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Suffering patients need understanding and sound medical treatment, not encouragement to kill themselves. We agree with the court that the existing Canadian laws against doctor-prescribed death protect all Canadians, including the most vulnerable, such as those who are ill, disabled, or elderly.
LifeSiteNews: An article written by Adam Withnall and published in the The Independent on October 8, 2013 is reporting that the Belgian parliament has resumed its debate on the extension of euthanasia to children with disabilities and people with Alzheimer’s/dementia.
Turtle Bay and Beyond: At its last meeting (7 October 2013), the Grand Chamber panel of five judges decided to refer the case of Alda Gross v. Switzerland (application no. 67810/10) to the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights. The case concerns the complaint of an elderly woman, who wishes to end her life but does not suffer from a clinical illness, that she was unable to obtain a lethal dose of a drug in order to commit an “assisted suicide”.
Australian doctor could be struck off after refusing to carry out abortion on woman who didn’t want to have a girl
Daily Mail: An Australian doctor could be struck off for refusing to abort a baby girl because the child’s parents only wanted to have a boy.
AP: Women from the feminist group Femen have staged a topless protest in the Spanish Parliament against the conservative government’s planned abortion law reform.
Christian Concern: Dominic Grieve, the Attorney General, is under pressure to explain the decision of the Crown Prosecution Service not to prosecute two doctors revealed to be offering abortions based on gender.
Evangelical Fellowship of Canada: The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC) today released a detailed analysis of Bill 52, a provincial bill which would permit euthanasia in Quebec. In the paper, Quebec’s Bill 52: Euphemisms for Euthanasia, the EFC recommends that the elected members of Quebec’s Assemblée nationale act to stop the proposed legislation.
LifeNews: 9News National in Melbourne, Australia, reported this morning that Dr. Mark Hobart has been under investigation for months after refusing parents’ request to abort their daughter. The couple reportedly sought an abortion because they had discovered that they were pregnant with a girl. Despite the investigation, Dr. Hobart defended his decision. “The pregnancy was well advanced, and I refused to refer the patient because there was no medical reason to do it.”
Guardian: It would be impossible to prove that two doctors authorised abortions solely on the basis of the baby’s gender, the director of public prosecutions has said in an explanation of why charges were not brought against them.
Telegraph: Doctors have been informed that they can carry out sex-selective abortions in certain circumstances, the Director of Public Prosecutions has disclosed.
Christian Concern: Two of the most prominent figures in the abortion debate went head to head last night in London over the issue of whether it is right to use graphic abortion imagery outside UK abortion clinics.
Washington Times: A pregnant Chinese mother of one was unceremoniously yanked from her bed in the middle of the night, dragged to a medical facility and forced to abort her unborn child, just three months shy of her projected delivery date.
Rebecca Oas at C-Fam: Connelly’s question illustrates the uneasy fit between the global feminist movement and the population control movement, which have found common ground in promoting contraception. To feminists, family planning (that is, avoiding children) is a means for women to achieve their aspirations; for environmentalists it is a way to ensure fewer people.
NC Register: Dr. Helen Watt discusses the objective morality of new scientific research in genetics and embryology.
Catholic Culture: Father Kevin Doran told the Irish Catholic that he left the governing board because “I can’t reconcile my own conscience with thee statement, largely because I feel a Catholic hospital has to bear witness.”
LifeSiteNews: In a dramatic move, New Zealand’s Labour MP, Maryan Street has withdrawn her End of Life Choice Bill from the parliamentary ballot box.
LifeSiteNews: In an exclusive interview with ChinaAid.org, 31-year-old Li Fengfei relayed the horrifying story of her forced abortion at the hands of Chinese family planning officials. Li was newly pregnant with an unauthorized second child in her hometown of Qingmen, Qinsha county, in April when superiors at her job unlawfully framed her for embezzling money from the business.
AP: Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng announced Wednesday that he had new affiliations with three U.S. institutions after leaving New York University under disputed circumstances. He said they would provide him a fresh platform to speak out against the Chinese’s government’s “inhumane brutality.”
Telegraph: A Belgian has been killed by medical euthanasia after pleading for death because a botched sex change operation to turn her into a man had resulted in “a monster”.
ProLife.org.uk: On September 20th, during a Papal Audience, a man drew close to Pope Francis, carrying with him a somewhat suspicious looking bag. Inside were half a dozen surgical instruments of various types and sizes which he, Dr Antonio Oriente from Messina, ex-abortion gynaecologist, wanted to deliver at all costs to the Holy Father.
AP: The world is aging so fast that most countries are not prepared to support their swelling numbers of elderly people, according to a global study being issued Tuesday by the United Nations and an elder rights group.
The Guardian: UN secretary-general urges global response to clear message from scientists that climate change is human-induced.
Wesley J. Smith at LifeNews: Medicine is becoming a one-way street. If a patient wants to refuse treatment in order to die–sacrosanct! That’s fine. But it should work both ways. Nope. Increasingly, if a patient wants treatment to extend life–not your call!
Irish Times: The Mater Hospital in Dublin has said it will comply with the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013. In a brief statement issued yesterday the hospital said it would comply with the Act, which sets out the circumstances where a termination of pregnancy may be performed.
Turtle Bay and Beyond: A recent congressional briefing examined the lethal side effects of the long-acting contraceptive injectable Depo Provera and the targeting of Black and Latina women to receive it.
LifeSiteNews: The Catholic Women’s League (CWL) of Canada is urging Prime Minister Stephen Harper to champion a bill that would end the “heinous” practice of sex-selective abortion.
BC Catholic: A U.S. religious liberty group and a Mexican development organization are holding a seminar at the United Nations to advocate the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals in a way that respects human life and the family. “At this crucial time in history when the sanctity of life and the human family are assaulted at every turn, there is an urgent need to address delegates of the United Nation and make them aware of the importance of protecting the dignity and freedom of every human being,” Alan Sears, the president, CEO, and general counsel of Alliance Defending Freedom, said Sept. 18. “Every innocent life deserves to be protected,” he added. [more]
Telegraph: The number of Dutch people killed by medical euthanasia has more than doubled in the 10 years since legislation was changed to permit it, rising 13 per cent last year to 4,188.
LifeSiteNews: Over 80,000 people gathered in the Slovakian town of Košice yesterday for the country’s first ever March for Life, a number that has astonished even the event’s organisers. “Such a number of people no one expected,” one eyewitness told local news services.
LifeSiteNews: A grandmother visiting family in Calgary, Alberta last month was startled one morning to find that her car, which had pro-life bumper stickers, was completely trashed.
LifeNews: The United Nations estimates nearly 200 million girls around the world are “missing.” Why? A new documentary entitled “It’s a Girl” asks this heartbreaking question and provides an equally heartbreaking answer: gendercide. From the film’s official website . . .
CNA: “Our call to action today is to move more quickly to a brighter future – achieving the Millennium Goals more quickly — by ‘going back to the basics’ – looking ahead by rediscovering and mirroring the founding purposes of this United Nations and the enactment of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” Alan Sears, the president of Alliance Defending Freedom, said Sept. 19. [also posted at NC Register]
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.
Turtle Bay and Beyond: Yesterday Alliance Defending Freedom hosted an event at UN headquarters in New York on the importance of protecting human life and dignity and strengthening families in order to achieve old and new Development Goals. The complete event can be seen on the UN’s webcast.
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.
Kathyrn Jean Lopez of NRO at Fox News: Not everything in the world is about sex and politics. That message may take the New York Times a few more homilies and interviews with Pope Francis to understand. The Catholic Church – or at least those preachers and teachers who are outspoken on matters concerning human sexuality, especially when catechetical discussions are turned into clashes in the public square for political or cultural reasons – is often accused of being obsessed with sex. But the obsession might just be the media’s.
AP: Prosecutors dropped a human trafficking case on Friday against a Saudi princess after a Kenyan maid alleged her passport had been taken away and she had been forced to work long hours for meager pay.
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
Patheos: “At this crucial time in history when the sanctity of life and the human family are assaulted at every turn, there is an urgent need to address delegates of the United Nation and make them aware of the importance of protecting the dignity and freedom of every human being,” Alan Sears, the president, CEO and general counsel of Alliance Defending Freedom, said Sept. 18. “Every innocent life deserves to be protected,” he added . . . The Alliance Defending Freedom has a special website on the Millennium Development Goals and the Thursday seminar at www.alliancedefendingfreedom.org/MDGs.
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.
LifeSiteNews: Promoting life and family in the nations is the goal of next week’s event sponsored by Alliance Defending Freedom and Incluyendo Mexico. This United Nations Side Event “Life and Family: A Real Approach to the Millennium Development Goals,” seeks to offer information that will help strengthen a focus toward life as the UN strives to reach its Millennium Development Goals. . . Alliance Defending Freedom President, CEO, and General Counsel Alan Sears said: At this crucial time in history when the sanctity of life and the human family are assaulted at every turn, there is an urgent need to address delegates of the United Nation and make them aware of the importance of protecting the dignity and freedom of every human being.
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.
Live Action News: Promoting life and family in the nations is the goal of next week’s event sponsored by Alliance Defending Freedom and Incluyendo Mexico. This United Nations Side Event “Life and Family: A Real Approach to the Millennium Development Goals,” seeks to offer information that will help strengthen a focus toward life as the UN strives to reach its Millennium Development Goals . . . Alliance Defending Freedom President, CEO, and General Counsel Alan Sears said: “At this crucial time in history when the sanctity of life and the human family are assaulted at every turn, there is an urgent need to address delegates of the United Nation and make them aware of the importance of protecting the dignity and freedom of every human being.”
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.
LifeNews: Christian Medical Fellowship has recently published a paper on ‘three parent embryos for mitochondrial disease’ which was strongly critical of this new technology on both theological and scientific grounds.
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.
LifeNews: provinces in China collected a total of $2 billion (12.8 billion Chinese yuan) in fines last year for violations of the One-Child Policy, according to a study by 21st Century Business Herald, as reported by state-controlled outlet China Daily.
“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?
LifeSiteNews: Chilean ex-president Michelle Bachelet, now presidential candidate for Nueva Mayoría (New Mayority), has declared in a recent interview that if elected she plans to follow her agenda on “homosexual or ‘egalitarian marriage’ and gay adoption” – a policy she plans to enact “little by little.”
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.
LifeSiteNews: Representatives of 38 Latin American and Caribbean countries have signed onto a document that includes language urging the region to, “Ensure … the availability of safe, good-quality abortion services for women with unwanted and unaccepted pregnancies.”
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.