Planned Parenthood Booted Out of Texas Panhandle

WASHINGTON, December 22, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – American Life League and the Diocese of Amarillo scored a major victory this week as Planned Parenthood prepares to completely withdraw from the Texas Panhandle.   Using American Life League’s STOPP project to defeat Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion chain has been completely eradicated from the diocese of Amarillo, Texas. “Once again we see that the STOP Planned Parenthood plan works – even on a grand scale,” said Jim Sedlak, vice president of American Life League and director of the STOPP project. “We have been honored to work closely with Bishop John Yanta, Respect Life […]
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Noted Bioethicist: “Give Face Transplant Woman Option of Assisted Suicide”

 By Thadddeus M. Baklinski CLEVELAND, Ohio, December 22, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Dr. Arthur Caplan, Chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, was quoted by the Associated Press as saying that the woman who was given an near-total face transplant recently should be offered the option of killing herself if the operation proves unsuccessful. “The biggest ethical problem is dealing with failure — if your face rejects. It would be a living hell,” said Caplan. “If your face is falling off and you can’t eat and you […]
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California Attorney General Breaks Pledge – Vows to Fight Instead of Defend Prop. 8

By Kathleen Gilbert SACRAMENTO, December 22, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – California Attorney General Jerry Brown has reversed his pledge to uphold the decision of the voters on Proposition 8, telling the Supreme Court Friday that he would instead attack the amendment he was to defend in court. In a 111-page court brief, Brown based his reversal on the theory that an amendment extinguishing “fundamental constitutional rights without compelling justification” ought to be nullified, even if legitimately voted into law. “There are certain rights that are not to be subject to popular votes, otherwise they are not fundamental rights,” said Brown in […]
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UK Catholic Bishop Contradicts Church on Contraception

By Hilary White LONDON, December 22, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In an interview last week, a UK Catholic bishop said that his Church’s teaching on artificial contraception is a matter of small importance, and insisted that contraception has nothing to do with abortion. Bishop Kieran Conry of the southern diocese of Arundel and Brighton said the Church’s doctrine on artificial contraception is not a “key” teaching and that disobedience to it is “not high up on the list” of sins. Asked if the seminal 1968 encyclical letter by Pope Paul VI, Humanae Vitae, was a mistake, Bishop Conry replied, “I don’t […]
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Pope’s Christmas Greeting Says We Must “Protect the Human Being against Self-Destruction” of Sexual

By John-Henry Westen   VATICAN CITY, December 22, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – During his exchange of Christmas greetings with the Roman Curia this morning, Pope Benedict XVI noted that the Church “cannot and should not limit herself to transmitting just the message of salvation to her faithful.”  It must also he said “protect the human being against self-destruction” – a destruction which comes from a warped understanding of marriage and human sexuality. “It is necessary to have something like an ecology of the human being, understood in the proper manner,” said the Pope. “It is not a surpassed metaphysics when Church speaks of […]
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Ireland to Hold Second Lisbon Treaty Referendum: Prime Minister Confirms

By Hilary White BRUSSELS, December 22, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Prime Minister of the Republic of Ireland has committed his country to a second referendum on the ratification of the European Union’s Lisbon Treaty. The Irish Times reports that the Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Brian Cowen said at a Brussels press conference, “On the basis of today’s agreement, I am prepared to go back to the Irish people next year.” The Irish government is claiming to have secured “legal guarantees” from the European Union on “ethical issues,” taxation, neutrality and the retention of Ireland’s EU commissioner. Among the ethical issues in […]
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Slovak Pro-Life Activists go to Constitutional Court

December 22, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Center for Bioethical Reform in Slovakia www.cbreurope.sk has this week filed a complaint to the Constitutional Court of the Slovak Republic as a result of serious free speech violations committed against them by the Slovak Ministry of Interior and the Police Corps.   On 16th October 2008 the police in the city of Kosice, where the constitutional court sits, forced pro-life activists to remove a display of twelve large frame-mounted billboards showing aborted fetuses juxtaposed with images of other genocides including victims of the gulag, holocaust, ethnic cleansing etc. The activists who were outnumbered […]
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Caroline Kennedy Comes out with Anti-Family, Anti-Life Beliefs

By Kathleen Gilbert NEW YORK, December 22, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Caroline Kennedy has gone public with her stance on the issues in response to a wave of media inquiries after Kennedy, virtually unknown in the political world, announced her interest in the New York senate seat Hillary Clinton will leave open when she becomes Secretary of State.    As was widely suspected, Kennedy emerged as firmly entrenched in favor of abortion and same-sex “marriage” in keeping with a strongly left-of center persona.    In email responses to questions from the New York Times, Kennedy’s spokesman Stefan Friedman described her as […]
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Root Cause of the War on Christmas

December 22, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Catholic League president Bill Donohue explains why the war on Christmas exists: “The root cause of the war on Christmas, which is conducted almost exclusively by well-educated white people in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia — the very same people who like gay marriage — has almost nothing to do with fidelity to law (the First Amendment in the U.S.): it has to do with ideology. “The ideology is plainly an expression of left-wing secularism, and it is nothing if not anti-Western and anti-Christian. At its worst, it is driven by hatred; at its […]
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