Politics Trumps Health Concerns on Morning After Pill in Ontario

By Hilary White TORONTO, December 8, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Ontario College of Pharmacists has declared that the Morning After Pill (MAP), the abortifacient drug known to carry serious health risks to women, will hereafter be dispensed without a complete medical history being taken by the pharmacist. Last week, Ontario’s privacy commissioner Ann Cavoukian, complained that screening women for their sexual history before dispensing the drug was a violation of their privacy. This despite the well-documented health risks of the drug which is a massive dose of the same kinds of hormones found in regular birth control pills. Voluntary guidelines […]
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Second Major Study Shows Modern Catholic Universities Harm Students’ Faith Life

By Terry Vanderheyden and John-Henry Westen PERTH, Australia, December 8, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Students who attend Catholic Universities are more likely to lose their faith than retain or enrich it, according to new Australian research. The Western Australia Catholic newspaper, The Record, reported on survey results by Dr. Luke Saker, stating that “almost all students who graduate from Catholic education regard the Church as irrelevant.” Dr. Saker found that only 12.8% of 133 Edith Cowan University students polled attended church on Sunday, while 82% rarely or never availed themselves of the sacrament of reconciliation. Other highlights of his survey found […]
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Indian Government Fights Court Effort to Legalize Sodomy

By Gudrun Schultz ÂNEW DELHI, December 8, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The government of India has declared the country is not ready for legalized homosexual activity, in response to a petition before the Supreme Court by the Naz Foundation, a homosexual activist organization in South Asia. The group wants to strike section 377, which identifies homosexual activity as an illegal punishable offence, from the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The Government’s current position is based on public social opinion towards homosexual activity, which “does not favour” legalization. The affidavit issued by the Union Home Ministry states “the right of privacy cannot be […]
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AIDS Specialist and Former Condom Advocate Speaks on Switch to Abstinence

By Gudrun Schultz LAKE FOREST, Calif., December 8, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A senior U. S. research scientist who once advocated the use of condoms to slow the spread of HIV now promotes abstinence and fidelity as far more effective weapons against the disease. Edward Green, with the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, became convinced of the effectiveness of abstinence and faithfulness after witnessing the impact of Uganda’s ABC program on the country’s infection rates. The ABC method, which stands for Abstain, Be faithful, or use a Condom, is credited with dramatically reducing the rate of HIV infection in […]
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Justice in British Columbia Knights Case also Decided Against Christians Kempling, Brockie

By Terry Vanderheyden VANCOUVER, December 8, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Heather MacNaughton, who chaired the three-panel BC Human Rights Tribunal in the mixed judgement of the Port Coquitlam Knights of Columbus v. two lesbians, is the same Justice who fined Christian printer Scott Brockie and denied an appeal by Christian teacher Chris Kempling. In 2000, MacNaughton was the adjudicator in the Ontario Human Rights Commission decision against Scott Brockie, a Toronto printer, who was forced to pay $5,000 in damages for refusing to print stationary for The Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives. Brockie, who opposes homosexuality on religious grounds, politely asked […]
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Sikh Minister Supports Right of UK School Girl to Wear Crucifix to School

By John-Henry Westen DERBY, UK, December 8, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The news that a 16-year-old UK school girl was suspended for wearing a crucifix at a school where Sikh religious articles are permitted has sparked the ire of the Sikh community as well as the Christian community. Sikh Minister Sardarni Sahiba Gurumeet Kaur Khalsa told LifeSiteNews.com “It is the height of wrongful discrimination to disallow Christian students to wear a crucifix, while yet allowing Sikh students to wear a kara (a religious steel bracelet).” Deputy head teacher Howard Jones of Sinfin Community School in Derby attempted, in a three hour […]
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Court OK’s Religious Liberty Defense For Doctors Sued For Refusing Lesbian Artificial Insemination

By LifeSiteNews.com Staff SAN DIEGO, December 7, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) - – A California appeals court ruled Friday that two San Diego doctors may assert religious reasons in their defense against a lawsuit by an unmarried woman who claims the physicians discriminated against her because she is a lesbian. For clinical and religious reasons, the physicians referred the woman, Guadalupe Benitez, to a fertility specialist when she requested they perform a type of artificial insemination procedure called intrauterine insemination. “Our First Amendment protects the free exercise of religion. The right to religious liberty is one of the most vital rights Americans […]
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