NEW YORK STATE BANS SEXUAL ORIENATION ‘DISCRIMINATION’

ALBANY, December 18, 2002 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Republican governor and Republican-controlled Senate of New York state voted this week to ban so-called “discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.”  Governor George Pataki signed the bill into law after the Senate approved it 34-26 with one-third of Republicans collaborating with Democrats. Democrats vowed to play the homosexual card to unseat Republicans in liberal areas. “I’m shocked that so many suburban Republicans voted against the clear wishes of their constituents,” Sen. Eric Schneiderman (D-Manhattan), told Newsday.  After the vote, Michael Long, chairman of the small Conservative Party of New York, vowed that […]
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MORE CATHOLIC UNIVERSITIES REMOVE OBJECTIONABLE MATERIAL FROM WEBSITES

WASHINGTON, December 18, 2002 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Since LifeSite’s publication of the names of several Catholic universities which provide links to Planned Parenthood clinics which therefore encouraged their students to use the pro-abortion facilities, a few of the universities have removed the offensive materials from their websites. Georgetown University has removed a website on “sexual health & safety” which had encouraged the use of sexual aids including “dental dams” and “latex gloves” for “safer sex”. Beyond linking to Planned Parenthood Federation of America, it also suggested the use of the abortifacient morning after pill in case of rape. However, a visit […]
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PRO-LIFE WOMAN FACES INDICTMENT FOR READING BIBLE

FRESNO, Calif., December 18, 2002 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The U.S. Attorney’s office will convene a grand jury in order to seek an indictment against a local pro-life activist, Terri Palmquist. Mrs. Palmquist’s alleged offense is threatening abortionist Kenneth Wright by reading passages of the Bible to him. On July 9, 2002, Mrs. Palmquist, who regularly leaflets and counsels at the Family Planning Alternatives abortuary, saw Wright entering the clinic and read to him passages from Ezekiel 33 concerning admonishing the evildoer to turn from his sins lest he die. Although Wright has seen Mrs. Palmquist at the clinic for years and […]
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JUDGE ORDERS TERRI SCHIAVO RECONNECTED TO FEEDING TUBE

CLEARWATER, Fla., December 17, 2002 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Terri Sciavo, the woman whose estranged husband has been fighting to have her taken off life support, even though her family insists she could recover if therapy is resumed, has been given a repreive. Circuit Judge George Greer, who ruled on November 22 that the husband could pull the plug on January 3, has stayed the decision while another court hears her parents’ appeal.  The parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, say their daughter “reacts to them with tears and smiles and moves her head.” They believe she could be rehabilitated with new and […]
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JAPANESE EUTHANASIA SOCIETY CLAIMS 100,000 MEMBERS

TOKYO, December 17, 2002 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Tokyo-based Japan Society for Dying with Dignity is claiming 100,000 members in support of a “dignified death” for the terminally ill.  Spokesman Masafumi Takai credited “the rapid aging of society [and] the rise of interest in self-determination regarding terminal treatment,” adding that three-quarters of members are over age 65 and nearly 70% are women.  Membership began to rise in 1990 after the Japan Medical Association reaffirmed the right of terminally ill patients to decline life-prolonging treatment.  For newswire coverage see:  https://library.northernlight.com/FB20021216160000022.html?cb=0&dx=1006&sc=0#doc   For related coverage see:  JAPANESE CABINET PANEL APPROVES RESEARCH ON HUMAN […]
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ITALY MAY PROSECUTE RU-486 DOCTORS

TURIN, December 17, 2002 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Italian Public Prosecutor Raffaele Guariniello has opened an investigation in the Sant’Anna Hospital—which performs the highest number of abortions in all Italy—after doctors there announced they would begin clinical trials of RU-486, the Mifepristone “human pesticide” abortion drug.  According to the Corriere della Sera newspaper, the trials may violate the legal requirement that abortions take place in a hospital or clinic. Doctors were planning to get the test women to sign a document requiring that they reside within two hours of a hospital, and warning that there is a “remote possibility” that a blood […]
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