Alliance Defending Freedom: It’s days away: The Supreme Court’s marriage decision is expected to come down on June 29.
LifeSiteNews: The president of the Association of Obstreticians and Gynecologists of Quebec has offered a stark condemnation of late-term abortion, saying her group believes the grisly practice is comparable to “infanticide.”
Christian Concern: The deVeber Institute for Bioethics and Social Research launched the book entitledComplications: Abortion’s Impact on Women at the University of Toronto.
Christian Institute: A new assisted suicide Bill has been launched in Scotland, despite the previous attempt having been soundly defeated by MSPs.
Manchester Evening News: The women say they were told separately by a nurse and a doctor at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Manchester that they were not entitled to IVF because they were in a same-sex relationship.
LifeNews: A heated debate on proposals to legalise euthanasia for minors in Belgium intensified this week. The governing Socialist party has proposed the bill while the Christian Democratic Flemish party has declared that it will challenge it in the European Court of Human Rights, if it were to become law.
LifeSiteNews: The mayor of Florence has roused the fury of feminists and the far left after he announced that city hall would recognize an established section of the municipal cemetery of Trespiano dedicated to babies who have died “before birth,” including by abortion.
LifeNews: A new coalition is being launched in Brussels on Wednesday 13 November 2013 to combat the growing threat of euthanasia across Europe. The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Europe, (EPC-Europe) brings together organisations and individuals from across the continent to campaign against the erosion of laws that protect people from euthanasia.
AP: Mellet’s is the first of three Irish cases being filed with the United Nations seeking to build international pressure on Ireland to permit abortions in cases of fatal fetal abnormalities.
CNSNews: Human trafficking is a major scourge to women and children that needs greater international attention, the head of a Catholic medical group in Nigeria told a gathering of experts in Rome.
Christian Institute: His Bill would allow doctors to give lethal drugs to patients who are believed to have less than six months to live.
C-FAM: Advocates for abortion at the UN are vocally frustrated with their lack of advancement since the Cairo conference on population twenty years ago. This becomes increasing evident as they gear up for two big events in the coming year.
Christian Concern: NHS failures may have led to hundreds of women aborting healthy babies after being wrongly told they had miscarried, a new report has warned.
LifeSiteNews: At its national convention in Calgary on Saturday, Canada’s ruling Conservative Party overwhelmingly voted to adopt a policy rejecting the targeted killing of unborn girls through abortion. The convention delegates also voted to adopt a policy that the party “will not support any legislation to legalize euthanasia or assisted suicide.”
TheLeader.info: Infants conceived with techniques used in fertility clinics, are four times more likely to have certain birth defects and malformations than children conceived naturally, according to a study by researchers at the University of Lund ( Sweden).
Christian Concern: “There are larger social and ethical considerations that mitochondrial replacement also forces us to confront. Most importantly, this technology raises one of the thorniest questions humanity will ever face: are we willing to genetically modify future generations of humans?”
C-FAM: The committee that monitors the UN’s women’s treaty is famous for its extravagant opinions. Nowhere is its commitment to radical policies more explicit than when dealing with abortion. Even as the General Assembly is scrutinizing its work, the CEDAW committee, which monitors the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Violence Against Women, is promoting abortion in a controversial new general recommendation on women in situations of conflict.
Telegraph: Some 6,600 girls under-15, or 39 per cent of those who attended NHS contraceptive clinics in 2012/13, listed the pill as their primary method of contraception compared with 6,900 (40 per cent) who used condoms.
Gregor Puppinck at Turtle Bay and Beyond: The Italian law review “Diritto Mercato Tecnologia” has just published the English translation of my study on the case of Costa and Pavan v. Italy, (No. 54270/10, 28th August 2012) . . . This decision constitutes an important step in the recognition of a true right to a genetically healthy child; that is to say to eugenics; that the Court calls the “right [of the applicants] to bring a child into the world who is not affected by the illness that they carry” (§ 65).
Washington Post: Should children have the right to ask for their own deaths? In Belgium, where euthanasia is now legal for people over the age of 18, the government is considering extending it to children — something that no other country has done. The same bill would offer the right to die to adults with early dementia.
“Access to EC in Latin America Takes Center Stage at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights” | Center for Reproductive Rights
Center for Reproductive Rights: Healthcare professionals, lawyers, policymakers, and reproductive health advocates are gathering today in Washington, D.C. to testify on emergency contraception restrictions in Latin America, specifically in Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru and Honduras. The Center for Reproductive Rights is a lead presenter at the hearing hosted at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights—the main human rights monitoring body for the Americas.
Turtle Bay and Beyond: While the European Citizens’ Initiative “One of Us“ has now crossed the threshold of 1.5 million signatures (and further signatures keep pouring in), the European Commission has now published a new “call for proposals” for projects related to “sexual and reproductive health”, announcing that 28 million Euro (roughly 38 million US$) have been earmarked for such projects.
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LifeSiteNews: An attempt by a Vancouver Island MLA to expand the “bubble zone” around the island’s abortion clinic from 50 to 60 meters has had the unintentional effect of increasing the visibility and boosting the number of people signing up for an ongoing peaceful vigil to end abortion outside the clinic, according to organizers of the vigil.
Anne Roback Morse and Steven W. Mosher at Population Research Institute: In addition, overpopulation is defined as a problem created by the numbers of people, not their behaviors. If every person demanded his or her own continent or island, the world would seem “overpopulated” very quickly. Let’s keep these things in mind as we consider the argument that the earth, as a closed environment, is overpopulated.
Ed Whelan at National Review: The weekend issue of the Wall Street Journal features Jeffrey Rosen’s favorable review of Clarke D. Forsythe’s important new book, Abuse of Discretion: The Inside Story of Roe v. Wade. Rosen’s review is available, for subscribers-only (I think), here. Here’s an excerpt:
Telegraph: The first case of a child being trafficked to Britain in order to have their organs harvested has been uncovered.
LifeNews: The European Parliament today rejected a report that recommended that EU nations declare abortion to be a human right and to make abortion available within all public health systems of member countries. Adoption of the report would have placed more pressure on pro-life nations like Ireland, Poland and Malta to legalize abortion on demand.
Peter J. Saunders at LifeSiteNews: In the first the British Colombia Court of Appeal overturned a lower court decision in the Carter case, and in the second the Supreme Court of Canada upheld an earlier decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal in the Rasouli case. The details of the Carter and Rasouli cases are as follows (adapted from the Alex Schadenberg’s blog):
AP: By the time the ambulance showed up to the house, the old woman’s screams were, as the paramedics would later tell it, already at a 10 out of 10.
LifeSiteNews: The Tasmanian euthanasia and assisted suicide bill was narrowly defeated this evening in Tasmania by a margin of 13:11 votes in a parliamentary marathon that came right down to the wire. The bill was co-sponsored by Labor Premier Lara Giddings and Greens leader Nick McKim.
EU: While 1.3 Million Sign The Pro-life Petition, Radical Pro-abortion-politicians Don’t Want To Learn The Lesson.
J.C. von Krempach at Turtle Bay and Beyond: These days there is a lot of excitement in the European Parliament about a so-called “Own-Initiative Report” originating from the Parliament’s “Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality“, and drafted by the Portuguese radical left MEP Edite Estrela. The report, which is likely to be voted in the EP Plenary on 22 October, deals with so-called “Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights”. Or rather, it seeks to promote a completely distorted understanding of those issues
EuroNews: There are close to 30 million slaves worldwide with India home to nearly half, a new report has claimed. The Global Slavery Index 2013, the first of its kind, estimates there are 13.9 million people living as slaves in India. China is a distant second with 2.9m slaves; followed by Pakistan with 2.1m; Nigeria 0.7m; and Ethiopia 0.6m.
LifeNews: The gender imbalance has grown so severe that a team of pregnant Indian women went undercover to help expose sex-selection abortion practices ravaging their country. According to India’s 2011 census, the gap between boys and girls born in India has grown even wider in the last decade. The Times of India reported . . .
LifeNews: When members of the Dáil voted earlier this year to legalize abortions for the first time for women who claim the need an abortion because they are considering suicide, Fine Gael TD for Dublin Mid West Derek Keating was among those who upset pro-life advocates and voted for the bill. Now, according to an Irish Independent report, Keating has received word from his parish priest to cease participating as an assistant during Communion.
LifeSiteNews: An Italian commentator is adding to the alarms being sounded in Europe over the threat of a European Union Report on “sexual health and reproductive rights.” The draft document, which is scheduled for a vote October 21st and 22nd, proposes to mandate the “re-education” of doctors and medical students to promote abortion and contraception.
Catholic Culture (CWN): Describing himself as a “leftist, humanist, and Catholic,” President Rafael Correa of Ecuador threatened to resign if the nation’s legislature legalizes abortion.
LifeSiteNews: While Canadian pro-lifers are celebrating the decision of the British Columbia Court of Appeal to uphold the country’s laws prohibiting euthanasia and assisted suicide, the BC Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) has said that it will seek to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada.
CBS: About five million babies have been born thanks to the aid of assisted reproductive technologies (ART). The International Committee for the Monitoring of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ICMART), which represents more than 50 fertility organizations around the world, announced the landmark figure on Tuesday.
Turtle Bay and Beyond: There are still more than two weeks to go, but the European Citizens’ Initiative “One of Us” has already collected 1.3 million signatures, which places it comfortably above the 1-million-signatures threshold that decides on success or failure of such petitions.
WorldNetDaily: It’s China and an ultrasound reveals an unborn baby girl in a family known to use abortion to make sure its offspring are male.
Jerusalem Post: About one out of 10 known pregnancies end in an abortion initiated by the woman or both parents — a decline from 15.2 percent in 1988, according to a new Central Bureau of Statistics report covering terminations of pregnancy in 2011. Fully 10 per 1,000 women aged 15 to 49 applied for a termination of pregnancy.
LifeNews: Pro-life advocates and a member of Parliament at the Australia March for Life were assaulted by thousands of pro-abortion activists over the weekend.
CNSNews: The controversial draft report, which is being promoted by socialist members of the European Parliament (MEPs), was passed last month by the legislature’s committee on women’s rights and gender equality.
Christian Concern: A Dutch woman born with poor eyesight has been euthanised after doctors deemed that she was “suffering unbearably”.
Christian Institute: A controversial technique which would create three-parent babies has been criticised as a “eugenic” practice and “incompatible with human dignity” by members of the Council of Europe.
LifeSiteNews: An article written by Adam Withnall and published in the The Independent on October 8, 2013 is reporting that the Belgian parliament has resumed its debate on the extension of euthanasia to children with disabilities and people with Alzheimer’s/dementia.
Turtle Bay and Beyond: At its last meeting (7 October 2013), the Grand Chamber panel of five judges decided to refer the case of Alda Gross v. Switzerland (application no. 67810/10) to the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights. The case concerns the complaint of an elderly woman, who wishes to end her life but does not suffer from a clinical illness, that she was unable to obtain a lethal dose of a drug in order to commit an “assisted suicide”.
AP: Women from the feminist group Femen have staged a topless protest in the Spanish Parliament against the conservative government’s planned abortion law reform.
Christian Concern: Dominic Grieve, the Attorney General, is under pressure to explain the decision of the Crown Prosecution Service not to prosecute two doctors revealed to be offering abortions based on gender.
Evangelical Fellowship of Canada: The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC) today released a detailed analysis of Bill 52, a provincial bill which would permit euthanasia in Quebec. In the paper, Quebec’s Bill 52: Euphemisms for Euthanasia, the EFC recommends that the elected members of Quebec’s Assemblée nationale act to stop the proposed legislation.
LifeNews: 9News National in Melbourne, Australia, reported this morning that Dr. Mark Hobart has been under investigation for months after refusing parents’ request to abort their daughter. The couple reportedly sought an abortion because they had discovered that they were pregnant with a girl. Despite the investigation, Dr. Hobart defended his decision. “The pregnancy was well advanced, and I refused to refer the patient because there was no medical reason to do it.”
Guardian: It would be impossible to prove that two doctors authorised abortions solely on the basis of the baby’s gender, the director of public prosecutions has said in an explanation of why charges were not brought against them.
Telegraph: Doctors have been informed that they can carry out sex-selective abortions in certain circumstances, the Director of Public Prosecutions has disclosed.
Wendy Wright at Turtle Bay and Beyond: Inevitable. So we are told. Abortion and sexual rights (like same-sex marriage) will become universally accepted, so opponents might as well surrender. Not so fast. Take a look at what is happening in Brazil.
Christian Concern: Two of the most prominent figures in the abortion debate went head to head last night in London over the issue of whether it is right to use graphic abortion imagery outside UK abortion clinics.
Washington Times: A pregnant Chinese mother of one was unceremoniously yanked from her bed in the middle of the night, dragged to a medical facility and forced to abort her unborn child, just three months shy of her projected delivery date.
Rebecca Oas at C-Fam: Connelly’s question illustrates the uneasy fit between the global feminist movement and the population control movement, which have found common ground in promoting contraception. To feminists, family planning (that is, avoiding children) is a means for women to achieve their aspirations; for environmentalists it is a way to ensure fewer people.
NC Register: Dr. Helen Watt discusses the objective morality of new scientific research in genetics and embryology.
Catholic Culture: Father Kevin Doran told the Irish Catholic that he left the governing board because “I can’t reconcile my own conscience with thee statement, largely because I feel a Catholic hospital has to bear witness.”
LifeSiteNews: In a dramatic move, New Zealand’s Labour MP, Maryan Street has withdrawn her End of Life Choice Bill from the parliamentary ballot box.
LifeSiteNews: In an exclusive interview with ChinaAid.org, 31-year-old Li Fengfei relayed the horrifying story of her forced abortion at the hands of Chinese family planning officials. Li was newly pregnant with an unauthorized second child in her hometown of Qingmen, Qinsha county, in April when superiors at her job unlawfully framed her for embezzling money from the business.
AP: Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng announced Wednesday that he had new affiliations with three U.S. institutions after leaving New York University under disputed circumstances. He said they would provide him a fresh platform to speak out against the Chinese’s government’s “inhumane brutality.”
Telegraph: A Belgian has been killed by medical euthanasia after pleading for death because a botched sex change operation to turn her into a man had resulted in “a monster”.
ProLife.org.uk: On September 20th, during a Papal Audience, a man drew close to Pope Francis, carrying with him a somewhat suspicious looking bag. Inside were half a dozen surgical instruments of various types and sizes which he, Dr Antonio Oriente from Messina, ex-abortion gynaecologist, wanted to deliver at all costs to the Holy Father.
AP: The world is aging so fast that most countries are not prepared to support their swelling numbers of elderly people, according to a global study being issued Tuesday by the United Nations and an elder rights group.
The Guardian: UN secretary-general urges global response to clear message from scientists that climate change is human-induced.
Wesley J. Smith at LifeNews: Medicine is becoming a one-way street. If a patient wants to refuse treatment in order to die–sacrosanct! That’s fine. But it should work both ways. Nope. Increasingly, if a patient wants treatment to extend life–not your call!
Irish Times: The Mater Hospital in Dublin has said it will comply with the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013. In a brief statement issued yesterday the hospital said it would comply with the Act, which sets out the circumstances where a termination of pregnancy may be performed.
Turtle Bay and Beyond: A recent congressional briefing examined the lethal side effects of the long-acting contraceptive injectable Depo Provera and the targeting of Black and Latina women to receive it.
LifeSiteNews: The Catholic Women’s League (CWL) of Canada is urging Prime Minister Stephen Harper to champion a bill that would end the “heinous” practice of sex-selective abortion.
Telegraph: The number of Dutch people killed by medical euthanasia has more than doubled in the 10 years since legislation was changed to permit it, rising 13 per cent last year to 4,188.
LifeSiteNews: A grandmother visiting family in Calgary, Alberta last month was startled one morning to find that her car, which had pro-life bumper stickers, was completely trashed.
LifeNews: The United Nations estimates nearly 200 million girls around the world are “missing.” Why? A new documentary entitled “It’s a Girl” asks this heartbreaking question and provides an equally heartbreaking answer: gendercide. From the film’s official website . . .