Friday October 13, 2000

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VATICAN, Oct 13 ( – In a message given to Canada’s new ambassador to the Holy See, welcomed by Pope John Paul II yesterday, the pope called on Canada to respect life and family. The pope told Ambassador Wilfrid-Guy Licari, regarding young people, “it is especially important to teach them the value of life, of every life, from conception until its natural end, for human life is a gift from God of which we are not masters.”

The pope also noted that parents are to be in control of their children’s education and that “no one may substitute parental responsibility in this domain, and the national community can only act in a subsidiary way.” He urged Canadian authorities to “giv[e] parents the possibility and means to choose the places where they can give their children the formation which corresponds to what they are seeking.”

For more see the Zenit report at:


WASHINGTON, Oct 13 ( – There is good news for life and family advocates in the US as two troublesome add-ons to US bills have been removed. The New York Times reports that yesterday the House approved by a voice vote a bankruptcy bill but stripped it of language that would forbid pro-lifers convicted of “crimes” against abortuaries from claiming bankruptcy. Several pro-abortion Senators are vowing to defeat the bill with a filibuster and President Clinton has vowed to veto the bill without the pro-abortion language.

Also, the “hate crimes” amendment was dropped from the Defense Appropriations bill. The measure would have expanded a federal law’s definition of hate crime to include assaults motivated by sexual orientation, actual or perceived, gender or disability. Moreover, the bill would allow federal prosecutors to take up hate-crimes cases where local authorities did not pursue charges.

For more on hate crimes see Focus on the Family at:


RU-486 Lawsuits Looming

NEW YORK, Oct 13 ( – Searle pharmaceutical company which makes the ulcer medication “misoprostol” released a letter in August saying that its drug “is not approved for the induction of labor or abortion.” The letter said misuse of the drug can cause adverse effects such as a ruptured uterus, vaginal bleeding and “maternal or fetal death.”

The drug is needed in RU-486 abortions to expel the baby killed with mifepristone out of the mother’s body by causing contractions. The letter’s sincerity has been called into question since it was issued with the cooperation of the Federal Drug Administration just a month before the FDA approved RU-486. An aide to pro-life Republican representative Tom Coburn said “The FDA wrote the letter to give Searle legal protection in future lawsuits from women who will be harmed by the two-drug combination.” Lawsuits are said to be certain to follow.

Former abortionist Dr. Bernard Nathanson says that “RU-486 in itself is not potentially dangerous to women, but [misoprostol] is, and you have to give them together.” Nathanson explained that the drug has a potential to cause asthma, or exacerbations of asthma, and also excessive bleeding.

The drug also can cause excessive bleeding, Nathanson said, because at the early stages of a pregnancy, the drug, which expels the dead baby from the womb, often isn’t completely successful on its own. The pregnancy tends to detach itself partially but not enough to be expelled, causing the bleeding. “Many of these women bleed for hours at home, having terrible cramps, and end up in emergency rooms,” he said.

For more see the Fox news coverage:


OAKVILLE, Ont. Oct. 13 ( – Demonstrators picketed the Canadian office of the Shire Pharmaceuticals Group in Oakville, Ont. near Toronto today. They were drawing attention to the fact that the company distributes the drug Preven, which Shire’s own literature acknowledges “may” prevent implantation during pregnancy and which pro-lifers regard as an abortifacient substance for that reason. The demonstrators also handed out literature to passersby, most of whom had a positive reaction.

Mike Izzotti, a co-ordinator for the Canadian branch of Pharmacists for Life International and an organizer of the demonstration, said it is important to draw attention to the matter, as proponents of Preven falsely insist it is simply an “emergency contraceptive” and not an abortifacient. He said such arguments are based on the view that pregnancy begins at implantation and not fertilization. Either way, Izzotti said, embryology experts agree a new human life is present at fertilization, whether implanted or not. He encouraged citizens to question their pharmacists on the matter, find out where they stand on the drug, and make sure they know how the drug works.


BROCKTON, Mass., Oct 13 ( – Lesbian Judge Linda Giles has ruled that South Junior High School in Brockton cannot forbid a 15-year-old boy from coming to school in drag – wearing padded bras, wigs and high heels. The school pointed out that a boy dressing as a girl in class was obviously disruptive, and led to confrontations with classmates.

AP reports that on Wednesday, the lesbian judge ruled the school’s actions are “the stifling of a person’s selfhood merely because it causes some members of the community discomfort.” She refused a request by the school to remove herself from the case due to her bias. A therapist claimed that the boy “has a gender identity disorder that makes it medically necessary for him to wear women’s clothes.”

See the AP report at:…


CINCINNATI, OH, Oct 13 ( – Cincinnati’s Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk will lead a procession from a Catholic church to Mt. Auburn abortion clinic tomorrow and lead pro-lifers in prayers outside the abortuary. The event will begin with an 8am Mass offered by the archbishop at Holy Name Church. It is organized by the pro-life group known as the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants which has sometimes attracted pro-lifers in the thousands. Over 80 bishops have participated in similar events.

For more see the Enquirer at:…


This weekend is the anniversary of the murder of Montreal pro-life lawyer Frank Shoofey who was shot dead October 15, 1985 while seeking abortion charges against Dr. Henry Morgentaler. In a flagrant example of media bias on the issue, the media reports on the incident failed to mention that Shoofey was seeking charges against Morgentaler. For a write-up on the case by David Waechter see:

The Russian depopulation crisis has reached such a crisis level that Russian politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky has called for a ten-year ban on all abortions for women under 42. The Russian population has declined by 2.8 million (around two percent) over the past eight years. It will fall by 700,000 in 2001 to 144.5 million inhabitants, according to official forecasts. (AFP Oct 12 as circulated by Pro-LifeE-News)


Clarifying his position on RU-486 after disappointing pro-lifers during a debate, Republican Presidential candidate George Bush said he would sign legislation to restrict the abortifacient.…

On Monday, the Jewish Day of Atonement, Dr. Laura Schlessinger took out a full page ad in Daily Variety apologizing for any hurt her “poorly chosen” words may have caused homosexuals. “While I express my opinions from the perspective of an Orthodox Jew and a staunch defender of the traditional family, in talking about gays and lesbians, some of my words were poorly chosen. … Many people perceive them as hate speech. This fact has been personally and professionally devastating to me as well as to many others,” she wrote.

Evangelical leader and heroic pro-lifer Chuck Colson has had his civil rights restored more than 25 years after he was convicted of trying to cover up the Watergate scandal. The former special counsel to President Nixon, Colson served seven months in federal prison for obstruction of justice. After his release he had a conversion and began his now famous prison ministry. Colson, 68, regained, among other things, the right to vote, serve on a jury, run for office and to practice law, if he were to seek admission to the Florida bar.;_hdg=3&u;_sid=23065

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