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Tuesday August 8, 2000


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CANADA’S LARGEST MEDIA MOGUL FRIEND OF ABORTIONIST

WINNIPEG, Aug 8 (LSN.ca) – Israel (Izzy) Asper, the CanWest Global media baron who recently purchased most of the Hollinger papers including a 50% share in the National Post, was reported today to be a “best” friend of abortionist Jack Fainman. Today’s Globe and Mail reports that “Izzy is the biggest media magnate in Canadian history” and suggests that that is “very bad news for Stockwell Day” since “Mr. Day is obsessed with abortion; one of Izzy’s best River Heights friends is Dr. Jack Faiman (sic), who has been threatened and shot at for performing abortions.” The Globe also notes “Izzy is fervently opposed to public funding of religious schools.”

On Saturday, in an article in the National Post, Hollinger’s Conrad Black responded to the concerns of conservatives who lamented that the relative fairness in coverage provided by Hollinger papers in Canada would be lost to the liberal monopoly in the print media. “The editorial position of the National Post … (and) the other newspapers involved in this transaction will only change if the editors wish them to, unless relations between the Aspers and ourselves change drastically after 2002,” said Black. Black noted that the liberal media “have used their virtual monopoly of the working press in the Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, CBC and Macleans these many years to impose a self-serving orthodoxy and strangle and ridicule all opposition.”

Black called the “jubilation” of political opponents “premature” and said “we have not changed our views, given up the fight, or handed over our newsrooms to political adversaries.” He did admit however that “this will be a long struggle in Canada and I don’t have another 30 years to spend on it.”


UNFPA TO PAKISTAN: TEACH POPULATION CONTROL PROPAGANDA OR LOSE $250 MIL

ISLAMABAD, Aug 8 (LSN.ca) – On Monday the Government of Pakistan rejected a United Nations proposal to include lessons on the “benefits” of “small families” in the national education syllabus, but the decision will cost the government $250 million. Pakistan’s Business Recorder reports today that the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) met with Pakistani Health Minister Dr. Abdul Malik Kasi a few days ago and conditionally offered $250 million in assistance for reproductive health projects.

A Health Ministry spokesman said, “The UN official contended that if the children are imparted awareness on small families from an early age, it will help control population growth.” UNFPA also insisted that the use of the money must be managed solely by the UN organization since “the financial assistance so far extended for population welfare projects has not been utilized justly.”


OMAHA ARCHBISHOP LEADS PRAYER VIGIL OUTSIDE ABORTUARY

OMAHA, Nebraska, Aug 8 (LSN.ca) – Led by Omaha Archbishop Elden Curtiss, more than 500 people prayed Saturday outside the Bellevue abortion centre of the notorious partial-birth abortion specialist LeRoy Carhart. Carhart was the abortionist who recently won a Supreme Court victory declaring a Nebraska ban on partial-birth infanticide unconstitutional. After a pro-life Mass at St. Mary Catholic Church in Bellevue, the Archbishop led the 500 parishioners in prayer outside the abortuary. Police officers led the peaceful procession and also guarded the vigil.


MEXICAN STATE PASSES BAN ON ABORTION AFTER RAPE

MEXICO CITY, Aug 8 (LSN.ca) – The ruling National Action Party in Mexico’s northern state of Guanajuato passed legislation Friday making the state’s laws on abortion more pro-life. Catholic World News reports that the legislature passed a law protecting unborn babies conceived during rape from abortion. While abortion is illegal in most of Mexico’s 31 states, there are exceptions in cases of rape or when the life of the mother is in danger.

The new ban will automatically go into effect on October 1. “As legislators, we have to consider not only the damage and pain of a woman who has been raped, but the greater evil that would occur with the death of an innocent minor,” the legislators said in a statement explaining their vote.


UPDATE ON MOM WHO TRIED TO FORCE DAUGHTER TO ABORT AT GUNPOINT

FORT PIERCE, Aug 8 (LSN.ca) – Glenda Dianne Dowis, 42, who according to police attempted to force her 16-year-old daughter to have an abortion at gunpoint, has been released on $50,000 bond early Saturday. Dowis is prohibited from having any contact with her daughter. The Sun-Sentinel reports that assistant States Attorney Dean Merten said Friday his office would review the charges – aggravated assault with a firearm and aggravated child abuse – and announce in about three weeks whether they will be pursued. Dowis faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

Christina Dunigan of Pro-Life Views at About.com reported Friday that the alleged father of the baby, Jeffrey Watson, is 23 years old. Watson said that Brittany’s mother threatened to file rape charges against him if Brittany didn’t have the abortion. No charges are currently filed against Watson for his unlawful intercourse with an underage girl.


LIFESITE NEWSBYTES

Show the Truth presentations will hit Toronto on Thursday August 24 10:30AM – Prayer Vigil – Cabbagetown Women’s Clinic (next door to Aid to Women/Way Inn – 300 Gerard St.); 1:00PM – Prayer Vigil – Scott Abortion Clinic – Gerard St. They will be in Lindsay and Oshawa on August 19, and in Lindsay, Port Perry and H 115/35 again on Sept 4. For more information or to participate call Rosemary at 705-454-1109 [email protected]

Conservative News Service reports that researchers in Florida have discovered that adult stem cells found in bone marrow can be converted into immature nerve cells, which could one day be used to treat brain disorders such as strokes or Parkinson’s disease. This week’s news from the University of South Florida’s College of Medicine comes just a fortnight after reports that British scientists had learned of similar potential advantages from adult stem cells in treating patients needing liver transplants.


US NEWS ROUNDUP

On Monday, Yvette Schneider, Family Research Council policy analyst and former lesbian activist, joined members of national ex-gay organizations to participate in a demonstration outside the Washington, D.C. Convention Center, where the American Psychological Association (APA) convention is meeting. “Psychologists in the APA must recognize the real change in my own life as well as thousands of others across the nation,” said Mrs. Schneider.

During his speech at the GOP convention George W. Bush said, “I will lead our nation toward a culture that values life — the life of the elderly and the sick, the life of the young, and the life of the unborn. I know good people disagree on this issue, but surely we can agree on ways to value life by promoting adoption and parental notification, and when Congress sends me a bill against partial-birth abortion, I will sign it into law.”


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