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Brazilian Government Joins UN to Urge Latin American Nations to Depenalize Abortion

By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman, Latin America Correspondent BRASILIA, July 29, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Brazilian government has signed a UN-sponsored document endorsing the depenalization of abortion throughout Latin America. The legally non-binding document, entitled the “Brasilia Consensus,” was issued by the Eleventh Regional Conference on Latin American and Caribbean Women (CEPAL) meeting in Brazil's capital city.  It contains numerous references, some oblique and others explicit, to measures in favor of abortion, homosexualism, contraception, and other anti-life and anti-family policies. In its section on “sexual and reproductive rights,” a term often used as a euphemism for the legalization of abortion, the “Consensus” […]
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John Smeaton Talks to LSN’s Hilary White about the Role of the Catholic Church in the Pro-Life Fight

By John Smeaton Editor's Note: This article was originally published by John Smeaton, the head of the UK's Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC), on his personal blog. It is reprinted here with permission. July 30, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – When I was in Rome, earlier this month, I met Hilary White, the well-known writer for LifeSiteNews.com Hilary describes herself on her blog as “an Anglo-Canadian writer, researcher and art student recently re-assigned by God to Rome and desperately sand-bagging in sight of the coming flood.” The pro-life movement is, thankfully, made up of people of all faiths and […]
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Britain’s Conservative Coalition Govt’ to Push Abortion, Contraception in MDGs

By Hilary White LONDON, July 30, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The British government has pledged to place an “unprecedented focus” on “family planning,” including abortion, in its efforts to forward the UN’s Millenium Development Goals (MDGs). The government particularly focused on abortion in a July 27 press release, saying that “safe” abortion is the solution to the estimated 70,000 deaths a year “from an estimated 20 million unsafe abortions.” “Ensuring abortion services are safe, and that post-abortion care is provided, saves lives,” the statement said. “And increasing access to family planning will avert many thousands of unintended pregnancies and abortions every […]
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Ban Bullfighting but Kill Babies?: Spain’s New Moral Values Criticized by Pro-Life Leader

By Hilary White ROME, July 30, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – As Spain’s newly liberalized abortion law comes into effect the Spanish regional government of Catalonia has banned the ancient blood sport of bullfighting, and the irony has not been lost on pro-life observers. Catalonia's regional parliament voted Wednesday to ban bullfighting from January 1, 2012, making it the first region in mainland Spain to outlaw the centuries-old tradition, which has inspired artists from Goya to Picasso to Hemmingway. Bullfighting promoters have called the measure “outrageous” and have vowed to “launch a huge battle” in conjunction with the conservative opposition Popular Party […]
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Latin American Economic Summit Promotes Abortion, Condemns “Lesbophobia”

By Susan Yoshihara, Ph.D. and Amanda Pawloski NEW YORK, July 29 (C-FAM) – A recent gathering of Latin America’s top economic commission issued a document praising secularism, condemning “lesbophobia,” calling for redistributive social systems, and liberally promoting sexual and reproductive rights. Delegates from more than 30 Latin American and Caribbean countries attended the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean’s (ECLAC) Eleventh Session of the Regional Conference on Women in Brazil. The purpose of the conference was to address gender equality and women’s empowerment in economic terms. The delegates were mainly “gender” advisors, representing the government of member states.  […]
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Spain Abortion Law “Senseless” Says New Head of Pontifical Academy for Life

By Hilary White ROME, July 29, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In his second interview this month, Monsignor Ignacio Carrasco de Paula, the recently appointed president of the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Life, criticized Spain’s Prime Minister, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, for pushing through the country’s new abortion legislation. Msgr. Carrasco, who was a physician before his priestly career, told the Milan-based Catholic paper Il Consulente RE that the legislation is “senseless,” a word that in the original Italian connotes stupidity.  Carrasco praised those who have resisted the “ideological and economic” lobbies pushing for abortion and euthanasia around the world, especially in Latin […]
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Doctors in India Worried Over Abuse of ‘Morning-After’ Pill

By Thaddeus M. Baklinski NEW DELHI, July 29, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Health-care workers and government officials in India are concerned over the routine and indiscriminate use of emergency contraceptive pills (ECPs), commonly called the “morning-after” pill. The pills, which have a heavy dose of the same hormones found in regular oral contraceptive pills, are freely available over the counter in India. Producers of the two most popular brands in India, called “I-pill” and “Unwanted 72,” have been promoting the pills as a “primary contraceptive” method rather than an “emergency measure,” and are targeting their ads at teenagers and young unmarried […]
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Opinion: Chicago-Style Politics in Kenya

By Joseph Meaney Editor's Note: Joseph Meaney is director of international coordination for Human Life International, the world’s largest pro-life organization with affiliates and associates in over 100 countries worldwide. July 28, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The people of Kenya will vote on August 4, 2010 on a new constitution that includes sweeping provisions allowing abortion. A pro-abortion and unelected international “Committee of Experts on Constitutional Review” added several significant lines to article 26 of the proposed constitution in the final drafting process. It begins well with: “Every person has the right to life. The life of a person begins at […]
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World Population Report: ‘Aging Populations; Fewer Workers; Decline of Developed Countries’

By Thaddeus M. Baklinski WASHINGTON, DC, July 29, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The 2010 World Population Data Sheet, published by the Population Reference Bureau (PBR) on July 28, says that a shrinking pool of working-age populations is jeopardizing social support and long-term health care programs for the elderly, and points to a decrease in the populations of developed countries. The report states that worldwide in 1950, there were 12 persons of working age for every person age 65 or older. By 2010, that number had shrunk to 9. By 2050, this elderly support ratio, which indicates levels of potential social support […]
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