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Arc of the Universe: A couple of weeks ago, the Chilean government presented for discussion in Congress a bill to allow abortion in cases of rape, unviable fetus, and present or future threat to the life of the mother. Currently, Chilean laws ban abortion in all cases, although some abortifacient contraceptive methods are allowed. The bill contemplates the possibility of personal conscientious objection of healthcare providers but does not allow hospitals as a whole to reject the performance of abortions in their institutions.
The Christian Institute: A Bill to weaken Irish law to allow abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormality has been rejected by the Irish Parliament.
The Christian Institute: Opposition to genetically modified babies continues despite MPs voting to allow two controversial techniques.
Calgary Herald: We might have an entirely lawless Canada as far as assisted suicide is concerned, what Calgary lawyer Gerry Chipeur refers to as “no country for old men.” Or middle-aged women. Or possibly even young children.
Law and Religion UK: The Supreme Court agreed with Smith J that the prohibition on physician-assisted dying had the effect of forcing some individuals to take their own lives prematurely, for fear that they would be incapable of doing so when they reached the point where suffering had become intolerable.
Juicy Ecumenism: Canada’s top court has effectively overturned its nation’s laws against assisted suicide, overriding longstanding legislation of Canada’s elected representatives and a thousand years of Common Law, not to mention even more ancient understandings about human life rooted in millennia of Jewish and Christian teaching, which is no little thing. But fully self-actualized philosopher kings and queens in judicial robes may do so cavalierly, because they are the vanguard of the ever progressing radically autonomous individual, who is subject to no normative reality and may endlessly reimagine truth contingent only on need.
The Christian Institute: Abortion is safer than giving birth and is a “normal part of life”, according to Britain’s largest single abortion provider BPAS.
The Christian Institute: MSPs should be ensuring that elderly, ill and disabled people have the best quality of life for as long as possible rather than looking to legalise assisted suicide, according to the head of a disability rights consortium.
The Globe and Mail: Canadian adults in grievous, unending pain have a right to end their life with a doctor’s help, the Supreme Court ruled on Friday.
The Daily Signal: In a decision with serious international ramifications, Canada’s highest court has overturned an absolute ban on assisted suicide/euthanasia and has given Parliament one year to create a “stringently limited, carefully monitored system of exceptions.”
National Right to Life: Last week NRL News Todayreported that the Indian Supreme Court had directed major search engines such as Yahoo, Google, and Bing to no longer carry ads for pre-natal sex selection services. The justices’ lamented selective abortion.
The Daily Signal: For Lee, a drop box is a way to save hundreds of unwanted infants from being abandoned on the crowded streets of Seoul each year.
Scottish Express: Dr Peter Saunders, of the Care Not Killing campaign, warned MSPs that the Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill was open to abuse by rogue doctors.
Life News: The Canadian Supreme Court has struck down Canada’s ban on assisted suicide, saying it violates the right to life of terminally ill people.
Catholic News Agency: Despite warnings from religious leaders and scientists, British lawmakers have voted to allow a version of in-vitro fertilization that uses the DNA of three different people to conceive a baby.
Aleteia: The same sort of technology that the UK’s House of Commons approved of this week, ushering in so-called “three-parent babies,” is under serious consideration by the US government.
Canadian disability rights activist implores Supreme Court not to strike down Canada’s laws prohibiting assisted suicide
National Right to Life: Canada’s Supreme Court is considering the case of Kay Carter and physician assisted suicide. As a Canadian who has been incurably ill and disabled for more than 30 years with degenerative multiple sclerosis (MS), I implore the Supreme Court not to strike down Canada’s laws prohibiting assisted suicide. The laws are there to protect vulnerable people when they are at their lowest point of life and overwhelmed by their circumstances.
The Telegraph: Scientists, naturally, like to make advances in science and the fact of mitochondrial disease being passed on by parents to their children is clearly one which science should investigate. But are three-parent embryos or three-person IVF really the way forward?
The Guardian: MPs have voted in favour of making Britain the first country in the world to permit IVF babies to be created using biological material from three different people to help prevent serious genetic diseases.
Associated Press: British lawmakers in the House of Commons voted Tuesday to allow scientists to create babies from the DNA of three people — a move that could prevent some children from inheriting potentially fatal diseases from their mothers.
The Christian Institute: MPs have voted in favour of legalising controversial techniques to create three and four-parent babies, despite serious safety and ethical concerns.
The Telegraph: Last week the Church of England said it could not support a change to legislation, arguing that scientists had not proved that the child would not inherit characteristics from the donor mother.
BBC: Next week, MPs are expected to vote on whether to allow the practice. The first attempt is expected this year, if there is a Yes vote.
MercatorNet: In Britain, for example, the selective aborting of female foetuses is largely hidden and both government officials and many health professionals dispute that it is even occurring. That’s partly because “gender abortions” are illegal, although some groups deny even that.
MercatorNet: The Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons is consulting on whether patients’ right of access to certain procedures, such as abortion, should trump the rights of those physicians who refuse, for reasons of conscience, to provide them. Dr. Marc Gabel, a College official, chairs the working group looking at this issue, which is drafting a new policy on “Professional Obligations and Human Rights.”
NPR: Britain is on track to become the first country in the world to legalize a controversial procedure that uses DNA from three people to produce an embryo, as a way to cut out inherited DNA that can cause serious health problems in children.
Fox News (AP): President Michelle Bachelet sent legislation to Congress on Saturday proposing to allow some abortions in Chile, a socially conservative South American nation that is among the few countries in the world that ban abortion in all circumstances.
Huffington Post UK: Following interventions by a few high profile Christians, some people are suggesting that the Church of England’s position on the ‘Assisted Dying Bill’ lacks clarity. For once, nothing could be further from the truth.
BBC News: Senior church figures have called on the UK government to block the creation of babies from three people.
The Telegraph: Tom Mortier never paid much attention to the discussion about voluntary death in his country. “I was like just about anyone else here in Belgium: I didn’t care at all,” he said. “If people want to die, it’s probably their choice. It didn’t concern me.”
The Telegraph: A Belgian man is going to the European Court of Human Rights after his depressed mother was killed by lethal injection under the country’s liberal euthanasia laws.
The Christian Institute: The Church of England has spoken out against plans to legalise techniques to create three and four-parent babies, ahead of a House of Commons vote on the issue next week.
The Christian Institute: MPs are set to debate and vote on legalising controversial techniques to create three and four-parent babies next Tuesday (3 February).
National Right to Life: The onset of multiple sclerosis is sudden. I went dead from the waist down. I could not distinguish something hot from something cold. I could not distinguish blunt from sharp. Overnight, I lost the use of my right hand, and I am right handed. My wife had to help me dress. For a time, I could not hold a pencil, and when I came to the point where I could, I scribbled like a little kid. Within a week, I had gone from the world of the able-bodied to the world of the disabled. They are distinctly different worlds, rather like two solitudes.
Asia News: For many years, not one girl was born in 70 Indian villages. Every day, 2,000 girls are killed across the country. On average, the ratio of males to females at birth is 1,000 to 914. These figures are the practical consequence of selective female abortions, a discriminatory practice that is widespread across the country.
Life News: In a landmark decision already twenty-seven years old today, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that Canada’s then-existing abortion regulations were unconstitutional. While many Canadians grieve the subsequent loss of a full quarter of their generation through abortion, others celebrate this day with exuberance, calling Canadians to protect their unfettered access to abortion at any stage of the pregnancy.
The Christian Institute: Legalising assisted suicide in Scotland would erode human dignity and create mistrust between doctors and the general public, religious leaders have warned MSPs.
The Christian Institute: Scientists have used adult stem cells to make a breakthrough in understanding dementia which could lead to developing drugs to treat the condition.
The Christian Institute: Presumed consent organ donation would amount to a state-imposed “tax” on people’s bodies, the Free Church of Scotland has warned.
The Christian Institute: China has announced it will tighten controls on illicit sex testing of unborn babies in efforts to curtail sex-selective abortions.
The Christian Institute: Doctors who provide end-of-life support oppose assisted suicide and think palliative care would suffer if the practice was introduced, a new survey has shown.
Christian Today: A number of leading scientists have called on MPs to support legislation on ‘three parent babies’ expected to be voted on in parliament next week.
Christian Concern: A doctor who was filmed offering to abort a child simply because she was a girl has been ordered to appear before the Crown Court to face a criminal charge.
BioEdge: A Dutch end-of-life clinic has been reprimanded for the third time in a year for moving the goal posts for euthanasia. The Levenseindekliniek in The Hague helped a woman to die because she complained of severe tinnitus, or ringing in the ears.
The Christian Institute: A married couple have spoken of their delight at their “healthy and well” twin daughters, after refusing abortion.
The Christian Institute: Members of the Scottish Parliament have been warned that legalising assisted suicide would make terminally ill young people feel like an “unburdenable load” on their families.
Life Site News: In the first-ever speech by a leader of the Russian Orthodox Church to the Duma, Patriarch Kirill has called on the Russian government to build on its support for the family and traditional marriage by defunding abortion in the country, with the objective of eliminating the killing of pre-born children altogether.
Reuters: An official from China’s restive far-western Xinjiang called for strict measures to prevent early marriages and high birth rates in southern parts of the region, state media said on Friday, a move likely to raise concerns among ethnic Uighurs.
The Christian Institute: Abortion carried out on the basis of sex could be outlawed in the UK within months.
Religion News Service (Reuters): Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill called on Thursday for a deep cut in the “horrifyingly high” number of abortions, which he linked to a Western rejection of moral norms.
The Christian Institute: A former Olympic gymnast who is expecting triplets has refused to follow doctors’ advice to abort two of her babies.
The Christian Institute: Primary school aged children are among thousands of girls under the age of consent who are being given the contraceptive implant by the NHS.
The Christian Institute: Society needs to be prepared for the prospect of ‘designer babies’ in the wake of recent developments in genetics, leading scientists have said.
Christian News Network: Concerns are growing as the Canadian Supreme Court is set to rule on the country’s current assisted suicide ban, which provides criminal penalties for those who take part in ending the life of another.
Life Site News: The adage goes that when it comes to social issues, the United States is at best a decade or two behind Europe. With its cathedrals collecting cobwebs, its laws enshrining all sorts of alternative sexual practices, and its widespread disregard for the sanctity of life, this once-devout home of Christendom could very well be a picture of America’s future.
The Christian Institute: Regulations on techniques to create three and four-parent babies could be legally challenged over serious flaws in the proposals, an international law expert has warned.
The Christian Institute: Legalising assisted suicide in Scotland would only reinforce society’s view that disabled people’s lives are “not worth living”, a disability rights campaigner has warned.
The Christian Institute: The parents of a seven-year-old boy, who has Down’s syndrome and was given a zero per cent chance of survival in the womb, say he shows them “what true joy looks like”.
The Christian Institute: Legalising assisted suicide would damage palliative care and reduce motivation to find cures for debilitating diseases, MSPs have been told.
The Christian Institute: Northern Ireland’s justice department has been accused of an “extraordinary and unprecedented attempt” to exclude pro-life arguments from plans to weaken abortion laws.
The Christian Institute: Plans to legalise assisted suicide in Scotland are being opposed by a leading forensic pathologist and members of the Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee.
The Christian Institute: A taxpayer-funded legal bid against Northern Ireland’s abortion law is set to be heard at Belfast’s High Court next month.
The Christian Institute: A group of 80 people have signed a letter calling for the legalisation of assisted suicide, prompting criticism from a Daily Telegraph editorial and a political blogger.
First Things: The case of Frank Van Den Bleeken—the Belgian murderer and rapist who requested to be euthanized rather than spend life in prison—has provoked its fair share of comment. And rightly so, for the facts of this case are shocking.
The Washington Post: Japan’s population shrank by its largest amount on record in 2014. Roughly 1.001 million people were born and 1.269 million people died last year, leaving the country with 268,000 fewer people overall.
BBC News: A murderer serving a life sentence in a Belgian jail, who asked to be allowed to die by lethal injection, was told in September that his wish would be granted. This week the Justice Ministry reversed that decision.
Life News: A few days before Christmas, a U.K. mother of two reached out to Christian radio show program Stand Up For Truth with a plea for prayers and support. She had been notified that Child Protection Services would be contacting her because she had permitted her children to watch the pro-life documentary 180.
The Christian Institute: A doctor who supports abortion says he disagrees with the recent ruling affecting two Roman Catholic midwives who have a conscientious objection to abortion.
The Christian Institute: A Peer has resigned from the British Medical Association’s medical ethics committee because it supports extending Britain’s abortion law to Northern Ireland.
The Christian Institute: Regulations for controversial techniques to create three and four-parent babies have been published.
The Christian Institute: The UK’s highest court has overturned a decision affecting the case of two Roman Catholic midwives who had previously won the right to avoid supervising staff involved in abortions.
The Christian Institute: An end-of-life care expert has welcomed the rejection of assisted suicide in the Welsh Assembly.