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Louisiana Gov. Race Between Two Pro-Life Catholics – Only a Dream in Canada https://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/politics/july-dec03/lagov_11-11.html   Irish Government Committee Rejects EU Embryo Research Proposal. A key Dáil (parliamentary) committee has voted to reject the European Commission proposal that EU funds be used to pay for embryo research. (The Irish Times, November 6 – via UK Life League)  https://www.ireland.com/newspaper/ireland/2003/1106/1839843812HM9EMBRYO.html   Irish Prime Minister Admits there are Strong Commercial Interests Associated with EU Embryo Funding Proposal (The Irish Times, November 6 – via UK Life League)  https://www.ireland.com/newspaper/ireland/2003/1106/1839843812HM9EMBRYO.html   Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore May Be Ousted Due to Refusal to Remove Ten Commandments […]
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Diagnosis of Persistent Vegetative State Questioned as Former Patient Speaks Out

TAMPA BAY, November 12, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The case of disabled Florida woman Terri Schiavo, who has been falsely labelled as being in a “persistent vegetative state” (PVS) by most major media outlets, has drawn attention to the controversial diagnosis which suggests the medical state is permanent.  Even those who contend that PVS is a viable diagnosis suggest that patients are frequently misdiagnosed as being in PVS.  According to a study published in the July 6, 1996 British Medical Journal, 43% of patients diagnosed with PVS do not qualify for the diagnosis.  Last week Kate Adamson appeared on the programme […]
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British Conservatives Oust Pro-Life Leader for Anti-Lifer

LONDON, November 12, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Conservative Party, Britain’s main opposition party has announced changes to its shadow cabinet. The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) has informed LifeSite that Iain Duncan-Smith, a pro-life Catholic, has been replaced as leader of the opposition by Michael Howard. SPUC notes that Howard has a mixed voting record on abortion and he voted in favour of destructive research on cloned human embryos in 2000. In 1997 Howard voted against a bill aimed at legalizing assisted suicide and in 2000 he voted for a bill aimed at prohibiting euthanasia by omission.  […]
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Scottish Archbishop Calls Attention to Unborn in Remembrance Day Address

EDINBURGH, November 12, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Scottish Archbishop Mario Conti wrote an article for the Sunday Herald for Remembrance Day, which in addition to honoring the memory of fallen soldiers, recalled the babies killed by abortion.  “This weekend we will stand in sad tribute to generations of men and women wiped out in the carnage of war. It is good that we remember Scotland’s lost generations in this way. However, I cannot refrain from pointing out that another loss continues, every day of the week in our land, a sacrifice of silent victims. The victims of abortion,” began the Archbishop’s […]
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Scottish Government to Grant Homosexual Couples All Benefits of Marriage

EDINBURGH, November 12, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Scottish Executive has announced plans to give homosexual couples all the legal rights of married couples.  The move comes in response to similar initiatives on the part of the England and Wales.  While religious and family groups objected that the move would undermine marriages, Hugh Henry, the deputy justice minister, said it would not. However, he did suggest that allowing heterosexual couples the same benefits would undermine marriage.  Of the homosexual couples, Henry said, “We’re talking about people in long-term, loving relationships who are denied legal recognition for certain very significant parts of […]
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In Depth Study Finds Family Planning Clinics Encourage Spread of Sexual Transmitted Diseases

LONDON, November 12, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A study by Nottingham University business school found that family planning clinic sessions, meant to promote ‘safer sex’, actually led to an increase in sexually transmitted infections (STI).  Dr. David Paton, Head of Industrial Economics Division at the Business School, suggests that since international research says that family planning clinic advice does more harm than good, money and resources directed at such ventures should be diverted to more promising ways to address teenage pregnancy.  The study, published in the Journal of Health Economics, found that STIs among teens increased some 15% between 1999 and […]
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Medical Ethics Panel Says Bush-Approved Embryonic Stem Cell Lines Unsafe for Human Use

BALTIMORE, November 12, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A medical ethics panel announced Monday that the embryonic stem cell lines approved by President Bush for federally funded research are unsafe for human use since they were grown on mouse cells and could be contaminated.  The Johns Hopkins University organized panel which included experts from the US and Europe noted that the animal contamination could expose humans treated with the stem cells to an animal virus which human immune systems could not fight.  On Aug. 9, 2001, President Bush announced a compromise measure on the embryonic stem cell debate allowing federal funds to […]
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Florida Governor Defends Terri’s Law and Catholic Bishop Defends her Right to Life

TAMPA BAY, November 11, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Florida Governor Jeb Bush has asked an appeals court in Florida to throw out a case by Michael Schiavo charging that the law enacted to allow the governor to order the reinsertion of Terri Schiavo’s feeding tube was unconstitutional.  Meanwhile, Florida House Speaker Johnnie Byrd defended Terri’s Law in court by noting the legislature’s superiority to the courts in deciding law.  “The Legislature’s role in establishing public policy is paramount and its role in regulating the actions of the other branches is significant,” said Byrd’s brief.  In related news, the Catholic Bishop of […]
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