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HOUSE PASSES CONSCIENCE PROTECTION FOR HEALTH PROVIDERS The House of Representatives yesterday approved a bill to protect hospitals and other healthcare organizations from being forced to perform or pay for abortions. https://www.washtimes.com/national/20020926-881694.htm   U.S. TEEN SEX RATE DECLINES The percentage of sexually active US high school students has declined over the past 10 years, as have certain risky sexual behaviors, according to a government report.  https://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&cid=571&ncid=751&e=2&u=/nm/20020926/hl_nm/teens_active_dc   PRO-CHOICE SENATE ZEALOT TAKES THE FALL Amid rampant speculation, scandal-plagued Sen. Robert Torricelli, D-New Jersey, was scheduled to hold a press conference late Monday afternoon. Sources told CNN the embattled incumbent will announce […]
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ANGLICAN HOMOSEXUAL WOES PROLIFERATE The decision of Vancouver’s Anglican archdiocese to bless homosexual unions may have slipped from the headlines, but the cultural challenges for the church, which counts 70 million followers worldwide, are far from over.  https://www.cnsnews.com/ForeignBureaus/archive/200209/FOR20020930a.html   RAELIANS ANNOUNCE QUEBEC RECRUITING DRIVE Perhaps sensing a weak link, the Raelien movement has announced a recruitment drive in Quebec schools. As in their recent leaflet campaign, they are encouraging Christian students to commit apostasy, to renounce their faith.  https://www.canada.com/montreal/story.asp?id={E5E46C5B-2A4A-44C7-BB4D-3E1241348F24}  EU APPEARS ABOUT TO COMPLY WITH US EXEMPTION FROM INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT The Guardian newspaper reports that The EU is ready […]
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DESCHAMPS SWORN INTO CANADIAN SUPREME COURT

OTTAWA, September 30, 2002 (LSN.ca) – Marie Deschamps has been sworn in as the newest justice on the Supreme Court. She replaces Mme. Justice Claire l’Heureux-Dubé, who retired this year. Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin claimed that Supreme Court watchers have “not been able to pigeon-hole” Deschamps as a judicial liberal or conservative—although in fact her Liberal Party ties are known.  There are few indications of her position on life issues, but she did once allow a class action suit to proceed when only the applicant’s initials were provided. See Intitulé de la cause: Assoc. pour l’accès à l’avortement (Re) Entre […]
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U.S. HOUSE GIVES GO-AHEAD TO PAY $322 MILLION UN DUES

WASHINGTON, September 27, 2002 (LSN.ca) – The House of Representatives has authorized payment of $244 million in unpaid membership dues to the United Nations, the final part of the $926 million in back dues the United States agreed to pay in 1999, plus $78 million in new fees.  As part of the U.S. agreement to pay up, the United Nations promised to reform its notorious bureaucracy—a sticking point for longtime UN-monitor Sen. Jesse Helms, who is retiring. But the payment is also seen as a goodwill gesture as the Bush Administration seeks international support for “regime change” in Iraq.  For […]
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ALLEGED CLONE-CARRYING WOMAN FLEES KOREA BAN A controversial group that claims to have implanted a cloned embryo into a South Korean woman says the “surrogate mother” has been moved out of the country ahead of government moves to ban cloning.  https://www.cnsnews.com/ForeignBureaus/archive/200209/FOR20020927b.html   EDUCATION DOES NOT STOP NEEDLE-SHARING Most young injection drug users infected with hepatitis C continue to share needles and other drug paraphernalia, even after being given risk counseling and referred to needle-exchange programs, a new report has found.  https://www.washingtontimes.com/national/20020927-76849229.htm   WHAT IS PROROGATION?  The Prime Minister recently prorogued Parliament until Sept. 30. Many Canadians responded, “he did what?” […]
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