The New Eugenics: Latest Advance in Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis Extolled

NEW YORK, January 29, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A New York hospital is boasting of a medical first – a successful genetic screen which allowed for the survival and birth of two healthy children whose father is a known carrier of the gene linked to a form of eye cancer, retinoblastoma. The Newsday article on the subject failed to mention the fact that 22 of the pair’s siblings were discarded in order to achieve this end. With Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis, only those children with the desired genetic trait being selected for—of the dozen created using IVF—are implanted into the womb of […]
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Embargo of US Funding for UNFPA Continues

WASHINGTON, January 29, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com/c-fam.org) – The Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute reported today in its Friday fax that the US Congress has voted to permanently reallocate $56 million in funding previously earmarked for the United Nations Population Fund.  The money represents the amount withheld from UNFPA for the past two years because of the UNFPA’s known participation in coercive abortions in China.  Under the U.S. Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related Programs Appropriations Act, any organization which participates in coercive abortion precludes them from any financial support. UNFPA and its closest ally, International Planned Parenthood Federation, are still […]
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Pope Warns Parents of Grave Responsibility to Protect Children from Harmful Media

VATICAN CITY, January 29, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In his message for the May 23 World Communications Day, which was released last week, Pope John Paul II warned that the media “have the capacity to do grave harm to families.” The Pope said the theme chosen for the Day is “The Media and the Family: A Risk and a Richness” invites, “sober reflection on the use which families make of the media and, in turn, on the way that families and family concerns are treated by the media.”  The Pope reminded both media communicators and consumers that “all communication has a […]
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Parents Overwhelmingly Prefer Their Kids Be Taught Abstinence

COLORADO SPRINGS, January 29, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The vast majority of American parents want their children’s sex education classes to emphasize abstinence until marriage, according to a new poll released today. The survey, conducted by Zogby International for Focus on the Family, also found that parents strongly oppose the values and messages of comprehensive sex education, a training model that assumes teens will become sexually active and, therefore, must be given easy access to condoms. The survey of 1,008 parents of children under 17 found that sixty-eight percent of parents want schools to teach teens that individuals who remain abstinent […]
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Adoption Ban for Same-Sex Couples Upheld by U.S. Appeals Court

MIAMI, January 29, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Wednesday upheld the Florida law that bans homosexuals from adopting children. The three-judge panel affirmed a U.S. district judge’s 2001 ruling in favour of Florida’s 1977 law. Florida is the only state that prohibits homosexual adoption. In the court’s unanimous decision, Judge Stanley Birch argued that the court is not in a position to overrule the state Legislature, writing that “‘We exercise great caution when asked to take sides in an ongoing public policy debate. Any argument that the Florida Legislature was misguided in its decision is […]
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Minnesota Legislature Consider Constitutional Amendment to Protect Marriage Pope Praises Large Families in 2004 Lenten Message Mel Gibson agrees to change ‘Passion’ film to combat anti-Semitism Virginia House Passes Bill to Make Stricter Rules at Abortuaries Washington DC School vouchers to start by fall Second hand smoke and Urban Pollution Combo Harms Developing Unborn
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Poll Shows Majority of Americans Believe Abortion Makes Women’s Lives Worse

WASHINGTON, DC, January 29, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A new national poll indicates that the majority of Americans believe abortion makes women’s lives worse.  According to the poll, only 16 percent believe abortion generally makes women’s lives better. Even among those who describe themselves as “pro-choice,” less than 30 percent believe abortion generally improves women’s lives. In addition, the poll results, contained in a new pamphlet from the Elliot Institute, reveal that 67 percent of pro-choice women stated they would be “more likely to vote for a candidate who calls for government support for grief counseling programs to assist women who […]
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