D.C. Court Allows Embryonic Stem Cell Research to Continue During Appeals Process

By Peter J. Smith WASHINGTON, D.C., September 9, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia has ordered that a district judge’s order blocking the National Institute of Health’s (NIH) embryo-destroying stem-cell research will be suspended while the appeals process works itself out. The order from Appeals Court judges Judith Rogers, Thomas Griffith, and Brett Kavanaugh, followed two days after oral arguments for and against U.S. District Chief Judge Royce Lamberth’s August 23 injunction that banned the NIH from funding further embryo-destroying research under the 1996 Dickey-Wicker amendment. Lamberth previously denied the U.S. Justice Department’s […]
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School Must Allow ‘Transgender’ 6th Grader to Use Girls’ Bathroom: Maine Human Rights Panel

By Kathleen Gilbert AUGUSTA, Maine, September 28, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Maine Human Rights Commission (HRC) has ruled that a middle school unlawfully discriminated against a “transgender” sixth-grade boy by disallowing the child from entering a girls' bathroom and instead assigning him his own separate bathroom. The matter concerned Orono Middle School's treatment of a child whose parents have insisted has a right to use a girl's bathroom, despite being biologically male, because of his chosen gender identity. “In choosing to disallow [him] to use the girls’ bathroom facilities, the school was implicitly isolating and alienating her (sic) from other […]
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USCCB Pro-Life Head Urges Pro-Life Witness in Statement Marking Respect Life Month

WASHINGTON, September 28, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston today called Catholics to “constantly witness to the inestimable worth and dignity of each human life through a loving concern for the good of others.”  In a statement to mark Respect Life Month, October 2010, the bishop, who heads the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), also encouraged participation in the worldwide “Vigil for All Nascent Human Life” called for by Pope Benedict XVI at the start of Advent. Cardinal DiNardo noted populations particularly at risk: millions of unborn children in the […]
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Three Decades of Forced Abortion…and Counting: China to Continue One-Child Policy

By Thaddeus M. Baklinski BEIJING, September 29, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – On Sept. 25, 1980, the Communist Party Central Committee issued a statement saying that “in 30 years, when our current extreme population growth eases, we can then adopt a different population policy.” But while the 30th anniversary of China's coercive one-child policy came and went this past week, the Chinese government has shown no signs of easing the policy, and instead expressed its intent to continue the use of forced abortion and sterilization, with no end in sight. Chinese state-run media quoted Li Bin, head of the National Population and […]
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Sixty Thousand Brazilians Attend Pro-Life Demonstration Led by Controversial Bishop

By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman, Latin America Correspondent RECIFE, Brazil, September 27, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Over sixty thousand Brazilians attended a pro-life rally held on Sunday by the Archbishop of Olinda e Recife, Fernando Saburido. The archbishop is a controversial figure due to statements he has made in recent months that appeared to contradict the Catholic Church's teaching on human life and family. But in a speech delivered to the crowd, Saburido condemned the movement to legalize abortion in Brazil, which is being spearheaded by members of the ruling Labor Party, as well as other social problems currently troubling Brazilian society. […]
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Brazilian Supermodel Says U.S. Agency Pressured Her to Have Abortion

By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman, Latin America Correspondent BRAZIL, September 28, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Brazilian supermodel Isabeli Fontana has revealed in a recent interview that she was pressured by a U.S. modeling agency to terminate the life of her unborn child when she became pregnant for the first time. Fontana told Brazil's Istoé magazine that after modeling during her adolescence, she decided to leave her mother's home at the age of 18 and live with her boyfriend.  When she became pregnant at the age of 19 with her first child, however, her agents in New York encouraged her to have an […]
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Fall Fundraising Campaign Summary

September 28, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Our heartfelt thanks go to all of you who were able to donate to our fall fundraising campaign. The campaign will officially end on Wednesday. While we haven't yet reached the $100,000 goal, we are at $87,000 at the time of this writing, and are confident that our devoted supporters will still be able to make up the difference in the next few days. There are likely also donations still in the mail that will help us meet our goal, and ensure that LSN can continue running until our next quarterly campaign in December. If […]
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New Initiative Offers Help to Girls Facing Pressure to Abort

Friday September 24, 2010 New Initiative Offers Help to Girls Facing Pressure to Abort By Kathleen Gilbert SAN ANTONIO, Texas, September 24, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Pregnant teens often face pressure to undergo an abortion from parents or others – but a new resource soon to be distributed around the country will offer such young women hope and legal recourse in a seemingly hopeless situation. While many may think of coerced abortion as a phenomenon found only in countries such as China, pro-life sidewalk counselors across America testify to routinely witnessing young girls being practically dragged into abortion clinics by fathers […]
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Abortion May be the “Death Knell” for our Society: U.S. Bishop Doran

Friday September 24, 2010 Abortion May be the “Death Knell” for our Society: U.S. Bishop Doran By Thaddeus M. Baklinski ROCKFORD, Illinois, September 24, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Bishop Thomas Doran has powerfully tackled the topic of abortion in his latest column for the Diocese of Rockford’s newspaper, The Observer, in which he laments that, “In our devolving and decaying morally relativistic society, there are many people who regard the killing of a pre-born child as of no consequence whatever.” The bishop’s column, titled “The practice of abortion in our country and city holds hidden dangers,” addresses the danger of abortion […]
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On Tape: Top UK Catholic Bishop: We Fight Poverty not Gay Unions

Friday September 24, 2010 On Tape: Top UK Catholic Bishop: We Fight Poverty not Gay Unions By Hilary White ROME, September 24, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A day after the departure of Pope Benedict XVI from Britain, his senior archbishop, the unofficial head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, told a BBC interviewer that the English bishops had purposely refused to oppose legalizing homosexual civil partnerships. (Download the audio here) Attempting to defend the Catholic hierarchy from accusations of being opposed to the homosexualist political agenda around the world, Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster hastened to assure the BBC’s […]
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