Thursday, January 31, 2008

Abortion demonstration marks Roe anniversary [Celebrating Abortion at Yale]

Students who walked into WLH 119 on Tuesday night were greeted with models of the female pelvis complete with fallopian tubes, cervixes, vaginas — and papayas on which to perform mock abortions.

In commemoration of the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, the 35th anniversary of which is this month, the Reproductive Rights Action League at Yale (RALY), in conjunction with Yale Medical Students for Choice, demonstrated different abortion methods and techniques, answered questions students had about the procedures and encouraged students to be active in abortion-rights groups during last night’s presentation. The presentation was part of a week-long celebration of the 35th anniversary of the landmark decision.


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Swiss change safe sex message on HIV

GENEVA—Swiss AIDS experts said Thursday that some people with HIV who meet strict conditions and are under treatment can safely have unprotected sex with non-infected partners.

The proposal astonished AIDS researchers in Europe and North America who have long argued that safe sex with a condom is the single most effective way of preventing the spread of the disease—apart from abstinence.


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Australia: Birth control a jagged little Pill

More than half of Australian women who get pregnant unexpectedly are either on the Pill or using condoms at the time.

A report into unplanned pregnancy by sexual health organisation Marie Stopes International shows that 43 per cent of women were on the oral contraceptive pill when it occurred. A further 22 per cent were using a condom and 21 per cent of the women using contraception were on more than one method.


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Catholic Prolife Heartache: Prolifers Arrested at St. Petersburg Cathedral

ST. PETERSBURG, Fl., Jan. 31 /Standard Newswire/ -- Two Catholic Pro-life activists were arrested at St. Jude's Catholic Church in St. Petersburg Florida for handing out pro-life literature in the parking lot.

Andrea Terry, 32, and Joseph Landry, 26 were arrested on Sunday, January 20 (ironically, Pro-life Sunday) for placing pro-life literature on car windshields during the 6:00 p.m. Mass. (See news stories below.) Both spent about 5 hours in custody and were bailed out of the Pinellas County jail for $250 each.


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Russian Pro-Life Advocates Protest Abortion With Cross Display

Moscow, Russia (LifeNews.com) -- With abortion used mostly as a form of birth control in this massive nation, Russian people aren't known for their pro-life outreach. However, a group of pro-Kremlin youth set up a cross display on Monday to remind citizens there of the human lives destroyed via abortion.


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UK: Survival of early babies 'doubles'

A study at one of Britain's top neonatal units found that one third of babies born between 22 and 25 weeks' gestation survived in the early 1980s but this had risen to 71 per cent by the late 1990s.


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A not so private matter: EI money for abortions

The assertion about “abortion being a private matter between a woman and her doctor” has been made a lot this week, mostly by proponents of the Supreme Court ruling that struck down Canada’s abortion law 20 years ago. It’s a clever jingle, but not entirely true. At least not as far as taxpayers are concerned.

Canada spends generously on things like senior pensions, education and health care. Despite the obvious public support for core spending, Canadian voters remain less willing to fund programs they believe are not providing positive outcomes or helping people in a constructive way.

The most obvious example of this is welfare. With the backing of taxpayers, governments provide a basic minimum amount, recognizing overly rich payments encourage dependence and disincentives to work. One province even offered one-way bus tickets to neighbouring provinces for people unwilling to work. Another was more progressive and enacted a workfare program. It requires recipients to participate in mandatory work activities to ensure the social safety net does not become a comfortable hammock.


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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Pro-life movie festival in San Francisco

Inspired by major artistic events held at Cannes and Sundance, pro-lifers are organizing the first ever pro-life film festival, Ignatius Insight reports.

The Cinema Vita Film Festival will be held on March 7 in San Francisco.


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"One who is unable to live without sex, in the end, becomes a slave": Italian Soccer Superstar

TURIN, January 30, 2008 (CWNews.com/LifeSiteNews.com) - In an interview for the Italian magazine Sportsweek, a star defender from Turin, Italy's Juventus soccer club, Nicola Legrottaglie, revealed that two years ago he made the decision to abstain from pre-marital sex.

Legrottaglie said, "I have not had sex in two years and honestly, it has not been a burden." The soccer player spoke candidly about his past exploits, saying that if he did not make a conquest every few days, "I panicked." Reflecting on that experience now, he said: "One who is unable to live without sex, in the end, becomes a slave."


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Swedes ban porn from prison cells

Christian attorney Pat Trueman is applauding a decision by authorities in Sweden to ban pornography from prisons in that country. The ban will give officials at correctional facilities the power to prohibit certain pornography and other reading materials that is deemed "unbeneficial" for the prisoner.


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Perspectives: Hard-core pornography isn't 'free speech'

Although obscenity enforcement has not been a priority for the DOJ, it is a priority for most of the American people.

In recent years the Department of Justice (DOJ) has paid only lip-service to the enforcement of federal obscenity laws. In some instances the DOJ has gone after child pornographers and -- in a scant few cases -- has prosecuted purveyors of the most obscene and graphic adult pornography. But unfortunately, the government has been largely AWOL when it comes to enforcing an entire section of U.S. law, 18 U.S.C. §§ 1460-1470, which criminalizes much of the adult hard-core pornography that has saturated both the internet and our communities.


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US: FCC issues maximum penalty to 52 ABC affiliates

A spokesperson with the Parents Television Council says it's encouraging that the FCC has levied maximum fines against ABC affiliates for showing nudity during prime time.

The $1.4-million fine affects 52 ABC affiliates, which aired an episode of NYPD Blue in 2003 that featured a graphic display of female nudity. Dan Isett, a spokesperson with the Parents Television Council, says the violation was clear-cut.


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HE CAN'T FORGET BABY WHO FOUGHT FOR LIFE AFTER ABORTION

A baby was born in our county hospital one day 20 years ago.

He lived only a few hours. But the doctor that day can't forget him.

Other doctors at John Peter Smith Hospital that day in 1988 didn't expect to see a crying, kicking, preemie baby. He had survived an elective abortion in another JPS surgery room, back when the hospital offered abortions.


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Other women cried at abortion landmark

On Monday as many women celebrated 20 years without abortion laws in Canada, thousands of other women cried.

They are the women who mourn their abortions, the women who chose abortion because they had no other choice. They are the teens whose parents pressured them, the women whose partner threatened to abandon them, the students desperate to finish school, and the women whose finances couldn't feed another mouth. They are the women who love children, who cried on the abortion table, and who still cry.


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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Sikh couple plan new school in France to combat turban ban

NEW DELHI - For Gurdial Singh and his wife Surjeet Kaur, a Sikh couple from France, life was wonderful in their adopted country till the French government decided to ban the wearing of turbans in schools.


That was in 2004, and the Sikh couple from Bobigny near Paris was forced to withdraw their 14-year-old son Jasbir Singh from the Louis Mission school.


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The Modern Anathema Of Living With Brain Damage

Many families are faced with decisions about what to do when their loved ones suffer serious brain injury. When individuals are unlikely to come out of so-called "vegetative states," should we discontinue nourishing them by tube feeding? Is there anything wrong with causing patients in compromised states to die from starvation and dehydration under these circumstances? We all lived through such a decision when Terri Schiavo died in 2005 in Florida. Her death raised disturbing ethical questions that continue to reverberate in society today.


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Abortion information line disconnected

A toll-free number to help P.E.I. women seeking an abortion has closed down due to lack of funding.

The number had been funded by the Canadian Abortion Rights Action League, but after that organization folded funding dried up. Anne Wheatley, who works in the Island's pro-choice movement, said the toll-free number had been operating for the past 15 years.


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'Butterfly' reaches out to woman considering abortion

As Monday silently came and went - the 20th anniversary of Canada's Supreme Court striking down abortion laws - Dale Barr was reminded of her darkest day.

When she was 16, the Cornwall resident had an abortion.

"I remember the shame and guilt I felt as I lay on a stretcher in the hospital hall and overheard the nurses talking about my situation," Barr said.


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Monday, January 28, 2008

Bella Producer Reveals Upcoming Distribution Schedule for Canada, International Markets

WASHINGTON, January 28, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - In a LifeSiteNews interview, following the March For Life in Washington last Tuesday, Bella producer Leo Severino revealed the upcoming schedule for the movie's distribution into Canada and other international markets. Bella will be released into select Canadian markets in the first week of March, in Australia beginning Feb. 21 and Mexico on April 25.


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Sunday, January 27, 2008

UK: Babies 'feel pain before 24-week abortion limit'

Babies in the womb can feel pain from an early stage of development, according to research by the world's leading expert on foetal pain.

Prof Sunny Anand of the University of Arkansas will present his report into foetal pain to MPs discussing changes to abortion law on Monday night.

His research concludes that the part of a baby's brain that can feel pain develops before the legal abortion limit of 24 weeks.


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Pro-lifers grow stronger, wiser since Morgentaler ruling

Twenty years ago, on Jan. 28, 1988, the Supreme Court struck down Canada's abortion law, leaving Canada one of the only countries in the world with no restrictions on abortion.

More than two million unborn babies have died since that court decision. But pro-life spokespersons say their movement has grown stronger and wiser since the court decision to strike down what was an already feeble law.


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Poll: Most voters don't want taxpayer-supported abortion coverage

A new poll indicates a majority of American voters reject national healthcare plans that include taxpayer-funded abortions.

The poll, commissioned by the Family Research Council (FRC), shows that 56 percent of voters would be "less likely" to vote for a presidential candidate proposing universal abortion coverage, compared to 31 percent who would be "more likely" to support such a candidate. Eight-hundred likely voters, largely Democrats (37%) and Independents (34%), were surveyed regarding national healthcare plan coverage of abortion.


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Poll: Evangelicals say abortion top problem

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Abortion is the overwhelming choice of evangelicals as the nation's top moral problem, according to a new survey by The Barna Group.

The telephone poll examined the perceptions of both evangelicals and non-evangelicals on a handful of issues, asking them whether they believe a particular one was a "major" problem facing the country.


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Saturday, January 26, 2008

Clarifying the issue of unborn victims

Bill C-484, Ken Epp’s private member’s bill entitled the Unborn Victims of Crime Act, has passed First Reading and has had its first hour of debate. Thus far, there has been no political maneuvering to try to prevent discussion on it, nor have Department of Justice shenanigans declared the bill unconstitutional because it infringes on a woman’s “right to choose.” It is still a longshot to get passed, despite the fact nearly three-quarters of Canadians (72 per cent, according to an Environics poll) want legal protection for unborn victims of violent crime, because abortion supporters dubiously claim Epp’s bill will restrict abortion.


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Taking the pro-life message to school

Canadian Physicians for Life recently sponsored 56 medical students and interns to attend the organization’s fourth pro-life forum in five years. The students, representing 11 Canadian universities, came to Toronto for the three-day event, held in conjunction with the International Symposium on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide that was hosted by the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition from Nov. 31 to Dec. 2.


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Friday, January 25, 2008

Pregnancy centers stir debate

Girls and women climb onto the table and wait for the wand to slide over their still-flat bellies. To the ultrasound operators, seeing a flutter is good; a heartbeat, even better.

They want the clients to look.

Viewing life on the screen might make it harder to consider abortion.


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Ron Paul Joins March for Life

(CNSNews.com)- Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) was the only GOP presidential candidate to make an appearance at the 35th annual March for Life on Tuesday, the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision giving women the right to abortion on demand.

Paul got an enthusiastic reception from the crowd, with many marchers waving Ron Paul signs and banners


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Abortion: anything but the truth

Suppose you were asked to organize a symposium on the Canadian health-care system. You'd probably look for speakers who would address the weaknesses of the current system, some defenders, as well as someone who believes there's a place for more privatized care. In short, you'd try to pull together a diverse range of viewpoints.


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Campaign Life Coalition's Response to the 1988 Supreme Court Decision

TORONTO, Jan. 25 /CNW/ - Campaign Life Coalition reminds Canadians that in the 1988 Morgentaler decision, the Supreme Court of Canada did not declare abortion a right. Rather, they threw out the existing law that required women to get permission from therapeutic abortion committees that all too often rubber stamped the approval for a doctor's request to kill an unborn child.


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Federally supported abortion clinics labeled 'safe havens for child rapists'

The first prosecutor to obtain abortion records since Roe v. Wade says Planned Parenthood "has become a safe-haven for child rapists."

Former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline says there is a new important battleground in dealing with the abortion industry -- the enforcement of current laws and the enforcement of new laws once Roe v. Wade falls.


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Americans United threatens public school over religious film

Americans United for Separation of Church and State is threatening to sue an Alabama public school if it continues showing the popular Christian film Facing the Giants.

Earlier this week, the activist group sent a letter to Tuscaloosa City Schools and Paul W. Bryant High School, requesting that all teachers cease showing the movie. Two classes at the high school had watched Facing the Giants before Christmas break; however, an anonymous complaint prompted the action by Americans United.


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Evil abortion industry slowly destroying itself

This month marks the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Thirty-five years of legalized abortion has caused much misery, more than 50 million deaths and thousands of broken hearts and lives.

Slowly, but surely, the pro-life movement is winning.


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Lab-made genome gives new life to ethics debate

If you thought that designing life was the sole domain of nature or a divine power – think again.

A team of U.S. scientists is reporting that it has constructed the genome of a living organism for the first time. Assembling bits of lab-made DNA, researchers at the J. Craig Venter Institute in Maryland say they have built the genetic structure of a bacterium from scratch in the lab.


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Fighting for the right to live

On Jan. 28, 1988, the Supreme Court of Canada threw out Canada's abortion law.

The Supreme Court ruled Section 251 of the Criminal Code to be unconstitutional; it did not create the right to abortion. It acknowledged that society has a duty or right to protect the pre-born child.


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Adhering to a faith does not make one a fanatic

To mark the 20th anniversary next Monday of the Supreme Court of Canada's removal of all legal limits to abortion, a group called LifeCanada wants Canadians to ask themselves if things have gone too far.

We shouldn't have to ask. The answer is self-evident. It's not just the staggering fact that in the past two decades, nearly two million abortions -- the equivalent population of two cities the size of Calgary -- have been performed in Canada. In those 20 years, the strangest attitude has grown up around the term "pro-life." To be, literally, "for life" is to be vilified as a nutbar or fanatic. Should we then be "pro-death"?


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It's time to protect the unborn victims of crime

Several years ago, a California fertilizer salesman named Scott Peterson was sentenced to death by a California jury for killing his eight-months pregnant wife, Laci.

The media coverage of the murder and the trial was remarkable in that reports constantly referred to the humanity of their unborn (yet already named) child, Conner.


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Commentary: Unexpectedly Finding New Hope at the 2008 March for Life

When I went to my first March for Life in 2000, I was only fifteen years old. It was hard not to be excited. Indeed, it's easy to be excited as a young adult. It is natural for the young to throw themselves into life, exploring their new-found freedoms. But as I came back to the March over and over again, I began to grow weary. It seemed we always marched, but never got any closer to our goal: to end Roe v. Wade and make abortion illegal in the United States.


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Thursday, January 24, 2008

“Dogs have more rights than people,” Chilean bishop complains

Punta Arenas, Jan 24, 2008 / 06:04 pm (CNA).- Bishop Bernardo Bastres of Punta Arenas, Chile complained this week that dogs have more legal protection than the rights of human beings.


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Georgia’s Tragedy: Catholic Bishops Who Fail to Support Personhood

Perhaps this is the first time you have discovered that there are several states pursuing efforts to restore personhood to the preborn children of that state from the first instant of the child’s life. Among those states is Georgia, and the heroic leaders of Georgia Right to Life (http://www.grtl.org/) have been pursuing this goal for a couple of years now. The Bill they support is House Resolution 536 (http://personhood.net/) ... a proposed amendment that would protect every single preborn child in the state as a person.


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Cervical Cancer Jab In Death Scare

A cervical cancer jab that is to be given to schoolgirls across the UK may have killed two youngsters.

The vaccine is to be rolled out across the UKThe two girls died "suddenly and unexpectedly" after being given the vaccine. One of the young women died in Germany while the other died in Austria.


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Shutting down the campus debate

Pro-lifers' freedoms are under attack, particularly on our college and university campuses. Their freedom of speech is threatened by campus speech codes, and many of their clubs have been denied official status. Not only does that mean they receive no students' union funding (something, actually, they should be proud of ), more damagingly it prevents them even from tacking up posters, handing out pamphlets, setting up displays and holding their meetings on campus.


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Mayor Establishes an Annual 'Respect Life Week' in Yonkers, New York

YONKERS, Ny., Jan. 24 /Christian Newswire/ -- On Sunday, January 20th, the Honorable Phil Amicone, Mayor of Yonkers, the fourth largest city in New York State, established the First Annual "Respect Life Week" in the City of Yonkers. Mayor Amicone's press release invited both the public and the media to attend an afternoon ceremony that included several short speeches and a Mayoral Proclamation declaring the week of January 21st as a week dedicated to promoting adoption, Safe Havens and a greater respect for the sanctity of human life in the City of Yonkers.


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Monday, January 21, 2008

UK: Pro-life peers attempt to derail bill which allows late abortions for babies with minor defects

The first Parliamentary battle over abortion laws for almost 20 years broke out last night as pro-life campaigners sought to block terminations for babies with minor disabilities.

Peers launched an attempt to change the law to prevent terminations right up to birth if an unborn child is thought to have a range of conditions.


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India: UT makes registration of pregnant women must

Chandigarh, January 21 After finding that instances of female foeticide are growing in other parts of the country including neighbouring Punjab, the UT Administration, in a bid to ensure that such instances do not occur here, have made registration of pregnant women compulsory in the nearest health centre or the hospital. UT Home Secretary Krishna Mohan issued an order in this regard today.


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Caffeine Is Linked To Miscarriage Risk, New Study Shows

High doses of daily caffeine during pregnancy -- whether from coffee, tea, caffeinated soda or hot chocolate -- cause an increased risk of miscarriage, according a new study by the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research. The study controlled, for the first time, pregnancy-related symptoms of nausea, vomiting and caffeine aversion that tended to interfere with the determination of caffeine's true effect on miscarriage risk.


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Roe vs. Wade made abortion legal; Chicago Abortion Fund helps poor pay for services

The voice on the other end of the phone line was soft but urgent.

"My daughter needs help," the woman said. "She's gotten herself into a situation."

Emelda Ortiz had heard the story before -- many times. Once a week for two hours, Ortiz staffs a hot line for women and girls desperate to terminate unwanted pregnancies but unable to afford the procedure.


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Chinese celebrities face one-child crackdown

Their wealth and fame buy apparently endless privilege - but celebrities' perks do not extend to having larger families, Beijing authorities have warned.
Stars of sport and pop who violate the one-child policy will face harsher fines and tarnished credit records, according to a senior family planning official.


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Sunday, January 20, 2008

Prayers for Jews might be removed from 1962 Missal

ROME, Jan 18, 2008 / 05:45 pm (CNA).- According to Andrea Tornielli, the Vatican expert of the Italian daily "Il Giornale", Pope Benedict could soon approve a change in the Good Friday liturgy of the 1962 Missal to eliminate any possible offense to the Jewish people.

The change only affects the Missal of 1962, which was used prior to the liturgical reform and liberalized by Pope Benedict in his Motu Proprio “Summorum Pontificum”.


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USA: Local women share their abortion stories

Each of these women had abortions during the 1970s. Although they went through similar experiences, they have different views on the controversial issue.


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Estimated 25,000 Pro-Woman Pro-Life Walkers Crowd San Francisco Waterfront

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 20, /Christian Newswire/ -- On Saturday, January 19, a woman who was aborted and survived urged a crowd of 25,000 to forgive and sent out a blessing of "mercy and grace and redemption" over the life of anyone who has had an abortion.


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