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Biden doubles down on his commitment to making abortion on demand the ‘law of the land’

The Democrat said passing legislation allowing abortion at any stage of pregnancy is 'the only responsible thing to do.'
Thu Oct 8, 2020 - 7:40 pm EST
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October 8, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – At an NBC Town Hall in Miami on October 5, former Vice President Joe Biden promised to “pass legislation” guaranteeing abortion on demand throughout all stages of pregnancy.

The comment came in response to a question posed to him by Cassidy Brown of Orlando. Brown prefaced her question by suggesting women need abortion to be successful. She then expressed concern that Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision imposing abortion on demand across the country, could be overturned should Judge Amy Coney Barrett be confirmed to the Supreme Court. Biden responded that while the outcome of Barrett’s nomination is still uncertain, “the only responsible thing to do would be to pass legislation making Roe the law of the land. That’s what I would do.”

In response to Biden’s statement, President Donald Trump tweeted, “Wow. Joe Biden just took a more Liberal position on Roe v. Wade than Elizabeth Warren at her highest.” Warren’s May 2019 plan to strengthen pro-abortion laws included such measures as creating “federal, statutory rights that parallel the constitutional right in Roe v. Wade,” passing “federal laws to pre-empt state efforts that functionally limit access to reproductive health care,” and guaranteeing abortion in all healthcare coverage.

Biden’s running mate, Kamala Harris, released a similar plan shortly after Warren’s. Links to that plan now redirect to the Biden-Harris campaign page, and the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine has no record of it. LifeSiteNews’ report on that plan indicates that “Harris will require, for the first time, that states and localities with a history of violating Roe v. Wade obtain approval from her Department of Justice before any abortion law or practice can take effect.” That plan also stated that pro-life states would bear the burden of proof that “any new law or practice does not deny or abridge the fundamental right to access abortion.”
At the vice presidential debate on October 7, Harris reiterated her commitment to abortion on demand

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Lawyers prepare to sue over damages inflicted by COVID-19 lockdowns

‘All those who have been harmed by these PCR test induced lockdowns are entitled to receive full compensation for their losses,’ German lawyer Dr. Reiner Fuellmich said.
Thu Oct 8, 2020 - 6:18 pm EST
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GÖTTINGEN, Germany, October 8, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – An international group of lawyers is preparing to sue the World Health Organization (WHO) over damages inflicted on large parts of the population by the coronavirus lockdowns.

In a lengthy video released October 3, German lawyer Dr. Reiner Fuellmich explained, “Under the rules of civil tort law, all those who have been harmed by these PCR test-induced lockdowns are entitled to receive full compensation for their losses. In particular, there is a duty to compensate, i.e. a duty to pay damages for the loss of profits suffered by companies and self-employed persons as a result of the lockdown and other measures.”

Fuellmich and his colleagues argue that PCR tests, as promoted by the WHO and other organizations, as well as numerous public health officials, are to be blamed for the lockdowns.

Contrary to assertions by the WHO, German virologist Christian Drosten and Lothar Wieler of the German Robert Koch-Institut (roughly equivalent to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), PCR tests “do not give any indication of an infection with any virus, let alone an infection with SARS-CoV-2,” Fuellmich said.

“Not only are PCR tests expressly not approved for diagnostic purposes, as is correctly noted on leaflets coming with these tests, and as the inventor of the PCR test, Kary Mullis, has repeatedly emphasized,” he continued. “Instead, they are simply incapable of diagnosing any disease.”

“Contrary to the assertions of Drosten, Wieler and the WHO, which they have been making since the proclamation of the pandemic, a positive PCR test result does not mean that an infection is present,” Fuellmich emphasized. “If someone tests positive, it does not mean that they are infected with anything, let alone with a contagious SARS-CoV-2 virus.”

In this context, Fuellmich referred to a publication of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that stated, “Detection of viral RNA may not indicate the presence of infectious virus or that 2019-nCoV is the causative agent for clinical symptoms.”

“The PCR swabs take one or two sequences of a molecule that are invisible to the human eye and therefore need to be amplified in many cycles to make it visible,” the lawyer explained. “Everything over 35 cycles is — as reported by The New York Times and others — considered completely unreliable and scientifically unjustifiable.”

In fact, the PCR test used to test for COVID-19 was first developed by Drosten. These tests, as Fuellmich said, “are set to 45 cycles. Can that be because of the desire to produce as many positive results as possible and thereby provide the basis for the false assumption that a large number of infections have been detected?”

“The test cannot distinguish inactive and reproductive matter,” he continued. “That means that a positive result may happen because the test detects e.g. a piece of debris, a fragment of a molecule, which may signal nothing else than that the immune system of the person tested won a battle with the common cold in the past.”

Even Drosten had recognized this problem in 2014, Fuellmich argued, when the virologist said in the context of MERS, another viral respiratory illness, “If, for example, such a pathogen scurries over the nasal mucosa of a nurse for a day or so without her getting sick or noticing anything else, then she is suddenly a MERS case.”

Fuellmich summarized, “In short: This test cannot detect any infection, contrary to all false claims stating that it can. An infection, a so-called hot infection, requires that the virus, or rather: a fragment of a molecule which may be a virus is not just found somewhere, e. g. in the throat of a person without causing any damage (that would be a cold infection).”

“Rather, a hot infection requires that the virus penetrates into the cells, replicates there and causes symptoms such as headaches, or a sore throat. Only then is a person really infected in the sense of a hot infection, because only then is a person contagious, that is: able to infect others. Until then, it is completely harmless for both the host and all other people that the host comes into contact with.”

While class action lawsuits are not an option in most of the world, Fuellmich and his colleagues want to go to court in the United States or Canada, where this special type of lawsuit is a regular part of legal practice. This class action lawsuit can then be joined by “all affected parties worldwide.”

“Through an international lawyers’ network which is growing larger by the day, the German group of attorneys provides to all of their colleagues in all other countries — free of charge — all relevant information, including expert opinions and testimonies of experts showing that the PCR tests cannot detect infections,” he announced.

Fuellmich said he has been admitted to the bar in Germany and in California for 26 years, for the most part litigating “against fraudulent corporations such as Deutsche Bank, formerly one of the world’s largest and most respected banks, today one of the most toxic criminal organizations in the world,” and Volkswagen, “one of the world’s largest and most respected car manufacturers, today notorious for its giant diesel fraud.”

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House Dems admit tech giants abuse their ‘tremendous power’

A bipartisan investigation into Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google concluded that their overreach of power contributes to a ‘weakened democracy.'
Thu Oct 8, 2020 - 5:25 pm EST
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WASHINGTON D.C., October 8, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) Following a 16-month investigation into Big Tech monopolies, House Democrats have detailed abuse of power by Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google. In a lengthy report, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee offered proposals to curb tech companies’ powers and strengthen antitrust laws.

“To put it simply, companies that once were scrappy, underdog startups that challenged the status quo have become the kinds of monopolies we last saw in the era of oil barons and railroad tycoons,” the report stated.

It concluded that these “gatekeeper” companies “wield their dominance in ways that erode entrepreneurship, degrade Americans’ privacy online, and undermine the vibrancy of the free and diverse press.”

“By controlling access to markets, these giants can pick winners and losers throughout our economy. They not only wield tremendous power, but they also abuse it by charging exorbitant fees, imposing oppressive contract terms, and extracting valuable data from the people and businesses that rely on them.”

The first of the report’s recommendations aim to restore digital competition through “prohibitions of certain dominant platforms from operating in adjacent lines of business,” “prohibiting dominant platforms from engaging in self- preferencing,” and “requiring due process protections for individuals and businesses dependent on the dominant platforms.”

The report also recommends strengthening antitrust laws and their enforcement.

READ: Facebook ‘fact-checkers’ flag LifeSiteNews for giving dissenting COVID info a platform

According to NPR, these recommendations could lead to “radical” changes for the companies. “They could, for example, restrict Amazon from selling its own products in its marketplace, in direct competition with sellers who depend on the platform.”

The House Judiciary Committee’s investigation into the “tech giants,” which began in June 2019, involved interviews with “hundreds of rivals and business clients of the platforms.”

While both parties conducted the investigation and have found common ground in its findings, some Republicans are dissatisfied by the report’s failure to address anti-conservative censorship by the tech companies.

‘The consequences here extend far beyond politics’

“We’re starting to see some bipartisanship in concern over the concentration of power. That’s one of the encouraging things,” Jon Schweppe, Director of Government Affairs for the American Principles Project, told LifeSiteNews.

Schweppe advised, however, to “proceed with caution,” noting that with regard to the antitrust efforts, motivation is key.

“I think there is a real push among Democrats to have total control over how platforms regulate content. I think the platforms are trying to appease the Democrats with their aggressive removal of conservative content lately. But that will become the norm if Democrats get their way. So that is concerning.”

“Our number one concern with these platforms having such outsized power and absolute control is over the flow of information. So take Google for example, their ability to drive election results. Robert Epstein – he works with the Media Research Center – basically implied that Google is going to change millions of votes with their interference. That far eclipses anything the Russians did in 2016.”

Schweppe said that other concerns about the size of the tech giants – for example, whether they are healthy for a free market – “should be subordinated to the first concern” about the flow of information.

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“I think the consequences here extend far beyond politics. [Big Tech] are also impacting the culture, they’re impacting the way everyone thinks, and they’re impacting our decision-making. And that’s really scary, especially on the issue of life,” said Schweppe.

LifeSiteNews has launched a new series called Uncensored: Big Tech vs. Free Speech, which explores ongoing censorship of conservatives and what ordinary people can do about it.

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UK High Court judge tosses most of order against free speech of Christian street preacher

The ruling will allow the man to continue to speak and display signs at an abortion center; he only will be barred from using an amplifier.
Thu Oct 8, 2020 - 5:17 pm EST
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October 8, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – A Bristol Magistrates Court judge rejected an order to threaten a Christian with jail time for public speech on life, marriage, and sexuality on Monday.

For years, street evangelist Mike Overd has been subjected to fines and legal battles over his preaching on topics such as abortion and homosexuality. Most recently, Avon and Somerset Police applied for a civil injunction against him for “anti-social behaviour” under the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014, Christian Concern reported.

The order would subject Overd to potential arrest, imprisonment, and contempt of court if he failed to abide by its conditions, which would forbid him from using an amplifier, standing on a soap box while preaching, using signs or placards, coming within 80 yards of the Millsttream House abortion facility in Taunton, preaching for more than 20 minutes per day in any single locality, or any other words or actions in public that were deemed to constitute “breaching the peace.”

However, Judge HHJ Cotter QC ruled Monday that Overd will only be barred from using an amplifier, and from calling anyone a “murderer” within 80 yards of tthe Taunton facility, though he can continue to display signs bearing the message “aboriton is murder.”

“This is the second time the police have brought an application for an injunction against me, and they are running out of options,” Overd responded. “I never called anyone a murderer, so I was happy to agree not to do this. I am happy not to use an amp, because I have a pretty loud voice and I appreciate that not everyone wants to hear the message.”

But while free speech advocates such as Christian Legal Centre (CLC), which represents Overd, are pleased with how much of the order was rejected, they warn that free speech remains far from secure, particularly while the “anti-social behavior” law remains on the books.

“What we have found at the Christian Legal Centre is that police around the country often believe that if someone is offended by a message that they don’t agree with, a crime must have been committed,” CLC chief executive Andrea Williams said. “This simply is not the case and has led to many false arrests and prosecutions. It has to be accepted that Mike’s messages can be hard-hitting, but it is not the place of the state to police his message.

“We welcome today’s ruling, but Mike’s case shows that unless we stand up for the preachers, there is a real risk that eventually they will come for the ‘moderate’ Christians; the pastors who preach and the everyday Christians who talk to their friends about controversial subjects,” she warned.

The remainder of the injunction against Overd will remain in effect for two years. Overd, who has been arrested four times and prosecuted five for his speech since 2011, will be bringing a claim for harassment, false imprisonment, assault, malicious prosecution, and infringement of rights against the Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset police in December.

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French president complains abortion still too unpopular after 25 years

'Everywhere, women’s rights are under attack,' French president Emmanuel Macron said with alarm, 'starting with the freedom for women to control their own bodies, and in particular the right to abortion.'
Thu Oct 8, 2020 - 4:57 pm EST
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NEW YORK, October 8 (C-Fam) Countries complained about setbacks to abortion rights twenty-five years after a landmark UN conference on women that first cemented abortion in UN policy.

“Everywhere, women’s rights are under attack,” French President Emmanuel Macron said with alarm, “starting with the freedom for women to control their own bodies, and in particular the right to abortion.” Macron made the statement at a mostly virtual General Assembly event to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the 1995 Beijing Conference on Women on Thursday.

“One generation on, this is no time for commemoration or self-congratulation,” he said dramatically, “This is a secret for nobody. In 2020, the Beijing Declaration would have no chance of being adopted.”

Macron’s statement was a sobering reminder of how politically unpopular abortion remains today, twenty-five years after it was first introduced in UN policy as part of “sexual and reproductive health” at the Beijing Conference. And this is despite the massive lobbying efforts to promote abortion by UN agencies and UN human rights mechanisms in the ensuing years, precisely under the rubric “sexual and reproductive health.”

Perhaps even more poignantly, a joint statement of 81 countries in support of “sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR)” at the General Assembly event did not expressly mention abortion.

The statement, joined by countries mostly from Europe and Latin America, together with former French colonies, called for access to “comprehensive and non-discriminatory sexual and reproductive health services” calling them “essential” and “life-saving.” But the statement did not mention abortion as a right, as French President Macron did.

This underscores how difficult it is for former colonial governments, who now provide the bulk of international aid for fertility reduction policies, to get countries on the receiving end of that assistance to politically support abortion rights. They are forced to operate in stealth mode under the banner of “reproductive health” instead.

The opposition to abortion rights was voiced primarily by Brazil on Thursday. While supporting “sexual and reproductive health”, Damares Alves, Brazil’s Minister for Women, Family and Human Rights categorically said this did not include an “alleged right” to abortion.

Surprisingly, the U.S. government which has often opposed abortion rights in recent UN meetings, did not on Thursday. U.S. Secretary for Education Betsy DeVos, complained about the repression of Uighurs in China but did not address UN abortion promotion.

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Abortion isn’t the only element of the Beijing conference that continues to be debated at the United Nations. The UN Agency for women is aggressively promoting LGBT rights under the banner of “gender equality” of the Beijing conference

The head of the agency, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, highlighted the work of the UN Women fighting “homophobia” to the General Assembly. The short video the agency produced for the 25th anniversary event included a slide that touted decriminalizing homosexual conduct in India as progress for the women’s agenda and depicting what appears to be a transgender man.

Perhaps the most discordant note on Thursday was sounded by Ms. Francesca DiGiovanni, a Vatican official who spoke on behalf of the Holy See. She complained of bad investments by the international community that aimed at the “suppression of the capacity for motherhood.” She also lamented efforts to promote “so-called new rights,” a phrase understood to refer to abortion and LGBT rights.

Di Giovanni, was also alone in denouncing pornography, surrogacy and human trafficking as part of a widespread “hedonistic and commercial culture that reduces women to sex objects and their bodies to consumer products.”

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Renowned historian: Evidence suggests COVID is ‘biological warfare’, part of communist’s ‘program’

'And why should we be surprised if this virus had its origins in Communist China, a country that still claims the ideals of Marx, Lenin, and Mao, making this their program for the future?'
Thu Oct 8, 2020 - 4:53 pm EST
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ROME, Italy, October 8, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) ― A leading Italian Catholic historian says that there is more and more evidence that Covid-19 was not only manufactured in a Chinese laboratory but it was released by the communists in an act of “biological warfare” as part of their “program for the future.”

In a recent video published by the Lepanto Foundation (watch video from 10:02 - 12:44), Professor Roberto declared that nobody should be surprised if the “ideological and psychological war” of communism has been followed by biological warfare, via a laboratory in China. 

“Each day that passes, the doubts of the synthetic origins of the virus are vanishing increasingly,” he said. 

“And why should we be surprised if this virus had its origins in Communist China, a country that still claims the ideals of Marx, Lenin, and Mao, making this their program for the future?”

“We have entered into the phase of biological warfare […].” 

Mattei spoke earlier in his message, which opened the Jubilee Year of the 450th anniversary of the victory of Catholic forces over the Turks at the Battle of Lepanto, of the battles in which the Church has been plunged since then: the continuing damage of the French Revolution and the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917.  

“The errors of communism have contaminated the entire world like a maleficent virus,” Mattei said. 

“Those who think communism has become extinct with the collapse of the Soviet Union are committing a deadly error in judgement,” he continued. 

Since the 1970s, following the directions of Antonio Gramsci and the Frankfurt School after the ideological war, communism has developed into a new type of war, a psychological war which, through the weapons of words and images, aims at striking at souls before bodies. And it insults the profound tendencies in man: his sentiments, his emotions.” 

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The professor warned that this cultural Marxism has entered even the Church herself. 

“This war has penetrated inside the Church, since the Church is the enemy par excellence of the Revolution, is the place where souls are formed for battle,” Mattei said. 

“The souls of the Church’s sons and daughters, especially since the Second Vatican Council, have been victims of a process of deformation. Thus, the Second Vatican Council, whatever theological judgement is given to its documents, has the historical responsibility for the loss of the militant spirit and for its psychological and moral disarming of Catholics.”

Mattei then suggested that it should not be surprising that the “ideological and physical virus” has been followed by “a biological virus, an enemy that seems to be the physical symbol, even if it is invisible in this process, of the cultural and moral poisoning of mankind.” Neither should be surprised if an “organized pandemic” has been “fabricated in a laboratory.”

Debate has raged for months about the origin of the Covid-19 coronavirus, which first began to appear in Wuhan, China in December, 2019. Chinese authorities placed the blame on an unhygienic seafood and poultry market in the city, and rumours flew about that the virus had spread to human beings via bats or pangolins, a species of anteater used in Chinese traditional medicine. However, in May the U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo stated that there was “enormous evidence” that the virus had in fact come from the Wuhan Institute of Virology. 

Steven Mosher of the Population Institute, an American authority on China, is a strong proponent of the theory that the “Wuhan flu” originated in the Wuhan Institute of Virology. In an article he published in LifeSiteNews, Mosher identified China’s notorious “batwoman” Dr. Shi Zhengli as the inventor of Covid-19. 

“Dr. Shi Zhengli […] was in the business of creating new and deadly coronaviruses,” Mosher wrote.

“Some of her work she published in scholarly journals, such as her 2008 article in the Journal of Virology. There she described how she and her team were taking harmless coronaviruses from horseshoe bats and then genetically engineering them to be able to infect human beings just like the original SARS virus does,” he continued. 

“By 2013 she had isolated the bat coronavirus now known as RaTG-13 and was using it for Gain-of-Function research. [...]  Using her secret bat coronavirus as the “backbone,” she had inserted a receptor binding domain (RBD) from another coronavirus to make it more infectious. 

“The scientific name of the resulting chimera coronavirus is SARS-CoV-2, but it is known to the world—correctly–as the China Virus.” 

Dr. Li-Meng Yan, a Chinese scientist who fled China and is currently in hiding in the United States, told Tucker Carlson last month that COVID-19 was created in a lab and that China’s Communist government released the “Frankenstein” virus “intentionally” to “make such harm.”


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Susan B. Anthony List: Big Tech is becoming complicit with Big Abortion

Prudence Robertson explains that tech giants Twitter and Facebook have taken steps to ban the group's ads on their platforms.
Thu Oct 8, 2020 - 3:07 pm EST
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October 8, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — The Susan B. Anthony List knows a thing or two about censorship. Three years ago, Twitter banned one of their ads for including a quote from Mother Teresa, the world-famous nun who is now considered a saint in the Catholic Church.

Prudence Robertson works in the communication department for the Susan B. Anthony List, which is based in Washington, D.C. and works to elect pro-life politicians. She recently sat down with LifeSiteNews as part of our ongoing series Uncensored: Big Tech vs. Free Speech to explain how social media giants have unfairly targeted them for their pro-life messaging in recent years..

“It’s very frustrating that the majority of Big Tech groups continue to ignore us and continue to censor us. It's been difficult to to fight this censorship,” Robertson explains. “It's frustrating to see that they don't value our pro-life speech and that they're not willing to just give us a platform for conversation.”

Robertson pointed to several particular instances of censorship to support her claim that “Big Tech is becoming complicit with Big Abortion.”

“In 2018, when the election was coming around,” she began, “Facebook banned our ads, stopped them so that we could not reach pro-life voters and key persuadable voters, just weeks and days before the election…that’s critical for us to be able to reach those important voters.”

“And platforms like Twitter and TikTok and Pinterest have completely banned our friends at Live Action for their powerful, inspiring videos that expose the truth about abortion.”

Robertson said that despite the clear bias of Big Tech, she and her colleagues at the Susan B. Antony List are determined to fight back, and that they are using other platforms like Parler to get their message out.

“It hasn’t stopped us from standing up for the truth…we are as motivated as ever to reach voters and explain to them the extremism of the Democrat Party.”

“This election is a matter of life or death and President Trump will continue to fight for us in the White House as long as each and every pro-life voter gets out and votes.”

“I think the number one thing is to vote for President Trump, because in November it's the Party of Death versus the Party of Life. President Trump will fight for life and Biden and Harris is the most radical pro-abortion ticket. It is crucial that each and every pro-life voter go out and vote.”

To watch more of LifeSite’s Uncensored: Big Tech vs. Free Speech series, click here for more info.


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Scientist who fled China: Chinese Communists arrested my mom because I told truth about COVID’s origin

‘They arrest my mom…because I tell the truth of COVID-19,’ Dr. Li-Meng Yan told Tucker Carlson.
Thu Oct 8, 2020 - 1:35 pm EST
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October 8, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – The Chinese virologist who fled to the U.S. and claims that COVID-19 was manufactured in a China lab said this week that her mother has been arrested by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

Dr. Li-Meng Yan had fled to the United States in April, after criticizing the Chinese government’s management of the COVID-19 pandemic. She says that her mother’s arrest is not justified.

“My mom has done nothing wrong,” she told Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Tuesday. “The only thing they arrest my mom for, and send her to Beijing, is because I tell the truth of COVID-19, which [they] feel angry about.”

On September 14, Yan and three colleagues issued a research paper in which they cast doubts on the commonly held position that COVID-19 originated naturally. The paper stated that “the natural origin theory, although widely accepted, lacks substantial support.”

The authors noted that any deviation from the natural origin theory is strongly censured. However, Yan’s paper presents evidence that contradicts the natural origins of COVID-19 and shows that the virus “should be a laboratory product created by using bat coronaviruses ZC45 and/or ZXC21 as a template and/or backbone.” After the publication of the paper, Yan’s Twitter account was suspended.

Yan stated on Tucker Carlson Tonight on September 15 that COVID-19 was man-made and intentionally released by the Chinese government. “So, together with my experience, I can tell you, this is created in the lab … and also, it is spread to the world to make such damage.”

Yan emphasized that she knew of the origins and purpose of the COVID-19 pandemic. “So I have evidence to show why they can do it, what they have done, how did they do it.”

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Additionally, she said that “the scientific world also keeps silence and work together with the Chinese Communist Party, they don’t want the people to know this truth.”

Following her own public statements regarding COVID-19, Yan said she was a threat to the Chinese authorities. “I am the target that Chinese Communist Party want to be disappeared.”

In the show aired October 6, Yan stated that the recent arrest of her mother is due to her own whistleblowing on COVID-19. She said the CCP was trying to prevent her from speaking out: “What they have done is try to make me silent.”

Yan further referenced the fact that Chinese authorities were angered by the interview with Tucker Carlson on September 15. She also noted that she had received no support from the World Health Organization or the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Yan told Carlson that silencing critics is a normal tactic of the CCP.

“It is common sense for our Chinese people in our daily life. Chinese Communist Party can use no reason to arrest and even kill anyone, just because you make them unhappy or you try to reveal the truth.”

Recently, a Chinese billionaire was given a jail sentence for 18 years after having criticized the manner in which President Xi Jinping managed the pandemic. Chinese state media declared that Ren Zhiqiang had been found guilty of financial corruption.

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Chinese scientist who defected to US: COVID-19 not from nature but created in lab


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Facebook ‘fact-checkers’ flag LifeSiteNews for giving dissenting COVID info a platform

Many Facebook users posting other LifeSiteNews articles now receive a warning that they’re sharing from a source that has been marked as 'fake news' by 'fact-checkers.'
Thu Oct 8, 2020 - 1:29 pm EST
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October 8, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Facebook has flagged at least four recent LifeSiteNews articles pertaining to COVID-19 for alleged “false information” because they contradict the conclusions of left-leaning “fact-checking” websites and the embattled World Health Organization (WHO).

When posted to LifeSite’s Facebook page, the four articles – “How a false hydroxychloroquine narrative was created, and more”; “Report: Other countries faring better against COVID due to hydroxychloroquine, not lockdowns”; “CDC director insists masks will save us from COVID. Evidence suggests otherwise”; and “Scientist who fled China: Chinese Communists ‘intentionally’ released ‘Frankenstein’ COVID-19”  – are given disclaimers that followers must click through before accessing the link, which claim “independent fact-checkers say this information has no basis in fact” and link to articles purporting to debunk them.

Many Facebook users posting other LifeSiteNews articles now receive a warning that they’re sharing from a source that has been marked as “fake news” by “fact-checkers.”

The “fact-checks” do not dispute the accuracy of LifeSite’s representation of the statements covered in the aforementioned articles (in fact, only one of the “fact-checks” was written in direct response to LifeSite), but rather dispute the statements themselves, in effect objecting to the fact that LifeSite gave them space to be heard.

Facebook’s “fact-checking” partners take issue with three general positions: that hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) is effective at treating COVID-19 (Lead Stories, Health Feedback), that masks are ineffective at preventing COVID-19 (Health Feedback), and that COVID-19 may have been created in a Chinese lab (PolitiFact, Health Feedback).

Regarding HCQ, the “fact-checkers” note that the author of the Economic Standard white paper LifeSite covered last month, Erik Sass, has no medical training (though he says he wrote it in “close collaboration with practicing physicians and infectious disease specialists from across the United States and around the world”), and cite studies and experts that have concluded the drug is ineffective against COVID-19.

However, Lead Stories does not delve into any of the numerous peer-reviewed studies Sass cites finding the opposite conclusion, but instead simply takes as authoritative Vanderbilt University COVID-19 researcher Dr. Wesley Self’s claim to have seen “no evidence whatsoever of it being useful.”

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While Health Feedback goes into more detail, and argues that pro-HCQ studies “contain significant flaws,” it fails to mention that the same can be said of studies that agree with its position – such as a study published this summer in The Lancet, which was hailed as conclusive by numerous governments, health authorities, and media outlets worldwide before the prestigious journal was forced to retract it upon discovery that the company which supplied the data was very likely fraudulent.

Regarding masks, Health Feedback cites a handful of studies finding that cloth masks are effective at blocking respiratory droplets that can carry COVID-19, and argues it is fallacious to reject masks on the basis of COVID-19 particles being smaller than the pores in masks, because the respiratory droplets carrying those particles through the air are larger.

Once again, however, the “fact-checker” does not address other reasons to doubt the effectiveness of masks, such as the CDC’s September acknowledgement that masks cannot be counted on to keep out the coronavirus when spending 15 minutes or longer within six feet of someone, or a May 2020 study published by CDC’s peer-reviewed journal Emerging Infectious Diseases which “did not find evidence that surgical-type face masks are effective in reducing laboratory-confirmed influenza transmission, either when worn by infected persons (source control) or by persons in the general community to reduce their susceptibility.”

Regarding Chinese virologist Dr. Li-Meng Yan’s claim that the Chinese government “intentionally” created and released COVID-19, Health Feedback and PolitiFact claim that “scientific consensus” agrees the virus’s characteristics are consistent with viruses found in nature, and contradicts her conclusion that the virus is artificial. And while they admit the possibility of COVID-19 leaking from a lab can’t be ruled out, both “fact-checkers” also fault her for not presenting hard evidence of her allegations.

Notably, biotech expert and World Academy of Biomedical Sciences and Technologies president Professor Giuseppe Tritto agrees with Yan that COVID-19 was lab-created (as do other experts). 

More to the point, however, Yan is not a third-party observer but a firsthand witness offering testimony of an alleged cover-up, which alone is newsworthy evidence (if not proof). She says her superiors at the University of Hong Kong warned her to “keep silent” about her findings or she would “be disappeared.”

She fled Hong Kong for the United States in April, and for her efforts has been abandoned by her husband, condemned as a “traitor” by her own parents, and fired by the University of Hong Kong. She says of the Chinese government, “if they find me, they will kill me.” 

China expert and Population Research Institute (PRI) president Steven Mosher, who was also flagged by Facebook for reporting on Yan’s claims, noted the absurdity of complaining that Yan cannot provide a smoking gun for her claims in comments to LifeSiteNews back in April.

“Circumstantial evidence is all we have,” he pointed out. “That’s all there will ever be because the real evidence has been destroyed in a cover-up. The cover-up is still in place, and unfortunately it’s being aided and abetted by some Americans who were doing research on this same frontier of human knowledge with their Chinese colleagues.”

Thanks to Facebook’s “fact-checking” partners accusing LifeSite of spreading “debunked” information, LifeSite’s “We Can End Abortion” Facebook page has been barred from running advertisements.

Since March, Facebook and the rest of the world’s top internet companies have taken it upon themselves to act as arbiters of “reliable” information on the COVID-19 public health crisis.

While some of their criteria is fairly straightforward, LifeSite’s experience reinforces conservatives’ fear of the practice crossing the line into stifling legitimate debate about the wisdom of controversial government policies as well as society’s evolving understanding of the scientific facts, including conflicting studies and changing advice from medical experts.

Critics also argue that Facebook, which cites as authoritative the compromised, pro-China WHO, cannot be trusted to make these decisions impartially, or to avoid misinforming the public themselves. For instance, Mosher pointed out that the aforementioned “fact-check” of his piece that Facebook cited was not written by an impartial analyst, but had actually worked at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Facebook eventually dropped the “fact-check” in April, but did not apologize.

In July, Pew Research reported that 72% of the public believes social media companies have “too much power and influence” in politics today.

LifeSiteNews has launched a new series called Uncensored: Big Tech vs. Free Speech, which explores ongoing censorship of conservatives and what ordinary people can do about it.


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Vatican City State, Italy now mandate face coverings outdoors

Bishop Fernando Vérgez, Secretary General of the Governorate of Vatican City State sent a letter to Vatican department heads October 6 stating that masks should be worn “in the open air and in all workplaces where distance cannot always be guaranteed.”
Thu Oct 8, 2020 - 1:14 pm EST
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VATICAN CITY, Italy, October 8, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Vatican City State made wearing masks outdoors compulsory as of Tuesday in order to stop the spread of the coronavirus, and a day later, Italy followed suit. 

Bishop Fernando Vérgez, Secretary General of the Governorate of Vatican City State sent a letter to Vatican department heads October 6 stating that masks should be worn “in the open air and in all workplaces where distance cannot always be guaranteed,” Catholic News Agency reported.

On Wednesday, Italy imposed a nationwide outdoor mask mandate with fines of up to 1,000 euros (US$1,163) for violators, Associated Press (AP) reported.

Italy’s government passed the order even though the country’s overall per capita infection rate is among the lowest in Europe.

However, the number of COVID cases has risen steadily over the last nine weeks, and Premier Giuseppe Conte said the measure is needed “because we want to avoid at all cost more restrictive measures for production and social activities,” according to AP.

Italy’s new mask mandate requires that people wear masks outdoors, unless they can guarantee they are totally isolated from anyone but family, it reported.

Moreover, masks must now be worn indoors everywhere except in private homes.

“The state can’t ask citizens to wear masks in their own homes,” Conte said. “But we have a strong recommendation for all citizens: Even in our families we have to be careful.”

The measure is in force 24 hours a day, with exceptions for children under the age of six, people with health conditions that preclude wearing masks, and those engaged in exercise.

The mask mandate was part of a government decree extending the state of emergency until Jan. 31, AP reported.

The Lazio region, which includes Rome, passed an ordinance mandating masks outdoors as of October 3, with a $500 fine for non-compliance, according to CNA. It also applies 24 hours a day, and allows the same exceptions as the national mandate.

As for the Vatican’s outdoor mask mandate, it applies to extraterritorial properties in Rome located outside Vatican City, Vérgez said in his letter.

“In all environments this standard must be constantly respected,” he wrote, adding that observing all other measures to restrict the virus is strongly recommended.

Pope Francis was photographed wearing a face covering for the first time on September 9 when he arrived by car for his general audience. However, immediately after he stepped out of the car, the Holy Father removed his mask, according to CNA.

AP reported that the pontiff was not wearing a face mask during his indoor general audience this Wednesday “even as he greeted well-wishers and shook their hands.”

The World Health Organization has not specifically recommended masks outdoors for the general population, but “the trend has taken off in Italy,” it added.

The country added 3,678 new cases and 31 deaths due to the coronavirus to its records on Wednesday, “the highest increase in new cases since the peak of the outbreak in April,” AP stated.

As well as Italy, Spain, Turkey, North Macedonia, India and a number of other Asian countries have imposed nationwide outdoor mask mandates, as have the cities of Paris, Brussels and Pristina, Kosovo.

The Australian state of Victoria has had an outdoor mask mandate for months, and is notorious for its harsh enforcement of the measure.

Moreover, 33 American states and the District of Columbia mandate that masks be worn “in indoor public spaces such as restaurants and stores, on public transit and ride-hailing services, and outdoors when unable to maintain six feet of distance from others,” according to the American Association of Retired People (AARP).

Critics of such regulations assert there is little evidence that masks stop the spread of COVID. Some suggest governments may have other motives for imposing the sweeping measures.

A LifeSiteNews petition opposing mask mandates notes that “Healthy adults and children should not be forced — by the state — to wear masks when the risk of infection is low and the benefit of wearing a mask is highly questionable.” 

The petition has been signed by 103,287 people to date.

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Biden promises ‘nationwide mask mandates’ if elected

Biden previously said, 'There’s a constitutional issue whether the federal government could issue such a mandate.'
Thu Oct 8, 2020 - 1:09 pm EST
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October 8, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Presidential candidate and former vice president Joe Biden tweeted yesterday that if elected, he will “implement nationwide mask mandates.”  

Saying that he “won’t waste time getting this virus under control,” he also promised to make testing for the coronavirus “regular, reliable, and free” and that he would “accelerate the development of treatments and vaccines.” 

In August, Biden told reporters, “Every single American should be wearing a mask when they’re outside for the next three months, at a minimum,” and urged governors throughout the country to mandate this policy. In a September 6 interview Biden said that he did not think a federal mask mandate would be constitutional. “There’s a constitutional issue whether the federal government could issue such a mandate. I don’t think constitutionally they could, so I wouldn’t issue a mandate,” he said.  

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Kamala Harris exposed for refusing to prosecute priests credibly accused of sex abuse

The accusations come along with news that Harris had received campaign funds from lawyers representing the San Francisco Archdiocese
Thu Oct 8, 2020 - 1:05 pm EST
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October 8, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Victims of clerical sex abuse testify that Kamala Harris repeatedly refused to release church records on abusive priests while she was district attorney of San Francisco. 

The claims come amidst allegations that Harris’ previous political campaigns received substantial donations from law firms and lawyers representing the San Francisco archdiocese. 

“Many of the law firms and lawyers who were representing the archdiocese on a variety of legal matters — including priests that had been identified as possible culprits — gave large contributions [to Harris’s political campaign]. Some of them had never given contributions to a race like this before, but they loaded up her campaign coffers,” said Peter Schweizer in an August 13 interview with Alex Marlow of Sirius XM’s Breitbart News Daily, as reported by Breitbart on the same date. Schweizer is author of “Profiles in Corruption: Abuse of Power by America’s Progressive Elite” and president of the Government Accountability Institute.

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Harris’ office claimed that her decision to withhold records was made to protect the identity of the victims. Victims and their attorneys say, however, that this is a bogus explanation. “What she was saying was utter nonsense,” said Bay Area attorney Michael Meadows to the Associated Press in June 2019. “All she had to do was redact any identifying information.”

“Harris “basically put [the records] under seal so that [they] could never be released publicly,” said Schweizer in his Breitbart interview.

Harris’ predecessor, former San Francisco DA Terence Hallinan, had previously planned to publicly release these files “against the wishes of the Archdiocese of San Francisco,” Kraychik reported. Hallinan believes that the records should be released under the California Public Records Act.

“My policy was and still would be that when I received any sort of materials like that they would become public records,” said Hallinan to San Francisco Weekly in 2005. “Those are materials that should be brought out to the public.” 

Schweizer said in his interview with Marlow that as DA responsible for all prosecutions in the San Francisco area, “Between 2004 and 2011, [Harris] did not prosecute a single case of priests’ sexual abuse – period.”

“To put that in the context of how stunning that is, if you look at the top 50 metropolitan areas in the United States at that time, all 50 prosecuted at least one case, the sole exception being Kamala Harris in San Francisco.”

Rick Simons, attorney and court-appointed coordinator for clergy abuse cases filed in Nothern California, noted that Harris was also atypical within the California Bay area for her refusal to assist with sex abuse cases. “Of all the DAs in the Bay Area, she’s the only one who wouldn’t cooperate with us,” Simons said.

Joey Piscitelli is one of the survivors of abuse by priests within the San Francisco jurisdiction. He was molested multiple times by a priest while he attended Salesian High School.

“I just gave up on Catholicism. I gave up on God. I lost all sense of spirituality,” said Piscitelli in an exclusive interview with The Intercept, shared in June of 2019.

When Harris became San Francisco DA, Piscitelli said he wrote a letter to her asking for help or accessibility to the file of his abuser. “I didn’t get any response,” he said.

In 2010, when Harris was running for state attorney general and “highlighting her work for victims of sexual abuse,” Piscitelli wrote her a second letter “urging her to release records on accused clergy to help other alleged victims who were filing lawsuits.”

“We all know you can redact the names of the children from the documents,” he wrote. “Nobody is being fooled.”

“At about the same time, the San Francisco Weekly renewed a previous public records request for the church documents on sexual abuse.” Harris remained obstinate in her refusal to release them, continuing to claim that it was in order to protect the identities of the victims.

“It’s just a flat-out insult,” said Piscitelli. 

Schweizer noted in his Breitbart interview, “Many of the law firms and lawyers who were representing the archdiocese on a variety of legal matters — including priests that had been identified as possible culprits — gave large contributions [to Harris’s political campaign]. Some of them had never given contributions to a race like this before, but they loaded up her campaign coffers.”

Harris’ campaign has since made a statement to the Associated Press insisting that she is a “staunch advocate” of sex abuse victims. She has remained silent about protests that she has helped cover up sex abuse. 


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Last Call: Join Cdl. Burke, JH Westen and other leaders for virtual conference on the rights of parents

The 'Fathers’ Call to Bishops: Help us to defend our children’s purity' conference will begin Friday, October 9 at 12pm EST.
Thu Oct 8, 2020 - 11:59 am EST
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October 8, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — This is the last call for men to join in on tomorrow’s online conference, “Fathers’ Call to Bishops: Help us to defend our children’s purity.” 

This virtual event is organized by Voice of the Family and made available via LifeSiteNews on October 9, 2020 beginning at 12:00pm EST.

Click here to register for this FREE conference.

Those who attend will be able to watch presentations on a wide-variety of topics related to family life from the most respected leaders on pro-life and pro-family initiatives. Below is the schedule of the conference.

  • 12:05pm EST — Cardinal Raymond Burke: “The rights of parents as primary educators of their children and the obligation of parents to oppose a curriculum contrary to the moral law”
  • 12:25pm EST — John Smeaton, Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, UK: “Catholic bishops must oppose Vatican policy on relationships and sex education and protect our children’s purity.”
  • 12:50pm EST — Dr. Joseph Shaw, Latin Mass Society, UK: “Sex Education and the ethics of consent.”
  • 1:15pm EST — Dr. Tom Rogers, Society for the Potection of Unborn Children, UK: “Parents' rights under continued attack — praying for the Catholic bishops of England and Wales to change course.”
  • 2:00pm EST — John-Henry Westen, LifeSiteNews: “The global pandemic of sexualization of our children with the collusion of bishops."

By registering, you’ll receive LifeEvent updates for this and for other conferences organized by Voice of the Family and LifeSiteNews. Don’t miss out on this opportunity! Sign up to attend the “Fathers’ Call to Bishops: Help us to defend our children’s purity” today. Click here to register.


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Newt Gingrich warns Tucker: If Biden wins ‘you won’t be on the air anymore’

“These are people who love power…you won’t be on the air anymore, Fox will probably become the equivalent of PBS, and they simply won’t tolerate it,” Gingrich said. 
Thu Oct 8, 2020 - 10:54 am EST
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UNITED STATES, October 8, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Former Republican House Speaker, Newt Gingrich, told Tucker Carlson last night that a Harris-Biden November election victory will likely result in the cancellation of the popular news show host.  

“These are people who love power…you won’t be on the air anymore, Fox will probably become the equivalent of PBS, and they simply won’t tolerate it,” Gingrich said. 

Carlson had invited Gingrich on to discuss the evening’s Vice-Presidential debate between Republican Mike Pence and Democrat Kamala Harris. In his opening monologue, Carlson underscored the importance of the debate due to the likelihood that if Joe Biden is elected, Harris would be the one effectively running the country. Gingrich agreed with Carlson’s assessment saying that if Biden becomes the U.S. President, “he’d be sleeping half the day,” leaving Harris to do as she pleased. “She’d be working overtime putting her radical allies in charge of virtually everything,” he said. 

Gingrich also pointed out that Harris’ radicalism, including her stances on gun control, state funded abortion, and “totally open borders,” would be unlikely to resonate with most Americans. For that reason, Gingrich expressed his hope that the debate would help Americans get a close look at who she is. He lamented that because 93 percent of the media is determined to destroy Trumpthere's no serious reporting about the true radicalism of the Biden-Harris ticket. 

Carlson asked Gingrich whether he thought Trump supporters would find themselves in trouble in a Biden-Harris administration. The Fox News host called to mind a recent tweet by MSNBC news anchor Chris Hayes suggesting the establishment of a “truth and reconciliation commission” to deal with Trump supporters. 

Gingrich responded by pointing out the abuses of power Democrat politicians have exercised this year, including the threat by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to close the synagogue of the Jewish community in New York “if they don’t obey him,” and Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s coronavirus lockdown measures which were eventually found unlawful by the Michigan Supreme Court.  

“These people, if they get full power, will do everything they can in the first two years to make the entire country like California and to ensure that nobody can ever defeat them for office again,” he said. “I think it’s a very dangerous, foreboding election.” 

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Digital health passports roll out for air travelers tracking COVID status, vaccination proof

CommonPass has been dubbed the 'world’s first COVID passport'
Thu Oct 8, 2020 - 4:29 pm EST
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October 8, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Starting next week, two major airlines, United and Cathay Pacific, will start trials at Heathrow, London with new smartphone software that acts as a digital health passport for travelers.

“CommonPass,” which at present offers travelers the possibility of carrying digital proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test, aims to include proof of vaccination when this becomes available, allowing passengers simply to cross borders and board commercial flights by letting a QR code be scanned on their personal mobile phone.

CommonPass, dubbed the “world’s first COVID passport” by the London Daily Mail, was developed by “the Commons Project,” a “nonprofit public trust established to build platforms and services to make life better for people around the world,” and “Unlocking the full potential of technology and data for the common good.” Its main page reveals that it “was established with support from the Rockefeller Foundation.”

The CommonPass itself was developed by the Commons Project with help from the World Economic Forum (WEF), under whose guidance top government and corporate leaders foregather yearly at the Davos summit in Switzerland to talk about global – and global governance – issues.

The CommonPass is being touted as a state-of-the-art application that will allow people all over the world to resume air travel in “pre-COVID” proportions by giving authorities in all countries access to secure and verified information that will be difficult to forge, while at the same time permitting traveler identification. Passengers themselves, the (WEF) underscores in a promotional video, will enjoy the “privacy” CommonPass affords them, as they will only share determined health information.

The truth of the matter suggested by this new worldwide app is, of course, that global rules with global implementation will allow control of all potential travelers (from country to country, from city to city) with regard to their COVID-19 status.

At present, a “positive” test effectively prohibits travelers from crossing certain borders and boarding certain aircraft, even if the results were obtained by the notoriously inaccurate PCR test (or nose swab) that identifies a large proportion of past infections long after a person has ceased to be contagious.

The World Economic Forum and other international bodies are making it increasingly clear that when a vaccine is developed, it will most probably be made a prerequisite for travel.

This is not a completely unprecedented situation: a number of subtropical countries require a yellow fever vaccination certificate to allow travelers into their borders. The novelty is that the COVID-19 vaccine, if and when it comes, will pose many questions, and not only medical ones. On the one hand, it appears improbable that proper safety testing will have been completed given the rush to commercialize the shot as quickly as possible. Also, its efficiency against a mutating virus is anything but certain. Besides, COVID-19 has a low lethality rate as compared with other diseases such as yellow fever.

The moral issue is a much more serious one. In a recent interview with LifeSite, Bishop Athanasius Schneider warned that Christians have an obligation to refuse the COVID vaccine if it is derived from aborted babies.

He spoke of his fears and “suspicions” regarding this bleak scenario: “The vaccine will be imposed and obligatory – so that you cannot work, travel, go to school without it, obliging the entire population to receive the vaccine, but the only vaccine will be that made with cells from aborted babies. Perhaps they will not accept other vaccines, and they will lie, saying that these are not effective, that the only effective vaccine will be from aborted babies. I am not affirming now that this will happen, but it is my suspicion: it appears to me realistic that this could come. This is for me the last step of Satanism: that Satan and the world government – ultimately the masonic world government – will oblige all, even the Church, to accept abortion in this way. And therefore we must resist very strongly against this, if it comes. We must even accept to be martyrs.”

Even if this worst-case scenario does not play out, imposing a potentially dangerous vaccine to stop the spread of a not so dangerous virus carries with it the possibility of a communist-type dystopia all over the world through the assistance of modern tracking, surveillance and identification techniques. China already has some such an arrangement through its “social score” system, which gives bad marks to jay-walkers, bad debtors, people who discredit communist China, people who go on banned internet sites and other “disobeyers” that deprive them of the right to use planes, fast trains, buy a house, go to luxury hotels or restaurants or enroll their children in private schools.

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There is a difference: with COVID-19 and CommonPass – which could of course be extended to other activities than air travel – the surface idea is to “protect” others from death or grave illness, equating dissent with harmfulness to others.

According to the World Economic Forum, “CommonPass aims to develop and launch a standard global model to enable people to securely document and present their COVID-19 status (either as test results or an eventual vaccination status) to facilitate international travel and border crossing while keeping their health information private. Recognizing that countries will make sovereign decisions on border entry and health screening requirements, including whether or not to require tests or what type of test to require, CommonPass serves as a neutral platform which creates the interoperability needed for the various 'travel bubbles' to connect and for countries to trust one another's data by leveraging global standards.”

The WEF’s site adds: “For governments, airlines, airports, and other key stakeholders throughout the end-to-end travel journey, CommonPass aims to address these key questions: How can a lab result or vaccination record from another country be trusted? Is the lab or vaccination facility accredited/certified? How do we confirm that the person who took the test is indeed the person who is traveling? Does the traveler meet border entry requirements?”

This is also interesting: one of the objectives is to “support a range of health screening entry requirements that vary from country to country and will evolve through the course of the pandemic and beyond.” Things might not stop at PCR tests and vaccine records: CommonPass is ready.

The “non-profit” app was imagined first to meet requirements in East Africa, where it was tested in its developing stages to allow the members of the East African Community (one of the numerous integrated economic regions in the world) to work together to make truck transportation available between six countries including Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda despite COVID-19. All of these densely populated countries have low infection rates and even lower death rates due to the Wuhan coronavirus.

According to the Financial Times, it is the aviation industry that is currently pushing for a unified approach instead of national regulations including voluntary quarantining for passengers from some regions. The tests with the digital health pass that are being run as of this Thursday involve journeys on United Airlines and Cathay Pacific routes linking travel hubs including London, New York, Hong Kong and Singapore. The trials are being monitored by government agencies, “including US border officials and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” according to the Financial Times.

The daily quoted Christoph Wolff, the WEF’s head of mobility, as saying: “Individual national responses will not be sufficient to address this global crisis. Bans, bubbles and quarantines may provide short-term protection but developed and developing nations alike need a long-term, flexible, and risk-based approach.”

There’s nothing like a health crisis with an “invisible enemy” to promote global governance.


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WATCH: Science-loving Kamala Harris absurdly claims unborn baby is pregnant woman’s ‘own body’

During her debate with VP Mike Pence, Harris touted her belief in science prior to championing abortion  as a ‘woman’s right to make a decision over her own body’
Thu Oct 8, 2020 - 2:26 pm EST
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October 8, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Kamala Harris wants you to know that she and Joe Biden are very, very into science. During last night’s vice-presidential debate, she made it a central plank in the Harris-Biden platform: “Joe believes in science. I’ll tell you something, Susan, I served, when I first got to the Senate, on the committee that’s responsible for the environment. Did you know this administration took the word ‘science’ off the website? And then took the words ‘climate change’ off the website? We have seen a pattern in this administration which is that they don’t believe in science.”

Got that? Joe Biden and Kamala Harris believe in science. Donald Trump and Mike Pence do not. In fact, whoever runs Joe Biden’s Twitter profile is constantly tweeting about believing science and why science is important. The point Biden and Harris are trying to make, of course, is that Trump and Pence are so unbelievably stupid and stuck in the Dark Ages that they don’t even believe in the basic mechanism humans use to understand reality. That, we are told, is incredibly alarming.

But Harris’s support for science suddenly vanished when it came time to address the issue of abortion. In the discussion about Amy Coney Barrett and the Supreme Court, Harris noted that both she and Joe Biden are firmly dedicated to the promotion of feticide: “I will always fight for a woman’s right to make a decision over her own body. It should be her decision, not that of Donald Trump or Mike Pence.”

It must be noted here that during the abortion procedure, it is not the body of the woman being aborted. Abortion is a procedure that targets a different body entirely, the body of the pre-born child within the womb of his or her mother. Scientifically speaking, Harris is arguing that it should be a right to end the life of a living, unique, whole human being. This is not a matter of debate, either—at least, not among scientists. As Steve Jacobs noted recently in Quillette, 96% of 5,577 biologists surveyed “affirmed the view that human life begins at fertilization.” 

It is not controversial to say that life begins at fertilization. Again, scientifically speaking, that is. Harris may be unaware of this fact (and considering how enthused she and Biden are about science, someone really should fill her in), but it has real implications for her worldview. After all, if science tells us when life begins, and she supports a procedure that would chemically poison, physically dismember, or brutally decapitate those vulnerable human beings (and on the taxpayer’s dime), surely this is something that should be discussed. If we believe in science, that is. Which she has assured us she does.

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Just last week, Kamala Harris offered her condolences to Chrissy Teigen and John Legend on the loss of their son at 20 weeks, noting that she and her husband were “deeply sorry for your loss.” This is completely appropriate: After all, they had just tragically lost their son. But then, at a debate where she affirmed her belief in science, she suddenly adopted unscientific and euphemistic language that flies directly in the face of her very recent acknowledgment of the humanity of children in the womb. What happened to following the facts?

Because here they are: Scientists agree on when human life begins. We now have the unprecedented capacity to look within the womb. We can see the human being growing there. We can perform surgeries on children in the womb. We can watch them suck their thumbs, respond to sound and touch, and even wave their arms and legs. And when an abortion happens, that child must be physically destroyed before he or she can be suctioned or pulled from the womb. Those are the facts. 

The fact that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris refuse to acknowledge them will be deadly for millions of pre-born children. 

Jonathon’s new podcast, The Van Maren Show, is dedicated to telling the stories of the pro-life and pro-family movement. In his latest episode, he interviews Marjorie Dannenfelser from the Susan B. Anthony List who tells Van Maren that this election is crucial for the pro-life movement. Dannenfelser warns listeners that if the Democrats win, it will have a generational impact, as the left will fight to take away the core principles of our nation's founding.

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It’s selfish to vote for pro-abortion politicians, Catholics must vote pro-life

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