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The Guardian: Pope Francis offered an olive branch of sorts to the doctrine-minded, conservative wing of the Catholic church on Friday, when he denounced abortions as a symptom of today’s “throw-away culture” and encouraged Catholic doctors to refuse to perform them.
Economist: THE practice of aborting female foetuses is found mostly in China and other Asian countries. But it is prevalent in the Caucasus, too. Two new studies look at why—and suggest the practice may spread.
allAfrica.com: Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) has condemned attempts by foreign agencies to introduce anti-life values in the nation.
Susan Yoshihara at C-FAM: The term “reproductive health” seeped without fanfare into UN language in 1972 when it was adopted by Jose Barzelatto, the inaugural head of WHO’s program on human reproduction.
Sarah Ditum at The Guardian: As far as I’m concerned, it doesn’t matter why any woman wants to end her pregnancy. If it’s to select for sex, that’s her choice
LifeNews: On Tuesday, the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations, part of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, considered the issue of India’s missing girls.
LifeNews: A foreign policy expert says Russia is falling apart culturally because as much as two percent of the nation’s potential population is victimized by abortion every year.
Catholic News Agency: By a vote of 59-27, the Chilean House of Representatives has approved a law establishing March 25 as the Day of the Unborn Child and of Adoption.
Christian Concern: This week, the pan-European ‘One of Us’ initiative secured its one millionth signature, with the prospect of a total ban on controversial EU funding for Human Embryo research moving a step closer as a result.
Peter Smith at Bell Towers: British Officials Claim that the Prosecution of Illegal Sex-Selective Abortion Is Not in the Public Interest. They are wrong.
Christian Institute: The UK Government’s plan to allow the genetic modification of babies has been criticised in an article published by a leading international science journal. Nature, a prominent science periodical, published an article saying the proposals crossed “a legal and ethical line” and were “premature and ill-conceived”.
LifeSiteNews: Linda Gibbons was sentenced to the maximum of six months in prison, with 29 days yet to serve when taking into account time already in custody, as her sentencing hearing concluded at the provincial court at College Park in downtown Toronto this afternoon.
BBC: Now scientists at the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre in Madrid have achieved the same results inside an animal.
TimesofIndia: Millions of sex-selective abortions in India have skewed gender ratios, and the origins of the problem can be traced to American-supported population control strategies decades ago, a US congressional panel heard Tuesday.
PolicyMic: Even as politicians fight to shut down Planned Parenthood and other family planning facilities across the U.S., many African women are fighting their own battles when it comes to sexual health and are often dying as a result. Thanks to a failing health care and education system in many nations, as well as a ubiquitous stigma against the use of contraceptives or abortions, an increasing number of women are turning to unsafe abortions across the continent to terminate unwanted pregnancies.
Nightional Right to Life: The Associated Press reported last week that Spain’s Justice Minister says the conservative government will present by the end of October its proposed changes to the country’s abortion law, with the amendments expected to introduce new restrictions on pregnancy terminations.
Canada Free Press: Despite there being a “realistic prospect of conviction”, according to (CPS) they say going forward with prosecution is not in the public interest. CPS stated in their report that “in this case there are public interest factors both in favour of and against prosecution”. However they have so far declined to state what interest factors exist to oppose prosecution.
The Guardian: Charity claims women who terminate pregnancy in such cases are being forced to go through labour to deliver dead children.
Stefano Gennarini at Turtle Bay and Beyond: After decades of population control programs to avert a seemingly inevitable population Armageddon, the people and institutions that are primarily responsible for the false alarmism are on their way out. While some at the United Nations, UNFPA, USAID and the Obama administration still cling to their condoms and bad science under the pseudonym “family planning program” or the oxymoron “reproductive rights” ( it never has to do with women choosing how many children to have and always with USAID telling women not to have any more children), economists and demographers are all agreed that the problem the world is facing is population aging and population decline – caused by human beings. Unfortunately, it will takes decades, and maybe centuries to re-trace the trail of misery and ignorance they have left.
BBC: The CPS’s decision not to prosecute two doctors who have been accused of offering to arrange abortions based on gender is “concerning”, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said.
Christian Institute: Doctors who agreed to abort babies because they were girls will not be prosecuted, despite there being a “realistic prospect of conviction”.
C-FAM: With its announcement of possible reforms, China has implicitly admitted its forty year-old one child per-family policy has been a failure. The rules led to draconian abuses. There were an estimated 336 million abortions, including forced abortions and sterilizations at the hands of a powerful and intrusive family planning establishment controlling the most intimate aspects of Chinese life.
LifeNews: When the Quebec National Assembly opens this fall, one of the most important issues it will be voting on is Bill 52, a bill to legalize euthanasia. The legislation proposed offers end of life care to those living in Quebec which will include both terminal palliative sedation, as well as medically-assisted dying, or medical aid in dying, a euphemism for euthanasia.
“Despite Country’s Own Laws, Costa Rica Continues to Deny Women Legal Abortion” | Center for Reproductive Rights
Center for Reproductive Rights: The Costa Rican government continues to violate women’s fundamental human rights and its own laws by denying pregnant women medically necessary abortion services, according to a new petition filed today by the Center for Reproductive Rights and Colectiva por el Derecho a Decidir before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
Wesley J. Smith at LifeNews: Belgium is really gearing up its euthanasia followed by organ harvesting regime–and apparently the transplant medical community has no moral qualms. In fact, it has become so morally ho-hum, that it was the subject of discussion at the 21st European Conference on General Thoracic Surgery held in the UK in May.
Guardian: She had a termination even though she was in turmoil about it. Can I get her to see that this man is no good for her?
LifeNews: ChinaAid learned on Aug. 26, 2013 that Chinese Christian Wang Xuebai had been out of contact for several days. It is believed that Wang was detained in connection with her appeals to the government on behalf of her husband.
Christian Institute: The Canadian Government will not reopen a debate on legalising euthanasia, the country’s health minister has said.
LifeNews: A new report from a top international human rights group indicates a Chinese woman has come forward to share the nightmarish details of her forced abortion at nine months of pregnancy.
Independent: A six-year-old Chinese boy has had his eyeballs gouged out by an organ trafficker who stole his corneas to sell on the black market.
LifeNews: A study published in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management – November 2011 titled:Process and Outcomes of Euthanasia Requests Under the Belgian Act on Euthanasia: A Nationwide Survey found that only 5% of requests for euthanasia in Belgium are refused.
Erika L. Sanchez at The Guardian: If women in the US aren’t careful, we might find ourselves in a similar situation as our southern neighbours in Latin America and the Caribbean, which still have extreme abortion restrictions (pdf). Although most Latin American countries are supposedly secular, the Catholic church continues to insert itself into governments.
LifeSiteNews: Canada’s “parliament of medicine” has decided that it will not change its formal position against euthanasia or assisted suicide, narrowly defeating a resolution that urged the federal government to conduct a large-scale public consultation regarding doctors killing patients as a medical act.
CFAM: The British-style phone booth labeled “Talk to God” appeared in a Plaza outside a UN meeting in Uruguay. It sported a poster asking if Virgin Mary’s pregnancy was “desired.” Pedestrians were encouraged to record a message to God denouncing religious “fundamentalism” and praying for legal abortion.
LifeNews: Radical extremists infiltrated yet another UN meeting to promote their agenda which has failed to advance since the population and development conference at Cairo and which is increasingly opposed at major UN meetings by a growing coalition of countries with pro-life laws and policies.
LifeNews: You’ve got to give Dr Philip Nitschke some credit for telling it like it really is. Whilst Australia’s state-based euthanasia lobby groups and their state-based MP supporters argue for limited legislation with so-called safeguards, Nitschke has consistently advocated for legalisation of euthanasia in a virtually unrestricted fashion – save only for the exclusion of minors and people with mental incapacity.
LifeNews: The Daily Telegraph this weekend reports on a new expert study which has raised fears that some clinics may be offering techniques that put the embryo at risk for their own profit. The review, carried out by Dr Justin McCracken, the former head of the Health Protection Agency, highlighted a new technique, known as Pre-Implantation Genetic Screening (PGS), as one which is possibly being offered inappropriately for commercial reasons.
AP: A man who lacks the capacity to give informed consent can be given a vasectomy after he made repeated requests not to have more children, a British court ruled Friday.
LifeNews: Europe’s most audacious effort to protect life is a few thousand signatures away from forcing the European Parliament to schedule a debate on protecting every human life from conception.
Christian Concern: The Irish government has told a Catholic hospital that it must carry out abortions to fall in line with a new abortion law.
LifeSiteNews: The bill proposes euthanasia be open to people with terminal illness likely to cause death within 12 months, or to people with an irreversible physical or mental condition that renders their life unbearable – by their own assessment.
LifeSiteNews: The British Medical Journal (BMJ) has reported that a healthy 16-year-old Australian girl lost all ovarian function and went into menopause after being injected with the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine Gardasil.
Economist: But Mr Wang’s objections are not to the coercion; he opposes abortion itself. His stance would be familiar to Americans, but it is rare in China. Many Chinese oppose the family-planning policy, he says, but as to whether abortion is ethical or not, “most Chinese do not give it a thought”.
C-FAM: A researcher dedicated to bringing risky medical abortion to developing countries has set her sights on Bangladesh. Her new study demonstrates a plan to expand access to abortion pills by using misleading language and an unusual set of laws. The study proposes redefining “menstrual regulation” to include medical as well as surgical methods.
C-FAM: A USAID employee shut down a workshop on abortion complications just hours before doctors were to present at a medical conference in South Korea. Her associate then physically blocked TV cameras from interviewing the physicians.
LifeNews: Officials in India found straw dogs gnawking on the body of an abandoned newborn baby girl who was abandoned on the campus of a medical college.
Breitbart: Two forensic surgeons in the Russian republic of Tatarstan have been questioned in connection with accusations they traded in human body parts, officials say.
Catholic Culture: Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff has signed legislation that allows for the distribution of the “morning-after” pill through the national health system for use by rape victims.
Inter Press Service: Therapeutic abortion refers to the termination of a pregnancy when the mother’s life is at risk, the foetus is deformed or dead, or the pregnancy is the result of incest or rape.
CNSNews: “The Chinese Communist Party periodically modifies the one-child policy, but the coercion at its core remains,” she said. “Reports of these tweaks – especially when mischaracterized by western media – throw the human rights world into confusion and blunt genuine efforts to end forced abortion in China.”
The Atlantic: So why are Europe’s abortion laws not as libertine and laissez-faire as our stereotypes about those countries might suggest? Here’s one way of looking at the difference between abortion laws in Europe and those in the U.S.: in America, abortion laws are about morality, while in Europe, they reflect national ideas of what constitutes the common good.
Rai’s Mundo: A Catholic Archbishop is savaged in Belgium; protestors at a Catholic Church in Spain block exits and doors; in Chile demonstrators interrupt Mass, demolish confessionals, rip out pews and paint profane sacrilegious graffiti throughout the church. Pro-abortion feminists under the guise of promoting “choice” carried out these and other attacks in the last few months. Their actions make it seem that they have declared war on the Catholic Church with no regard for parishioners, common decency or law. Welcome to the pro-choice Jihad.
Christian Institute: In a letter to the Daily Mail, Professor Jack Scarisbrick referred to the latest Department of Health statistics which show that 97 per cent of abortions were performed on mental health grounds.
The Atlantic: Bartering girls in marriage to pay off loans — and not just drug debts — has been practiced in the region for centuries. But it has increased exponentially due to poverty brought on by 30 years of war. Parand said no opium brides have reached out to her group for help. These young girls mostly live on the borders of the country, where trafficking is rampant and access to foreign aid and NGOs limited. That leaves many of these girls having to submit or resist on their own. Some of them commit suicide.
Christian Institute: Irish President Michael D Higgins has this week signed the country’s controversial abortion Bill into law, but a legal challenge is expected.
Irish Times: President Michael D Higgins has signed into law the Government’s Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill. Áras an Uachtaráin confirmed the move in a short statement this afternoon.
LifeSiteNews: Finnish Interior Minister Päivi Räsänen has caused a small uproar with comments comparing abortion to “butchery” and saying that animals are better protected under the law than unborn human beings.
Yahoo News (AP): Pro-abortion demonstrators vandalized Chile’s main cathedral during a Mass and used pews as barricades during clashes with police.
Washington Post (AP): Ireland’s justice minister declared Wednesday that the country must end the “great cruelty” that requires women by law to give birth to infants who are the products of rape or have fatal genetic defects, as the head of state mulled whether to sign the predominantly Catholic country’s first-ever bill on abortion.
LifeSiteNews: As the Irish government is on the edge of legalising abortion, news has broken in the Irish Press that the London Metropolitan Police are investigating the death of the 32-year-old Irish resident, who reportedly bled to death in a taxi from post-surgical complications after being discharged from a Marie Stopes abortion facility in London last year.
LifeSiteNews: Two Family Planning Officials were killed and four suffered injuries Tuesday after a man attacked their office, reported state-run Chinese media. Reports said the man, a father of four, carried knives into the Dongxing City Family Planning Bureau after officials refused to register his over-quota child.
LifeNews: Woman in China’s Guizhou province is in critical condition after family planning officials beat her and forced her to submit to an abortion. The woman, named Li Fengfei, was 18 weeks pregnant at the time of the abortion.
LifeNews: The Labour caucus has a Private Members Bill in the ballet titled “End of Life Choice Bill” in the name of Maryan Street. If passed it would allow doctors to kill their patients or assist in their suicide.
LifeSiteNews: Pro-life leaders are expressing outrage after LifeSiteNews.com revealed Thursday that the U.S. Bishops’ foreign relief agency is funding a leading abortion-marketing firm.
Christian Institute: More than a third of abortions carried out in England and Wales were for women who have previously had a termination, official statistics show. And 33 women were found to have had at least their ninth abortion . . .
Telegraph: Abortion laws should be urgently reviewed amid evidence that pregnancies are being terminated up until full term simply because of cosmetic flaws, according to a committee of MPs and peers.