Australian Bishops Respond to Legislation that Would Decriminalize Abortion

By John Jalsevac MELBOURNE, Australia, July 25, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Catholic bishops in the Australian state of Victoria have responded to legislation introduced into the Victorian parliament to decriminalize abortion by calling it a “backward step for women and their families.” Instead of decriminalizing abortion “which might make abortion more widespread”, write Victoria’s bishops, legislators should instead be trying to find ways to reduce the state’s notoriously high abortion rate. Although 20,000 abortions occur each year in the state of Victoria, abortion is still technically illegal under the Victorian Crimes Act. In 1969, the Supreme Court of Victoria ruled that […]
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Seattle Mayor’s Gay Benefits Policy Challenged for Undermining the State Ban on Same-Sex “Marriage”

By Elizabeth O’Brien SEATTLE, July 25, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Pacific Justice Institute has challenged the Seattle mayor’s employee benefits policy for same-sex couples for allegedly undermining the Washington ban on homosexual “marriage”. In 2004 Mayor Greg Nickels ordered that businesses give marriage benefits to same-sex couples, Seattlepi.com reports. The mayor extended the regular marriage privileges to those couples that were “married” by other governments, such as Massachusetts. The Mayor’s policy allows same-sex couples to sign up for benefits without having to file for domestic partnership status. The California-based Pacific Justice Institute (PJI), a non-profit legal defense organization that defends […]
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Two-Time Teenage Mothers to be Assigned “Contraception Counsellors” by British Government

By Hilary White   LONDON, July 25, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The British government, in reaction to recent statistics that show the UK with the highest rate of teenage pregnancy in Europe, will assign “contraception counsellors” to teenage mothers.   The move comes in response to statistics from the Department for Children, Schools and Families, showing that in 2005, one fifth of the teenagers who became pregnant were already mothers. The counsellors will on various family issues, including breastfeeding, nutrition and how to get contraceptives.   The Telegraph quoted Norman Wells, who said that the government’s dedication to the doctrines of […]
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Canada’s Crossroads Walkers Enter Toronto With Parliament Hill Only Two Weeks Away

By Elizabeth O’Brien TORONTO, ON, July 25, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – With thousands of kilometers behind them and just over two weeks away from their final goal at Parliament Hill, the Crossroads pro-life walkers will be entering Toronto this weekend. Since they started walking in Vancouver, BC this May, six to eight devoted young men and women have been taking shifts so that there is always someone on the road day or night. On the weekend they give talks, pray before abortion clinics and other public functions. After twelve demanding weeks on the road, the first ever Canadian Crossroads walking team […]
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Brownback and Kennedy Team Up to Support Mothers of Disabled Children

By Elizabeth O’Brien WASHINGTON, DC, July 24, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – On Wednesday Senators Sam Brownback and Edward Kennedy reintroduced the Pre-natally and Post-natally Diagnosed Conditions Awareness Act (PPDCAA), which proposes to offer information and services for expectant and young mothers of handicapped children. According to a recent press release from Brownback’s office, the PPDCAA, which is an amendment to the Public Health Service Act, would ensure that care is offered not only during the woman’s pregnancy, but throughout the year following the child’s birth as well. The PPDCAA also states that resources and services for expectant mothers of disabled babies […]
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