Dutch Abortion Boat Granted License for International Abortions

By Gudrun Schultz   AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands, April 24, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A Dutch abortion boat has been granted government permission to perform abortions in international waters on women up to 7 weeks pregnant, despite a massive national and international outcry, the Times online reported earlier today.   The boat has caused an uproar at home in the Netherlands and abroad. Condemned by governments and pro-life organizations as a propaganda tool for pro-abortion activists, the abortion boat has come under intense criticism for offering to perform abortions on women from countries where the procedure is illegal.   Operated by Women […]
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Brazil Supreme Court Begins Hearings on Human Embryonic Research

By Gudrun Schultz   BRASILIA, Brazil, April 24, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Debate over the morality of destroying human embryos in research began last week in Brazil, as the Supreme Court opened hearings on the issue to the general public.   For the first time, the Court permitted public attendance during the testimony of 25 doctors, researchers and scientists—dozens of citizens crowded the court during debates on the contentious issue, Reuters reported.   Brazil opened the door to embryonic stem cell research in 2005 with the passage of the biosecurity law. The attorney general challenged the law before the Supreme Court […]
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Researcher says China One-Child Policy Dangerous Because Study Finds It Works

By Gudrun Schultz   IRVINE, California, April 23, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Chinese government’s one-child policy has effectively reduced the country’s birth rate to well below replacement levels, triggering an impending demographic crisis, researchers at the University of California, Irvine, have found.   A team of sociologists from the United States and China collaborated on the study, published in the current issue of the journal Population and Development Review, which is the first to use local data on fertility policy and population growth collected from 420 Chinese prefectures.   In what is being called the first systematic examination of the […]
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Mexico City Government Votes Tomorrow on Legalizing Abortion – Pope Sends Letter

By Gudrun Schultz   MEXICO CITY, April 23, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Pope Benedict XVI sent a letter Friday supporting Catholics in Mexico City in their battle to prevent the passage of abortion legislation in the nation’s capital.   In his letter to Mexican bishops, the Holy Father said Christ’s victory over death was a reason to defend everyone’s right to life “from the first moment of their conception.”   Lawmakers in Mexico City will vote tomorrow on a bill to permit abortion on demand during the first trimester of pregnancy. The volatile issue has led to an outcry from the […]
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Advocates of Same-Sex “Marriage” Advance Agenda in Washington, Oregon, New York, and Connecticut

By Peter J. Smith   UNITED STATES, April 23, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Homosexual activists have gained ground in their agenda to promote same-sex “marriage” or civil unions in four US states: Washington, Oregon, New York, and Connecticut, where state lawmakers have recently signed, passed, or promised legislation detrimental to traditional marriage and family.   In Washington, Gov. Chris Gregoire signed into law the domestic partnership bill on Saturday, which gives homosexual couples legal rights and privileges reserved for married couples, including hospital visitation rights, the ability to authorize autopsies and organ donations and inheritance rights when there is no will.   […]
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Judge: Catholic Position Against Homosexual Adoption Justifies Government Hostility Towards Church

SAN FRANCISCO, April 23, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In its brief filed last week with the U. S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Thomas More Law Center urged the court to reverse a federal judge’s ruling that an anti-Catholic resolution of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors was constitutionally justified because the Church opposed adoptions by homosexual couples. District Judge Marilyn Hall Patel, a President Carter appointee and one-time counsel for the National Organization for Women (NOW), ruled that the Board resolution condemning Catholic moral teaching on homosexuality and urging the Archbishop of San Francisco and Catholic Charities of San […]
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Pope: “It is my heartfelt hope” that Science Respects and Defends Right to Life

By John-Henry Westen   PAVIA, April 23, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Speaking at a Catholic hospital in the Northern Italian city of Pavia today, Pope Benedict XVI said, “It is my heartfelt hope that vital scientific and technological progress will always be accompanied by a concern to promote, alongside the good of sick people, such fundamental values as respect for and defense of life at every stage, upon which the authentically human quality of coexistence depend.”   Continuing his address at the “San Matteo” hospital, the Pope highlighted the fact that “in each person suffering from illness it is He Himself […]
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Ontario Public School Boards Call for Elimination of Catholic Separate System

By Hilary White   HAMILTON, April 23, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Although separate Catholic school boards in Ontario are guaranteed under the Canadian Constitution, a series of recent motions by public school board trustees has called their continued existence and distinctive religious nature into question.    The Ottawa Citizen reports that the public Ottawa Carleton District School Board voted ten to one on April 10 to eliminate their separate English and French publicly funded schools. The vote reaffirmed a 2001 motion in favour of a unified non-Catholic school system.   In the last municipal election, in order to bring attention to […]
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