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Wednesday March 8, 2000


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RADICAL NGOS REACT ANGRILY TO PRESENCE OF PRO-FAMILY YOUTH

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 8 (LSN.ca) – Unhappy over the unexpected presence of a substantial international contingent of pro-family youth NGO representatives, radical-feminist lobbyists objected publicly yesterday to the presence of the World Youth Alliance (WYA). Vivant!, reports in a one-page circular distributed in the afternoon to Beijing+5 PrepCom participants, the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) issued an “alert” to European delegations “concerning the threat to the five-year review process caused by a large presence” of what the EWL called “right-wing, ‘pro-life’ participants.”

See the full story in today’s LifeSite Special Report at: https://www.lsn.ca/ldn/2000/mar/000308a.html


GROUP HOLDS PREMIER RESPONSIBLE FOR RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION

TORONTO, Mar 8 (LSN.ca) – The Canada Family Action Coalition (CFAC) is holding Ontario Premier Mike Harris responsible for the “religious persecution” of Toronto printer Scott Brockie, a Christian, who was fined $5,000 for refusing a printing job when asked to print materials for a group whose primary role is the promototion of homosexuality. “The Ontario Human Rights Commission on February 24 denied Scott Brockie, owner of a printing shop, his Charter rights to freedom of religion, conscience, and association,” said CFAC. The Premier is personally responsible for the state of affairs, says CFAC since “against the strenuous objections of hundreds of Ontarians, in 1996 Mike Harris appointed Keith Norton, a self- acknowledged homosexual ‘rights’ activist,” Chairman of the Ontario Human Rights Commission.

Peter Stock CFAC National Affairs Director says, “In Keith Norton’s Ontario, homosexual ‘rights’ trump all the other rights that citizens have. But I don’t blame Mr. Norton: after all, what do you expect to happen when you put the fox in charge of the henhouse? Mike Harris is ultimately responsible for this religious persecution.”

“Mr. Brockie, as a private citizen, has no duty to print material promoting homosexuality anymore than he has a duty to print material promoting the Klu Klux Klan,” said Stock. The tribunal ruling notes that the sole adjudicator Heather MacNaughton also ordered Brockie and his business Imaging Excellence to “provide the printing services that they provide to others, to lesbians and gays and to organizations in existence for their benefit.”

See last week’s LifeSite coverage of the ruling:
https://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2000/mar/00030301.html

See the LifeSite coverage of Harris’ appointment of Norton:
https://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/1997/oct/97100701.html

For a copy of the Brockie ruling email [email protected]


PLANNED PARENTHOOD PERVERTING EUROPEAN AND EURASIAN AIRWAVES

ATHENS, Greece, Mar 8 (LSN.ca) – International Planned Parenthood Federation, in a joint project with the BBC World Service, has foisted a pro-abortion, pro-homosexuality program on youth in Albania, Bulgaria, Central Asia, Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Russia and Turkey. The “Sexwise” project consists of radio broadcasts of IPPF propaganda in 11 languages and accompanying books, website, and telephone counselling for listeners. The themes for Sexwise in Europe and Eurasia are “sex education for young people, prostitution, abortion, homosexuality and the rising incidence of syphilis.”

To date 187,000 Sexwise books have been printed in 10 European languages and 100 radio programmes have been produced in 10 European languages. Sexwise is funded by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation (USA), the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the European Commission.

Sexwise homepage: https://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/sexwise/


NEWBORN ABANDONMENT COMMONPLACE IN ABORTION CULTURE

US and Germany Respond to Growing Need

HAMBURG, Mar 8 (LSN.ca) – Responding to the growing number of cases of abandonment of newborn babies in trash cans and other public places, a practice that has grown in popularity with the devaluation of life, governments have begun programs to allow for parents to anonymously deposit their newborns in hospitals.

A program launched in Hamburg, Germany called “Operation Foundling,” keeps the abandoned babies in care for two months to allow the parents to decide to retrieve the child, and then puts the child up for adoption. ABC News reported yesterday that last year in Germany more than 130 newborn babies were found dumped in trash bins and cardboard boxes, left to die by desperate or disturbed mothers.

In the US on Friday, the Georgia state legislature passed a measure that would allow parents to abandon newborn infants at a hospital emergency room up to one week after they are born. Catholic World News reported that the bill which has to pass through the Senate would allow the parents to remain anonymous provided the babies are not physically abused. ABC reported that California is considering such legislation and similar laws and practices exist in Texas, Alabama, Minnesota and Florida.

See the ABC and CWN reports at:
https://abcnews.go.com/sections/world/DailyNews/baby000307.ht… https://www.ewtn.com/vnews/getstory.asp?number=47625


UN GIVES MORE POWER TO RADICAL NGO’S

Role of sovereign, accountable governments undermined

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 8 (LSN.ca) – The General Assembly has rendered a decision allowing Non- Governmental Organization (NGOs), the vast majority of which are anti-life and anti-family, to participate more powerfully in the upcoming special session of the General Assembly (GA) entitled “Women 2000: gender equality, development and peace for the twenty-first century”, known as Beijing +5. These NGO’s are also mostly unaccountable to the people of the nations from which they come.

The decision states that “representatives from non-governmental organizations accredited to the special session of the General Assembly may make statements in its Ad Hoc Committee of the Whole:” Furthermore, “given the availability of time, a limited number of non- governmental organizations that are in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council may also make statements in the debate in the plenary of the special session provided neither that their application for consultative status with the Council has been rejected nor that their consultative status with the Council has been withdrawn or suspended.”

For the second provision the NGO’s are “requested to select spokespersons among themselves and provide the list thereof to the President of the General Assembly through the Secretariat.” The President of the Assembly will then present the list of selected NGOs to Member States (participating countries) for approval.

The decision is significant since it will allow for unprecedented lobbying power for radical NGOs. The provision is a dramatic one and specifically used for this conference with its plethora of abortion pushing NGOs. The GA was quick to add that the decision “will in no way create a precedent for other special sessions of the Assembly.” This is doubtful given efforts in the past few years by certain NGO’s to lead the UN in direction that will gradually give NGO’s, so-called Civil Society, far greater power than they currently have in the world body

See the UN release at:
https://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/followup/ngodec.htm


IDENTITY OF “KELLY” PRO-LIFE SPY REVEALED

Update On Body Parts Story On 20/20 And In Congress

WASHINGTON, Mar 8 (LSN.ca) – The 20/20 episode on the baby body parts market to air tonight will have a live interview with “Kelly”, the pro-life spy who exposed the baby parts market after becoming a pro-life convert. He was a worker who would dissect aborted babies and send their body parts to researchers until an abortionist brought him live babies to dissect. Life Dynamics Inc. (LDI), which broke the story, revealed the identity of “Kelly” as Dean Alberty. LDI notes that Mr. Alberty was employed by the Anatomic Gift Foundation to harvest fetal tissue and body parts at Comprehensive Health for Women, a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Overland Park, Kansas.

With the US House about to commence hearings into the baby parts market, the National Abortion Federation has argued in favour of the gruesome trade saying, that it “supports fetal tissue donation for humanitarian and medical research.” Ted Gerk, of Pro-Life E-News notes that the Anatomical Gift Foundation is/was a member of NAF. There was a link to AGF on the NAF web page, but NAF has now removed it.

The web page for the House committee examining the fetal tissue issue is at:
https://com-notes.house.gov/schedule.htm

See the NAF support for the baby parts market at:
https://www.prochoice.org/issues/tissue.htm

See the LDI revelation of “Kelly’s” identity at:
https://www.ldi.org/product.cfm?Item=11 and hear his unedited interview at:
https://www.ldi.org/video/Kelly_Unedited.asf

(with files from Pro-Life E-news)


CORRECTION

Yesterday’s lead story incorrectly identified Vivant as a publication of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-FAM). It is, in fact, published by the NGO Caucus for Stable Families.


LIFESITE NEWSBYTES

The National Post reported yesterday that Halifax Nova Scotia Judge John MacDougall dismissed a case of sexual assault against Dr. William Christie who was accused of masturbating two young teenage boys on grounds that masturbation by a doctor was not sexual assault. The Avalon Center, a sexual assault help-line is calling for the Crown to challenge the ruling.

1997-1998 statistics obtained through Alberta’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act show that one-third of women in Alberta are having repeat abortions. Of the total of 10,231 abortions performed in fiscal year 1997-98, 3,401 were for women who had one or more previous abortions. Of the 3,401 women having their second or more abortion, 2,684 were having their second, 542 were having their third, 140 were having their fourth, 27 were having their fifth, five were having their sixth and three were on their seventh or more abortion. https://www.nationalpost.com/news.asp?f=000307/225273&s2;=nati…

According to the new research of Dr. Chris Kalenbourn, taking the Pill before a full-term pregnancy increases a woman’s chance of getting breast cancer by between 40 and 220 per cent. https://www.lifesitenews.com/interim/2000/feb/05studies.html

American Life League reports that almost 100 physicians have a signed a statement agreeing that there is no situation in which an abortion is medically necessary to save the life of the mother, debunking one of the frequently listed “hard cases” cited in the political arena as a reason why an absolute ban on abortion cannot be justified. https://www.all.org/news/000229.htm

AP reported yesterday that Japan’s government is working on legislation that would make human cloning a crime carrying a prison sentence of three to seven years. https://www.nando.net/noframes/story/0,2107,500177777-5002327…


US NEWS ROUNDUP

AP reports today that Californians rejected gay marriage Tuesday, approving a ballot measure that prohibits the state from recognizing same-sex marriages legally performed in any other state. https://www.marketwatch.newsalert.com/bin/story?StoryId=ComxE…

The Buffett Foundation has given Family Health International a $2 million grant to seek approval to market quinacrine in the US. Quinacrine is an anti-malaria medication that is misused to cause permanent sterilization in women in the third world. (Pro-Life E-News) https://www.omaha.com/Omaha/OWH/StoryViewer/1,3153,309669,00….

ALL reports that legislation that passed both the New York State Assembly (A7303) and Senate (S3131B) in slightly different forms, and is now in committee, would provide payment for “the creation of surplus embryos,” reports the Family Observer. https://www.familyobserver.org/infertil.html, see bill:
https://assembly.state.ny.us/cgi-bin/showbill?billnum=A07303

Kaiser reported on an AP story noting that the Oregon Court of Appeals ruled last Wednesday that the wrongful death law cannot be used to collect damages for the death of a preborn child. Citing a 19th-century dictionary definition stating that “person” is a term “applied to infants from their birth,” the 10-member panel unanimously ruled that a 16-week-old fetus “was not considered a ‘person’ under the law that permits civil damages to be sought for deaths caused by wrongful acts.” The case involves a 1997 incident in which Oregon resident Mary LaDu underwent a hysterectomy because doctors believed she had a pelvic tumor. The pelvic mass turned out to be a 16-week-old fetus, prompting LaDu to sue Portland’s Oregon Clinic for $500,000 in damages for the loss of the fetus. An appeal is pending.

A Catholic teacher in Springfield, Mass. is challenging being forced to pay union dues, since the union supports abortion. Gerard O’Brien complaint issued in 1995 was finally accepted for a full hearing this week by the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. https://www.boston.com/dailynews/063/region/Abortion_opponent…


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