A Florida abortuary owner’s murder conviction appeal failed at the Supreme Court level Monday. The court refused to review the case of clinic owner Alicia Hanna who administered drugs to a pregnant 27-year old to abort her baby at seven months gestation.  The patient bled to death and after failing to call 911 Hanna told the victim’s children in the waiting room that their mother had left.  She then attempted to have the body dumped in the Tijuana River. 

AP reported that United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan gave an endorsement of sorts to Vice President Al Gore’s presidential ambitions yesterday.  Gore was chairing yesterday’s Security Council meeting on the problem of AIDS in Africa. As Annan began his speech after the Vice-President’s opening remarks he said: “Thank you Mr. Vice-President, or perhaps I should say Mr. President.” 

Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute reported last week that transnational corporations are supporting population control efforts at levels above governments. The UN and other population control pushing agencies are said to have taken to lobbying these companies for funding. 

Parents favour spanking in schools.  A British poll found that two-thirds of parents questioned believed discipline has become worse over the past 10 years, with 51 per cent saying that a return to corporal punishment, banned 14 years ago in state schools, would help. 

Zenit News reported last week that a new book coming out in March shatters myths about abortion resulting from rape and questions the actual helpfulness to women of rape exceptions in pro-life legislation. David C. Reardon, Julie Makimaa, and Amy Sobie sifted through nine years worth of testimonies to get a true picture of the effects of abortion on a woman who has suffered the trauma of rape. The book is entitled “Victims and Victors: Speaking Out About Their Pregnancies, Abortions and Children Conceived in Sexual Assault.”