New Study Finds Strong Evidence for Abortifacient Effect of Plan B “Emergency Contraception”

Analysis by Dr. John B. Shea, MD. FRCP(C) TORONTO, May 28, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In a recent article in Fertility and Sterility R.T. Mikolajczyk and J.B. Stanford proposed a model experiment that estimated the effectiveness of the disruption of ovulation by Levonorgestrel used as an “emergency contraceptive,” based on the prevention of fertilization. They also demonstrated what was termed the “effectiveness” of levonorgestrel with or without “mechanisms acting after fertilization.” If disruption of ovulation were the only significant mechanism of action of levonorgestrel, its “effectiveness” could not be much more than 50% if given immediately after intercourse. With delays in […]
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Pro-Abortion Stand by Amnesty International Leading to Loss of Support

By John Jalsevac May 28, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Amnesty International’s (AI) decision to support the worldwide decriminalization of abortion is having a huge impact on membership, with many members threatening to break, or already having broken from Amnesty, reported Australia’s The Age newspaper earlier today. The Age also speculated that many of Amnesty’s disgruntled employees and supporters may band together to found a new human rights organization.  Amnesty International publicly admitted its new policy to support the universal decriminalization of abortion earlier this month, to the dismay of many of its longtime supporters. Already numerous high-level Amnesty supporters around the world […]
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Mexican Attorney General to Challenge Abortion Law in Supreme Court

By John Jalsevac MEXICO CITY, Mexico, May 28, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Mexico’s government-appointed attorney general, Eduardo Medina Mora, has joined the effort to overturn Mexico City’s new law permitting abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, by taking the issue to the Supreme Court, reports Reuters. According to Reuters, Eduardo Mora said in a statement last Friday that the Supreme Court had already previously demonstrated that the abortion law was unconstitutional. Mora will be arguing the pro-life case before the Supreme Court along with José Luis Soberanes Fernández, president of the National Human Rights Commission of Mexico, who has […]
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Adult Stem Cells From Human Cord Umbilical Cord Blood Successfully Engineered to Make Insulin

GALVESTON, Texas, May 28, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In a fundamental discovery that someday may help cure type 1 diabetes by allowing people to grow their own insulin-producing cells for a damaged or defective pancreas, medical researchers at the University of Texas have reported that they have engineered adult stem cells derived from human umbilical cord blood to produce insulin. The researchers announced their laboratory finding, which caps nearly four years of research, in the June 2007 issue of the medical journal Cell Proliferation, posted online this week. Their paper calls it “the first demonstration that human umbilical cord blood-derived stem […]
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“Harrowing” Romanian Abortion Film Wins Cannes’ Palm D’Or; Second Abortion Film to Win a Prestigious

By Peter J. Smith and John Jalsevac CANNES, France, May 28, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Judges at the 60th anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival awarded the coveted Palm d’Or to what is being described as a “harrowing” film. The winning submission depicts the personal and moral consequences that a young woman and her friend face as they attempt to obtain an illegal abortion for the young woman while living in communist Romania. Directed by Romanian director Cristian Mungiu and named for the age of the aborted baby, “4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days” [4 Luni, 3 Saptamini si 2 Zile], […]
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Oklahoma Bans State Funds for Abortion in State Hospitals, With Exceptions

By Peter J. Smith OKLAHOMA CITY, May 25, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) — State-funded medical facilities in Oklahoma may no longer perform most abortions under a new bill that became law on Wednesday. “Virtually every hospital in the state of Oklahoma will no longer be allowed to do [abortions],” Linda Gray Murphy, a lobbyist with the National Association of Social Workers told Reuters. “If you live in rural Oklahoma, your hospital probably receives state funding.” SB 139 was passed by both the Oklahoma House and Senate and became law after Gov. Brad Henry took no action on the bill for five days. […]
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FDA: Gay Men Still Banned from Donating Blood Over Documented Risk Concerns

By John Jalsevac WASHINGTON, D.C., May 25, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Despite attempts by pro-homosexual advocates to paint the homosexual lifestyle as just another, normal, and healthy lifestyle choice, the FDA has renewed its 1983 policy that gay men cannot donate blood, due to the high-risk nature of living an active homosexual lifestyle. This past Wednesday the FDA stated that, despite mounting opposition to the policy, it will for medical reasons continue to uphold its ban on men who live or who have lived an active homosexual life from donating blood.  According to the FDA, the ban is in place because, “A history of male-to-male sex […]
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Canadian Territorial Court Rules Catholic Schools Must Accept Non-Catholic Trustees

By John-Henry Westen   YELLOWKNIFE, NWT, May 25, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories (NWT) ruled Wednesday that the Yellowknife Catholic School Board may not refuse non-Catholics to sit as trustees governing the board.   The issue brings to the fore the increasing trend to deny Catholics in Canada their rights to Catholic education supported by the education tax dollars of Catholic rate-payers.  Already in Newfoundland and Quebec the right to Catholic schooling supported by education taxes from Catholics has been removed.   In the current case, Justice J.E. Richard of the NWT Supreme Court ruled […]
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Rainbow Sash Member to Disrupt Masses Across United States, Again

By John Jalsevac CHICAGO, May 24, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Rainbow Sash Movement (RSM), the group of homosexual activists that self-describes itself as “Catholic” despite its open stance against significant moral teachings of the Church, announced today that they will again be “challenging the Catholic Church’s hierarchy” this upcoming Pentecost Sunday, May 27. RSM members wear a 2-inch wide ribbon of rainbow colors across their shoulders (a symbol of the modern homosexual movement). They then present themselves to receive communion in Cathedrals and parishes across the nation in protest against the Catholic teaching that those who publicly and stubbornly persist […]
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