New In-Vitro Concern: Contamination May Lead to Bacterial DNA “Embedded” in IVF Kids

By Terry Vanderheyden MADRID, January 3, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Spanish researchers have found that mice conceived using sperm exposed to E.coli bacteria before artificially inseminating a mouse egg, retain the genetic code of the bacteria in their DNA. The finding raises new concerns for in-vitro fertilization as an alternative to natural procreation, especially as IVF has become increasingly popular for couples experiencing difficulty in conceiving a child. Scientists from Spain’s agricultural research agency, INIA, used a method of IVF known as intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), to inject a single sperm directly into an egg – a method used for men […]
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Spain Continues Cultural Tailspin—Abortion Rates Soar 72%

By Gudrun Schultz MADRID, Spain, January 3, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Spain’s cultural decline continues to spin out of control, as abortion rates reach new heights. Spain’s health ministry has issued a report showing abortion rates over the past 10 years have climbed 72%, to 84,985 in 2004, from the 1995 number of 49,367. Although Spain’s abortion laws officially limit abortion to situations involving rape, malformation of the baby, or threats to the physical or mental health of the mother, 95.7% of all abortions list health concerns of the mother as the reason for the procedure. International pro-life leaders constantly warn […]
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Pope Benedict says Embryo a “Full and Complete” Human Being from Beginning

By Hilary White ROME, January 3, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In his Wednesday, December 28 general audience address, Pope Benedict XVI said that “something of the splendour” of Christmas “shines on every child, even on those still unborn.” 20,000 people heard the Pope’s meditation on Psalm 138 in which, addressing God on the wonder of unborn human life, the Psalmist says, “Your eyes foresaw my actions; in your book all are written down; my days were shaped, before I came to be.” The Pope said the Psalm is “a meditation on those who are weakest in their spiritual path in the […]
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Muslims To Be Excluded from Germany Because of Views on Homosexuality

By Gudrun Schultz BADEN-WURTENBERG, Germany, January 3, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A German state is targeting potential Muslim immigrants with a test to determine their “loyalty” to German social policy on homosexuality, among other issues. The southern state of Baden-Wurttemberg now requires all Muslims requesting citizenship to undergo an extensive test designed to reveal their views on such issues as gay rights, women’s equality, topless beaches, and the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 against the United States. The test is designed to weed out those applicants who express views that go against Germany’s social policies. This is believed to be […]
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EU says Catholic Doctors Must be Forced to Abort

By Hilary White EUROPE, January 3, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A Network of Independent Experts on Fundamental Rights released a 40-page document ordering the EU to impose rules on Catholic countries to force Catholic doctors and hospitals either to abort or refer women for abortions. The order came after Slovakia, a predominantly Catholic country, had proposed a treaty with the Vatican which specified guarantees for legal protection for unborn persons, including embryos. The European Union said that the agreement violated “international human rights” to abortion and EU laws. While recognizing that its recommendations are not binding, the Network says that the […]
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Scottish Cardinal Stresses Link Between Family Breakdown and Social Degeneration

By Gudrun Schultz NEW EDINBURGH, Scotland, January 3, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com)Â – In a New Year’s Day homily given at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Cardinal Keith O’Brien called on society to recognize the connection between family breakdown and social degeneration. “I urge society to look around at the rising rates of sexually transmitted infections and abortions, the levels of family breakdown in our midst, drug and alcohol abuse, and social deprivation,” Cardinal O’Brien said. “I ask all those who care for the future of our society not to be blind to the consequences of turmoil in family relationships.” “Parents and children remain […]
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Disgraced Korean Cloning Doctor may face Charges of Fraud and Embezzlement

By Hilary White SEOUL, January 3, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Further developments in the Korean cloning scandal are likely to result in charges against Dr. Hwang Woo Suk, the researcher who claimed last year to have been the first to create patient-specific cloned embryonic stem cells. Seoul National University President Chung Un-chan said the university would be taking strong disciplinary measures against Hwang which may result in criminal charges. The public prosecutors in Korea say that pending the outcome of the university’s investigation, Hwang could face criminal charges of fraud and embezzlement if it is shown that he received government funding […]
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FDA Reveals 607 Adverse Events Related to RU-486 Abortion , Including Five Deaths

By Terry Vanderheyden WASHINGTON, January 3, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A critical analysis of US Food and Drug Administration adverse event reporting (AERs) for the chemical abortion drug RU-486 (Mifepristone) has revealed at least 607 serious adverse events from use of the drug, although this number is considered by the authors of the analysis to be grossly understated. In addition to the five deaths included among the 607 “events,” three additional deaths, including a participant in Canadian drug trials, went unreported by the FDA. “Thus, there (have) been a total of 8 known deaths to date, including 5 Americans,” the authors […]
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