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PRO-ABORTS REACT TO BUSH RESTRICTIONS ON AIDS FUNDING https://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&cid=571&ncid=751&e=7&u=/nm/20030220/hl_nm/aids_abortion_dc   UK COURT TO RULE IN MIXED-RACE IVF BLUNDER https://www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,3604,899053,00.html   8 OR MORE COFFEES A DAY DOUBLES RISK OF STILLBIRTH – STUDY https://www.health-news.co.uk/showstory.asp?id=107117
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UK GOVERNMENT SHOCKINGLY RECOMMENDS ORAL SEX FOR UNDER-16’s

LONDON, February 21, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A government-sponsored school course is encouraging students under 16 to experiment with oral sex, in an effort to reduce teenage pregnancy. Over 100,000 children are already taking the course at one in every 30 secondary schools.  The curriculum, entitled “A Pause,” was developed at Exeter University with support from the Departments of Health and Education. It encourages teachers to discuss so-called pre-sex “stopping points” and “levels of intimacy” including oral sex, that stop short of sexual intercourse.  But Robert Whelan, director of the Family Education Trust, questions the wisdom of the course. “I don’t […]
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BRITAIN’S LABOUR GOVERNMENT PASSES ‘THOUGHT CRIME’ LEGISLATION

LONDON, February 20, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Labour government is opening the door for European Union courts to extradite British citizens for what critics call “thought crimes.” Legislation now before the UK Parliament will make “xenophobia and racism” one of 32 crimes for which a new European arrest warrant can be issued. EU ministers are also working on a common set of offences to criminalize xenophobia and racism.  Philip Duly, with the Freedom Association, a libertarian group, says the Government should protect citizens from extradition requests by Orwellian continental courts for what he says are “thought crimes.” It is in […]
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HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER SUPPORTS RIGHT TO DIE

LONDON, February 20, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Joel Joffe, the retired human rights lawyer who defended Nelson Mandela in the 1963 treason trial that ended in Mandela’s life imprisonment, is sponsoring a bill to give terminally-ill British patients the right to die.  Lord Joffe’s Assisted Dying Bill—which observers say has “little chance” of making it into law —provides for a competent adult suffering from a terminal disease or a serious, incurable physical illness to submit a written request for medical assistance to die, provided a second medical opinion confirms the disease is terminal.  For local coverage:  https://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/2782887.stm
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OREGON RIGHT TO DIE HAS STEADY CUSTOMERS

PORTLAND, February 20, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A steady number of Oregon residents are using the state’s 1998 assisted suicide law to end their lives. In 2002, reports suggest that up to 30 people sought suicide prescriptions from doctors with the assistance of Compassion in Dying, a right to die counselling group. That compares to 17 clients in 2001 and 21 the year before.  Between 1998 and 2001, 91 people legally took their own lives in the state. Most were older, on average more highly educated, and had private health insurance.  U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft is making an attempt to […]
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EURO PARLIMENTARIANS WARNED OF DANGER OF CLONING WITH DEATH OF AUSTRALIAN CLONED SHEEP

BRUSSELS, February 20, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com) – On Monday, every Member of the European Parliament received, from the European Youth Alliance, a card that mourned the February 1st death of Matilda, Australia’s first cloned sheep.  The card, bearing all the traditional symbols of a Rest In Peace sympathy card – including a photo of the recently deceased, warned the politicians against all forms of human cloning.  The card read: “We regret to announce the death of Matilda, Australia’s first cloned sheep. Matilda passed away suddenly without previous signs of illness, leaving behind puzzled scientific researchers.” The card also pointed out the […]
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SPIRIT OF DOLLY HOVERS AS DARK CLOUD OVER CLONING

LOS ANGELES, February 20, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Media reports are lamenting that Dolly, the cloned sheep that died last week, is taking on “a new, darker symbolism, and that cloning may have consequences far beyond a creature’s birth.”  It is not yet proven that Dolly’s premature death at six years of age, apparently from a range of health problems including abnormally rapid cell deterioration, a lung infection, arthritis and other problems, “had anything to do with her unnatural start in life,” says a report in Singapore’s Straits Times.  The fact remains, however, that barely one in 100 cloned animal embryos […]
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MENNONITE CHURCH (USA) ISSUES DRAFT DOCUMENT ON ABORTION

ELKHART, Ind., February 20, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Mennonite Church USA Executive Board unanimously adopted a statement on abortion in January.  The statement—still in draft form to undergo another revision—will be sent to the Constituency Leaders’ Council (CLC), area conferences and other groups for feedback before delegates vote on its approval at Atlanta 2003 in July. While the Church comes out against abortion, noting that it is “counter to biblical principles,” it is divided over whether or not the matter should be addressed politically or legally.  One commentary section reads, “Because of the diversity of moral conviction in the civil […]
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