SMOKING HAMPERS CONCEPTION   Reuters reports that women who smoke while trying to conceive a child, take longer to conceive than non-smokers. A new study released Wednesday by scientists at the Institute of Health Sciences at Oxford University showed it took smokers almost two months longer to become pregnant than women who had never smoked or those who had quit more than a year earlier.

THAILAND MEDICAL ASSOCIATION HARPING FOR MORE ABORTIONS   The Medical Association of Thailand held a meeting of medical and legal experts on loosening the abortion law to allow more abortions. Draft legislation to allow more abortions is before the Thai Public Health Ministry but it may be rejected since abortion is contrary to social norms and religious beliefs in the country.

The Archbishop of Birmingham is urging Catholics to dress their children as saints rather than witches on Hallowe’en tonight.


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