LifeSiteNews Returns on Monday

We are taking a break for this special weekend of national holidays in both the US and Canada. LifeSiteNews will be back on Monday.
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Rwandan Genocide Rape Victims Grateful for Children Conceived in Rape

By Thaddeus M. Baklinski KIGALI, Rwanda, June 30, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The tribal genocide of 1994 in Rwanda resulted in more than 800,000 Rwandan deaths and countless women suffering rape at the hands of the Hutu militia who were ordered to kill off the country's minority Tutsi tribe. Now, 16 years later, the children of the raped women are facing the reality of how they were conceived. They and their mothers are looking for acceptance in a society that is still healing from the horrors of the past. One Tutsi woman who barely escaped with her life after having been raped on […]
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Kagan Proves ‘The Artful Dodger’ on Abortion, Same Sex ‘Marriage’

Commentary by Peter J. Smith WASHINGTON, D.C., June 30, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Elena Kagan’s confirmation testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday could probably be summed up in her own words written 15 years ago about such hearings: a “vapid and hollow charade” replete with “repetition of platitudes” and “personal anecdotes.” The hearings, as Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Penn.) noted, have been largely devoid of “substantive discussion.” Kagan routinely gave so many non-committal and unrevealing answers to direct questions about her judicial philosophy that she could very well deserve the moniker “the artful dodger.” On several occasions, Kagan would not answer […]
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Pro-Abort Catholic: Women Should Feel ‘Guilty’ if They Don’t Abort Inconvenient Child

By Kathleen Gilbert Updated 6:17pm EST WASHINGTON, D.C., June 30, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Proponents of feminism within a religious tradition play a crucial role in subverting “religious fundamentalism” in Catholicism, according to a member of the pro-abortion group Catholics for the Right to Decide.  Elfriede Harth, Secretariat of European Parliament Study Group on Religion and Secularity and a Spanish member of Catholics for the Right to Decide (whose U.S. partner is Catholics for Choice), made the remarks at this month's Women Deliver conference in Washington, D.C. The conference was largely a push for population control in developing countries worldwide through […]
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The Implications of Cardinal Ouellet’s Rome Appointment For Canada

Analysis by John-Henry Westen June 30, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – One of Canada's few outspokenly pro-life bishops is leaving his position as archbishop of the prominent diocese of Quebec to a new high-level post overseas in the Vatican.  However, in his new job as the head of the Vatican dicastry which has a major say in appointing bishops and cardinals, Cardinal Marc Ouellet may have an even greater influence on the Church in Canada and especially his beloved Quebec. That is because nearly half of the bishops in the province are due to retire in the next two years, and more […]
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Christian Views on Homosexuality Deemed “Hate Speech” by European Rights Agency

By Hilary White ROME, June 30, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – When a European Christian pro-family group applied to join the Fundamental Rights Platform (FRP) of the EU’s Human Rights Agency, they did not expect to be denounced as promoters of “hate.” The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) objected to a statement by the Alliance of Romania’s Families (ARF) calling same-sex “marriage” an example of “human degeneration,” and denied their request for membership. The ARF, a group lobbying to retain Romania’s traditional Christian social and legal underpinnings, had written on their website that, “So-called alternatives such as ‘families’ consisting of same-sex, are […]
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Pro-Lifers Burst Planned Parenthood’s Inflated Version of Bubble Zone Law

By James Tillman CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, June 30, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In 2009 the Chicago City Council passed a bubble-zone ordinance muzzling free speech in front of abortuaries at the behest of Planned Parenthood (PP).  Now local pro-lifers are saying that a series of recent incidents show that the abortion giant is willing to lie to officers about the provisions of the ordinance in order to silence pro-life counselors. According to the Pro-Life Action League, pro-lifers David and Darlene were counseling outside of an abortion mill last Thursday.  Since pro-abortion “clinic escorts” only come to mills on Saturday, their efforts were unobstructed, […]
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U.K. Methodist Church to Clarify Abortion Stance

By James Tillman PORTSMOUTH, United Kingdom, June 30, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Methodist Church of Great Britain's annual conference has voted in favor of a new briefing to clarify its position on abortion and abortion-related issues. The briefing, which will be produced by the Joint Public Issues Team, is not intended to alter the Church's official position on abortion but to clarify it in modern language and in the context of modern law and science. The Methodist Church's current position is that abortion is permissible before viability and under other limited circumstances, such as cases of fetal deformity. The “Methodist Church’s […]
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Unity Restored at Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Life with New President

By Hilary White ROME, June 30, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Pro-life leaders are expressing their hopes that the new head of the Pontifical Academy for Life (PAV) can re-forge the organization’s unity and get back to work promoting the Catholic teaching on the sanctity of human life. Among the important curial appointments made today, Pope Benedict XVI announced that Msgr. Ignacio Carrasco de Paula, formerly chancellor of the PAV, will be taking over as president. The academy has been wracked with controversy over the last year after its former head, Archbishop Salvatore Fisichella, wrote an article, published by the Vatican newspaper […]
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Docs Reveal Kagan Undermined Key Testimony on Partial-Birth Abortion

By Peter J. Smith and Kathleen Gilbert WASHINGTON, D.C., June 30, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In what is being called a potentially explosive scandal, recently-unearthed documents have revealed that U.S. Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan authored key wording in a medical panel's statement regarding partial-birth abortion that may have played a decisive role in the defeat of a ban on the procedure. While debate was raging over a first attempt at a partial-birth abortion ban in 1996, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) originally wrote that the group “could identify no circumstances under which this procedure … would be the […]
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