CANADIAN PARLIAMENT VOTES TO RATIFY KYOTO

OTTAWA, December 10, 2002 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Canadian House of Commons, by a vote of 195-77 today, approved ratification of the Kyoto protocol. Prime Minister Jean Chretien said he will formally ratify the protocol by the end of the year.  The Canadian Alliance and Conservative parties voted against ratification with Alliance leader Stephen Harper, says the Toronto Sun, stating Canadians “should expect the worst” regarding the unknown effects of the protocol on the nation. The National Post also reports Harper stating ‘‘It was an incredibly stupid decision, and without precedent, to adopt an international accord with enormous economic ramifications potentially […]
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MARRIED TEEN MOMS LESS DEPRESSED THAN NON-MARRIED ADULT MOMS – STUDY

CHICAGO, December 10, 2002 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A study has found that mothers who are not married when they give birth to their first child are much more likely to suffer depression later in life than mothers who are married at the birth of their first child.  However the study was surprising to some researchers since it was found that even teenage mothers who are married at the time of are psychologically more healthy than mothers who are of a more responsible age but bear their children out of wedlock.  The study found that “Unmarried teenage childbearers displayed higher levels of […]
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ALL BRITISH PARTIES SUPPORT HOMOSEXUAL MARRIAGE STATUS

LONDON, December 9, 2002 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Opposition parties joined Tony Blair’s Labour Government in support of enabling homosexuals to register their partnerships and enjoy equivalent legal rights to those of married couples.  Barbara Roche, the Minister for Social Exclusion and Equalities, alleged that there is an “extremely strong case” for registering same-sex relationships. “I do think society has moved on… They may have been very long, enduring relationships, but their partnership has no recognition in law.” Using typical doublespeak, she denied the change would mean “equivalency” and thus downgrade marriage. “We are not talking about marriage here,” she told BBC […]
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ONTARIO JUDGE WILL HEAR LAWSUIT ON BEHALF OF HOMOSEXUAL ‘WIDOWS’

TORONTO, December 9, 2002 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A senior judge has approved a country-wide class action suit on behalf of self-styled homosexual “widows.” Ontario Superior Court Justice Maurice Cullity gave approval to one suit claiming to represent 2,000 people in British Columbia and another launched in Toronto representing 8,000 people from across the country.  The homosexuals claim the federal government owes them $400 million in Canada Pension Plan benefits from their deceased partners, retroactive to April 17, 1985, when the equality guarantees of Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms came into force.  For previous coverage see:  OTTAWA FAST TRACKS SAME-SEX “WIDOW” […]
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CUBAN PRO-LIFE DOCTOR RE-ARRESTED

HAVANA, December 9, 2002 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Cuban pro-life Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet, who served two years of a three-year prison sentence for refusing to perform abortions at the hospital where he worked, and for displaying three Cuban flags upside-down in protest, is now being held again by police after they broke up a human rights meeting.  Biscet was arrested in November 1999, sentenced in 2000 to three years, and released early this October. During his trial, Biscet said his conscience compelled him to protest against abortion. According to Dr. Elias’ wife, Elsa Morejon, he was held with about 12 other […]
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REPUBLICANS FAIL TO SECURE LOUISIANA SENATE SEAT

BATON ROUGE, December 9, 2002 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Louisiana Republicans failed to solidify their majority in the U.S. Senate on Saturday, losing the state’s run-off election against incumbent Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu. Republican Suzanne Haik Terrell, the state Elections Commissioner, lost by a margin of 52% to 48% despite last-minute campaigning by President Bush. The Republicans still have a 51-48 majority (there is one Independent senator) in the Senate. But the defeat makes it that much easier for liberal Republicans to obstruct the Bush agenda by siding with the Democratic minority on some issues.  Democrats cited their successful mobilization of black […]
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AFTER MASSIVE INCREASE IN CONDOM USE AIDS CONTINUES TO RAVAGE SOUTH AFRICA

JOHANNESBURG, December 6, 2002 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A new study has indicated that over the past four years South Africa has seen a revolution in condom use.  Dr Olive Shisana, principal investigator for the study said, “For example, for women aged 15-49, condom use at last sexual intercourse has more than tripled, from 8% in 1998 to 28.6% in the present study, and amongst women aged 20-24 it has increased from 14.4% to 47%.”  However, despite the condom surge, AIDS infection has surged, leaving the country with an AIDS epidemic.  The study estimates the overall HIV prevalence in the South African […]
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POPE: CATHOLIC JOURNALISTS MUST REPORT TRUTH EVEN WHEN POLITICALLY INCORRECT

VATICAN, December 6, 2002 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Pope John Paul II addressed a Meeting of the International Catholic Union of the Press today.  In his speech the Pope outlined what it means to be a professional journalist who is Catholic.  “It means having the courage to seek and report the truth, even when the truth is inconvenient or is not considered ‘politically correct’,” he said.  “Quite simply, it means being a person of integrity, an individual whose personal and professional life reflects the teachings of Jesus and the Gospel. It means striving for the highest ideals of professional excellence, being a […]
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