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Feinstein AIDS Bill Amendment Defeated California senator sought to strip President Bush’s initiative for international AIDS prevention of its emphasis on abstinence-before-marriage education.  https://www.family.org/cforum/feature/a0028686.cfm   The mainstream media’s leftward tilt isn’t just obvious on network TV and in big-city newspapers. Look hard at local coverage and you’ll find the same slant—and a lot more opportunity to do something about it.  https://www.family.org/cforum/extras/a0028668.cfm   Professor Appointed to Investigate Terri Schiavo Case A judge on Friday selected a university professor to conduct an independent investigation into the situation regarding a brain-damaged Florida woman – over her parents’ objections https://www.cnsnews.com/ViewCulture.asp?Page=Culturearchive
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U.S. Anglican Bishop Wants Homosexual Marriage Ceremony

WASHINGTON, October 31, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Washington’s Episcopalian bishop is to unveil plans for homosexual marriage ceremonies, based on a number of “rites” circulating across the U.S.  “In keeping with good Anglican liturgical order, it is my intention at some point,” Bishop John Chane wrote in an October 15 letter to an Anglican group that opposes same-sex marriage, “to form a task force to study those liturgical rites that have clearly been in use for some time within the Diocese of Washington to see if there is a form that could be uniformly used by parishes, should they request it.”  […]
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Brave New World of IVF: Woman’s Legal Appeal For Former Partner’s Frozen Sperm

LONDON, October 31, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A British woman plans a legal appeal to have her former partner’s frozen sperm thawed, against his wishes, so that she can try to have the baby she has planned through IVF before her ovarian cancer makes it impossible.  Britain’s High Court ruled that the woman, Natallie Evans, must get permission from her ex-partner. “She believes that while her embryos remain alive and in storage, then there is still hope and she must do everything she can,” said a statement from her lawyer, announcing plans for an appeal.  For BBC coverage:  https://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/3223651.stm
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U.S. Federal Funding of Sex Studies Questioned

WASHINGTON, October 31, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Researchers on teens and birth control who receive millions of dollars in federal grants are getting cold feet because the U.S. government is “questioning the value” of their tax-funded research. Studies of AIDS are getting similar scrutiny.  “I just keep thinking that this is a bad nightmare and I’m actually going to wake up from all this,” said Dr. Liana Clark at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, who received $300,000 from the National Institutes of Health to study teens’ “misconceptions” about birth control.  Clark feels a chill because pro-lifers and Republican Congressmen have prompted NIH […]
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Gibson Movie Not Remotely Anti-Semitic Says U.S. Reviewer Keith Fournier

LIFESITE, October 31, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In a widely circulated review of Mel Gibson’s movie “The Passion” Catholic Deacon Keith Fournier emphasizes “There is not a scintilla of anti-Semitism to be found anywhere in this powerful film.”  Fournier was invited, along with many other Washington “movers and shakers” to a special preview of the controversial film that the major U.S. movie companies have declined to distribute. After seeing “The Passion” Fournier wrote, “it was an encounter, unlike anything I have ever experienced. In addition to being a masterpiece of film making and an artistic triumph, ‘The Passion’ evoked more deep […]
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Polish Government on Collision Course with Church

WARSAW, October 31, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The head of the Catholic Church in Poland has criticized lawmakers over legislation to ease abortion restrictions and provide so-called “protection” to homosexuals. But the ruling Democratic Left Alliance (SLD) under Prime Minister Leszek Miller, took power in 2001 vowing to conform Poland’s laws to those of other decadent liberal democracies.  “Some SLD politicians are returning to the old Lenin traditions, a time when tactics were more important than values, than a solid program, than respect for human life,” said Archbishop Jozef Zycinski of Lublin.  One pro-abortion SLD politician, Izabela Sierakowska, feared Poland may […]
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National Post Opinion Piece says Social conservatives are not a liability https://www.nationalpost.com/components/printstory/printstory.asp?id=A150DFB7-5017-46AF-A242-71BCDDA1BAAE   Democrats Again Block Bush pro-life judicial nominee Charles Pickering https://www.wdam.com/Global/story.asp?S=1503926&nav=1Pw1IovC   Bipartisan Senate measure restores important abstinence- and faith-based provisions to the global AIDS bill.  https://www.family.org/cforum/fnif/news/a0028635.cfm   Pro-aborts pepper spray pro-lifers at Chicago abortuary (with thanks to Pro-Life E-News)  https://www.illinoisleader.com/news/newsview.asp?c=9447   Singapore drafts bill to allow destructive research on human embryos https://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2003-10/30/content_1152137.htm   Hair Cells Grown from Embryonic Mouse Stem Cells https://news.independent.co.uk/world/science_medical/story.jsp?story=457983   Canadian Fertility Clinics Complaining that they can’t pay for sperm donors under C-13 https://www.nationalpost.com/utilities/story.html?id=F7C5E7CA-6F8B-4A58-95FA-9B34D70B165C   Canadian PM Chretien hints at early departure (before February)  […]
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Abortion Drug Causes Massive Increase in Abortion in Indian State: Up 165% in Two Years

TRIVANDRUM, October 30, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Kerala, the southernmost state in India, has seen a horrific 165% rise in abortions in the last two years according to a survey conducted by the women’s magazine Vanitha.  The India Times reports that senior gynaecologist Leela Mathew of the Malayala Manorama group said the availability of abortion-inducing drugs have contributed to the trend.  The state health department shows that induced abortions in government-run hospitals shot up from 16,339 in 1999 to 43,368 in 2001-02, an increase of 165%.  The paper reports that there are 651 government and private hospitals in the state that […]
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