Alliance Defending Freedom: It’s days away: The Supreme Court’s marriage decision is expected to come down on June 29.
The Christian Institute: The mother of a baby who died hours after being born at 24 weeks has said the idea that a baby like hers could be legally aborted is “horrifying”.
Law and Religion UK: Prosecutions in England and Wales under s 2(1) Suicide Act 1961 are rare; but the crime remains on the statute book.
Huffington Post (Reuters): A Belgian murderer and rapist serving a life sentence is to be allowed to have doctors end his life following a ground-breaking ruling under laws in Belgium permitting people to request euthanasia.
The Christian Institute: A disabled actress and comedian has raised concerns that people with a disability are not being included in the debate on assisted suicide.
Life News: The Health Service Executive (HSE) in Ireland today confirmed that they have taken disciplinary action against nine members of staff who treated Savita Halappanavar before her death at Galway University Hospital.
Aleteia: Ireland’s Health Service Executive (HSE) has confirmed that disciplinary action has been taken against nine staff members at University Hospital Galway following an investigation into the death of a woman who had been refused an abortion there.
Aleteia: Abortion-rights activists, who like to argue that abortion has no lasting health risks, will find it very, very difficult to explain away such numbers. It’s not surprising that in recent years, when the topic of the ABC link comes up, many offer perfunctory denials and then quickly change the subject.
The Christian Institute: A BBC drama featuring TV star Olivia Colman has been criticised for ‘gradually normalising’ assisted suicide.
The Christian Institute: A pro-life healthcare provider is planning to open a centre near to Northern Ireland’s only private abortion clinic, according to the BBC.
Life News: There are a host of rationales for abortion — ranging from supposedly protecting women’s health to arguments that an unborn child is somehow not a human being or doesn’t become one until later in pregnancy or after birth. But another pro-abortion argument is seen in the anti-child mentality displayed by some abortion proponents.
It wasn’t just the Nazis: Now doctors [in Belgium and the Netherlands] can euthanize sick children, mentally disabled
Life News: It wasn’t “the Nazis” that caused the mass euthanasia deaths of disabled infants and adults. It was the eugenics ideology of the era that denied human exceptionalism. We are heading in the same direction–although certainly not mass murder of the kind that happened in Germany circa 1939-1945.
The Christian Institute: A columnist whose elderly mother has advanced Alzheimer’s says she is “shocked and horrified” that TV chef Mary Berry wants assisted suicide if she becomes a “burden”.
The Christian Institute: A Labour MP has warned against legalising controversial GM baby techniques because of moral, ethical and public safety concerns.
Law and Religion UK: On Monday 1 September, MPs took part in the debate Mitochondrial Replacement (Public Safety), scheduled by the Backbench Business Committee and led by Fiona Bruce, (Congleton, Con). The introduction of Regulations to permit the selective use of mitochondrial transfer was discussed in the Westminster Hall debate on 12 March 2014, reported here, where for the government, Jane Ellison, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health, confirmed that that the regulations will be subject to the affirmative procedure and will be debated it in full on the Floor of the House.
The Christian Institute: The number of babies who survive after being born at 23 weeks is rising, new figures have shown. According to freedom of information requests at least 120 babies born at 23 weeks, one week before the legal abortion limit, have survived in the last four years.
The Interpreter: Despite a dramatic decline in the number of abortions in the Russian Federation since 1991 and claims that it has overcome “the culture of abortion” as the primary means of birth control, nearly one third – some 29.3 percent – of Russian pregnancies still are being aborted.
National Review: Dutch euthanasia gets ever more extreme. And now the euthanasia Life Clinic killed a woman because she didn’t want to live in a nursing home.
National Review: In the wake of the Australian couple–and other cases–of biological parents who abandoned disabled children born of a surrogate, comes another story.
National Review: Here’s the advocacy con advanced by suicide promoters in the UK to bludgeon Parliament into legalizing doctor-prescribed death.
National Right to Life: It is widely acknowledged that euthanasia is out of control in Belgium: a 500% increase in cases in ten years; one third involuntary; half not reported; euthanasia for blindness, anorexia and botched sex change operations; organ transplant euthanasia; plans to extend euthanasia to children and people with dementia.
Reuters: Hundreds of people rallied in Dublin to call for a change to Ireland’s abortion laws on Wednesday after a rape victim said she was refused a termination and instead gave birth by Caesarean section.
The Federalist: Once we have widespread eugenics, where will towering minds like Dawkins place limits? On the arrival of “human feelings”?
Aleteia: Every day about 800 women across the globe die from complications related to pregnancy or childbirth. In 2013, the total number of such deaths was 289,000. Almost all of these deaths occurred in low-resource settings, in developing countries.
The Christian Institute: The mother of a boy with Down’s syndrome has spoken of her unconditional love for him and expressed her determination to change attitudes.
Worldwide Religious News (ABC News): Pope Francis has generally avoided hot-button “culture war” issues like abortion, arguing that the church’s doctrine on the sanctity of life is well-known and that he’d rather emphasize other aspects of church teaching. But he made a strong, albeit silent anti-abortion statement Saturday during his visit to South Korea, stopping to pray at a monument for aborted babies in a community dedicated to caring for people with the sort of severe genetic disabilities that are often used to justify abortions.
Lozier Institute: Last week, an assisted suicide organization in Switzerland named Exit made the news with a report of an anomalous growth in membership. According to its vice president, a record number of about 60 to 100 new applicants poured in daily this July and August, instead of the expected lag in applications due to summer travel. All told, Exit’s members amount to about 75,000. Among these, 459 chose to end their lives last year with the organization, which provides the lethal drugs. According to the report, this frightening number exceeds the previous year by about 100.
The Christian Institute: Scientists and doctors have praised the potential of adult stem cell research, as an alternative to controversial embryonic research.
Life News: Critical Issues in Reproductive Health, released this year by academic publisher Springer, provides a revealing view into the current state of the worldwide debate over abortion, contraception, and the role of human reproduction in society.
The Christian Institute: The Government is “deliberately trying to dupe the public” about plans to allow genetically modified babies, a newspaper columnist has said.
Life News: In 2012, the European Court of Human Rights heard a case concerning a woman who filed a suit against a doctor for breaching his obligation to prescribe a screening test for Down syndrome. The woman, Anita KRŪZMANE, gave birth to a baby with Down syndrome and claimed that her right’s had been violated in respect to her right to have an abortion.
National Review: Surrogacy and IVF has objectified procreation. Now, it can be about not just having a baby to unconditionally love, but about ordering a baby that meets specifications.
The Washington Times (Catholic News Agency): During his upcoming trip to South Korea, Pope Francis will pray for the unborn at the “Cemetery for Aborted Children” as part of his visit to the Kkottoghnae Home for the sick.
Thai surrogate mother claims Australian couple demanded late term twin abortion after learning one had down syndrome
The Christian Post: The Thai surrogate mother who carried twins for an Australian couple claims she refused their alleged requests for a late-term abortion.
The Christian Post: A surrogacy clinic in Thailand is reportedly being investigated after providing services to a convicted pedophile and his wife.
Life News: Emil Hagamu is one of millions of Africans who increasingly wonder what wealthy Western nations want from Africa. All over the continent, the influence of these nations is visible: trucks, billboards and project signs from NGOs that want Africans to stop having children.
Life News:Fresh from her failure to defend Ireland’s pro-life record in Geneva, the Irish Minister for Justice has once again shown how determined she is to support the new abortion law, no matter what.
Zenit: Roger Kiska writes: Dr. Bogdan Chazan, preeminent in his field and recognized throughout Poland for his medical expertise, was recently fined and fired from his position as director of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at the Holy Family Hospital in Warsaw, Poland, for refusing to perform an abortion on a child diagnosed with potentially severe brain damage.
Zenit: The United Kingdom’s Supreme Court handed down a landmark decision at the end of June concerning assisted suicide. In R (Nicklinson & Anor) v. Ministry of Justice; R (AM) v. DPP, the court ruled that Britain’s law, which criminalizes assisted suicide, should not be declared incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights. This joint case related to three severely disabled men who want or wanted to commit suicide.
Christian News Network: A Dutch professor who once expressed his support for legalized euthanasia is now warning others that it can lead to a ‘slippery slope’ of a surge in deaths for practically any reason.
The Christian Institute: Leading scientists have accused the Government of misleading the public over plans to allow three-parent babies.
Religion News Service: As the Catholic Church wrestles with changing community attitudes on key social issues, a new Italian survey finds more support for abortion, gay rights and euthanasia than for cosmetic surgery.
The Christian Institute: Public opposition to assisted suicide grows dramatically when people are more informed of the arguments, a new poll has revealed.
The Christian Institute: Britain’s largest abortion provider has faced criticism for suggesting morning-after pills should be given to new mothers.
National Right to Life: The UN Human Rights Committee has demanded that Ireland change its Constitution in order explicitly to allow abortion in a wide range of circumstances.
Life News: It is a sad day for abortion advocates in Canada. After more than 20 years of operation, today will be the last day the Morgentaler Clinic in Fredericton, New Brunswick will end the lives of pre-born children.
Catholic Voices Comment: The following speech was made in today’s debate in the House of Lords on the Assisted Dying Bill 2013-2014 by Baroness Campbell of Surbiton.
The Christian Institute: The Guardian newspaper has criticised a bill to introduce assisted suicide – calling it a “very big moral change” – as Peers began debating the issue today.
The Christian Institute: The mother of world-famous footballer Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted she tried to abort her son.
The Christian Institute: Peers have passionately spoken out against a law to introduce assisted suicide, with one disabled Baroness describing the proposals as a “runaway train.”
The Christian Institute: Assisted suicide is “not the way forward for a compassionate and caring society”, over 20 faith leaders have warned.
Religion News Service: Three leading Anglicans have entered an explosive debate about whether it is permissible for Christians to allow doctors in England and Wales to administer lethal doses of drugs to terminally ill patients given less than six months to live.
Life News: The Pro Life Campaign has called on the UN’s Human Rights Committee to defend the right to life of the unborn when scrutinising Ireland’s human rights record at a hearing in Geneva today.
Life News: This week sees the first anniversary of the passing into law of the Abortion Act in Ireland and the Pro Life Campaign have been to the forefront of marking the date through various initiatives and awareness events.
The Christian Institute: A Dutch academic who supported legalising euthanasia in the Netherlands has urged Westminster not to introduce assisted suicide, ahead of a debate in the House of Lords next week.
Life News: The story that follows is what happens in a land where people are not free — and what happens when people like you, people who are free, choose to step up and help the helpless.
Life News: Last week a woman stepped forward to share about her traumatic forced abortion, inspired by the response to Feng Jianmei’s story. Zhang Wen Fang, 43, told Chai Ling of All Girls Allowed that she lost both her baby and her livelihood when officials forced her into a hospital for surgery four years ago.
Life News: Each of the volunteers visits a clinic for an ultrasound, telling the doctor that she wants to terminate the pregnancy if the baby is a girl. When the doctor or practitioner agrees, the women call in the team from the state who arrest the doctor. The women are then key witnesses in the court hearings against the abortionists.
The Christian Institute: MSPs should consider allowing assisted suicide for children, a group of children’s charities has said.
The Christian Institute: The number of abortions has risen to more than 8 million in Great Britain since the practice was legalised, according to the latest Department of Health statistics for 2013.
Religion News Service: Italy’s Catholic bishops have condemned a court ruling that lifts a ban on married couples using sperm donors for artificial insemination, likening the move to playing God.
KMPH: Poland’s prime minister, Donald Tusk, on Tuesday weighed into an abortion debate that is roiling emotions in the largely Catholic country, saying doctors have to put their obligation to the patient and the law above their religious beliefs.
The Christian Institute: Disabled people and the elderly could feel pressure to kill themselves if assisted suicide is introduced, a Paralympic star has warned.
Life News: Normally the pro-abortion movement is on the defense as pro-life groups worldwide do everything they can to protect as many babies as possible from abortion. The one area, in the United States and elsewhere, where pro-abortion groups are opening the door for more abortions is in the case of allowing non-physicians to put women’s health at risk by doing abortions.
The Christian Institute: A charity has launched a new campaign giving Christians powerful arguments against euthanasia and assisted suicide, ahead of expected renewed attempts to change the law across Britain.
Life Site News: Sixty-five percent of the 200 pro-life candidates identified by the Life Institute for Election 2014 went on to win seats in the local Irish elections, a result described by the organization as “very positive and hugely significant for Election 2016.”
National Right to Life News: Ever since reducing maternal mortality was established as one of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), abortion advocacy groups have been working hard to affix their own goals inextricably to the global effort to reduce the incidence of death of mothers in childbirth.
The Christian Institute: A mother whose daughter survived an abortion says she will “always regret” taking abortive drugs to end her baby’s life.
The Christian Institute: The document, released for abortion providers the day after the European and local elections, says there is “no legal requirement” for doctors to see women seeking an abortion before approving it.
Life Site News: Although a United Nations official said the Catholic Church’s teaching against abortion constitutes a form of “torture” during a tense cross-examination earlier this month, the UN quietly dropped such allegations from its final report on the Vatican issued today.
The Christian Institute: Australian parents who resisted pressure to abort their conjoined twins have spoken of their love for their children, after doctors managed to successfully deliver the babies earlier this month.
Life News: Papua New Guinea is a deeply Christian country — as the prime minister’s Easter message beautifully and unashamedly conveys. This week, Christian leaders — clearly respected in Papua New Guinea — issued a warning of “outside” forces seeking to push abortion in their country.
The Christian Institute: A High Court judge has ruled that a pregnant 13-year-old girl is capable of making her own decision about whether or not to have an abortion.