PENNSYLVANIA ADDS ‘SEXUAL ORIENTATION’ TO HATE CRIME LAW

HARRISBURG, December 5, 2002 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Pennsylvania Gov. Mark Schweiker yesterday signed into law a bill that adds ‘sexual orientation’ to the state’s hate crime – Ethnic Intimidation law.  The legislation, drafted by a homosexual activist group, was fought by Christian groups which warned that it would threaten freedom of religion and freedom of speech for Christian preachers and pastors among others. “Those especially at risk are conservative religious people who may very well find themselves hauled into court unless they keep their mouths shut for being politically incorrect,” Laurel Lynn Petolicchio, a constitutional activist told the Washington Times.  “This […]
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SUPREME COURT JUSTICES QUESTION FREEDOM OF SPEECH ISSUES IN RICO CASE

WASHINGTON, December 5, 2002 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments yesterday in Scheidler v. NOW, the infamous case involving the misapplication of racketeering laws to silence anti-abortion protests. Law professors and a host of activist groups have agreed that the verdict of the case has implications not only for pro-life groups but for all who wish to exercise their right of free speech in peaceful protest.  During the deliberation, both Justices Scalia and Breyer questioned whether civil-rights demonstrators would not have faced the same fate as pro-life protestors for their actions in fighting racism. Family Research Council President […]
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POPE SAYS UNIVERSITIES THAT FLOUT CHURCH TEACHING ON ABORTION ARE NOT CATHOLIC

VATICAN, December 5, 2002 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Today, Pope John Paul II addressed a conference on “Globalization and Catholic Universities,” organized jointly by the Congregation for Catholic Education and the International Federation of Catholic Universities.  In his remarks, the Pope stressed that “It is clear that university centers that do not respect the Church’s laws and the teaching of the Magisterium, especially in bioethics, cannot be defined as Catholic universities.”  Beyond abortion, the Pope spoke of faithfulness to church teaching on “the big questions in bioethics, such as the statute of the human embryo and stem cells, today the object of […]
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CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO PROVIDES ABORTION REFERRALS ON WEBSITE

SAN FRANCISCO, December 5, 2002 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Jesuit Catholic University of San Francisco (USF) offers a website on pregnancy which contains three links to “resources”, two of which are pro-abortion.  The website, which offers students health information links to the local office of planned parenthood which in turn boasts of an online calculator which can be used to determine the cost of a 16-week abortion, among other things.  Another link is to the “Women’s Community Clinic” which offers the abortifacient morning after pill.  The final link, listed last, although not alphabetically last, bills itself as a Christian counselling centre.  […]
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MOUSE NOT PATENTABLE SAYS SUPREME COURT OF CANADA

OTTAWA, December 5, 2002 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In a 5-4 judgment today, the Supreme Court of Canada opposed the patenting of a genetically altered mouse known as the Harvard mouse.  The Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) and the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC), which intervened jointly in the case praised the decision not to allow the patenting of higher life forms in Canada. “The extension of patentability to higher life forms would have been an expansion of patent law into new areas of huge significance for public policy in Canada,” said Eric Beresford, of the Canadian Council of Churches. “Such changes […]
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GERMANY DONATES TO UNICEF-RUN ABORTION PROGRAM

KABUL, December 4, 2002 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Deutsche Presse-Agentur reported December 1 that Germany has given the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $493,000 to fund the “Safe Motherhood Initiative” in Afghanistan. Notably, the Safe Motherhood project includes the pro-abortion groups International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). A list of “Essential Services” under the 'Safe Motherhood' program includes abortion. On the project's website a list of seven essential services includes: “Management of abortion complications, postabortion care and, where abortion is not against the law, safe services for the termination of pregnancy.”
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UK PRO-LIFER CHALLENGES LEGALITY OF ‘DESIGNER BABIES’ IN HIGH COURT

LONDON, December 4, 2002 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Josephine Quintavalle, a veteran pro-life activist in the UK, is challenging the power of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) to issue licences permitting in vitro babies to be created and screened for use in stem cell treatments of already-born siblings.  The case which began yesterday is expected to be completed tomorrow.  The case was prompted by a decision of the HFEA last February which gave a clinic permission to screen embryos created by a couple that wanted to use the umbilical cord blood of a selected embryo after implantation. The purpose was […]
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