mother’s lawyer, Valerie Wise, is not aguing the case on religious freedom grounds or the right of parents to spank. Instead, she has argued that social workers and police violated the parents’ Charter rights by entering their home and abducting their seven children without warrant—and that all their evidence is therefore inadmissible.  Family and Children’s Services of St. Thomas and […]
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VATICAN SUPPORTS INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT WITH SYMBOLIC DONATION

Pro-lifers Around the Globe Dismayed NEW YORK, July 5, 2002 (LSN.ca) – Pro-lifers around the globe were dismayed Monday at the Vatican’s welcoming of the establishment of the International Criminal Court (ICC).  Archbishop Renato Martino, the Vatican’s representative at the United Nations issued a release in support of the ICC and noted that the Vatican had contributed a symbolic donation of $3,000 to the ICC trust fund set up by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.  Pro-life lobbyists who attended the United Nations conferences leading up to the ICC’s creation and have closely followed its progress have warned from its inception […]
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POLISH LEADERS REJECT “PRO-ABORTION PRESSURE” FROM EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT

WARSAW, July 4, 2002 (LSN.ca) – Polish politicians reacted with indignation to a resolution by the European Parliament calling on all of Europe to legalize abortion.  The BBC reports that the Polish parliament’s European affairs committee rejected what it called pro-abortion pressure.  Poland and Ireland were the main targets of the abortion pushing report.  See related LifeSite coverage:  EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT PASSES RESOLUTION CALLING FOR ALL EUROPE TO LEGALIZE ABORTION https://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2002/jul/02070301.html   See the BBC report:  https://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/world/europe/newsid_2092000/2092896.stm
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ONTARIO HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSIONER THREATENS RELIGIOUS SCHOOLS’ MORAL TEACHING

Says all religious schools must bow to Human Rights Code on “same sex partnership status” TORONTO, July 4, 2002 (LSN.ca) – At a press conference today, Ontario Human Rights Commissioner Keith Norton took direct aim at religious schooling.  The Canadian Press reports that Norton, said he was deeply troubled by the lack of any regulatory requirement for private schools to comply with the provincial human-rights code.  Singling out publicly funded Catholic education and the proposed Ontario private school tax credit, Norton said, “If public funds are to be used in any way, directly or indirectly, to fund such schools, there […]
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