EU Parliament Rejects Coercive Abortion/Sterilization Funding

By Hilary White BRUSSELS, October 28, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Parliament of the European Union has rejected a proposal to fund forced abortion and sterilization programs in overseas “family planning” projects. The campaign group, Care for Europe, has announced that an amendment has passed that they put forward to the European Commission’s annual budget this week. The amendment proposed to prevent any funding going to family planning programs in which coercion or compulsion is used. The amendment passed with a “healthy majority” of 372 votes to 279. CARE has published a list of British MEPs, nearly all Conservatives, who voted […]
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Countries Slam Attempts to Create New “Right” to Sexual Education at UN

By Samantha Singson New York, October 28, 2010 (C-FAM) – Angry delegates took to the UN floor this week to denounce a report that promotes a new human right to explicit sexual education for young children. The African and Caribbean blocs led the widespread hostility toward the report by registering their “strong rejection” and “strong disapproval.” The report claims a new human right to sexual education citing non-binding recommendations and other UN reports including the controversial UNESCO guidelines on sexual education and the Yogyakarta Principles. The report's author, Victor Muñoz, argues that States have an obligation to ensure this new […]
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A Global Movement On The Rise

Commentary by Amanda Pawloski NEW YORK, October 28, 2010 (C-FAM) - The authors penned their declaration a year ago not knowing it would spur an international movement. Now, nearly a half million backers have signed the Manhattan Declaration, a “call of Christian conscience” originally spurred by concern that U.S. leaders had lost sight of the meaning of religious freedom. In the months since, the declaration has not only reaffirmed Christian values, but has spawned similar movements on two other continents and an unprecedented display of ecumenical unity. It was President Obama’s description of religious freedom as a “right to worship” privately, […]
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Catholics Can’t Vote for Pro-Abort Politicians: Cardinal-Designate Burke

By John Jalsevac and Kathleen Gilbert San Diego, October 27, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – As Americans approach the eve of election week, Cardinal-designate Raymond Burke has said in a new interview that they must recognize their solemn obligation to defend their unborn brothers and sisters when approaching the voting booth. “You can never vote for someone who favors absolutely the right to choice of a woman to destroy a human life in her womb or the right to a procured abortion,” the archbishop told Thomas McKenna, President of Catholic Action for Faith and Family, in an interview released this week. McKenna […]
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Pope Calls Upon Brazilian Bishops to Speak out against Abortion as Election Approaches

By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman, Latin America Correspondent VATICAN CITY, October 28, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Pope Benedict XVI is telling Brazil's Catholic bishops to speak out against ideologies that justify abortion, only days before a hotly contested presidential election in which the frontrunner has been accused of supporting the decriminalization of abortion.  In a speech delivered to a group of Brazilian prelates present in Rome for a regularly-scheduled visit, Benedict stated that “in defending life we should not fear opposition and unpopularity, refusing any compromise and ambiguity that conforms us to the mentality of this world.”  Calling abortion “an intrinsically evil […]
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UK Pro-Life Leader Tells International Conference: “We Will See the Culture of Life Take Root”

OTTAWA, Ontario, October 28, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – “The most important achievement of the pro-life movement in Canada, in Europe, and in the world, is that we exist,” said John Smeaton, director of the U.K.'s Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, in Ottawa Thursday as the International Pro-Life Conference kicked off. “The fact that the pro-life movement exists is far more important than any successes we may have enjoyed at the national or international level,” he said. “What's most important is that our pro-life movement is well-established and it's growing,” he continued.  “What's most important is that we're passing on […]
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South Bend Council Rejects Pro-Homosexual Employment Discrimination Bill

By Peter J. Smith SOUTH BEND, Indiana, October 28, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The South Bend Common Council has decided to vote down a proposed bill which could have forced employers, especially those of faith-based companies, to hire homosexuals. The Council voted 6-3 to defeat Bill 30-10, which would have added sexual orientation and gender identity to the city’s employment non-discrimination code. The city’s Human Rights Commission unanimously supported the measure, which was sponsored by homosexual activists under the banner of South Bend Equality. Had Bill 30-10 passed, the Human Rights Commission would have been empowered to conduct investigations into allegations […]
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Shut Out: Fathers of Unborn Children have No Legal Say Whether their Children Live or Die

Commentary by Hilary White ROME, October 27, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – What is the first thing that pops into the minds of ordinary people when they hear the word “abortion”? If you have been lucky, or blessed, enough to have seen through the common rhetoric of our death-cult culture, you may answer something like, “…kills an unborn child.” But, sadly and despite our continuing efforts, the world at large has not yet made that connection. No, what most people think spontaneously when they hear the word is “women’s rights.” The issue of “rights” in abortion rhetoric is the first and last […]
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U.S. Senate Race Roundup: Washington’s Dino Rossi Fights Back, California’s Carly Hits Trail after I

By Peter J. Smith WASHINGTON, D.C., October 28, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – At least three U.S. Senate races involving pro-life advocates could tip the scales this election for Republicans in their quest to regain control of the Senate with 51 seats. LifeSiteNews.com takes a look at three toss-up states, Washington, California, and West Virginia, as pro-life advocates race to make their case to voters with just five days remaining before election day.Washington: Pro-life Republican Dino Rossi has once again fought his way from behind into a statistical tie with pro-abortion incumbent Patty Murray in Washington’s U.S. Senate race. The race is […]
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