Pope Endorses Adult Stem-Cell Research in Wednesday Audience

By John Jalsevac   ROME, Italy, June 27, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – During the weekly Wednesday audience held earlier today, Pope Benedict expressed his approval for adult stem cell research, distinguishing adult stem-cell research from destructive embryonic stem-cell research, which the Catholic Church strongly condemns.   According to ABC News, the Pontiff made the remarks while greeting members of a conference organized by La Sapienza University about the use of adult stem cells to treat cardiac problems. “On this matter the position of the Church, supported by reason and by science, is clear,” said the Pope. “Scientific research must be encouraged and promoted, […]
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Louisiana Law-Makers Ban Partial-Birth Abortion

By John Jalsevac BATON ROUGE, June 26, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Louisiana has become the first state to ban partial-birth abortion since the Supreme Court held up a federal ban on the gruesome procedure earlier this year. Legislation that would ban partial-birth abortion in the state passed by a landslide 104-0 vote in the Louisiana House of Representatives yesterday. The same legislation was passed by a 36-0 vote in the Senate on Monday. Planned Parenthood argued against the ban, reports the ABC, but was not well received by legislators. Only one representative voted against the ban in committee and floor votes, […]
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Teenage U.K. Girl Sues School in High Court for Banning Her Chastity Ring

By Elizabeth O’Brien HORSHAM, England, June 22, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Sixteen-year old Lydia Playfoot from West Sussex went to the High Court on Friday to sue her school for forbidding her from wearing a chastity ring. The Millais School in Horsham forbade Miss Playfoot from wearing the ring last year, saying that it went against the school dress code. She explained, however, that it was a symbol of her religious commitment that people should wait until marriage before having sex. Nevertheless, the school refused to allow the ring, saying that it was not an “integral” part of the Christian religion. […]
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New Zealand High Court Rules that Pregnancy is an “Injury”

By Elizabeth O’Brien WELLINGTON, New Zealand, June 27, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The New Zealand High Court recently upheld a District Court ruling that an unwanted pregnancy, occurring after a failed sterilization attempt, is considered an “injury” to the woman’s body. The lawsuit involved a mother who “accidentally” became pregnant with her fifth child after undergoing sterilization four years ago, the New Zealand Herald reports. According to Lawyer magazine, Judge Jillian Moore mentioned stretch marks, nausea, vomiting and other signs of the physical and hormonal changes that a woman undergoes during pregnancy. Referring to these symptoms, Moore stated, “if these kinds […]
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Proposed Council of Europe Report Calls Creationism “Dangerous,”“Threat to Human Rights”

By Hilary White BRUSSELS, June 27, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The French socialist politician and mathematics professor, Guy Lengagne, has written in a report for the Council of Europe’s Committee on Culture, Science and Education, that says that “creationism” and its biblically rooted Christian worldview represent a threat to human freedom and must be suppressed. But members of the European Council’s Committee on Culture, Science and Education have temporarily rejected the current draft of the report and declared freedom of thought and discussion a “fundamental value.” Titled, “The Dangers of Creationism in Education,” the report said, “If we are not careful, creationism […]
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