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Beyond ‘The Interview’: UN votes to send North Korea to Intl Criminal Court for forced abortion, other atrocities
Life Site News: The United Nations General Assembly voted today to refer North Korea to the International Criminal Court for “crimes against humanity,” which include the crime of widespread forced abortion.
Mirror of Justice: That’s the title of this report, though I would welcome more information from readers who may have it. The Supreme Court is that of the United Kingdom, and the case involves the issue of accommodation for objection to performing abortions on the basis of religious conscience.
The Christian Institute: A former abortion clinic employee has written about her dramatic shift in mindset that means she now believes abortion “kills a living, growing member of the human family”.
Human Life International: The facility in which these surgeries took place was far from sterile. It was an abandoned hospital in rural India with broken windows and animal feces on the floor. The doctor and staff assisting in the operations did not change gloves or sterilize medical equipment between patients.
UK’s highest court rules two Catholic midwives can not object to being involved in abortions in landmark case
Daily Mail: Two Catholic midwives who refused to take any part in abortions because it would ‘violate their conscience’ cannot object to helping with terminations, the UK’s highest court ruled today.
Life News: In a horrible defeat for conscience rights for medical professionals, a British court today ruled that a pair of midwives who didn’t want to be involved in assisting abortions must do so.
The Christian Institute: Plans in Scotland to allow doctors to harvest organs without prior consent are “ethically unacceptable”, the Scottish Council on Human Bioethics has said.
The Christian Institute: A controversial psychiatrist has admitted to helping seven people go to the Dignitas clinic for an assisted suicide.
The Christian Institute: A human rights quango is threatening legal action against Northern Ireland’s abortion law, in a move described as “ill-timed and unnecessary” by the Department of Justice.
The Christian Institute: A proposal in favour of legalising assisted suicide has been defeated in the Welsh Assembly, after only twelve Assembly Members (AMs) voted in favour.
The Christian Institute: Parents who were told their son should be aborted because he was a “non-viable foetus” have celebrated his first birthday.
The Christian Institute: Doctors said Jacob Shaw would not live beyond his first birthday – but defying expectations, he has just turned three.
The Christian Institute: An unlikely coalition of student groups has defeated a motion which would have made Cardiff University students’ union officially pro-abortion.
Christian News Network: A woman in the United Kingdom is thanking God for the life of her child and that she did not go through with her plan to obtain an abortion due to the care of a number of Christians who urged her to trust the Lord in her situation.
Live Action News: Abortion activists in the UK are calling for laws to prohibit abortion protesters from being too close to clinics. But one woman, who herself was headed to abort her daughter, is praising pro-life activists and crediting them with saving her daughter’s life.
The Christian Institute: Pro-lifers have said that calls to introduce ‘buffer zones’ preventing them from protesting outside abortion clinics would restrict free speech.
The Christian Institute: Most doctors in Britain are still against legalising assisted suicide, a major new survey of nearly 9,000 doctors has found.
Life News: A British appeals court says an unborn baby is not a person, yet a girl whose mother drank heavily during her pregnancy was born with disabilities. Still, the Royal Courts of Justice, where the Court of Appeal sits, ruled that an unborn baby is an “organism” not “a person.”
The Christian Institute: Nearly 3,000 people have urged the Welsh Government to change medical guidelines, after a baby born less than two weeks before the legal abortion limit was left to die in hospital.
Life Site News: New Brunswick newly-elected Liberal premier, Brian Gallant, declared this morning that he would scrap previous abortion regulations and work with regional health authorities to “increase capacity” and “improve timeliness to access.”
Life Site News: A columnist for a British newspaper has suggested banning Priests for Life Youth Director Bryan Kemper from the United Kingdom.
The Christian Institute: Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Madrid on Saturday, calling on the Government to reform the country’s abortion law.
Life News: Here is a girl for whom we are most thankful – MEIRONG (her name has been changed to protect her identity) – one of more than 100 girls saved by our “Save a Girl” Campaign.
The Christian Institute: A mother whose baby son was born a week before the legal abortion limit is calling for the law to change.
Northern Ireland’s most prominent pro-life leader convicted of ‘harassment’ against abortion facility director
Life Site News: A prominent pro-life activist in one of the hot zones of worldwide abortion war has been convicted of harassment and may face jail time.
The Spectator: On Tuesday, I was supposed to take part in a debate about abortion at Christ Church, Oxford. I was invited by the Oxford Students for Life to put the pro-choice argument against the journalist Timothy Stanley, who is pro-life. But apparently it is forbidden for men to talk about abortion.
The Telegraph: I would’ve thought that the one place in Britain where you could agree to disagree amicably would be Oxford University. But I was wrong. For instance, I’ve discovered that you’re only allowed to debate abortion there if a) you’re a woman and b) you’re all for it.
Life News: Pro-life campaigners in the UK have been given a boost in recent days with the news that a doctor who was filmed allegedly agreeing to arrange abortions on gender grounds must now appear in a criminal court to face an allegation under the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act. Dr Prabha Sivaraman will appear in court next month.
Life News: Follows of Jesus desire to live selfless lives and this is characterized by putting others needs ahead of their own. I bring this up in connection with the work of faith-based pregnancy care centres. These centres are for the most part staffed by volunteers who give up much to come to the aid of those in need.
Catholic Voices Comment: There is no doubt that, in our time, due to scientific and technical advancements, the possibilities for physical healing have significantly increased; and yet, in some respects it seems the ability to “take care” of the person has decreased, especially when he is sick, frail and helpless. In fact, the achievements of science and of medicine can contribute to the improvement of human life to the extent that they are not distanced from the ethical root of these disciplines. For this reason, you Catholic doctors are committed to live your profession as a human and spiritual mission, as a real lay apostolate.
The Christian Institute: Deliberately bringing children into the world without a father figure has been described as “social experimentation” by Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali.
The Christian Institute: “My abortion affected my life for 37 years,” she says. “I got over the rape but I never got over my abortion experience”.
Aleteia: In Paul Ehrlich’s crude fantasy, “The Population Bomb,” “compulsory birth regulation” was to be achieved by polluting the water supply with “mass sterilizing agents.” But more sophisticated population controllers dreamed of a contraceptive vaccine that would, with the stick of a needle, sterilize women for years, or a lifetime.
The Christian Institute: Legalising assisted suicide would increase pressure on vulnerable people to ask for help to kill themselves, the House of Lords has heard.
BBC: Alana Saarinen loves playing golf and the piano, listening to music and hanging out with friends. In those respects, she’s like many teenagers around the world. Except she’s not, because every cell in Alana’s body isn’t like mine and yours – Alana is one of a few people in the world who have DNA from three people.
NPR: But the idea of scientists manipulating a human being’s DNA in this way is very controversial. It would be the first time genetic changes have been made in human DNA that would be passed on, down the generations, through the germline. Any baby born this way would have genes from three different people.
Christian News Network: The case of a mother who petitioned a United Kingdom judge to allow her to kill her 12-year-old daughter by depriving her of hydration and nutrition is raising international concerns from disability advocates and others around the world.
Life News: Paul Knoepfler, a vocal stem cell researcher, has penned an open letter to the UK Government asking for them to put the breaks on the three-parent embryo. I post it in its entirety because the whole thing needs to be read.
The Telegraph: MPs have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a motion declaring that sex-selection abortion is illegal.
Life News: This week nearly a dozen MPs, from across party lines, are introducing a bill that would “make it explicitly illegal for doctors to abort foetuses on grounds of gender alone.” Canada is not exempt from this extreme form of misogyny.
Life Site News: Van Loenen explains how euthanasia has expanded in the Netherlands, not only in the number of yearly deaths by euthanasia, but also the reasons for euthanasia.
The Christian Institute: A new petition is urging MSPs to oppose assisted suicide because of concerns that vulnerable people could be pressured to kill themselves.
The Christian Institute: In the latest of our ‘Choose Life’ series, Lynn Coles, who supports women suffering the terrible after-effects of abortion, shares her experience.
The Christian Institute: A health minister has been heavily criticised for suggesting that overseas patients could be offered controversial procedures to create three and four-parent babies if the techniques are legalised in the UK.
The Christian Institute: The head of Britain’s biggest abortion provider has said abortion should be available as easily as contraception.
The Christian Institute: A paralysed man has learnt to walk again after a “historic” breakthrough involving cells taken from part of his nervous system.
National Right to Life: According to a report in Bloomberg Businessweek, Cai Fang, vice director of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, has stated: “We will fully relax the policy” in two years, allowing all couples to have a second child. The reason: China’s shrinking labor pool will cause the potential growth rate to fall an average of 6.2 percent annually from 2016 to 2020.
National Right to Life: Today the Supreme Court of Canada will hear argument in an appeal which seeks to strike down Canada’s Criminal Code prohibition against assisting suicide.
Public Discourse: China’s One-Child policy, announced in 1979, is state-sponsored violence against women and children. The Nuremberg Nazi war crimes tribunal properly construed forced abortion as a crime against humanity. Nothing in human history compares to the magnitude of China’s thirty-five-year assault on women and children.
Christian News Network: A couple in Ireland recently gave birth to a healthy baby boy after they rejected repeated pressure by doctors to abort the child over claims that he had fetal abnormalities.
Public Discourse: For both principled and practical reasons, the Supreme Court of Canada should maintain the country’s legal ban on euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide.
The Christian Institute: A woman in Northern Ireland who carried on with her pregnancy despite her baby having a fatal foetal abnormality has told the BBC’s Stephen Nolan show that she is against a weaker abortion law in the Province.
The Christian Institute: The mother of a baby girl born at 23 weeks has expressed joy at her survival and criticised the current abortion limit.
Aleteia: Episode highlights how ethical questions and religious imagery are staples of classic British sci-fi show.
The Christian Institute: Northern Ireland’s new health minister has said he will not abandon his principles when making policies, and will stand for the rights of the unborn child, in an interview for the BBC.
The Christian Institute: This week we hear from Brian Gault from Northern Ireland, born without arms as a consequence of his mother taking the drug thalidomide during pregnancy.
The Christian Institute: Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said that he would not back measures to legalise assisted suicide.
China’s one-child policy: Pro-choice and pro-life must work together to end forced abortion and gendercide
Public Discourse: Forced abortion and gendercide are not pro-life or pro-choice issues. They are human rights issues. Adapted from an address given at the Heritage Foundation on October 9th, 2014.
National Right to Life: This story–“Abortion clinics in Maine see ‘spike’ in New Brunswick clients”– from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) is a textbook example of making news instead of reporting news. Taken in the context of what happened last week and which was almost completely ignored, it reminds us there are journalistic sins of commission and omission.
Aleteia: Towards the end of September, British newspaper The Daily Mail reported the shocking news that controversial group Exit International, founded by infamous Dr Philip Nitschke (dubbed “Dr. Death”), had established a permanent presence in Britain.
The Christian Institute: Euthanasia deaths in the Netherlands have risen by 151 per cent over the last seven years, prompting fears about “steady extension” if Britain legalises assisted suicide.
The Christian Institute: The Spanish Prime Minister has dropped plans to tighten the country’s liberal abortion laws, prompting one minister’s resignation.
National Right to Life: According to Dutch media reports , euthanasia deaths in the Netherlands in 2013 increased by 15% to 4,829. This follows increases of 13% in 2009, 19% in 2010,18% in 2011 and 13% in 2012.
Forced abortions, suffering of millions of women decried on 34th anniversary of China’s “One Child Policy”
The Christian Post: Reggie Littlejohn, president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, has written an open letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping on the 34th anniversary of China’s one-child policy, condemning the continuation of forced abortions in the country.
The Christian Institute: The New Scientist magazine is warning that the UK needs to have a “serious debate” about the ethics of a controversial three-parent baby technique.
The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission: Over the past few decades the Dutch have expanded the scope of protected physician killing to include children. With their parent’s permission, a child between the ages of 12 to 16 years old may request and receive assisted suicide. Initially, minors could obtain an assisted death even if their parents objected, but after domestic and international criticism, the law was changed to require parental consent. Even before the Parliament made it legal to euthanize young children, doctors in the Netherlands took it upon themselves to end the life of infants and others who do not have the free will to agree to end their own lives, but whose existence doctors or parents deemed them “unfit.”
The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission: For centuries, the Hippocratic Oath, which included this admonition against assisted suicide and euthanasia formed the core of Western medical ethics. Over the past few decades, though, the Hippocratic ideal has been eroding. Euthanasia—both voluntary and involuntary—is becoming increasingly common in Europe and is beginning to be viewed as more acceptable in North America.
National Right to Life: A film based on the true story of hope offered to a young woman in a crisis pregnancy received positive reviews after its screening at the United Nations in New York on Sept. 11. The screening of “Gimme Shelter” was sponsored by the U.N. Women’s Guild, whose mission is to help children in need throughout the world. U.N. Ambassadors and their wives were invited to attend the screening.
The Christian Institute: A 22-year-old woman has been charged with assisting a suicide, Lincolnshire Police has said.