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CANADIAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS CONFERENCE LETTER ON STEM CELL RESEARCH

OTTAWA, March 8, 2002 (LSN.ca) – The President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), Most Rev. Jacques Berthelet, C.S.V., has sent a letter to Federal Health Minister Anne McLellan regarding the Final Report of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research on Stem Cell Research. Bishop Berthelet expresses, on behalf of the CCCB his “profound disappointment” with the report which “allows public funding of research on embryos who remain after fertility treatments.” The letter explains the position of the Catholic Church “based on both reason and faith and supported by a broad range of scientific and ethical opinion” is […]
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CANADIAN ALLIANCE PARTY TAKES ISSUE WITH CIHR ADVOCACY OF EMBRYO RESEARCH

OTTAWA, March 8, 2002 (LSN.ca) – The Canadian Alliance, Canada’s Official Opposition Party, issued a press release today taking issue with the “Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s (CIHR) assertion that research on embryonic stem cells should proceed on scientific grounds.” Rob Merrifield, Senior Official Opposition Health Critic and Vice-Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health said, “The Standing Committee on Health heard compelling scientific evidence about advances in adult stem cell research.” Noting the advantages of adult stem cell research over embryonic, Merrifield said, “Adult stem cells are easily accessible, are not subject to tissue rejection, and […]
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VIRGINIA PASSES LEGAL RESTRICTION ON PARTIAL BIRTH ABORTION

RICHMOND, March 8, 2002 (LSN.ca) – In the first such case since the U.S. Supreme Court shot down Nebraska’s partial-birth abortion ban, the state of Virginia has passed a measure to outlaw partial birth abortions except in the cases of a threat to the life of the mother or to prevent “substantial or irreversible impairment of a major bodily function.” Doctors who violate the law proposed by the bill by performing a “medically induced infanticide” would face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000. The bill passed the Senate yesterday in a vote of […]
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UK PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE URGES RAISING ONE-CHILD POLICY WITH CHINA

WESTMINSTER, March 8, 2002 (LSN.ca) – A UK parliamentary committee has called for coercive population control to become a key part of Britain’s human rights dialogue with China, following a submission by the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC). In its response to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Human Rights Annual Report 2001, the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee said: “[In the] Report the Government sets out ten objectives of a high-level critical dialogue on human rights issues between China and the United Kingdom and its EU partners, objectives with which we agree. There is, however, one […]
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POPE GAVE DIRECT ORDER TO GERMAN BISHOP ON ABORTION CERTIFICATES FOR COUNSELLING

FRANKFURT, March 8, 2002 (LSN.ca) – The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung revealed yesterday that Pope John Paul II gave a direct order to Frankfurt’s Bishop Franz Kamphaus in late February, demanding an end to the handing out of counselling certificates to pregnant women who can use the certificates to obtain abortions. The Limbourg Diocese, which includes Frankfurt, will issue a statement Friday on whether Bishop Kamphaus will resign his bishopric. Bishop Kamphaus is the only one of the 27 German Catholic Bishops who continues to openly defy the Pope by persisting in offering the certificates. Other German dioceses are offering pro-life […]
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HAWAII HOUSE APPROVES ASSISTED SUICIDE

HONOLULU, March 8, 2002 (LSN.ca) – The Hawaii House approved assisted suicide Thursday in a 30-20 vote. The measure involved two related bills one which approved a constitutional amendment to allow assisted suicide and a second which set out the rules for the procedure, which were similar to Oregon’s. The so-called “death with dignity” measure is supported by Hawaii Governor Ben Cayetano, but is not expected to pass in the Senate. Senate Health Committee Chairman David Matsuura has said he would not even hold hearings on the house bills which would effectively stop them. However, Gov. Cayetano has publicly asked […]
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MEDIA WATCH ANNUAL SURVEY RIPS ADVERTISING EXPLOITATION OF WOMEN

TORONTO, March 8, 2002 (LSN.ca) – The Canadian branch of Media Watch released the results of its annual survey of The Best and Worst of Media Portrayals of Women in Advertising. The feminist organization is dedicated to improving the portrayal and representation of women and girls in the media. Shari Graydon, Past President the organization told LifeSite that past research indicates that most non-feminist women and many men also agree that there is a serious need to address media exploitation of both women and now men. Advertising sexploitation of men has been increasing in recent years. The Media Watch release […]
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CORRECTION

Yesterday’s story on ARTIFICIAL PRO-CREATION LINKED TO DOUBLE RISK OF BIRTH DEFECTS failed to link to both of the studies discussed. The two links are:  http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/short/346/10/725 http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/short/346/10/731
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QUEBEC BISHOPS CONTRADICT CHURCH TEACHING ON HOMOSEXUAL ADOPTION

MONTREAL, March 7, 2002 (LSN.ca) – A statement on homosexual civil unions and the adoption of children released yesterday, (March 6, 2002) by the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Quebec (L’Assemblée des évêques du Québec – AEQ) seems to contradict statements of Pope John Paul II on the matter. The statement by the AEQ was prompted by a bill before the Quebec provincial government to allow for civil unions for homosexual couples, which would afford them the same privileges as married couples except for the name “married”. The statement of the Quebec Bishops affirms that “marriage” should remain the union […]
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