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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PEI GOVERNMENT INTRODUCES PRO-HOMOSEXUAL LEGISLATION

CHARLOTTETOWN, December 17, 2002 (LifeSiteNews.com) – PEI Attorney General Jeff Lantz introduced amendments to the Family Law Act in the legislature last Tuesday that grant homosexuals privileges normally accorded to married couples.  The legislation concerns child custody, property division and spousal support.  The Journal Pioneer reports that Lantz said that the definition of a common law relationship has been changed from a “man and a woman co-habitating outside of marriage” to “two persons co-habitating outside of marriage.” The Attorney General acknowledged that the government would receive negative reactions from the morally conservative province which remains the last in Canada to […]
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CANADIAN BILL ON STEM CELL RESEARCH COMPLETELY FLAWED SAYS TOP EXPERT

OTTAWA, December 17, 2002 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Dr. Dianne Irving, a PhD graduate of the first ever program in bioethics from the Kennedy Institute – where the field received its beginnings – has delivered a stinging evaluation of the Canadian stem cell research legislation.  Dr. Irving, currently a Professor of Philosophy and Medical Ethics as well as a former bench research biochemist with the National Institutes of Health, was asked to present her analysis of the legislation to the Commons Health Committee by Jose Cadorette, the Clerk of the committee.  In her written testimony to the committee, Dr. Irving points out […]
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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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ALBERTA COURT STRIKES DOWN ELECTION LAW LIMITING LOBBY GROUPS’ ELECTION SPENDING

CALGARY, December 17, 2002 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In a ruling being praised by pro-life leaders, the Alberta Court of Appeal has struck down sections of Canada’s Elections Act which limited how much money lobby groups could spend during a federal election.  The decision scrapped the $3,051 in each riding, or $152,550 national spending limits and the requirement of those spending more the $500 to register with the government. CP reports that the government has 60 days to appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court.  See the CP coverage in the Globe and Mail:  https://www.globeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/front/RTGAM/20021216/welec1216a/Front/homeBN/breakingnews
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AL GORE WILL NOT RUN FOR PRESIDENT IN 2004 SAYS TOP ADVISOR

WASHINGTON, December 16, 2002 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A top advisor to Former Vice President Al Gore said that Gore has decided not to run for president in 2004.  A recent flurry of media appearances by Gore sparked concern that he was planning a presidential bid. See the CNN coverage:  https://www.cnn.com/2002/ALLPOLITICS/12/15/gore.ap/index.html
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US SUPREME COURT ASKS GOVERNMENT FOR VIEWS ON ABORTION FREE SPEECH CASE

WASHINGTON, December 16, 2002 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The U.S. Supreme Court has solicited the federal government for its views on the “Nuremberg Files” case.  Reuters reports that the Court asked for the government submission Monday. The American Coalition of Life Activists argues that it lists the names and addresses of abortionists on their site in the hopes of eventually prosecuting them for the killing of unborn children just as Nazi’s who murdered Jews were prosecuted during the Nuremberg trials.  The Department of Justice Solicitor General Theodore Olson will file a brief expressing the government’s views.  However, the submission could take several […]
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AMERICAN PSYCHIATIRIC ASSOCIATION BACKS HOMOSEXUAL ADOPTION

NEW YORK, December 16, 2002 (LifeSiteNews.com) – On Friday, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) issued a statement in favour of homosexual couples adopting children.  “The APA supports initiatives which allow same-sex couples to adopt and co-parent children and supports all the associated legal rights, benefits, and responsibilities which arise from such initiatives,” the group said in a statement. See the Reuters coverage:  https://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&cid=571&ncid=751&e=10&u=/nm/20021213/hl_nm/gay_adoption_dc
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