LifeSite Daily News - March 29, 2001

* FEDERAL FUNDS TO BE ALLOWED FOR RESEARCH USING HUMAN EMBRYOS
* US APPEALS COURT OVERTURNS RULING WHICH ACCUSED PRO-LIFERS OF RACKETEERING
* JAMES KOPP - SUSPECT IN ABORTIONIST'S MURDER ARRESTED IN FRANCE
* RENOWNED ANIMAL RIGHTS GROUP BACKS BESTIALITY PROPOSAL
* SCOTTISH SCHOOLS SEX ED PROGRAM ALLOWS GRAPHIC DISCUSSIONS FOR 11 YEAR OLDS
* LIFESITE NEWSBYTES

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FEDERAL FUNDS TO BE ALLOWED FOR RESEARCH USING HUMAN EMBRYOS

OTTAWA, Mar 29, 2001 (LSN.ca) - A set of draft guidelines for federally funded research would allow research using human embryos, but would not allow the cloning of human embryos for research.

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) ad hoc Working Group on Stem Cell Research released a discussion paper today with the intent of soliciting feedback from researchers as well as the public regarding this controversial research. CIHR hopes to issue a set of official guidelines by the fall. Canadian scientists are chafing at the bit to pursue research in this field but are constrained primarily by the lack of an ethical framework to guide such work in this country.

During the press conference attended by LifeSite, one CIHR spokesman claimed that it does not have any predetermined positions as to what the final guidelines should look like. Currently, they have indicated support for research on human embryos up to two weeks old. Pro-life activists are not confident that the government will be open to changing that provision, but Campaign Life Coalition and other pro-life groups will be urging them to do so, using the public consultation process to express their position on the issue.

Pro-life lobbyists have been urging researchers to commit themselves to use only adult stem cells. The CIHR acknowledges that adult stem cells also have value in the kind of work that researchers want to pursue to find cures for degenerative diseases, although they maintain that embryonic cells are more useful for the kind of research scientists want to pursue: "Stem cells have a wide range of 'potency', ranging from embryonic stem cells that are capable of differentiating into all cell types, to stem cells found in adult tissues such as brain, muscle, and blood, that have a more limited range."

CIHR, however, acknowledges that "recent evidence that adult stem cells may have broader potency than first thought raises possibilities for reprogramming adults stem cells for tissue-based repair." CLC will be encouraging the government agency to produce guidelines limiting government funding for stem cell research only to researchers who limit their work to using adult cells. If, as the CIHR says, "Canada has some of the world's pre-eminent stem cell researchers," let them demonstrate this by excelling in ethical research, leaving tiny unborn babies alone.

The CIHR guidelines will place no obligation on researchers using private money. The spokesmen said they were not aware of any private funding being provided in Canada at this time. They added that they hoped all researchers in Canada would respect the guidelines, adding that they hoped the recommendations would also be translated into related legislation that would apply to all scientists in the country.

The two criteria that the CIHR spokesmen said would guide their disbursement of money are whether the research being proposed is "scientifically sound" and "ethically permissible." The feedback they receive in coming months will guide them as they develop the definitions of these terms.

For more info from CIHR, see:
http://www.cihr.ca/governing_council/ad_hoc_working_groups/preamble_stem_cell_e.shtml


US APPEALS COURT OVERTURNS RULING WHICH ACCUSED PRO-LIFERS OF RACKETEERING

SAN FRANCISCO, Mar 29, 2001 (LSN.ca) - Pro-life groups were cleared yesterday of one of the largest lawsuits awarded in the United States. Abortionists and pro-abortion groups were awarded $109 million in 1999 in a ruling, which attacked pro-lifers using US racketeering laws.

The case involved a campaign initiated by several pro-life individuals which sought information on abortionists who were suspected of injuring patients, posters drawn up for the information gathering campaign looked like "wanted" posters and gave rise to the lawsuit by Planned Parenthood and other abortionists. While the former ruling suggested the posters incited violence against the abortionists, the case involved no threats whatsoever.

Two years into the case pro-abortion lawyers brought in as evidence the Nuremberg Files website which lists the names and addresses of abortionists. However, the fact that the website was used only for sensationalism was clear considering Neal Horsley, the creator of the website, was not even a defendant in the suit.

"If defendants threatened to commit violent acts, by working alone or with others, then their (works) could properly support the verdict," Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski wrote in the ruling yesterday. "But if their (works) merely encouraged unrelated terrorists, then their words are protected by the First Amendment."

See the USA today coverage at:
http://www.usatoday.com/life/cyber/tech/2001-03-28-abortion-threat-site.htm

A pdf copy of the Planned Parenthood v. American Coalition of Life Activists ruling is on line at:
http://www.interlife.org/9thcircuit.pdf


JAMES KOPP - SUSPECT IN ABORTIONIST'S MURDER ARRESTED IN FRANCE

PARIS, Mar 29, 2001 (LSN.ca) - James Kopp, who police suspect was responsible for the 1998 shooting death of abortionist Barnett Slepian has been arrested in France after a two-and-a-half year search. Last October a US federal grand jury indicted Kopp in the shooting. Of note, Kopp's history in the pro-life movement shows him to be an unlikely candidate for such actions.

For more see the AP report at Nando:
http://www.nandotimes.com/noframes/story/0,2107,500468612-500716827-
503983106-0,00.html?group=nation

For more on Kopp's background:
http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/1998/dec/981214b.html


RENOWNED ANIMAL RIGHTS GROUP BACKS BESTIALITY PROPOSAL

SAN FRANCISCO, Mar 29, 2001 (LSN.ca) - PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, known for provocative ads against eating meat claiming foolishly that Jesus was a vegetarian, has come out in favour of bestiality. Debra J. Saunders of the San Francisco Chronicle interviewed PETA after animal rights activist and Princeton Professor Peter Singer endorsed bestiality in a recent article.

PETA president Ingrid Newkirk said of the Singer's piece, "It's daring and honest and it does not do what some people read into it, which is condone any violent acts involving an animal, sexual or otherwise." Saunders relates that Newkirk wants America to know that Singer does not advocate sex that kills or damages animals or requires them to be restrained. When asked if animals could consent to sex, Newkirk's defence of the deranged professor continued. "It sounds like this is an attempt to make this so narrow and so unintellectual in its focus. You know, Peter Singer is an intellectual, and he looks at all nuances of an issue." And: "The whole concept of consent with animals is very different."

Professor Singer while being a staunch animal rights activist endorses abortion and infanticide - at least for disabled infants.

See Saunders' full article at:
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2001/03/20/ED156881.DTL


SCOTTISH SCHOOLS SEX ED PROGRAM ALLOWS GRAPHIC DISCUSSIONS FOR 11 YEAR OLDS

EDINBURGH, Mar 29, 2001 (LSN.ca) - Parents and Christian groups have learned to their great disgust and horror that a teacher's guide approved for classrooms in Scotland suggests discussions on "all the different sexual activities that two people can do together." The Scotsman reports that topics including anal sex, sado-masochism and group sex - are suggested for discussion between teachers and school pupils as young as 11 in "Taking Sex Seriously."

Pro-family groups are pointing out that the current atrocities were the very reason they had fought against the repeal of Section 28, which forbade the teaching of homosexuality in the classroom.

The guide includes sex education homework which has students purchase condoms from pharmacies and try them on.

For more see the Scotsman at:
http://www.thescotsman.co.uk/scotland.cfm?id=59670&keyword=the


LIFESITE NEWSBYTES

Stig Arne Korjus a junior high school supply teacher has been suspended for four months for handing out copies of a newspaper photo of a colleague marching topless and with his pants pulled down low in the gay pride parade. The Globe reports that Korjus, a retired teacher who had been filling in at Westwood Junior High School, must take a sensitivity course at his own expense to deal with issues of "homophobia" if he wishes to return to supply teaching according to a disciplinary panel of the Ontario College of Teachers.
http://www.globeandmail.com/gam/Toronto/20010329/UGAYYM.html


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