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BUSINESS DOWN IN VIRGINIA AND ABORTION INDUSTRY OUTRAGED

RICHMOND, VA, Mar 5 (LSN) – According to preliminary statistics from the state health department and abortion clinics, girls 17 and younger got about 20 percent fewer abortions in Virginia in the first five months of a new law requiring them to have parental consent.  On Tuesday, Planned Parenthood and other state abortionists reacted to the loss in business by taking the state to court to argue against the constitutionality of the law which took effect July 1.  Figures compiled by the health department and The Washington Post indicate that teenagers 17 and younger committed about 700 abortions in Virginia […]
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OREGON’S GUIDEBOOK FOR DOCTORS WHO KILL PATIENTS

PORTLAND, Ore., Mar 5 (LSN) – On Tuesday, a panel of medical “experts” introduced a guidebook on assisted suicide. The 91-page “Oregon Death with Dignity Act: A Guidebook for Health Care Providers,” was the work of a panel formed by the Center for Ethics in Health Care at Oregon Health Sciences University.  Although the guide does not offer a recipe for a lethal oral medication, it does review the types and purposes of drugs that could be used by a patient to end life. It suggests discontinuing medications before taking a lethal dosage and giving the patient a mint or […]
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MORRISON CASE DETAILS SURFACE

HALIFAX, NS, Mar 5 (LSN) – The details of the Dr. Nancy Morrison murder trial have been released since the judges ruling has brought an end to the publication ban.  During the trial it was revealed that a nurse witnessed Morrison giving two injections into the patient's IV line.  The nurse questioned Morrison about the content of the syringes at the time and learned that the needles contained nitroglycerine and potassium chloride (KCl). Within a minute of the KCl injection the patient was dead. After being briefed on the suspicious activity of Morrison, nursing supervisor Paula Poirer questioned Morrison as […]
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MACLEANS COVERS EUTHANASIA

TORONTO, Mar 4 (LSN) – The March 9 issue of Macleans magazine released today discusses euthanasia including detailed coverage of the Nancy Morrison trial. One of the pieces tells the saga of 83-year-old Kay Seaton’s near brush with death.  According to the article, less than five hours after Seaton slipped into a coma in December, physicians at a suburban Toronto hospital told her two sons that, on arrival, she had instructed them to take her off a respirator within 48 hours if she lost consciousness. The deadline fell on Christmas Day, and the doctors said she had a 10-per-cent chance […]
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CANADA’S DOCTORS SURVEYED ON ASSISTED SUICIDE

CALGARY, Mar 4 (LSN) – Macleans magazine reported in their March 9 issue released today, that Douglas Kinsella, a physician and ethicist at the University of Calgary conducted a nation-wide survey of 2,010 Canadian doctors on assisted suicide. The survey, which will appear in an upcoming issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal, found that 49 per cent of physicians said they would refuse to assist in a suicide, 21 per cent agreed and the rest said they were unsure.  Of note, in the provinces with the highest rates of abortion, British Columbia and Quebec, physicians showed a much more […]
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GROUP PLANS TO BAN SPANKING IN CANADA

TORONTO, Mar 3 (LSN) – The Toronto Star reported today that the group “Justice For Children” is planning to challenge parents legal right to use spanking as a form of disciplining their children. A lawyer for the group,  Cheryl Milne, noted that court decisions are beginning to swing in favour of the criminalizing of spanking. Milne complained, “the charter says people are equal and have equal protection under the law, but Section 43 subjects children to physical assault—it justifies physical assault.” Milne failed to recognize that Canadian citizen’s at younger ages (in the first 9 months of life) are allowed […]
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AXWORTHY SAYS CANADA PROMOTING WORLD COURT

LONDON, England, Mar 4 (LSN) – On Tuesday, Lloyd Axworthy, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs addressed the Canada Club in London England. In his remarks, Axworthy noted Canada’s push for the establishment of an International Criminal Court. Calling attention to the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, he noted that “now that the standards have by and large been set, it is time to move to the next stage:  that of implementing them.”“Standards” set by the UN include the unfettered “right” to abortion on demand, including availability of abortion and abortifacient contraceptives to minors without parental consent […]
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U.S. PRO-LIFER WINS COURT CASE

NEWARK, New Jersey, Mar 3 (LSN) – US District Judge Maryanne Barry ruled yesterday that pro-abortion activist Alice Hand must pay pro-life sidewalk counsellor Janet Greenhut $10,000 for making death threats. Ironically the suit was made under the 1994 Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, a law enacted by pro-abortion legislators to restrict the free-speech and free-assembly rights of pro-lifers.  In 1995, Mrs. Greenhut, a volunteer for Birthright in Maywood, where she drove pregnant young women to prenatal appointments, was issued death threats in two midnight phone calls.  According to the police transcript of a tape from Mrs. Greenhut's […]
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BOY SCOUTS FORCED TO ADMIT HOMOSEXUAL LEADER

HACKENSACK, NJ, Mar 3 (LSN) – A New Jersey state appeals court ruled Monday that the Boy Scouts of America discriminated against James Dale, an assistant scoutmaster, when it barred him from the organization for practicing homosexuality.  The Boy Scouts argued unsuccessfully that it was protected by a constitutional right of free association and was exempt as a private, voluntary association from anti-discrimination laws.  The case was the first to be tried under a six-year-old measure adding “sexual orientation” to New Jersey’s anti-discrimination law. Spokesman Gregg Shields said “we have membership and leadership standards, and one of those is that […]
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CANADA AND CHINA MEET ON HUMAN RIGHTS

OTTAWA, Mar 3 (LSN) – Foreign Affairs Minister Lloyd Axworthy announced on Friday the agenda for the Canada-China Symposium on Legal Questions Related to Human Rights in a Civil Society taking place today in Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia.  Predictably,  the forced abortions arising from China's one-child policy are not part of the discussion.  Yesterday the London-based human rights group Amnesty International said thousands of people in China suffered gross human rights violations last year despite some high-profile UN rights initiatives. Thus contrary to the praise heaped upon China by Canada and the European Union in recent weeks, the facts […]
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