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Telegraph: “Abortion clinics are to be issued with new guidance making it ‘abundantly clear that gender selection is illegal’ in the wake of a series of scandals. Lord Howe, health minister said the rules would be distributed to all providers, while the General Medical Council has been asked to publish guidance on the same matter for all doctors.”
The West Australian: “The balance-of-power MP told the ABC’s 7.30 program Victorian doctors who do not wish to perform abortions should not be required to refer patients to one who would.”
Associated Press: “Belgian lawmakers clashed sharply on Wednesday over whether to grant terminally ill children the right to ask to die, a legal option already possessed by the country’s adults.”
First Thoughts: “The truly demonic nature of this bill—as a theologian I do not use that adjective lightly—is to be found, however, not only in its sanctification of suicide. It can be seen also in its attempt to force public institutions and healthcare personnel to become complicit in both suicide and murder, through a mandated process of cooperation with ministerial directives and demands for referral.”
Associated Press: “Belgium, one of the very few countries where euthanasia is legal, is expected to take the unprecedented step this week of abolishing age restrictions on who can ask to be put to death – extending the right to children for the first time.”
C-FAM: “The UN’s educational and cultural agency says that the purpose of educating children is not only to foster their literacy and social advancement, but also to teach them where and how to have an abortion and to increase their tolerance for same-sex behavior.” | The report is here.
LifeSiteNews: “The claim that increasing contraception reduces abortion received a death blow this week from the UK’s biggest abortion provider. Figures from the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) reveal that a staggering two-thirds of women having an abortion were using a contraceptive at the time they conceived.”
LifeNews: “A local mayor has sparked a national debate in Norway over abortion by posting a picture on Facebook showing him holding a plastic doll that is a likeness of an unborn baby at 12 weeks of pregnancy to make a point about how abortion takes the life of a tiny baby.”
CBC: “A community is rallying to help a 32-year-old Victoria man facing an almost unimaginable set of circumstances as he awaits his first child’s entry into the world. Hundreds of people have contributed to a fund in support of Dylan Benson, whose pregnant wife Robyn suffered a medical emergency after Christmas and was declared brain dead.”
Daily Beast: “But recent revelations about the way euthanasia is practiced by one group in The Netherlands, especially for those suffering from psychiatric illnesses, is making even the Dutch feel uncomfortable. The new debate raises questions about the way appointed commissions judge these life-ending practices, and echoes the kinds of ‘slippery-slope’ criticisms often made by right-wing and religious parties in the United States.”
BBC: “A Department of Health official said draft abortion guidelines would need to be looked at again following heavy criticism in a public consultation, on 29 January 2014. In Northern Ireland it is illegal to perform a termination of pregnancy unless it is necessary to preserve the life of a pregnant woman, or there is a risk of real and serious adverse effect on her physical or mental health, which is either long term or permanent.”
LA Times: “The Philippines, no stranger to the culture wars over contraception and abortion, will soon learn whether a controversial new law that requires the government to subsidize birth control for the poor is constitutional.”
National Catholic Reporter: “Quebec’s euthanasia Bill 52 will come to a vote in February, and the province’s bishops say it ‘goes against the most basic human values and contradicts the very purpose of medicine.’”
STV News: “A total of 69% of those questioned said they wanted the Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill, being put forward by independent MSP Margo MacDonald to be passed by Holyrood.”
Russia Beyond the Headlines: “Although during the last five years, the number of abortions in the country has decreased, it has not yet made much impact on Russia’s population growth. To address the issue, the Health Ministry plans to focus on setting up crisis centers for pregnant women and providing them with psychological help.”
CBC: “Mifepristone, also known as RU-486, has been under consideration by Health Canada since December 2012. It usually takes about nine months for pharmaceuticals to work their way through the approvals process, making mifepristone overdue for a decision.”
Christian Concern: “During a recent debate at the plenary session of the European Parliament, the European Commission confirmed that the EU has no competence in the areas of abortion and sex education, and that it cannot interfere with the policies adopted by Member States on these issues.”
Digital Journal: “A Swedish midwife has reported her former employers for religious discrimination, after she would not assist with abortions at a hospital in southern Sweden. She claims they discriminated when they would not extend her contract.”
RFI: “Pope Francis is expected to raise planned changes to French law on abortion and euthanasia when President François Hollande meets him at the Vatican on Friday. An improvised bomb went off near a French church in Rome overnight.”
France24: “French lawmakers voted late on Tuesday to amend the country’s abortion law to make it easier for women to terminate a pregnancy if she chooses to, despite opposition from the country’s more conservative political parties.”
A communication from the Executive Director of Comunidad y Justicia in Chile: “After many months we were able to overturn a decision made by our Health Department regarding the distribution of the plan-B pill to minors under 14 years of age without any notification to parents.”
GMA News: “In a petition filed before the Pasay Regional Trial Court on Monday Jan. 20, Pro-Life Philippines pled for the court’s issuance of preliminary injunction and temporary restraining order (TRO) on the ongoing 7th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive Health and Sexual Rights (APCRSHR).”
Telegraph: “France’s parliament on Monday began debating a controversial new law on abortion which would end a requirement for women to prove they are in ‘distress’ to legally terminate a pregnancy.”
RFI: “A court in France ruled against the withdrawal of food and water from Vincent Lambert, a tetraplegic patient who has been in a state of minimal consciousness in hospital for five years, following a car accident.”
EuroNews: “Most of the European Parliament’s political groups are demanding the Spanish government abandon plans for more-restrictive abortion laws. However, Parliament’s centre-right European People’s Party says this should be a decision made by Spain’s national government.”
Deutsche Welle: “This week, a medical advisory board recommended that emergency contraception should be available without a prescription in Germany, as it is in other countries. But there are ethical concerns.”
Euro News: “A Judiciary Committee has rejected calls for extra hearings before sending Belgium’s Child Euthanasia Bill for a final parliamentary vote. The decision clears the way for it to be passed to the lower house for consideration and a vote sometime before May.”
The Independent: “The illegal abortion of female foetuses solely to ensure that families have sons is widely practised within some ethnic communities in Britain and has resulted in significant shortfalls in the proportion of girls, according to an investigation by The Independent.”
Associated Press: “A Chinese court on Tuesday convicted a doctor of baby trafficking and sentenced her to death with a two-year reprieve, after she admitted in court that she stole babies from the hospital where she worked and sold them.”
ABC: “Pope Francis on Monday criticized abortion as evidence of a ‘throwaway culture’ that wastes people as well as food, saying such a mentality is a threat to world peace.”
WORLD Mag: “Wu Yongyuan wants his government to pay up. Chinese officials owe his family compensation, he says, for forcing his wife to submit to an abortion while she was seven months pregnant, subsequently ruining her mental health. After the traumatic abortion in 2011, she became violent and was diagnosed with schizophrenia.”
prolife.ie: “Ireland’s abortion law came into effect on January 1, but doctors are refusing to operate it due to the absence of promised clinical guidelines. Minister for Health James Reilly signed the order to make the Act operational just before Christmas. This was despite the fact that the committee he appointed to draw up guidelines has not yet reported.”
Turtle Bay and Beyond: Only four weeks after the notorious Estrela-Report’s spectacular defeat in the European Parliament’s plenary session of 10 December, the EU’s abortionist-homosexualist lobby launches a new attempt to get at least some form of approval for its sinister agenda from the European Parliament. This time they seek to instrumentalize the European Commission to provide the occasion for a surprise attack.
Turtle Bay and Beyond: The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has decided to hear the case of Adelina Parillo v. Italy (no 46470/11), which has serious implications for the question of the legal status enjoyed by the human embryo.
BuzzFeed: Congressional conservatives are split on the new Israeli policy that allows the government pay for abortions for women between the ages of 20–33, with many quiet, but others critical. “The truth is it’s something that breaks my heart,” Rep. Trent Franks says.
CNSNews: Famed film director Zhang Yimou must pay more than $1.2 million in fines for having three children in violation of China’s strict family planning rules, officials said Thursday.
Reuters: Spain’s ruling People’s Party (PP) sought on Wednesday to stem dissent within its ranks over a law that will make it harder for a woman to get an abortion, saying it would seek consensus over the planned legislation.
National Catholic Register: “A new study of women in India reveals that having used birth-control pills elevates the risk of developing breast cancer nearly tenfold, and having had an abortion increases their risk of breast cancer more than sixfold.”
The study is here.
LifeSiteNews: Health Canada has admitted that its deputy health minister misspoke when he told a parliament health committee in November that there is no pending application to have the controversial abortion drug RU-486 (mifepristone) approved in Canada.
LifeSiteNews: In his last public address of 2013, Ecuador’s left wing president, Rafael Correa criticized gender ideology, calling it “absurd” and “very dangerous.” “That natural men and women don’t exist, that biological sex does not determine man or woman, but ‘social conditions’ do, and that one has a right to choose if one is a man or a woman. Please! Come on! This won’t live up even to a minor analysis!” exclaimed the president.
LifeNews: After Rasouli regained some awareness, the hospital still insisted on the right to turn off his ventilator without consent, because they considered such treatment “futile.” But the Canada Supreme Court ruled that administrators had to go through a legally established futile care administrative process, and couldn’t just unilaterally unplug the patient.
LifeNews: The number of abortions in New Zealand have fallen to their lowest levels i 20 years as fewer doctors want to do them.
AP: In Iran, free condoms and government-backed vasectomies are out, replaced by sermons praising larger families and discussions of even offering gold coins to the families of newborns.
Catholic Culture: The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church has issued a statement on the baptism of infants born to surrogate mothers.
Christian Concern: A law banning advertisements promoting abortion has been signed into law by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Christian Independent: A controversial law permitting abortion on the grounds of mental health has come into effect in the Republic of Ireland.
Austin Ruse at C-FAM: Pro-abortion forces have spent hundreds of millions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of man-hours in the past twenty years and they have not advanced their agenda even a single syllable past what they got at the Cairo Conference in 1994. Let that sink if for a moment, because it is something that haunts the days and nights of the UN Population Fund and the International Planned Parenthood Federation.
AP: A Chinese doctor has admitted in court that she stole babies from the hospital where she worked and sold them to human traffickers, state media and a court said.
LifeNews: Tens of thousands of pro-life Spaniards rallied in central Madrid at an open-air Roman Catholic mass Sunday where they showed enthusiastic support for the government’s moves aimed at rolling back the abortion “reforms” initiated by the previous government.
ABC: Thousands of people have attended a Mass in Madrid to honor family values and support government moves aimed at tightening restrictions on abortion in Spain.
Christian Institute: The vote of 50-17 in favour of the proposal will now go to the House of Representatives for further scrutiny. If passed, it will make Belgium the first country to introduce euthanasia for minors.
C=FAM: Ambassador Elizabeth Cousens told the executive board of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) that a series of recent meetings have “helped strengthen our collective understanding of reproductive rights.” It would likely surprise people on both side of the UN abortion debate that there is anything resembling a collective understanding. It remains one of the most fought over terms at the world body.
Newsnet5.com: Scientists are stretching the boundaries of understanding what happens as the body dies – and learning more about ways to perhaps interrupt the process, which takes longer than we might suppose.
NC Register: Msgr. Renzo Pegoraro, chancellor of the Pontifical Academy for Life, deplores the majority Catholic country’s effort to extend its euthanasia law.
LifeNews: Pro-abortion feminists are not happy that the European Parliament rejected a bill that would have called abortion a human right. In response, in protest, they invaded a local Catholic church in Italy and unfurled a pro-abortion banner on the church’s altar.
PBS: Since 1997, abortion has been illegal in El Salvador with no exceptions for cases of rape, incest or threat to the mother’s life. Dozens of women have been prosecuted for illegal abortions, in some cases for aggravated homicide. Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on the consequences of one of the world’s most stringent abortion laws.
The Guardian: People’s party sparks fury with plan to tighten laws by allowing abortion only in cases of rape or risk to mother’s health.
LifeNews: These stories are worth keeping in mind: In Canada, a patient thought unconscious for ten years was found able to communicate using sophisticated brain scans.
LifeSiteNews: With Ireland having passed its law allowing abortion, without gestational age limits, in cases where a woman threatens suicide, the tiny island nation of Malta has become the European Union’s last man standing against abortion.
Christian Concern: A warning that the tragic case of Paul Lamb who is asking the Supreme Court this week to allow a doctor to give him a legal injection to end his life, would put thousands of elderly, sick and unwanted individuals at risk of murder, has been issued by the CEO of the Christian Legal Centre, Andrea Williams.
Nicole Bailey at Townhall: Euthanasia in the case of the elderly and terminally ill is controversial in America, especially as the population ages and medical technology improves. However, euthanasia-friendly Europe puts the US in perspective: an overwhelming majority of Belgians support a proposed euthanasia law with no age restrictions.
Christian Concern: Britain’s most senior judges will hear a crucial case next week which seeks to weaken the law on euthanasia and assisted suicide in the UK.
The Independent (includes video): The sperm’s tail acts like a tiny outboard motor inside a metal nanotube; the resulting biobot could be used to deliver drugs and guide sperm to the egg
Christian Concern: The Dean of the Faculty of Law at a Belgian University has warned that laws permitting euthanasia cannot be introduced without endangering the lives and safety of patients, and that safeguards and controls introduced in any such legislation will not work.
Pope: America Should Be ‘Prepared to Accept Human Life at Every Stage, From the Mother’s Womb to Old Age’
CNSNews: In a message sent to the Americas on Dec. 12, a day the Catholic Church celebrates in honor of the Virgin Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico, Pope Francis, who was named Person of the Year this week by Time magazine, said that America is called to be “a land prepared to accept life at every stage, from the mother’s womb to old age.”
Center for Reproductive Rights: On the 63rd International Human Rights Day commemorating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which protects all people’s rights to equality and freedom from discrimination, the Center for Reproductive Rights is calling for all governments to recognize access to contraception as a fundamental human right.
LifeNews: For the second time in two months, the European Parliament 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.
Federation of Catholic Families Association in Europe (FAFCE): Today, Tuesday 10 December, the European Parliament rejected the highly controversial Report on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights presented by Portugese MEP Edite Estrela.
Christian Institute: Northern Ireland’s Justice Minister has said he will consult on weakening the Province’s abortion laws to allow unborn babies with fatal abnormalities to be aborted.
European Humanist Federation: “Sexual and Reproductive Rights are Human Rights ! Support the Estrela Report”
European Humanist Federation: Civil society and human rights organisations call on you to support the amended Estrela Report on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) in the plenary vote on Tuesday.
Christian Institute: Northern Ireland’s Justice Minister has said he will consult on weakening the Province’s abortion laws to allow unborn babies with fatal abnormalities to be aborted.
No Euthanasia in Europe: Soon the Belgian Parliament will vote on a bill that will extend the country’s euthanasia law to children. If this bill is enacted into law, a 12 year old child can decide on life or death without the consent of his or her parent(s). The law gives the physician certain authority to ask the State to assume the role of the parents.