COUPLE WHO AIDED KOPP IN PLEA BARGAIN DEAL

BROOKLYN, N.Y., July 4, 2002 (LSN.ca) – Loretta C. Marra and Dennis J. Malvasi, the Brooklyn pro-lifers who unwittingly put the FBI on the trail of James C. Kopp, are getting a plea deal with the probability of a much lighter prison sentence because they helped persuade Kopp not to fight extradition from France in 2001. One of Marra’s associates—a man who was offered the opportunity to have dinner with Kopp abroad—was an FBI informer masquerading as a member of the pro-life community to track down Kopp.  The report comes from sources quoted by Buffalo News—one of the few media […]
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FERTILITY RATES: CANADA IN DECLINE BUT U.S. ON THE RISE

OTTAWA, July 4, 2002 (LSN.ca) – The last two decades have seen Canadian fertility drop to a record low of 1.52 children per woman in 1999, compared to an American rate of 2.08.  In “Trends in Canadian and American fertility 1980 to 1999” Statistics Canada laments that, “For almost a century, Canada’s population growth rate had been higher than that of the United States,” but that “Canada’s growth is now only about three-quarters of the growth south of the border.” Stats Can offers several theories to explain the growing difference:  – Marriage occurs earlier and more often in the United […]
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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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CHRISTIAN PRINTER DECIDES AGAINST APPEAL OF COURT RULING

TORONTO, July 4, 2002 (LSN.ca) – Scott Brockie, the Christian printer who was embroiled in court cases over refusing a printing job for a homosexual activist organization, has decided not to appeal the June 17 ruling in his case. In a letter to supporters, Brockie explained his decision saying: “After much thought, prayer, and discussions with many lawyers, we have decided not to appeal the court’s ruling, as the grounds for appeal are fairly thin, and we risk losing the gains that we have made…remember that an appeal needs to be made when it is felt that there are ‘errors […]
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US NEWS ROUNDUP

US GOV’T $27.7 MILLION FUNDS ABSTINENCE-ONLY EDUCATION PROGRAMS   https://newsroom.hrsa.gov/releases/2002releases/abstinence.htm   FOCUS ON THE FAMILY’S DOBSON BLASTS BUSH APPOINTMENT TO CDC Dr. James C. Dobson, president of Focus on the Family, responded today to reports citing Dr. Julie Gerberding as the new head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Her writings clearly show that she believes the ‘safe sex’ lie that has entrapped millions of our teenagers—many of whom are now fighting incurable sexually transmitted diseases.”  https://www.usnewswire.com/topnews/first/0702-137.html   US VP’S WIFE LYNNE CHENEY HAILS SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE https://www.cnsnews.com/ViewNation.asp?Page=Nationarchive
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LIFESITE NEWSBYTES

PRAY FOR NETTIE VON DEHN OF B.C.  15 year old Nettie Von Dehn (Daughter of well known Vancouver Pro-life activist Sissy Von Dehn) has been admitted to hospital with a brain tumor. Prognosis is not encouraging but she is receiving the best of care. Please pray for Nettie and her family and spread this prayer request to everyone   CHEMICALS IN PRODUCTS DAMAGE MALE FERTILITY   Artificial female-hormone chemicals found in soya, beer, pesticides and paint can adversely affect male fertility, says a study with the first evidence that a range of potent environmental estrogens disrupt the behaviour of sperm […]
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90% OF OREGON ASSISTED-SUICIDE PATIENTS CHANGE THEIR MIND SAYS STUDY

WASHINGTON, July 3, 2002 (LSN.ca) – Most people who ask their doctor about assisted suicide are simply depressed or fearful of pain. If properly counselled and treated, 90% choose to continue living, according to a new study of the impact of Oregon’s unique 1997 “Death with Dignity Act.”“People usually change their minds,” Dr. Susan Tolle, director of the Center for Ethics in Health Care at Oregon Health & Science University, told Reuters. “The doctors are never taught in medical school what to do, what to say, how to help people with their fears that led to their request,” said Tolle, […]
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MAJOR STUDY FINDS MOTHER’S ABORTION HISTORY IS A FACTOR IN HEALTH OF NEWBORNS

EDMONTON, July 3, 2002 (LSN.ca) – A major Canadian study, released in the current issue of the Canadian Journal of Public Health has found that a abortion mother’s history of abortions is a factor in the necessity of newborns’ re-admission to hospital. The main finding of the study, which examined 81,956 live births between April, 1997, and March, 2000, in Alberta, showed that early maternal discharge is a relatively minor reason for newborn re-admissions to hospital.  But in a list of factors that influenced newborn re-admissions “history of abortions” was listed.  Numerous other published studies have confirmed risks for later-born […]
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HIGH PROFILE SPEAKERS AT WORLD YOUTH ALLIANCE FORUMS AT WORLD YOUTH DAY

TORONTO, July 3, 2002 (LSN.ca) – The World Youth Alliance (WYA), has finalized its programs for its two Toronto World Youth Day (WYD) forums on July 24 and 26. This international youth-run group, with headquarters near the UN in New York, will be presenting WYD attendees the opportunity to hear some of today’s most prominent and dynamic Catholic personalities.  The speakers list includes:  Father Richard John Neuhaus, editor of First Things, John Paul II biographer, George Weigel, Fr. Robert Sirico, Janet Smith, Wendy Shalit, Fr. Roger Landry, U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See Jim Nicholson, Pia de Solenni, Canadian Member […]
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