Russia Questions Widespread Abortion, Population Decline

MOSCOW, August 27, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Russian legislators are bringing forward new legislation to limit the high abortion rate that is decimating the country’s population. The former Soviet Union was the world’s first nation to legalize abortion in 1920.  Abortion was the favourite “birth control” method during Soviet rule, and Russia still has one of the world’s highest abortion rates: twice as many babies are aborted in Russia as are born.  President Vladimir Putin has called Russia’s dramatic population decline “a creeping catastrophe.” What’s more, Russian authorities are admitting that some abortions have adverse consequences for a woman’s health.  “Artificial […]
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New Brunswick Catholic Bishops Take Out Ad in Paper to Air Views on Marriage

MONCTON, NB, August 28, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The four Catholic bishops of the province of New Brunswick took out a newspaper advertisement Tuesday to publicize their position on same-sex ‘marriage’.  The statement, which is signed by Most Rev. J. Faber MacDonald, Bishop of Saint John; Most Rev. André Richard, Archbishop of Moncton; Most Rev. François Thibodeau, Bishop of Edmundston; and Most Rev. Valéry Vienneau, Bishop of Bathurst endorses a similar letter issued by the permanent council of the CCCB (see the LifeSite coverage: https://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2003/jun/03062002.html )  “We are in complete agreement with Reverend Berthelet’s remarks,” the New Brunswick bishops stated, “and […]
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Taiwan Cabinet Puts Hold on Abortion Law Change to Strip Dads of Say

TAIPEI, August 28, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A bill which would have stripped the right of fathers to protect their unborn children from being killed by abortion was delayed yesterday in the Taiwan parliament.  The bill would have eliminated the current requirement of consent of the husband when a married woman requests an abortion.  The bill also included allowing married spouses to undergo tubal ligation or vasectomy without the consent of their spouse.  The bill stipulated that the decision to abort a child should be considered for three days prior to its execution.  Religious groups objected to the legislation which was […]
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Homosexual ‘Marriage’ Hearings, Ignored by Ottawa Cost $250,000

OTTAWA, August 27, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Taxpayers are paying $250,000 and counting for the Liberal government’s public hearings on same-sex ‘marriage, even though it appears the government had decided to legalize homosexual ‘marriage before the committee even submitted its findings.  “Our report was totally pre-empted by the government,” said committee member and Liberal MP Pat O’Brien, who opposes homosexual ‘marriage’ and believes the whole exercise was a charade. “The process was farcical.”  Justice Minister Martin Cauchon requested the hearings last year after the Ontario court ruling that said homosexuals are entitled to marriage under the equality provisions of the Charter […]
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Vietnamese Bishop Paul Tinh Nguyen Binh Tinh of Da Nang Has condemned allowance of in vitro fertilization (Based on Union of Catholic Asian News report VT4057, May 28)  Plea to Halt Abortionist Shooter Paul Hill’s September 3 Execution Rejected by Justices https://www.theledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20030828/NEWS/308280437/1003/news01   Madison Wisconsin Catholic Bishop Leads Prayer Vigil Outside Abortuary https://www.prolifewisconsin.org/actiondetails.asp?actionID=41   Dr. Dobson Goes to Alabama To Support Judge Moore Dr. James Dobson said the battle in Alabama is not about the Ten Commandments. “It is mostly about the appointed but un-elected and non-accountable, arrogant, imperious judiciary that is determined to shove their wishes down our throats,” […]
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Knights of Columbus Leader Slams Canadian Catholic Political Leaders on Homosexual “Marriage”

NEW HAVEN, Conn., August 28, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Carl A. Anderson, head of the 1.6 million member Knights of Columbus, used his message in the August issue of the organization’s Columbia magazine to take to task Canadian Catholic political leaders for endorsing homosexual ‘marriage’. “This summer we have seen the spectacle of Catholic officials in Canada endorsing a proposal to legalize so-called “marriage” by homosexual couples,” wrote Anderson.  Prime Minister Jean Chretien, Justice Minister Martin Cauchon, and the two leading contenders to take over for the Prime Minster Paul Martin and Sheila Copps are all Catholic and all have come […]
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Colombian Senate Defeats Bill to Give Homosexual Couples Marriage Benefits

BOGOTA, August 28, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A bill to grant homosexual couples benefits belonging to married couples failed in the Columbian Senate by a vote of 55-32.  The initiative, promoted by the co-director of the Liberal Party, was voted down despite support from three ex-presidents of the country.  Conservative Senator Enrique Gómez Hurtado, who fought the measure, said it was a “foolish and immoral exercise to try to equate marriage between a man and a woman to the union between a couple of the same sex.”  Prior to the vote on the legislation the Catholic Bishops warned against the legislation […]
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Judge Rejects Governor Jeb Bush’s Appeal on Behalf of Schindler-Schiavo

TAMPA, August 27, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s formal request that Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge George W. Greer delay setting a date for removal of life support from long-term disabled Terri Schindler-Schiavo has been denied. If the judge sees fit, he can go ahead and set a date for removal at a scheduled September 11 hearing.  In his letter, Bush said he would prefer that a court-appointed guardian “independently investigate the circumstances of this case and provide the court with an unbiased view that considers the best interests of Mrs. Schiavo.”  CNSNews.com reports that in rejecting the governor’s appeal […]
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