President Bush Tells United Nations to Protect Life – Ban Cloning

NEW YORK, September 21, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Speaking at United Nations headquarters in New York today, President George W. Bush addressed the United Nations General Assembly.  The theme of the President’s speech focused on the reason for humanitarian action on the part of the U.S. flowing from the belief in “human dignity.” Among many topics such as fighting poverty, disease, and terrorism, the President included a reference to protecting life. He stated, “Because we believe in human dignity, we should take seriously the protection of life from exploitation under any pretext. In that context he noted his support for the […]
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Participation Urged in Life Chain Sunday, October 3

TORONTO, September 21, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) – On Sunday October 3rd, hundreds of thousands of Americans and Canadians will take part in the 17th annual Life Chain witness for life.  At numerous major intersections in cities and smaller communities, all participants will hold up one of several signs, each with a brief slogan related to abortion, in order to raise awareness of the issue in their respective communities. All participants are encouraged to pray while holding their signs.  Life Chain involves only one hour of participants’ time, from 2 to 3 p.m. on Sunday. The event often produces a positive result […]
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Vatican Commission Warns Against Threat of Genetic ‘Improvement’ of Humanity

ROME, September 21, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The International Theological Commission, a Pontifical theological research body based in the Vatican, has offered a document that warns against the threat of the new reproductive technologies to the genetic integrity of the human species. The document, titled, “Communion and Stewardship: Human Persons Created in the Image of God,” rules out human cloning, destruction of embryos, genetic enhancement, abortion or euthanasia. It warns that the modern ability of man to alter himself at the genetic level threatens to destroy the biological integrity of humanity. The question posed by the document was, “How far is […]
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“One Reason is Proportionate: Defense of Innocent Human Life”, says Bishop Gracida

BROWNSVILLE, September 21, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Rene Henry Gracida, Bishop Emeritus of Corpus Christi Texas, has written a letter to the editor of the Brownsville Herald, giving his clarification on the contentious issue of ‘proportionate reasons’ for a Catholic to vote for a pro-abortion politician. Naming names, he writes that Catholics cannot vote for presidential candidate John Kerry. To do so, he says, “would be formal cooperation in the sin of abortion if that candidate were to be elected and assist in passing legislation that would remove restrictions on abortion on demand.”  He says that it is not enough to […]
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UK Euthanasia Claims Exaggerated, Irresponsible

LONDON, September 20, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Abortion advocates have for years successfully used a strategy of wildly exaggerating the number of illegal abortions in order to convince legislators in various countries to legalize abortion. Euthanasia advocates now seem to have begun emulating their fellow death advocates. The latest testament comes from a story in The UK Guardian that claims 18,000 Britons are euthanized by their doctors every year.  The 18,000 claim comes from “euthanasia expert” Dr. Hazel Biggs, director of medical law at the University of Kent and author of Euthanasia: Death with Dignity and the Law. Briggs claims her […]
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French Medical Giant links Abortion to Preemie Births

PARIS, September 20, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The French doctor who is internationally renowned for cutting the French preterm birth rate in half has linked preterm birth to abortion.  Dr. Emile Papiernik published research this year that establishes the link.  Researcher Brent Rooney, with the Reduce Preterm Risk Coalition, informed LifeSiteNews.com that Papiernik and colleagues released a study of 10 European countries, including France, that reported that prior IAs (Induced Abortions) boosted the risk of very preterm (i.e. before 32 weeks’ gestation) birth.  One IA elevated every preterm risk by 1/3 and two prior IAs boosted the risk by 47%. Rooney […]
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Bone Marrow Stem Cells Fighting Blindness and Making Body ‘Glue’

LA JOLLA/VANCOUVER, September 20, 2004 (LifeSiteNew.com) – Despite the claims of some researchers that only embryonic stem cells hold any promise, the most promising work is being done without any ethical difficulties on so-called adult stem cells, those taken from a patient’s own body.  One group is working to treat an incurable degenerative eye disease, retinitis pigmentosa, that leads inevitably to complete blindness. Dr. Martin Friedlander at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla leads a team that has taken mice with the disease and injected stem cells taken from their bone marrow. The cells migrated to the damaged blood […]
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Voting and Abortion – Newark Bishop Clarifies “Proportional Reasons”: There Aren’t Any

NEWARK, September 20, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Bishop John Myers of Newark was featured Friday in an editorial in the Wall Street Journal in which he explained the question of voting for politicians who support abortion. The bishop attempted to clarify terms such as ‘proportional reasons’ and called abortion, “a tragedy of epic proportions.” Bishop Myers also said that the Holy See document called “On Worthiness to Receive Holy Communion,” far from being ambiguous, “dealt primarily with the obligations of bishops to deny communion to Catholic politicians in certain circumstances.” The opposite was claimed by Washington’s Cardinal McCarrick who declined to […]
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