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C-FAM: The World Health Organization ignored it. Medical journals downplayed it. Now researchers admit – backhandedly – a link between abortion and preterm births. Authors of a new study hypothesize that modernizing abortion methods reduces the risk of premature births. Yet most notably, it admits that the link to abortion existed in the first place.
Turtle Bay and Beyond: On July 3rd 2013, during its 1175th meeting, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe officially admitted that it is incapable of answering the two following questions: Can the Committee of Ministers confirm that the Council of Europe is not committed to a policy of promoting access to abortion? Can the Committee of Ministers, to the extent that it comprises representatives of the States Parties to the European Convention of Human Rights and the European Social Charter, confirm that it was never the intention of the authors of these instruments to establish a convention-based right to abortion?
Christian Concern: Approximately 90 per cent of unborn babies who are diagnosed with Down’s syndrome in England and Wales are aborted, a parliamentary commission has found.
Jill Stanek at LifeSiteNews: Upon hearing Belén’s story, abortion zealots went on the warpath, demanding the girl be given an abortion. What a great opportunity she presented to topple such an archaic religious mandate…
LifeNews: Pro-life advocates in the Philippines received some much needed good news on Tuesday in the fight against the anti-life Reproductive Health (RH) Law. The Supreme Court voted 8-7 to suspend implementation of the law “until further orders” from the Court.
Irish Bureaucrat Thinks That Pro-life Event Is “too Controversial” To Be Hosted At European Parliament
Turtle Bay and Beyond: In the case at hand, an Irish EU Official working at the European Parliament turned down the request of an Austrian pro-life youth group to promote the right to life and the European Citizen’s Initiative “One of Us”, which seeks to promote the protection of the most fundamental of all human rights, the right to l life. Jim Higgins, MEP from the Irish “Fine Gael” Party, is unwilling/unable to explain why the right to life is “controversial”.
Turtle Bay and Beyond: A belated happy Population Day, for those who observed it. CNA’s piece yesterday commemorating the milestone was meant to counter the coverage that PRI ran last weekend, which sounded the alarm, again, that there may be just too many babies being born.
IPS: A “virus” of restrictive abortion legislation is spreading from Eastern Europe, health experts and rights campaigners have said, amid Church pressure and misguided government attempts to stop falling birth rates.
LifeSiteNews: In its Fertility Overview of the years 2009 to 2011 released yesterday, StatsCan reported that in 2009 the total fertility rate dropped to 1.67, then to 1.63 in 2010, and to 1.61 in 2011, the most recent year for which numbers are available.
LifeSiteNews: The outrage of Dominican religious leaders to the Obama administration’s appointment of a homosexual activist as ambassador to the country has sparked a call for a nation-wide protest, dubbed “Black Monday,” to take place July 15.
LifeSiteNews: “I think clearly we can see that the economic crisis which we are observing in the western world is a direct consequence of 1968, of the rejection of Humanae Vitae (the encylical that reiterated the Catholic teaching against contraception), of the rejection of the Church’s teaching, and the approval of the sexual revolution, which has caused a demographic crash.”
Reuters: Ireland’s parliament voted on Friday to allow abortion under certain conditions for the first time, following months of polarising debate in the Catholic country including letters to the premier written in blood.
Christian Institute: The controversial Bill, passed by 127 to 31 votes, now proceeds to the upper house (the Seanad), before being signed into law by the president.
CNN: The girl, known only as “Belen,” said in an interview that she would have the baby. Pinera, a supporter of the abortion ban, said Belen’s decision shows “depth and maturity” and asked the country’s health minister to personally watch over her health.
USA Today (AP): After decades of delay and months of argument, Ireland’s lawmakers are agonizing over government plans to pass an abortion bill for the first time.
Catholic Culture: A spokesman for the bishops’ conference said that the bishops will take legal action if, as expected, the bill allowing legal abortion is approved. The bishops will argue that the legislation violates the Irish constitution by failing to provide equal protection of law to unborn humans.
Christian Institute: A controversial Bill legalising abortion if doctors think the mother may commit suicide has cleared its first hurdle in the Irish Parliament.
LifeSiteNews: International abortion lobbyists are rejoicing over a UN Security Council Resolution passed last week which for the first time has the Council calling on countries to implement “non-discriminatory and comprehensive health services, including sexual and reproductive health.”
LifeNews: More than 60,000 pro-life people gathered for what sponsors are calling the largest-ever pro-life rally against abortion that Ireland has ever seen. With a vote looming in the Irish Parliament to legalize abortions, pro-life advocates are pulling out all the stops to rally public opinion against the bill before a final vote is taken on Wednesday.
Christian Concern: A bill to introduce a system of “presumed consent” for organ donation will be voted on by the Welsh Assembly later today (2 July).
AP: Ireland appeared on course to legalize abortion in extremely restricted circumstances as lawmakers voted Tuesday to support a bill that would permit pregnancies to be terminated when deemed necessary to save the woman’s life.
Irish lawmakers demand conscience vote on abortion bill; cardinal decries ‘Trojan Horse’ legislation
Catholic Culture: An Irish government minister has expressed serious misgivings about pending abortion legislation, and said that she would vote her conscience rather than party directives.
AP: Spain’s population dropped by a little under 114,000 to 46.7 million last year as many of the country’s foreign residents opted to leave in the wake of a five-year economic crisis.
LifeSiteNews: A secret network of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), including foreign ones, are helping women to obtain abortions in Bolivia, according to Natalie Kimball, a doctoral candidate at the University of Pittsburgh.
LifeSiteNews: The minor, who has only been identified as “Anjani,” became pregnant shortly after having eloped with a man police call Babulal. They say the man did not want a child and forced the girl to have an abortion last Wednesday.
LifeSiteNews: The U.S. State Department has released its annual “Trafficking in Persons” (Tip) report, used to not only further educate people about global human trafficking, but to identify countries where trafficking is most problematic.
John Aroutiounian at First Things: The present political uproar over abortion law in Ireland—one of only three western European nations, together with Poland and Malta, which continue to ban the practice—seems to have arrived with similar ferocity. The warning signs, however, are decades-old. Ireland has been “abortion-free,” as pro-life group Youth Defence calls it, for as long as anyone can remember. T
LifeNews: A dissertation submitted to the University of Hong Kong found that children in China are more likely to face serious health complications, including death, if their mothers have had multiple induced abortions.
AP: The most liberal abortion law in South America withstood a challenge Sunday as Uruguayan opponents failed to attract enough votes in a consultation ballot to force a national referendum on repealing it.
Washington Post: The recent decline in births across Portugal — to 89,841 babies in 2012, a 14 percent drop since 2008 — has been so acute that the national government is moving to close a slew of maternity wards nationwide. In an increasingly childless country, 239 schools are shutting down this year and sales of products such as baby diapers and children’s shampoos are plummeting.
Catholic Culture: Pro-life politicians in Ireland’s Fine Gael party are asking for a “free vote” on pending legislation that would legalize abortion.
The Hill: The State Department on Wednesday labeled Russia and China as two of the world’s worst sex-trafficking offenders, putting them in the same category as a rogues’ gallery of 21 nations including Iran, Syria and North Korea.
LifeSiteNews: The study was published in the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons by Dr. Byron C. Calhoun, Dr. John M. Thorp and Patrick Carroll, M.A., of Britain’s Pension and Population Research Institute (PAPRI). It found that one-third of English women are likely to “experience an abortion,” compared with less than one-tenth of Irish women.
LifeSiteNews: The Chinese government has given notice to citizens of the city Huizhou that all women of childbearing age must be fitted with Intrauterine Devices (IUDs) or be permanently sterilized via tubal ligations.
Wendy Wright at Turtle Bay and Beyond: What does the International Planned Parenthood Federation do? According to a key official in the European Commission, the abortion and family planning group keeps money flowing – through advocacy and pressure – from funders (like her organization) to their shared priority.
Boston Herald (AP): Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny says anti-abortion activists in his predominantly Roman Catholic country are inundating his office with threatening packages and letters condemning him as a baby-killer, some written in blood. “I am now being branded … around the country as a murderer, that I’m going to have on my soul the death of 20 million babies,” Kenny said Wednesday as he described a mass campaign to flood his post box and telephone switchboard with anti-abortion messages.
LifeNews: The government of Ireland is coming under fire from a top pro-life group, which says it is “dishonest” for governmental leaders to call the new bill on abortions “restrictive” when it opens the door for legalized abortion.
Sky News: Researchers from Durham and Lancaster Universities say a foetus’ ability to show pain through facial expressions is a developmental process which helps the unborn baby prepare for life after birth.
C-FAM: An attempt to use a hard case to change national abortion laws unexpectedly backfired on UN human rights experts and abortion advocates this week. A tense international political and legal standoff ended instead with a mother in recovery, a baby girl whose brief life ended by natural causes, and a frustrated collection of activists scrambling to do damage control.
LifeNews: Human rights groups are decrying a new full-scale campaign by family planning officials in China to force women to get IUDs or be sterilized against their will.
LifeNews: Child euthanasia: It’s all over but the final voting in Belgium as the Parliament agrees across party lines that doctors should be able to euthanize children.
LifeNews: When Baby 59’s unmarried mother delivered him in her bathroom, she thought her child would remain a secret. But after the baby slipped from her hands into the sewer pipe, her secret became global news.
AP: Ireland’s Catholic bishops have urged lawmakers to block a government bill that would permit exceptional abortions to protect the lives of women.
Catholic Culture: The US State Department has called upon Myanmar (Burma) to end its policy of limiting some Muslim families to two children.
Reuters: Organisers said more than 40,000 massed outside government offices in the capital for the “National Vigil for Life”, making it the largest anti-abortion demonstration in Ireland’s history.
One News Now: Abortion is legal but tightly restricted in Ireland, and now Irish lawmakers are considering a new law that would weaken the current ban on abortion.
LifeNews: A newly-published research study shows unborn children are capable of feeling pain in the womb, as evidenced by the grimaces they show in their facial expressions. The study will soon be published in the academic journal PLOS ONE. Researchers from Durham and Lancaster Universities in England . . .
AP: Argentina’s health care providers must now provide fertility treatments to anyone older than 18 who wants them, be they married or single, gay or straight.
AP: A Chinese city’s plan to fine mothers who have a child out of wedlock has sparked criticism that the policy is discriminatory and could lead to an increase in abandoned babies.
Turtle Bay and Beyond: The court concluded that doctors had been able to contain the Lupus and did not find any risk to the life of Beatriz (the pseudonym under which the pregnant woman is known). The pregnancy is now 26 weeks along, and apparently the ministry of health of El Salvador has decided to carry out a C-section and deliver the baby prematurely instead. Perhaps it is a gesture to placate the militant abortion groups that have been waging a month long campaign against the Catholic Church in the country.
Christian Institute: A British man suffering from dementia has committed suicide at a Dignitas clinic in Switzerland – in a case believed to be the first of its kind.
C-FAM: Abortion was rarely mentioned by dignitaries on stage during the international webcast portions of Women Deliver, a global conference on family planning. The non-webcast breakout sessions, however, featured late-term abortionists, radical activists describing how to skirt abortion laws, and World Health Organization experts promoting their how-to-do-abortions manual.
LifeSiteNews: On Wednesday, Global News has published another one-sided article concerning assisted suicide. The article is connected to a one-sided poll that asks: Should doctor-assisted suicide be legal?
AP: El Salvador’s government gave permission Thursday for doctors to perform a premature delivery for a seriously ill woman whose pregnancy attorneys say is putting her life at risk.
Turtle Bay and Beyond: Through the judgment of Alda Gross v. Switzerland (No. 67810/10), given on 14th May 2013, the Second Section of the European Court of Human Rights completed the edification of an individual right to assisted suicide (that is to say, consenting euthanasia) in the name of the right to the respect of private life guaranteed by the European Convention on Human Rights.
LifeNews: On the heels of international publicity over a newborn baby boy who was flushed down the toilet and discovered crying in a sewage pipe comes news that a woman has died after family planning officials forced her to have an abortion.
(warning: graphic photo displays nudity) Global Post: Rights groups are urging El Salvador’s Supreme Court to authorize an emergency abortion for a 22-year-old mother whose life depends on terminating her pregnancy.
LifeNews: A man who may be the only late-term abortion practitioner in Australia has lost his medical license for a year after he was found to be inappropriately prescribing addictive drugs to patients.
LifeSiteNews: While Prime Minister Stephen Harper and mainstream media have said that Canadians do not want to reopen the abortion debate, MPs have presented the government with more than 70 petitions from constituents since January that say otherwise.
C-FAM: While debates over abortion laws and international norms continue, a stealthy campaign is underway to gain universal acceptance for the tools and training to do abortions, whether legal or not.
LifeSiteNews: Euthanasia is hardening from a medical option into an ideology. Belgium’s euthanasia doctors even believe they are being humane because they are liberating people from their misery. Fundamentalist humanists go further and describe euthanasia as the ultimate act of self-determination. The opinion of the patient’s family has no weight whatsoever.
LifeSiteNews: Nearly 2000 people converged on the Quebec Capital on a brilliant spring Saturday afternoon to March against a government plan to legalise euthanasia in the province.
Irish Times: Abortion legislation is incompatible with the core values of human rights, Prof William Binchy, legal adviser to the anti-abortion campaign, has told the Oireachtas committee. He said those values respected and protected the equal dignity and worth of every human being.
The Raw Story: “Raising a child today costs millions of dollars,” he told AFP. “In this modern world, people enter into relationships and don’t necessarily want to have a child and so should not be burdened with the costs of raising a child.”
Devex: The legislators called on heads of state gathering at both meetings in June to recognize family planning and sexual and reproductive health rights as “fundamental” to gender equality and development. The All Party Parliamentary Group on Population, Development and Reproductive Health and the European Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development last week gathered over 50 parliamentarians from across the world to show a united voice in making sure the powerful clubs of wealthy countries talk about family planning during their meetings next month.
Turtle Bay and Beyond: According to the UNFPA, 100% of “unmet need” for contraceptives is attributable to lack of access. But is that really true? The facts say otherwise.
Christian Institute: Two severely disabled men are pushing the courts to legalise euthanasia and assisted suicide, while a ‘carefully timed’ Bill proposing a similar change was tabled in the House of Lords today.
LifeSiteNews: France’s “Terri Schiavo” shall live. A young man left to die of hunger because his doctor decided his quality of life after a car accident would no longer improve is being fed and hydrated again since Saturday, when his father and mother and two of his siblings obtained an emergency ruling. That ruling ordered the hospital where he is staying to restore all normal care.
Telegraph: A British schoolgirl was murdered by health workers in India in a failed attempt to harvest her organs, her parents have claimed.
Turtle Bay and Beyond: Family planning agents are investigating China’s most famous film director for reportedly having 7 children with 4 women. If guilty of breaking China’s laws, Zhang Yimou could face $27 million in fines.
Christian Concern: The Court of Appeal is this week hearing the cases of two paralysed men who are seeking to change end of life laws.
LifeSiteNews: Some 40,000 pro-life marchers at the March for Life in Italy received a surprise when Pope Francis joined them — driving down the street in his popemobile where the Marcia per la Vita was taking place.
Global Post: A Conservative MP says anti-abortion activists need to support political candidates who share their views if they want abortion laws changed.
Radio Free Europe: Georgia faces a serious and growing demographic problem. According to the United Nations, the ratio of newborn boys to girls in 1991 was 105 to 100. By 2000, it was nearly 110 to 100. And in 2011, it was almost 114 to 100.
Charles C. Camosy at Washington Post: The church, in part because Catholic institutions would be compelled to do these abortions, has reacted strongly against the measure. The Irish Bishops, for instance, point out that abortion, “is never a remedy for suicidal ideation and therefore should never be cited as a justification for the direct killing of an innocent human being.” There is even talk of excommunication of Irish lawmakers depending on how this all plays out.