Benedict Says Pressure For Euthanasia Mounting Because of Population Control, Tight Medical Resource

By John-Henry Westen in Rome   VATICAN CITY, February 25, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Today Pope Benedict XVI received the participants in a Pontifical Academy for Life-sponsored conference taking place at the Vatican.  The international congress entitled, “Close by the Incurable Sick Person and the Dying: Scientific and Ethical Aspects” has some five hundred participants from all over the world.  In opening the conference Bishop Eli Sgreccia, president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, informed participants that this is the third time the Academy has addressed the topic of euthanasia. He pointed out that the intense focus on euthanasia underscores the […]
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Death of Illinois Woman’s Fetus Declared a Homicide

By Thaddeus M. Baklinski   EDWARDSVILLE, IL, February 25, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A coroner’s jury has determined that the death of an Illinois woman’s unborn child was a homicide because of the woman’s use of illegal drugs, reports the Belleville News-Democrat.   An autopsy on 26-year-old Alicia Tucker’s stillborn baby revealed cocaine and amphetamines in the child’s system. Tucker was eight months pregnant at the time. The doctor who treated Tucker told the inquest that the “fetus died due to a placental abruption (premature separation of the placenta from the wall of the uterus), which can be caused by cocaine […]
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British Conservative Party Leader Voices Favor of Reduced Abortion Limit

By John Connolly   LONDON, February 25, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – British Opposition leader David Cameron declared his support and vote for a reduction of the legal time limit for abortions on Monday.   Cameron said he would vote for the current 24-week deadline for abortions to be lowered to 20 or 21 weeks. Abortion limits have been set at 24 weeks since the law was passed in 1990. “I would like to see a reduction in the current limit, as it is clear that, due to medical advancement, many babies are surviving at 24 weeks,” said Cameron. “If there is […]
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University of St. Thomas, Houston, Cancels Pro-Abortion Speaker

Manassas, VA, February 25, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The University of St. Thomas, Houston, has canceled a faculty and staff invitation for Dolores Huerta, a pro-abortion advocate, who was scheduled to speak on campus.   Huerta, a well-known civil rights advocate and leader in the Latino community, had been invited to help launch the Latin American and Latino Studies program. She is also, however, a member of the board of the pro-abortion Feminist Majority Foundation and worked aggressively to kill a California ballot proposition requiring parental notification for abortions in 2006.   Despite support for her by some faculty members, who […]
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Massachusetts Attorney General Claims 35-foot Clinic Barrier Supports Freedom of Speech

By John Connolly   BOSTON, February 22, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Massachusetts Attorney General responded to a pro-life challenge to a 2007 buffer zone law on Wednesday, claiming that the law does not violate free speech in any way.   Martha Coakley, Attorney General of Massachusetts, filed a brief in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, opposing Operation Rescue Boston’s claim that the new law violates free speech. Coakley said in her brief that the law did not violate free speech, because the law did not prohibit what could be said, just where it could be said. […]
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