UK Seeks to Eliminate Mandatory Sentence for Euthanasia

LONDON, October 28, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The UK’s home secretary, David Blunkett, announced Wednesday a proposal to eliminate mandatory sentencing for euthanasia, which is currently included with other types of homicide. The proposed change would be the first review of murder law in the UK since 1957.  A Home Office spokeswoman told The Guardian that they propose to reclassify euthanasia, now considered murder, into a new lesser category, authorizing judges to decide on sentencing. The current mandated sentence for murder is life in prison. The review would propose that those homicidal acts classified in the lower category receive a sentence […]
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South Australian Victims of Late-Term, Partial-Birth Abortions are Mostly Healthy

ADELAIDE, South Australia, October 28, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Advertiser, a South Australia newspaper, has revealed that most babies killed late in pregnancy are healthy, normal children, aborted most commonly for reasons of so-called maternal mental health.  The article showed that of 377 late-term abortions—defined as beyond 20 weeks—committed there between 1998 and 2002, the mother’s mental state was cited as the most common reason for the abortion in more than half of the cases. The mother had developed a medical problem in 10 cases, and fetal abnormality accounted for an additional 171 late-term abortions. Sixteen babies were aborted at […]
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IRS Prohibits Churches from Praying for the Re-Election of President George Bush

WASHINGTON, October 28, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Internal Revenue Service says churches praying for God to grant President Bush four more years as President, during their church services, is a violation of the federal tax code.  The IRS issued their ruling in response to a formal request from the Christian Defense Coalition seeking clarification on this issue.  The Christian Defense Coalition is being represented on this issue by the American Center for Law and Justice. Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition, commented on the ruling saying, “This decision by the IRS is a tragic crushing of […]
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Provincial Governments can override charter rights in cases of Financial Constraint, Supreme Court rules https://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=1845&ncid=1845&e=1&u=/cpress/20041028/ca_pr_on_na/scoc_pay_equity   LA Times Writer Upset that Bishops Are Demanding Catholic Vote Pro-Life https://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-carlson28oct28,0,4456782.story   Marriage Amendments In 11 States All Expected To Pass https://www.washtimes.com/national/20041028-122226-1459r.htm   Experts: Web searches for sex declining https://www.usatoday.com/tech/webguide/internetlife/2004-10-27-sex-search-down_x.htm?POE=TECISVA   Illinois Abortionist Dies at 69 https://www.kwqc.com/Global/story.asp?S=2480687   Big Media have gone over the top with this election Alternative media is the future https://www.washtimes.com/commentary/20041026-090700-4455r.htm   Stem Cell Proponent Arrested for Stealing Bush Signs   https://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/news-article.aspx?storyid=26517   Martin Will no Longer Allow Nomination Challenges to Incumbent MPs https://www.canada.com/ottawa/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=43bf1fd8-e337-47a9-bc51-a8e409ec7194   Fingerprints to become compulsory for […]
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Fetal Tissue Transplant for Eye Repair a Dangerous and Unethical Practice

LOUISVILLE, October 28, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Researchers have again risked the use of fetal tissue in human trials for treating a degenerative eye disease. Elisabeth Bryant, who suffered from Retinitis Pigmentosa and was completely blind, has had her sight partially restored by a transplant of eye tissue derived from an aborted baby. In total, six patients with the disease have been treated by fetal transplants. “We have shown the way,” says Robert Aramant who led the experiment at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. “It is possible to reverse these incurable diseases.” One concern of the researchers is that there […]
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Court Grants Disabled Terri Schiavo Right to Life till November 29

CLEARWATER, October 28, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Florida Supreme Court has granted a stay of the order allowing brain-disabled Terri Schiavo’s estranged husband and guardian, Michael Schiavo, to remove her feeding tube. The court gave Florida Governor Jeb Bush until November 29 to appeal the decision to the US Supreme Court. Bush was denied a revisit of the September Supreme Court decision that ruled Terri’s Law, a law enacted by the Florida legislature to prevent her death, as unconstitutional.  Meanwhile, George Felos, the euthanasia activist lawyer acting on behalf of Michael Schiavo, asked Circuit Judge George Greer to allow Michael […]
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Vatican Intervenes in Minneapolis Catholic “Gay Pride” Parish

MINNEAPOLIS, October 28, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A Catholic parish in Minneapolis Minnesota has been ordered by the Archdiocese and the Vatican to remove Gay Pride material from its website and cease inviting non-Catholic speakers to Masses. St. Joan of Arc pastor, Rev. George Wertin, said that the Gay Pride pages would be removed from the parish’s website but, although the references to the parade have been removed, the parish’s ‘Gay and Lesbian’ ministry page still remains active.  For many years, local Catholics have complained to diocesan officials about activities at St. Joan of Arc, but it was complaints sent to […]
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Mel Gibson Speaks Against Human Embryo Cloning Research on ABC

HOLLYWOOD, October 28, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The California ballot measure, proposition 71, which would see 3 billion in taxpayer dollars go to support human embryonic stem cell research, has met an enemy in Hollywood star and famed director Mel Gibson.  Speaking on ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ today, Gibson explained that while he is in favour of adult stem cell research he opposes destructive research on embryos and cloning of human embryos for research. “I’m very concerned with the stem cell question.  I’m for stem cell research, I think it can do a lot of good.  When I heard about proposition […]
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Pope’s Representative to Canada Warns Bishops of Threat to Religious Freedom

OTTAWA, October 28, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Speaking to the Bishops of Canada during the annual plenary assembly of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Papal Nuncio to Canada warned of the threat to religious freedom posed by the redefinition of marriage.  Archbishop Luigi Venture told over 80 assembled bishops that the “redefinition of marriage . . . remains a subject of major preoccupation for us all.”  In his October 19 address, the nuncio encouraged the bishops to continue to speak out on the issue noting that their “pertinent interventions on this subject, in particular to the Supreme Court of […]
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