Obama Complains that Fears over Abortion Agenda “Not Based on Anything I’ve Said or Done”

By Kathleen Gilbert WASHINGTON, D.C., July 6, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In a meeting with several members of the Catholic media Thursday, President Obama insisted that pro-life Catholics' fears over the new administration's abortion agenda was “not based on anything I've said or done.” The president also said he embraces the so-called “seamless garment” moral theory of Cardinal Joseph Bernardin of Chicago, which he said he feels has been “buried under the abortion debate” in recent decades. The president called for the brief round-table meeting with Catholic media to discuss his upcoming meeting with Pope Benedict XVI July 10, but addressed […]
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Algerian Pop Star Sentenced to Five Years in French Prison for Attempted Forced Abortion

By Hilary White BOBIGNY, France, July 6, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A well-known Algerian singer has been sentenced to five years in prison for attempting to force his former girlfriend to have an abortion in 2005. Mohamed Khelifati, known by his stage name “Cheb Mami,” told the court, “I was ashamed to have an illegitimate child. A child should be born from a union. I didn't want this child.” Khelifati was arrested at Orly airport in Paris in June and charged with complicity in kidnapping, group assault on a vulnerable person, threatening a victim and administering harmful substances. France had issued […]
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Indian High Court Decriminalizes Homosexual Acts

By Hilary White DELHI, July 6, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Despite strong protests from religious leaders, the government of India has announced it will not appeal last week's court decision to decriminalise sodomy between adults. The Delhi High Court ruled on Thursday that homosexual acts between consenting adults are not criminal and that the 150 year-old law is a violation of “fundamental rights” and must be amended in accordance with the constitution. The ruling comes in a case brought by the Naz Foundation, a homosexualist lobby group that filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) challenge to section 377 of the Indian […]
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HLI Publishes “Talking Points” Online Addressing Key Pro-Life Issues and Arguments

FRONT ROYAL, VA, July 6, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Human Life International (HLI), the world's largest pro-life organization, has announced the online publication of its Pro-life Talking Points (PLTP) series. Designed to be easily downloaded, printed and shared, each of these one-page, two-sided documents lays out the pro-life arguments on specific issues from “When Does Human Life Begin?” to “Abortion Violence: Setting the Record Straight.” “I speak to pro-lifers around the world and people always ask me how they can persuasively argue for the pro-life cause on specific issues that they care about,” said Fr. Thomas J. Euteneuer, president of HLI. “The PLTP […]
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Abortion Facility Director Pleads for Late-Term Abortion in Canada

VANCOUVER, B.C., June 18, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A leader in the B.C. abortion industry has called for better access in Canada to late-term abortions.  At a Tribute Rally honoring the recently-killed late-term abortionist George Tiller in Vancouver on June 18th, Jill Doctoroff, Director of the Elizabeth Bagshaw Women's Clinic in Vancouver, delivered a speech on the need for later abortions. According to Doctoroff, “the need for later abortions and access to them is essential.” Emphasizing the uniqueness of each case in which abortion is “needed,” Doctoroff said, “The story of later abortions isn't one story but many: the stories of […]
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Abortion Has Greater Impact on Parenting than Other Forms of Pregnancy Loss, New Review Finds

July 6, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A new review of studies examining various types of prenatal loss and the effects on subsequent parenting has concluded that abortion may be “particularly damaging to the parenting process.” The article, published in Current Women's Health Reviews, looks at already published studies on miscarriage, induced abortion and adoption. The author, Priscilla Coleman of Bowling Green State University, focuses on psychological reactions to these various types of loss and discusses how they might affect a mother's relationship with children born after the pregnancy loss. It is now known that women usually begin feeling maternal attachment in the […]
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Commentary: How the WHO Skewed Maternal Mortality Data to Advance Abortion Agenda

Commentary by Elizabeth Walsh WASHINGTON, DC, July 6, 2009 (C-FAM) -  In its recently released annual report on the state of global health, the World Health Organization (WHO) presents statistics that misleadingly appear to place maternal mortality on par with other global killers like malaria and HIV/ AIDS. This new approach contradicts other WHO reports where maternal mortality does not even make the top ten of global killers, ranking somewhere lower than car accident fatalities. The confusion first arises in the second table of the new report, which provides data about mortality due to maternal causes, HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, cardiovascular […]
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Obama Administration Calls for Universal Access to Abortion at UN Meeting

By Samantha Singson NEW YORK, NY, July 6, 2009 (C-FAM) – At the United Nations (UN) headquarters last week, the Obama administration continued its push for increased access to legal abortion around the world. The Obama team has introduced language that has thrown a high level negotiation into a roil. The US proposal calls for “universal access” to “sexual and reproductive health services including universal access to family planning.” The document under consideration will culminate in the 2009 Annual Ministerial Review, which convenes this week in Geneva. The sticking point for many delegations and what has driven apart the usual solid European […]
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Ohio Supreme Court Allows Planned Parenthood to Conceal Abortion Records in Sexual Abuse Case

By Kathleen Gilbert COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 1, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Parents suing a Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio clinic for failing to report statutory rape may not access other girls' medical records to see if they establish a pattern of neglect, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled today.  The lawsuit involves a 14-year-old girl who, unbeknownst to her parents, aborted a child in 2004, conceived after having relations with her 21-year-old soccer coach.  Ohio state law requires that parents give consent for a minor's abortion, but the parents say only the coach signed off on the procedure.  Attorneys Charles Miller and […]
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Financially Troubled Planned Parenthood of El Paso Closes Doors

EL PASO, Texas, July 1, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In 1937, Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger personally visited her gleaming new Planned Parenthood offices in El Paso, Texas. This past June 30, however, American Life League joined local pro-life activists in celebration of a major victory as all seven of the Planned Parenthood of El Paso facilities permanently close their doors. The El Paso Planned Parenthoo group announced at a press conference Friday that it would shut down after 72 years of operation due to financial concerns, citing a drop in donations and government funds. “Today, it is with deep heartfelt […]
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