N.B. COLLEGE SAYS DOCTORS NOT OBLIGED TO MAKE IMMORAL REFERRALS

SAINT JOHN, December 6, 2002 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The New Brunswick College of Physicians and Surgeons has ruled that doctors are not obliged to make referrals if they consider the alternative treatment to be immoral—provided they give an explanation “as to why a physician is declining to provide the service or treatment requested.”  The guidelines, published in the college’s November bulletin reaffirm that a doctor can refuse treatments and procedures if they believe them to be morally wrong—just as patients can refuse any treatment they themselves find repugnant.  The pro-abortion camp seized on the opportunity to attract lucrative abortion customers. Judy […]
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AUSTRALIAN BISHOPS SLAM APPROVAL OF EMBRYONIC STEM CELL RESEARCH

SYDNEY, December 6, 2002 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference reacted with profound sadness at the passage of laws allowing destructive research on human embryos. “The parliament has created for the first time in Australian political and legal history, a class of human life which is statutorily expendable,” said Catholic Archbishop Philip Wilson in a release. “Human life now becomes a commercial commodity. Under these laws, human life is for sale. The passage of this Bill is evidence of the continuing slide towards wholesale creation and destruction of human life for various unproven medical and commercial uses,” he said.
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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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CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY WEBSITE REMOVES ABORTION REFERRAL LINK AFTER LIFESITE STORY

SAN FRANCISCO, December 6, 2002 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Just hours after LifeSite released the story on the Catholic Jesuit University of San Francisco website links to abortion services, the webpage in question was altered. The pregnancy website aimed at students, which had linked to a Planned Parenthood abortuary, now says: “This portion of the web site is currently being reviewed. For pregnancy information or resources, please contact the Student Health Education Program at 422-6702 or the Counseling Center at 422-6352.”  Prior to the LifeSite release of the story, LifeSite alerted the California Pro-Life Council a California affiliate of National Right to […]
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LIFESITE NEWSBYTES

AD HOC PROTOCOL TO ENSURE EU DOES NOT FORCE MALTA INTO ABORTION COMING SOON https://www.timesofmalta.com/core/article.php?id=114892   KOPP MAY TESTIFY BEFORE GRAND JURY NEXT WEEK https://www.buffalonews.com/editorial/20021204/1041089.asp   PANEL APPROVES ARCHDIOCESE OF BOSTON APPLICATION FOR BANKRUPTCY https://www.boston.com/news/daily/04/bankruptcy.htm
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AUSTRALIA APPROVES HUMAN EMBRYO EXPERIMENTATION

CANBERRA, December 5, 2002 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Senate of Australia has cut off debate at 50 hours and voted 45 to 26 in a free vote for what media call “strict” guidelines on human embryo experimentation. The only amendment pro-lifers were able to add was limiting the available stem cell lines that can be used to 70,000 so-called “spare” embryos from IVF factories. Proposed amendments banning the export of stem cell lines, the use of stem cells and embryos in drug testing and the labelling of drugs or cosmetics sold after testing on embryonic stem cells all fell through—even though […]
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EU PARLIAMENT DELAYS VOTE ON INTERNATIONAL AID OVER ABORTION FUNDING

BRUSSELS, December 5, 2002 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Euro-Fam, a pro-life group specializing in matters related to the European Union and Parliament, reports that the European Parliament’s Development Committee has postponed its vote on the Sandbaek report (the blueprint for the new international aid regulation) for the third time. The vote had been scheduled for Monday, 2 December 2002, but it has now been re-scheduled for Tuesday, 17 December. The delay has arisen because the EU Council of Ministers were unable to reach agreement on the most controversial aspects of the new regulation, in particular whether it should allow funding for abortions […]
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