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Horror: Jordanian Man Rapes, Murders Daughter in Botched Abortion

By Peter J. Smith AMMAN, Jordan, May 24, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A Jordanian carpenter has been charged with the rape and murder of his teenage daughter, who died following the grisly abortion the man performed on her unborn baby girl, reports The Jordanian Times. Authorities had charged the man on three counts of rape, murder, and abortion after the unidentified man, 45, turned himself in to police. Sources to the Jordan Times reported that the man had sexually assaulted his 19-year-old daughter since she was 15, and that neither the mother nor the daughter reported the rape out of fear that the father […]
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“Frankenstein” or Scientific Breakthrough?: U.S. Biologist Creates Controversy with Artificial DNA

By Hilary White May 21, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – An American pioneer biologist and entrepreneur, Craig Venter of the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) in Maryland and California, has created an international media stir with his announcement yesterday that he has created the world’s first cell with artificially constructed DNA.  Despite media reports to the contrary, the researchers did not “create new life,” but instead artificially constructed an existing sequence of DNA of a naturally occurring bacterium and reproduced it in existing cells. In the study, published in the peer-review journal Science, the researchers copied the genome, or complete genetic sequence, of […]
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Hundreds of Late-Term Abortions Committed in Victoria, Australia

By Thaddeus M. Baklinski MELBOURNE, May 21, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – According to the most recent figures released in the annual report of the Australian Consultative Council on Obstetric and Paediatric Mortality and Morbidity, 345 late-term abortions were committed in Victoria State in 2007. Of these, the report states that 164 were performed at a Melbourne clinic on women with perfectly healthy unborn children who said they were suffering psychological or “social” problems. Though most of the abortions were carried out on women about six months pregnant, two of the aborted children were older than 28 weeks. A further 181 late-term […]
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Protests Mount against UK Abortion Ads as Bishops Condemn

By Hilary White LONDON, May 21, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Catholic bishops of England and Wales have condemned television commercials for one of the world’s largest abortionist organizations that are scheduled to begin airing next week. The ads for Marie Stopes International will air everywhere in the UK except Northern Ireland, where abortion remains illegal. The UK’s leading pro-life group, the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC), has called for concerned people in Britain to contact both their individual MPs and Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, who has oversight on broadcast standards. […]
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Portuguese Bishops: Gay “Marriage” is a “Step Backward”

By Patrick B. Craine LISBON, Portugal, May 21, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Catholic bishops of Portugal have denounced Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva's decision this week to approve same-sex “marriages” for the country, reports Catholic News Agency. President Cavaco Silva's decision is a “step backward in the building of social cohesion and is against one of the most established principles of the different civilizations of mankind,” wrote Fr. Manuel Morujão, a spokesman for the Portuguese Bishops Conference. The Portuguese Assembly of the Republic passed legislation in February that creates the institution of homosexual “marriage” in the country.  Silva says he […]
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Marie Stopes Runs TV Abortion Ads in U.K.

By Hilary White LONDON, May 20, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Pro-Life groups have condemned the airing of TV commercials for abortionist group Marie Stopes in Britain that they say cover up the dangers of abortion and “trivialize” the taking of human life. Marie Stopes, one of the world’s largest international abortionist groups that receives an estimated £30 million a year from the National Health Service, claimed that the ads were needed to “inform” women and help them “confront the taboo” surrounding abortion. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) approved the airing of the ads, which will run from May 24 to the […]
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Religious Exemption Adopted in Council of Europe ‘Anti-discrimination’ Resolution

By Hilary White STRASBOURG, May 20, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Pro-family advocates at the Council of Europe have scored a victory with substantial changes of language to protect religious freedom of expression in a resolution on “Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.” On April 29, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) voted 51 to 25 to adopt Resolution 1728 (2010), which the European Centre for Law and Justice (ECLJ) had helped to delay until wording had been inserted to protect religious objections to homosexuality. A report by the PACE committee on justice said that […]
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Half of Catholic Religion Students in Spain Support Abortion: Study

By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman MADRID, May 20, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Almost half of the students who take Catholic religion classes in Spain say that abortion is justifiable, according to a recent study by the SM Foundation, a Catholic organization. According to the study, 45% of such students defend the practice of abortion, 28% reject it, and 26% say they are indifferent. The study also indicates that Catholic religion students dissent from the Church on other significant life and family issues.  Almost half defend euthanasia, and only 21% reject it.  For 60% of students, “homosexuality is no problem,” while 20% say […]
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President of Portugal Signs Gay ‘Marriage’ Law

By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman LISBON, May 18, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Portugal's president, who was elected as a conservative, has signed a law passed by the Assembly of the Republic last year creating the institution of homosexual “marriage.” Although he had the power to veto the bill, and claims to oppose it, President Aníbal Cavaco Silva says that he signed the law to avoid slowing down the legislative process during the global economic crisis. According to the Constitution, the Assembly can override the veto of the president with a two-thirds majority, and Silva says that the votes are there to do […]
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