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POPE SPEAKS ON GENETIC RESEARCH

VATICAN CITY, Feb 25 (LSN) – Yesterday, Pope John Paul II addressed the Pontifical Academy for Life, who are studying the theme “The Human Genome: Human Personality and the Society of the Future” in their Fourth Plenary Assembly. Speaking about the human genome, the genetic blueprint of individuals, the Pope said, “It is on the basis of this inner truth about the genome, already present at the moment of procreation when the genetic heritage of the father and the mother unite, that the Church has taken on the task of defending the human dignity of all individuals from the moment […]
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Canadian government to Re-introduce restrictions onreporductive Technologies

OTTAWA, Feb 25 (LSN) – Federal Health Ministry spokesman Doris Cook said yesterday that the government is planning to re-introduce laws and regulations to ban or restrict certain new reproductive and genetic technologies, before the end of the year. The first attempt at such regulation, Bill C-47, containing among other things bans on human cloning and on the sale of eggs and sperm, died when parliament was dissolved for the 1997 federal election. Pro-life observers note that the government’s proposals were mostly praiseworthy, but that they did not go nearly far enough. Moreover, pro-lifers objected strenuously to plans for licensing […]
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ABORTIONIST TO FACE TRIAL FOR MURDER

LOS ANGELES, Feb 24 (LSN) – Abortionist Bruce Saul Steir, 66, was ordered Wednesday to stand trial on a charge of second-degree murder by Riverside County Judge Dennis McConaghy.  Steir was arrested at his home in San Francisco last October for the murder of Sharon Hamptlon, 27, of Barstow, who bled to death shortly after Steir aborted her last December 13. The medical examiner concluded that Hamptlon died of gross negligence and ruled the death a homicide. Hampton left behind her 3-year-old son Curtis. Steir is free on bail and will be arraigned in court on March 11.
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MEDIA PROMOTES KILLER AS COMPASSIONATE

BUFFALO, N.Y., Feb 24 (LSN) – On Friday, John Bement was convicted of manslaughter for the killing of his wife by asphyxiation.  Reminiscent of Canada’s recent Latimer trial, the secular media portrayed Bement as a compassionate hero facing punishment for an act of mercy.
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PRO-LIFE LOBBY OPPORTUNITIES UPCOMING

OTTAWA, Feb 24 (LSN) – Campaign Life Coalition is alerting pro-lifers about upcoming lobbying opportunities. Members of Parliament have a week off from the House during the first week in March to spend time in their constituencies.  CLC advises that this is probably the best time to set up appointments to see MPs about issues of personal concern.  Pro-life, pro-family Canadians are urged to call their MP’s office and make an appointment.  CLC suggests that individuals should visit their MPs with their families or with a friend or two. Plan ahead of time the message, and responses to questions the […]
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TARGETING CHILDREN FOR HOMOSEXUALITY

SASKATCHEWAN, Feb 24 (LSN) – The University of Saskatchewan’s College of Education will be hosting a March 21 conference advocating the acceptance of homosexuality by schools.  Speaking at the event, entitled “Breaking the silence: Gays and lesbians in our schools,”  will be homosexual activist Delwin Vriend. Vriend brought King’s College (a Christian college in Edmonton) to the Supreme Court last year for firing him, due to a conflict between Vriend’s homosexual lifestyle and the school’s religious principles. Pat Atkinson,  the Saskatchewan Minister of Education, will give closing remarks at the conference.  Letters of protest may be addressed to:  Dean of […]
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ONTARIO BACKBENCH TORIES WANT ACTION ON FAMILY ISSUES

The Toronto Sun reported today that many Ontario Tory MPPs believe it is time for the government to deal with some of the social issues, after having focused exclusively on economics in the first part of its mandate. Tory MPP Frank Klees stated that the Progessive Conservative government is in a position to make a difference “in the quality of life in the province.” He would like to see a law that would protect health-  care workers who refuse on moral or religious grounds to participate in certain procedures like abortions, and legislation recognizing the authority of parents to oversee […]
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ABC LABELS PRO-LIFERS TERRORISTS

WASHINGTON, Feb 23 (LSN) – Yesterday, the US Pro-Life Infonet reported that ABC News author David Phinney attacks pro-lifers in a piece concerning new methods of domestic and international terrorism. The item, entitled Preparing for Terrorists Wielding Weapons of Mass Destruction:  New Tools of Fear and Death, shows extreme bias towards pro-life supporters by insinuating that we are one of several groups that engage in or have an interest in terrorism.  Phinney says “anti-abortion extremists” are one of several “fringe domestic organizations”  that “have been showing keen interest in biochemical weapons.” Phinney’s article may be found at:http://www.abcnews.com/sections/us/DailyNews/terrorism_main.html Please email Dave […]
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THE HORRORS OF IN VITRO FERTILIZATION

TORONTO, Feb 23 (LSN) – Yesterday and today, the Sun newspapers and the Toronto Star contained stories on the “Human Egg Trade.”  Proponents of in vitro fertilization (IVF) have succeeded in drawing public attention to the lucrative side of the business of illicit procreation by warning that if Canada erects barriers to the collection of human eggs, it will lose the “business” to the US.  The raising of the issue gives pro-lifers the opportunity to educate people on the evils of this procedure.  The following explanation reveals that it is impossible to be pro-life and pro-IVF.  Besides the foremost reason […]
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TORONTO’S DOCTOR DEATH: SENTENCE COMING SOON

TORONTO, Feb 23 (LSN) – The controversial Toronto doctor, Maurice Genereux, who last December became the first Canadian doctor to be convicted of assisting suicide, will be sentenced on April 29 and 30. Although the maximum penalty he faces is 14 years, he will likely only be given a sentence of less than two years.  Genereux, an active homosexual, is still practicing medicine despite his assisted suicide conviction and earlier charges of sexual misconduct with patients.
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