Florida Child Services goes to Court to Stop Abortion on 13 Year-Old Ward

MIAMI, April 28, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Department of Children & Families (DCF) in Palm Beach County, Florida, is asking a judge to block the request of a 13 year-old girl in their care to have an abortion. The girl’s lawyers are arguing that under state law, a minor has the right to decide for herself if she will abort her child. The girl, who cannot be named except for her initials, “L.G.,” is in the custody of the DCF who claim that at thirteen she does not have the maturity to decide. On Thursday, Judge Ronald Alvarez, ordered a temporary […]
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Spanish Mayors Vow They Will Refuse to Perform Gay “Marriage”

MADRID, April 27, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Several of Spain’s mayors have come out against the latest move by elected officials to legalize same-sex “marriage” for the country, vowing they will not perform the ceremonies. “Even if the law allows me to marry homosexuals, I will not exercise this authority,” said Javier Leon de la Riva, mayor of Valladolid, according to an Expatica report. Mayors of Avila and Leon have also said they would refuse to perform the ceremonies, despite a statement from the government’s second-highest ranking official, Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega, who warned that “public servants must apply […]
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Catholic Docs Okay With Abortion-Causing Birth Control But Not Embryonic Stem Cells

FLEMINGTON, NJ, April 27, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – According to a new national study conducted among 1,536 U.S. physicians, most Catholic physicians overwhelming support the use of birth control pills among healthy adult women. A large majority of all physicians (93%) and Catholic physicians (87%) indicated that they would “prescribe birth control pills to any adult patients that request them and for whom they are medically appropriate.” The national survey was conducted by HCD Research and the Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion (MCIPO) during April 21-23, as part of their continuing investigation of the social, political and economic issues confronting […]
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Bush Signs Bill Legalizing DVD Filtering Enabling Parents to Rid Films of Swearing and Sex

WASHINGTON, April 27, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – US President George W Bush signed legislation Wednesday ensuring that companies that produce DVD filtering technology – devices that can delete or skip offensive material in DVD movies, like swearing and sex – will be able to continue manufacturing the technology without penalty. ClearPlay Inc. is one company offering such a device – for a monthly fee of $4.95 USD, they release filters for new release movies that can be used in their DVD players. In September 2002, eight Hollywood movie studios and the Directors Guild of America filed a lawsuit against ClearPlay. The […]
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UK Nurses Urge Legalization of Prostitution

LONDON, April 27, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – UK nurses, attending their Royal College of Nursing annual conference, campaigned for several so-called reforms, including a call for the legalization of prostitution. Nurses voted “overwhelmingly” in favour of decriminalizing prostitution, according to a BBC report, claiming that by doing so, it would eliminate the stigma associated with the “sex trade.” Prostitutes would then be more comfortable with seeking medical assistance for prostitution-related complaints, the nurses argued. Sponsor of the motion, Liverpool nurse Andrea Spyropoulos, claimed “Prostitutes are stigmatised, marginalised and denied access to healthcare.” Some nurses opposed the easing of laws that proposed […]
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Dutch Euthanasia Doctor Admits to Killing 4 Newborns With Lethal Injections

GRONINGEN, April 27, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The UK news magazine, the Evening Standard, reports an extraordinary confession today by a Dutch doctor who admits to having euthanized disabled newborns. Dutch paediatrician Eduard Verhagen is in the forefront of a push to have the euthanasia of infants made legal in order to protect doctors who are already doing it. He admitted that he had given lethal injections to four babies born with spina bifida, a condition that is sometimes correctable by pre-natal surgery. Verhagen said, “All four babies had spina bifida – not the usual type, but severely affected children where […]
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Abortion Survey in Japan Finds 56% of Women Who Aborted Felt Sorry for Baby

TOKYO, April 27, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A Government survey in Japan has found that 55.9 percent of women who had had an abortion said they felt sorry for the fetus; 15.2 percent said they blamed themselves for the experience. The survey of 890 women conducted by a research group with the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare in cooperation with the Japan Family Planning Association also found that one in six women between 16 and 49 years of age has had an abortion. According to the Japanese newspaper The Asahi Shimbun, the survey found 5.5 percent of the respondents said […]
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Adult Stem Cells Do Not Turn Cancerous Studies Suggest

HOUSTON, April 27, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Regenetech Inc., a Houston-based, adult-stem-cell company, said this week that recent scientific studies of adult stem cells expanded with its NASA-created techniques indicate the cells do not turn cancerous. Last week researchers from Spain and Denmark claimed in the journal “Cancer Research” that under certain circumstances adult stems cells can turn cancerous if allowed to multiply outside the body for a lengthy period. Regenetech said that two recently completed scientific studies demonstrated the effectiveness and safety of its proprietary expanded stem cell process thereby making its process the most successful procedure of expanded stem […]
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US National Academies of Science offers “Ethics” Guidelines for Cloners

WASHINGTON, April 27, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The National Academies of Science (NAS) has issued a 240-page report offering what it is calling ethics ‘guidelines’ for scientists doing research using live human embryos and cloning. Predictably, the NAS report has based its chosen form of ethics on the now-customary utilitarian Bioethics so favoured researchers who are eager to go forward with embryonic research and cloning. Committee co-chair Richard O. Hynes, spokesman for the NAS, said that a standard set of guidelines for use by the whole US research community, “is the best way for this research to move forward.” The report […]
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