Danish Study Shows almost 50% More Down’s Children Eugenically Aborted with New Screening Options

By Kathleen Gilbert COPENHAGEN, December 1, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Thanks to more aggressive guidelines for prenatal Down syndrome screening, the number of Down’s infants who survive the womb in Denmark has been reduced by almost half, according to a population-based cohort study published in the online British Medical Journal. While 55 Down’s children were born in the country in 2000, the study found that number fell to 31 in 2005 and 32 in 2006.   The number of Danish children prenatally diagnosed with the condition rose by 30% in the year after the new guidelines for prenatal screening and diagnosis were […]
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God is Pro-Choice Says Nun

Commentary by Judie Brown December 1, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – I couldn’t believe the e-mail that I recently received from a pro-life friend living in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She told me about a letter written by a nun to the archdiocese. My friend told me she was “disturbed” to read this letter. She said, “I cannot fathom how a religious sister could not only advocate abortion, but also place her pathetic, misguided ideas into print! What a disgrace! And why would our archdiocesan newspaper even print such garbage?” The Milwaukee archdiocese published this letter in its newspaper, The Catholic […]
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South Korean Court Orders Removal of Life Support from Comatose Woman

By Thaddeus M. Baklinski SEOUL, South Korea, December 1, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A ruling by the Seoul Western District Court ordering doctors to remove life support, including feeding tubes, from a comatose woman has ignited controversy in Korea over whether the ruling will lead to assisted suicide and euthanasia. This ruling is reportedly the first of its kind in Korea, where current law bans any form of assisted suicide. According to The Korea Times, in a similar 1997 case a family was convicted of murder for having assisted in the removal of a ventilator from a patient. The case involves a […]
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EU Rejects Patent that “Necessarily Involves the Use and Destruction of Human Embryos”

 By Hilary White December 1, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The EU’s patent office has ruled that under the provisions of the European Patent Convention (EPC), it cannot offer a patent for the so-called “WARF/Thomson stem cell application” on the grounds that it would involve the destruction of human embryos. The application is for a method for obtaining embryonic stem cell cultures from primates, including humans, and was filed by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) in 1995. The patent office board of appeal ruled that it is not possible to grant a patent for an invention which necessarily involves the use […]
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Abortion Increases Women’s Mental Health Problems: New Study

DUNEDIN, New Zealand, December 1, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Women who have an abortion face a 30% increase in the risk of developing common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety, according to a new study from the University of Otago, Christchurch. The study, led by Dr. David Fergusson and funded by the Health Research Council of New Zealand, was published in the December issue of the British Journal of Psychiatry.  The conditions most associated with abortion included anxiety disorders and substance use. In contrast, none of the other pregnancy outcomes was consistently related to significantly increased risks of mental […]
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IKEA’s Polish Catalogue Introduces “Ian and Steve” as a Model of the New Family

By Hilary White December 1, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – An ad campaign in the latest catalogue by the Swedish furniture giant, IKEA, purporting to depict “modern” life, includes twelve portraits of “families” that promote a “new model of living together.” Among these is the domestic arrangement of “Ian” and “Steve,” under the slogan, “the family is … two sister souls.” “Ian and Steve,” the ad says, have no intention of having children, but enjoy their “command centre” IKEA kitchen and herb garden. The catalogue, says a pro-family Christian group, “promotes the extreme ideology of homosexual activists.” Fronda, a Catholic magazine, is […]
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