183 Congressional Reps Tell Speaker Pelosi: No Abortion Coverage, or No Health-Care Bill

By Peter J. Smith WASHINGTON, D.C., October 1, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – 183 Congressional representatives have signed a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi demanding that Congress be allowed a free vote on bipartisan pro-life measures that would truly prohibit government funding of abortion in health care. The House representatives warn that if they do not have their way, they will do everything in their power to make sure that H.R. 3200 “America's Affordable Health Choices Act” does not even reach the House floor for a vote. The letter, signed by 25 Democrats and 158 Republicans, requests Speaker Pelosi and Rep. […]
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Dan Rather to Headline Planned Parenthood Event

October 1, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota recently announced that former CBS anchorman Dan Rather will be its keynote speaker for a fundraiser dinner in Minneapolis, MN on October 13. Planned Parenthood announced Rather as their speaker, saying, “Dan Rather, the voice, heart and soul of American journalism, is one of the most recognized and renowned reporters of our time.” The announcement goes on to chronicle Rather's coverage of significant world events as a reporter: including the JFK assassination, Watergate, and the war in Iraq. However, Rather's coverage of life issues makes the […]
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Cardinal Rigali: “Contraception and Abortion” Have Created a “Cultural Hostility to Children”

By John-Henry Westen WASHINGTON, October 1, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In a statement to mark Respect Life Sunday, October 4, Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia said: “Since the advent of widespread contraception and abortion, a cultural hostility to children has grown.” Children, he said, “are often depicted as costly encumbrances who interfere with a carefree adult life.”  In response, however, he pointed out that: “In fact, if married couples were to have more children, Medicare and Social Security would not be hurtling toward bankruptcy.” Cardinal Rigali, who chairs the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops […]
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Tony Blair Shoo-In for President of Europe if Irish Vote Yes on Lisbon

By Hilary White LONDON, October 1, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – For some time, Euro-watchers have believed that, should the Irish voters say Yes to the Lisbon Treaty on Friday, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair will take the job as first President of the newly constituted state of Europe. Now the Daily Mail newspaper reports today that Blair's appointment “will be rushed through as quickly as possible,” according to government sources. The office of EU president, under the rules of the Lisbon Treaty, will be chosen not by Europe's voters but by the heads of the EU's 27 member states. The […]
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Quebec Family Files Appeal Motion for Exemption from Mandatory Relativism Course

By Patrick B. Craine DRUMMONDVILLE, Quebec, September 29, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Quebec family whose petition was denied by a Drummondville judge in August to exempt their children from Quebec's mandatory program in religious and ethical relativism, 'Ethics and Religious Culture' (ERC), has filed a motion for leave to appeal that decision. Judge Jean-Guy Dubois of the Quebec Superior Court issued his decision on August 31st.  The parents had maintained that the school program violated their freedom of conscience and religion, saying in a statement before the case that “the course imposes on the student a polytheistic vision of the religious […]
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South Africa Makes Tentative Steps towards Outlawing Child Pornography

By Hilary White JOHANNESBURG, October 1, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Earlier this month, the Department of Home Affairs of the government of South Africa announced its intention to develop an “inter-departmental protocol” on preventing child pornography. “The increase of access to technology and mobile internet, with all its benefits, poses risks such as creation and distribution of child pornography. We need to be proactive in protecting children against this heinous crime,” said Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba. The generally unregulated nature of the internet makes compiling reliable statistics difficult, but it is estimated that China, South Korea, Japan and […]
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Ottawa’s Saint Paul University to Feature Dissidents Gregory Baum and Bishop Remi De Roo

By Patrick B. Craine OTTAWA, Ontario, September 30, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The faculty of theology at Saint Paul University in Ottawa will be hosting an event entitled 'Vatican II in Canada' on October 15-16.  The keynote address will be delivered by Gregory Baum, a former priest, with a response from Bishop Remi De Roo. The event is being advertised by the Archdiocese of Ottawa, both on its website and in a fax sent out from the Pastoral Office.  In particular, the Archdiocese is encouraging adult faith development program participants to attend. Baum and Bishop De Roo would seem excellent speakers […]
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US Homeschooling Hero Close to Death

By Hilary White COLORADO SPRINGS, October 1, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A major figure in the worldwide effort to provide legal protection for homeschoolers is seriously ill with complications related to multiple sclerosis. The family and colleagues of Chris Klicka, an attorney with the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), said he is not likely to return to his Virginia home and are asking for prayers after Klicka became critically ill with infections and problems with blood pressure. Klicka's condition has been deteriorating since late August, as he has lost more mobility and the ability to swim, walk or stand, according […]
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