Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Supreme Court takes up IVF/benefits case

The U.S. Supreme Court will rule if children conceived by in vitro fertilization following the death of their father can receive Social Security benefits, reports Baptist Press.

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Christian groups finding hostility at colleges

Four Christian groups at Vanderbilt University soon could be kicked off campus as school administrators quietly adopt a policy that prohibits student organizations from holding members or leaders to any standard of belief or behavior, reports Baptist Press.

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Men don’t think about sex every seven seconds: study

Ohio State University researchers are trying to debunk the popular myth that men think about sex seven times a minute, or roughly 10,000 times over 24 hours.


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Thursday, November 24, 2011

San Jose Articles interrupt strategic push for Abortion in Uruguay

A recent attempt in Uruguay to “decriminalize” abortion was thwarted last week when the legislative majority was unable to build consensus within the senate on their proposed legislation. The legislation was rejected by the Colorado party’s Fernando Amado who refused to join consensus and cited his party’s support for the San Jose Articles, an international expert document which affirms that human life begins at conception.

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Monday, November 21, 2011

NARTH President’s Award Goes to Canadian Michel Lizotte

This year NARTH presented the President’s award to Michel Lizotte, M.A., for the great work that he is doing with regard to the issue of homosexuality. Mr. Lizotte has made great sacrifices to educate the French-speaking community on the issue of homosexuality, clearly presenting the research and providing hope and help to those who are seeking such help.

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Falsely Accused Priest Awarded 'Substantial' Settlement

After Irish television network RTÉ falsely claimed that Rev. Kevin Reynolds had impregnated a teenage girl and fathered a child in Kenya in the early 1980's, a High Court settlement has arranged that the reckless network will pay "substantial compensatory and aggravated" damages to the innocent Catholic priest.

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

California clears anti-abortion personhood measure

Proponents of a measure that would ban abortions by giving equal rights to fetuses have been cleared to gather signatures in California, the secretary of state’s office said Friday.

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NZ: Anti-abortion case dropped

The Medical Council has stopped an attempt to force anti-abortion doctors to refer patients to others who are prepared to assess them.

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Catholic priest, 81, may use human rights law to fight celibacy rule

An 81-year-old Catholic priest, threatened with expulsion from the priesthood because he lives with his 85-year-old girlfriend, says the celibacy rules should be tested against human rights legislation.

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AHRC condemns forced conversion and remarriage of Hindu woman in Sindh province

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has condemned the forced conversion of a young Hindu woman to Islam, and held the court responsible for the act.

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Was Norway’s Queen Maud euthanased?

One of the sensational claims made in a new book about Norway’s monarchs during World War II, King Haakon VII and Queen Maud is that the Queen may have been involuntarily euthanased. Norwegian author Tor Bomann-Larsen writes in his book “Æresordet” (Word of Honour) that “Queen Maud had left home strong and healthy and would return in a coffin, without Norwegian doctors having had any connections to what happened.”

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Abortion practice in Mexico: a survey of health care providers.

BACKGROUND: Little is known about abortion practice in Mexico postlegalization of abortion in Mexico City in 2007.

STUDY DESIGN: In 2009, we anonymously surveyed 418 Mexican health care providers at the Colegio Mexicano de Especialistas en Ginecologia y Obstetricia meeting using audio computer-assisted self-interview technology.

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UK: Court rules that Church is liable for crimes of priests

A court has ruled that the Catholic Church can be held legally liable for the crimes of abusive clergy.

The ruling by the High Court in London for the first time defined in British law the relationship of a priest to his bishop as that of an employee to an employer, instead of seeing the priest as effectively self-employed.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

They stood back and watched our mother die

A family have spoken of their horror after their dying elderly mother was treated like a ‘slab of meat’ by nurses. The family of Immacolata Lacovara, 74, said that staff at Central Middlesex Hospital in North London ‘treated her roughly and left her covered in bedsores and bruises’.


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Monday, November 7, 2011

Sex, feminism and late abortion

BPAS sponsored three sessions at the recent London Battle of Ideas festival. Report by Jennie Bristow.

The Battle of Ideas is an annual festival held at the Royal College of Art, attended by an audience of hundreds drawn from members of the public, and with an eclectic range of concurrent debates on issues to do with politics, science, and the arts. This year’s festival ran from 29-30 October.

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Saturday, November 5, 2011

European Court of Human Rights Upholds Ban on Gamete Donation

3rd November 2011 – Today, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has delivered its final judgment in the case of S. H. and others v. Austria (application no. 57813/00), reversing a prior judgment, and deciding that the Austrian ban on using sperm and ova donations for in vitro fertilisation (heterologous IVF) respects the European Convention on Human Rights, and in particular is not in breach of the right to respect for private and family life (Article 8 of the Convention). The previous decision issued by the First Section on the 1st of April 2010, was heavily problematic because it undermined the family; it presupposed the existence of a “right to have a child” and disrespected national sovereignty in bioethical issues.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Senate passes bill requiring sex ed to promote marriage

Madison - Schools that teach sexual education would have to promote marriage and tell students abstinence is the only reliable way to prevent pregnancy, under a bill the Senate adopted Wednesday.

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Death on Demand: Risks and Responsibility

There are many critical civil rights issues facing Americans with disabilities and chronic health conditions – but the right to die is not one of them. Over the last 15 years, Americans have been engaged in an intensely controversial debate as to whether or not states should legalize assisted suicide for individuals with significant disabilities and terminal illnesses.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The Problem with Half-Truths and IVF

Over the past couple of years a great many shocking facts have emerged about the inherent dangers associated with “reproductive technology,” including and most specifically in vitro fertilization (IVF). As couples persist in believing that pursuing petri dish babies is the best alternative to suspected infertility, the negative evidence continues to mount—building a case on a variety of levels that IVF is never a good idea.

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Kids With Trisomy 18 Are Not “Incompatible With Life”

Trisomy 18 is a genetic condition where a person has three copies of chromosome 18. Trisomy 21, three copies of chromosome 21, is the genetic condition that causes Down Syndrome. Both are caused by three copies of a chromosome, but trisomy 18 is considered to be “incompatible with life.” This is a medical term that means that most children with trisomy 18 die before or shortly after birth.

There are exceptions. (...)

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Exorcist speaks possession and God

Screams could be heard from the bathroom down the hall.

The priest and family members rushed in to find a woman gushing blood from her tongue and drawing a pentagram on the bathroom wall.


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Four Legacies of Feminism

As we approach the 50th anniversary of the publication of Betty Friedan’s feminist magnum opus, The Feminine Mystique, we can have a perspective on feminism that was largely unavailable heretofore. And that perspective doesn’t make feminism look good. Yes, women have more opportunities to achieve career success; they are now members of most Jewish and Christian clergy; women’s college sports teams are given huge amounts of money; and there are far more women in political positions of power. But the prices paid for these changes — four in particular — have been great, and outweigh the gains for women, let alone for men and for society.

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