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The Girl Scouts and that Explicit Sex Guide: C-FAM Reaffirms Report, Girl Scouts Deny

By John Jalsevac Updated March 16, 2009 at 6:56 pm. March 16, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Last week the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-Fam) issued a controversial report in its weekly Friday Fax, claiming that Planned Parenthood was permitted to distribute an explicit ‘sex guide’ at a closed-door, “no-adults-welcome” meeting at the UN sponsored by the Girl Scouts. In an interview with LifeSiteNews.com (LSN) Tuesday, however, a representative of the Girl Scouts denied the story, saying that no such pamphlet was distributed or made available to the girls in the meeting, and that the only document that was present in the room […]
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House to Consider Bill Incentivizing Embryo Destruction

By Kathleen Gilbert WASHINGTON, DC, March 16, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A bill has been introduced to the House of Representatives that would set in stone guidelines developed for the National Institute of Health's embryo-destructive stem cell research. Pro-life sources on Capitol Hill warn, however, that the bill's wording goes farther than the NIH guidelines, providing broad authorization for research on stem cells taken from cloned embryos, and embryos conceived solely to be destroyed in research. The “Stem Cell Research Advancement Act,” HR 4808, was introduced by Reps. Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Mike Castle (R-DE) on March 9, the anniversary of […]
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Drake Found Guilty of Murdering Pro-Life Activist Jim Pouillon

Thursday March 11, 2010 Drake Found Guilty of Murdering Pro-Life Activist Jim Pouillon By Kathleen Gilbert OWOSSO, Michigan, March 11, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Harlan Drake, the Michigan man accused of shooting to death local pro-life protester Jim Pouillon in September, has been found guilty of the first-degree murders of Pouillon and another man, gravel pit owner Mike Fuoss, whom he shot to death later the same day. Local news reports that Drake was also convicted on counts of felony firearm and of carrying a dangerous weapon with unlawful intent. The jury deliberated for about four hours before returning their verdicts. […]
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Scranton Diocese Bans Pro-Abort, Anti-War Activist Cindy Sheehan from Speaking

By James Tillman SCRANTON, Pennsylvania, March 15, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com)—The Scranton Diocese has banned well-known anti-war protestor Cindy Sheehan from speaking at a diocesan church hall, citing her opposition to Church teaching on life and marriage. Sheehan told LifeSiteNews.com (LSN) that she considers the diocese's action to be “against the teachings of the Prince of Peace.” Cindy Sheehan, mother of the deceased Specialist Casey Sheehan, has been a prominent anti-war activist since she camped outside President Bush's ranch in August of 2005.  She had been scheduled to speak at St. John the Evangelist Church hall in Scranton on April 9. According to […]
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Gay ‘Marriage’ Activists Forcing Pro-Family Views out of California Therapist Association

By Kathleen Gilbert SAN DIEGO, California, March 15, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Abandoning its long-held neutrality on the marriage debate, the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) has slowly come to disavow pro-family views and sexual orientation therapy as “homophobic.” Instead it now warmly supports homosexuality as a “normal and positive” variant of sexuality – all thanks to pressure by gay activists who have openly vowed to transform the organization from within. The disturbing result of the activists' tactics, says one anonymous CAMFT intern, is that pro-family therapists in California are becoming increasingly afraid to speak up in favor […]
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USCCB Reiterates Opposition to Pro-Abortion Health Care Bill

by James Tillman WASHINGTON, DC, March 15, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com)—The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has again weighed in against the health care reform bill approved by the Senate (H.R. 3590) due to “serious flaws on abortion and conscience rights.”  In a bulletin insert updated on Thursday for release in parishes the following Sunday, the USCCB acknowledged that the Senate health care bill passed last Christmas Eve “requires federal funds to help subsidize and promote health plans that cover elective abortions,” and that “all purchasers of such plans will be required to pay for other people's abortions through a separate payment solely […]
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Weakened Ultrasound Law Passes WV Senate Unanimously

by James Tillman CHARLESTON, West Virginia, March 15, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com)—A bill requiring that women be given the opportunity to view any ultrasound image of their child taken before or during an abortion passed the West Virginia Senate unanimously on Saturday. The measure passed after an amendment was added to repeal penalties against physicians violating West Virginia's Right to Know law. Gov. Joe Manchin has said he will sign the bill, which passed the final day of the regular legislative session. “Information empowers women to make informed choices,” stated Karen Cross, president of West Virginians for Life.  “Ultrasound legislation protects the mother’s right to […]
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Parliamentarian: No Reconciliation Until after Senate Health Bill Passed

Thursday March 11, 2010 Parliamentarian: No Reconciliation Until after Senate Health Bill Passed By Kathleen Gilbert WASHINGTON, DC, March 11, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Senior GOP sources cited by Roll Call Thursday said that Senate Parliamentarian Alan Frumin has ruled that the controversial reconciliation procedure can only be used to push through a bill of health care “fixes” after the president has signed the main Senate health bill into law. The Parliamentarian’s office was responding to an inquiry from Republican leadership. To relieve mistrust brewing between Senate Democrats and their House counterparts, who are being pressured to pass the Senate measure […]
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Stupak: I Don’t Buy Promises for Later Abortion-Funding ‘Fix’ to Health Bill

Thursday March 11, 2010 Stupak: I Don’t Buy Promises for Later Abortion-Funding ‘Fix’ to Health Bill By Kathleen Gilbert WASHINGTON, DC, March 11, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Democrat Rep. Bart Stupak of Michigan told the Associated Press this week that he was “more optimistic than I was a week ago” about including an abortion-funding ban in health care reform – sparking speculation by some that his new-found optimism was merely a prelude to his “caving in” or compromising on the issue. But the lawmaker has clarified that he does not intend to back down on his standard for the language, nor […]
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