U.S. NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE PULLS INFO DENYING ABORTION-BREAST CANCER LINK

WASHINGTON, July 3, 2002 (LSN.ca) – The Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer, a women’s group concerned with the issue, reported yesterday that the National Cancer Institute (NCI) has taken down an inaccurate web page discussing abortion-breast cancer research.  According to the Coalition the NCI’s fact sheet misrepresented research in the area and even included false statements and refused to acknowledge the deleterious effects of abortion on the confirmed breast cancer risk factor – postponement of first full term pregnancy. Early last month, 28 members of Congress sent a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson requesting a review […]
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B.C. WOMAN CHARGED FOR TWO ASSISTED SUICIDES

DUNCAN, B.C., July 3, 2002 (LSN.ca) – Evelyn Marie Martens, 71, of Langford, B.C., appeared in Duncan provincial court Tuesday morning, charged in connection with two assisted suicides. On June 26, she helped Leyanne Burchell, 52, kill herself in Vancouver. Last Thursday she was charged for counselling and helping Monique Charest of Duncan, a former nun originally from Quebec, to end her life on Jan. 7.  At the end of the hearing, Judge Keith Bracken released Martens on $5,000 bail with a curfew and other conditions—including that she not be allowed use the Internet or possess plastic tubing, rope, helium […]
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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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EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT PASSES RESOLUTION CALLING FOR ALL EUROPE TO LEGALIZE ABORTION

Bashes Bush administration’s Mexico City Policy   STRASBOURG, July 3, 2002 (LSN.ca) – The European Parliament voted 280 to 240 (with 28 abstentions) today to adopt a resolution calling on all member nations, and those seeking European Union membership to provide abortion. The resolution, known as the Van Lancker report after the Belgian MEP who drafted it, says “in order to safeguard women’s reproductive health and rights, abortion should be made legal, safe and accessible to all.”  The document calls on Europe to “promote emergency contraception” and goes so far as to demand that abortifacient drugs be available “over-the-counter and […]
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CHRISTIANITY DISCRIMINATES AGAINST ANIMALS: PETER SINGER

MCLEAN, Va., July 2, 2002 (LSN.ca) – Princeton University philosopher Peter Singer told a national meeting of animal rights activists that “mainstream Christianity is a problem for the animal movement.” Singer, who has won notoriety for his belief that homo sapiens (mankind) has no right to claim superiority over other animals, singled out “more conservative mainstream fundamentalist views” that “want to make a huge gulf between humans and animals”—a form of discrimination he calls “speciesism.”  Singer is also famous for endorsing “consensual” sexual relationships between animals and people, and for arguing that parents should be allowed to kill an unwanted […]
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JUDGE SUPPORTS B.C. HOSPITAL CLEANING COMPANY

Rules TV ad defamatory   VANCOUVER, July 2, 2002 (LSN.ca) – A judge has ordered the Hospital Employees’ Union to stop broadcasting a defamatory TV ad that links A & A Services to gross acts by other, totally unrelated companies. B.C. Supreme Court Justice Alison Beames supported the company in a ruling Friday, granting its request for an injunction. “It’s clear to me the advertisement … is defamatory,” Beames said.  The HEU ads juxtaposed abortion headlines with a montage of graphic descriptions of troubling incidents of cleaning negligence in U.S. and Scottish hospitals, including severed human body parts delivered with […]
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DUTCH OFFICIALLY APPROVE FLOATING ABORTUARY

Only Chemical Abortions Permitted So Far   AMSTERDAM, July 2, 2002 (LSN.ca) – The Dutch Ministry of Health has cleared the way for Dr. Rebecca Gomperts’ converted fishing trawler to distribute the RU-486 human pesticide to customers outside the 12-mile limit of countries where abortion is not legal. However, Minister Els Borst rejected Gomperts’ wish to conduct surgical abortions at sea, citing safety reasons.  Gomperts claims several unnamed countries have invited Women on Waves, her company, to come and promote what she calls “women’s right to self-determination of which the right to abortion is part” by offering abortifacients at sea. […]
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BUSH ADMINISTRATION SET TO CUT UNITED NATIONS POPULATION CONTROL FUNDING

WASHINGTON, July 2, 2002 (LSN.ca) – The Washington Post reports that President George Bush’s aides have directed State Department officials in recent days to devise a plan to eliminate this year’s $34 million funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).  While the official announcement is only expected after July 15, the Post reports that senior administration officials “expect [the funds] to be permanently withheld.”  The defunding of UNFPA will be a major pro-life victory based on a united effort of pro-life groups led by the Population Research Institute (PRI).  The movement to withhold funding from UNFPA began when PRI […]
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