LifeSiteNews.com - Monday November 29, 2004
* Canada Dumping Tens of Millions into Controversial United Nations Population Control Agency
* Australian Medical Authority Suggests Catholic Teaching is Biased and Unethical
* Abstinence and Fidelity are Key to Fighting AIDS Researchers Acknowledge
* Canadian Pro-Bush Rally to Counter Anti-Bush Demonstrators'
* US Supreme Court Rejects Massachusetts Gay "Marriage" Challenge
* Ecuador Ministry of Health Pulls Morning After Pills off Pharmacy Shelves
* Archbishop Burke Pledges to Continue Fight over Pro-Abortion "Catholic" Politicians
* Switzerland Votes in Embryonic Stem Cell Research
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Monday November 29, 2004
Canada Dumping Tens of Millions into Controversial United Nations Population Control Agency
Announcement of Increased Funding to be made during Bush Visit
OTTAWA, November 29, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Canada is increasing its contribution to the controversial United Nations population control arm UNFPA. The Toronto Star reports today that the official announcement of the increased funding will come during the visit of President Bush to Canada, and will an indication of Canada's "independence". For the past three years the Bush Administration has denied the UNFPA funding, due to the organization's collusion with China's coercive one-child program. Nonetheless, Canada is set to announce a $67 million increase (over four years) to its annual $13.1 million UNFPA contribution.
To determine the extent of UNPFA's involvement with the Chinese coercive one-child program, the US sent an investigation team to China. Explaining the findings, then Secretary of State Colin Powell explained that "UNFPA's support of, and involvement in, China's population-planning activities allows the Chinese government to implement more effectively its program of coercive abortion."
The investigative team sent to China in May 2002 found, for instance, that UNFPA works in one county in which women who have more than one child must pay a "social compensation fee," a penalty sometimes as high as three years worth of income. Such "crushing fines", said Powell, constitute a "program of coercive abortion" since they "have the purpose or effect of forcing mothers to have abortions." According to Powell, "UNFPA is helping improve the administration of the local family planning offices that are administering the very social compensation fee and other penalties that are effectively coercing women to have abortions."
Of note, the Toronto Star, in its coverage, quotes the same State Department report, but conveniently leaves out the condemning sections choosing only the portion of the report where it suggests UNFPA is not "knowingly" cooperating in forced abortion. While other parts of the report demonstrate that UNFPA is indeed cooperating in the program of forced abortion, the Toronto Star quotes only the sentence: "Based on what we heard, saw, and read, we find no evidence that UNFPA has knowingly supported or participated in the management of a program of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization in the (People's Republic of China). Indeed, UNFPA has registered its strong opposition to such practices."
Campaign Life Coalition, the political arm of the pro-life movement in Canada expressed outrage at the move. CLC International Affairs Officer Samantha Singson said, "It is shocking and disgraceful that the Canadian government should approve any increase in funding to the UNFPA without making any of its own efforts to investigate allegations of UNFPA's involvement in forced abortions and sterilizations in China."
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Australian Medical Authority Suggests Catholic Teaching is Biased and Unethical
FREMANTLE, November 29, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The newly established Catholic medical school in Fremantle Australia has just run into the one hard and fast rule in the world of bioethics; the only moral evil is to say anything is a moral evil.
Fremantle's University of Notre Dame received official accreditation from the Australian Medical Council yesterday for its medical school. The AMC in its approval of the school has expressed "concerns" about possible "bias" in the school's ethics classes on the grounds that Catholic teaching breaks the bioethicists' code of absolute moral indifference on abortion, homosexuality, and contraception, seemingly the bioethics world's triumvirate of sacrosanct issues.
The school, which is in the diocese of Perth, has 80 students waiting to begin classes in February in a four-year post-graduate degree programme. Units in theology, philosophy and ethics are compulsory. The AMC report targeted Catholic teaching on homosexuality, abortion, contraception, IVF and euthanasia as presenting problems "which may affect the provision of teaching and clinical experience which is both adequate and unbiased."
But the state of medical ethics training in many Catholic institutions of higher learning should put to rest the AMC's concerns. Notre Dame's Professor Adrian Bower who helped establish the school said that there would be no problems of Catholic bias. He told the West Australian that the courses in theology were about "questions of humanity, spirituality and a range of different faiths."
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Abstinence and Fidelity are Key to Fighting AIDS Researchers Acknowledge
WASHINGTON, November 29, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) - An article published in the current issue of The Lancet, signed by nearly 150 HIV/AIDS experts from over 35 countries has acknowledged that abstinence and being faithful in marriage are key to stopping AIDS. The article calls for following evidenced-based approaches and looks to Uganda's ABC model as a successful campaign against the deadly virus.
The latest UN conference looking at AIDS demonstrated the hostility of many AIDS researchers and academics towards the Ugandan ABC program which has been backed by the Bush Administration.
( http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2004/jul/04071602.html ) While some may see ABC (Abstain, Be faithful/reduce partners, use Condoms) push in the Lancet as a success, others have seen a major watering down of the ABC approach.
While the Ugandan model shunned the use of condoms and resorted to them only as a last resort (http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2004/jul/04071201.html ), the ABC model, agreed upon by the Lancet signers says, "All three elements of this approach are essential to reducing HIV incidence, although the emphasis placed on individual elements needs to vary according to the target population. Although the overall programmatic mix should include an appropriate balance of A, B, and C interventions, it is not essential that every organisation promote all three elements: each can focus on the part(s) they are most comfortable supporting."
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Canadian Pro-Bush Rally to Counter Anti-Bush Demonstrators'
OTTAWA, November 29, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Free Dominion, "The Voice of Principled Conservatism," is one group planning a counter-demonstration in support of US President George W. Bush's visit to Ottawa Tuesday. Co-founder Connie Wilkins is hoping the police will be firm with any anti-Bush factions who get out of hand.
Wilkins told the Canadian Press that she is confused by the amount of anti-American sentiment among Canadians and politicians. Free Dominion, which she co-founded, is a Canadian conservative political news forum with no particular political affiliation. It allows about 5,000 members a forum for discussion of their views.
"We stand behind the United States and we stand behind their president," Wilkins told the CP. "We consider them as our allies and their country as our friend."
"If it had been the CN Tower that had been bombed instead of the World Trade Center, the U.S. would have been right there."
Here are the details for the rally in support of President Bush's visit to Canada:
South Keys Shopping Centre
2212 Bank Street
Near Outback Steakhouse
Tues. Nov. 30
Visit Free Dominion:
US Supreme Court Rejects Massachusetts Gay "Marriage" Challenge
WASHINGTON, November 29, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The US Supreme Court rejected Monday a bid challenging the Massachusetts law allowing same-sex "marriage." The Court declined the hearing without comment.
In 2003, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ordered the state government to rewrite marriage laws to include same-sex couples. Since the decision, approximately 3,000 same-sex Massachusetts couples have 'married'. Robert Largess, Vice President of the Catholic Action League, along with eleven Massachusetts legislators launched the suit. Their initial challenge, heard at the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston, was lost.
In 2006, it is predicted that the issue will come before voters in a referendum during the next Massachusetts election. Earlier this month, 11 out of 11 states voted overwhelmingly to preserve marriage as the union of one man and one woman, while President George W. Bush has promised to enact a constitutional amendment on marriage while in office.
"This decision highlights the need for an amendment to the United States Constitution protecting marriage and defining it as the union of one man and one woman," Mathew Staver, President and General Counsel of Liberty Counsel, said in a release. Liberty Counsel represented Largess and the legislators in the suit. "Marriage will be defined by someone. I would rather have it defined by the people of the United States instead of the judiciary."
"This battle is far from over," he concluded. "The Constitution should protect the citizens of Massachusetts from their own state Supreme Court's usurpation of power."
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Ecuador Ministry of Health Pulls Morning After Pills off Pharmacy Shelves
QUITO, November 29 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Ecuadorian Ministry of Health has ordered the removal of abortifacient "morning-after" pills off pharmacy shelves on the grounds of a "prescribed fault" in its pricing. The decision comes while pro-lifers in the tiny South American country, work to have the pill banned completely. Director of Health of the coastal province of the Guayas, Robert Blum, said that the pill sold under the brand name, Prostinor 2, "does not have authorization to be sold."
On November 15, the physicians association of Ecuador joined in the Ecuadorian Catholic Bishops' conference efforts to have the pill banned completely because of its abortifacient effect. Luis Sanchez, President of the Medical Federation of Ecuador said, "The morning after pill cannot be classified as a contraceptive method because by its very nature it acts against something that has already been conceived."
Bishop Antonio Arregui, Vice President of the Bishops Conference of Ecuador, said, "What is being sought here by the sale of these products is the introduction into Ecuadorian society of a certain insensitivity to what amounts to an attack on human life."
Planned Parenthood International has worked to insinuate the contraceptive mentality into Ecuador through its affiliate, AsociaciÃ³n Pro-Bienestar de la Familia Ecuatoriana, which works primarily through 150 annual 'sex education' workshops for adolescents. Ecuador is 91.53% Catholic and still retains a 3.6% fertility rate.
Archbishop Burke Pledges to Continue Fight over Pro-Abortion "Catholic" Politicians
ROME, November 29, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Since the US election many pro-life Catholics have been asking if the struggle over pro-abortion public figures receiving communion is a dead issue.
Archbishop James Burke of St. Louis, the leader among the US bishops in the drive to refuse Holy Communion to public dissenters from essential teachings of the Catholic religion, said this week that the battle in the US Catholic Church is not over. During the run-up to the election, Burke was the most prominent among a minority of bishops who said they would be willing to uphold Church Law that requires that, 'manifest grave sinners,' be refused communion until they recant.
Burke said from Rome, "These are questions that are at the very foundation of the life of our country. We just simply have to continue to address them." He told CNS news, "There's no sense on my part of having accomplished something and now being finished with it."
Headlines were made by the self-proclaimed "Catholic" John Kerry's insistence that he remains a good Catholic while being one of the most energetic supporters of abortion in the Senate. While the battle over the oval office was being fought, a deep and disturbing division was revealed within the US Catholic Church over this most fundamental issue. A small group of bishops upheld the Vatican's directive to refuse communion to pro-abortion "Catholic" politicians.
Judie Brown at American Life League issued a media release last week asking the US episcopate not to drop the issue. The release was in response to the issuing, by Cardinal McCarrick of Washington, of a written report that said there would be no organized refusal of communion to pro-abortion public figures by the US Catholic Bishops' Conference.
Brown said, "The American bishops have failed to address the real problem: one cannot be both Catholic and pro-abortionâ€¦Cardinal McCarrick's task force report clearly displayed the bishops' conference's unwillingness to enforce Church teaching on this grave matter."
Burke says that the job ahead is to strengthen that teaching which he says is "very weak at the present moment."
Burke said that the high proportion of those polled on election day who said they voted on 'moral issues' is a heartening note. "That is encouraging to me," he said. "It is also a great challenge, because now it falls to the church and to other moral leaders to continue to raise these questions, to write about them, to engage in civic discourse so that they continue to have that priority."
"Let's just be honest, the application of the church's discipline in this regard is weak," he said.
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Switzerland Votes in Embryonic Stem Cell Research
BERNE, November 29, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Fully two-thirds of Swiss voters were in favour of legalizing embryonic stem-cell research, according to a recent country-wide referendum.
The Swiss government, universities and the pharmaceutical industry all promoted a "yes" vote, according to the BBC. Opinion polls before the referendum indicated as many as 20 percent of voters were confused and unsure how they would cast their vote. In the end, 66 percent voted in favour of the destructive research.
Although stem cells derived from adult cells and umbilical cord blood have repeatedly demonstrated effectiveness for a wide array of conditions, stem cells derived from human embryos have never proven to have any clinical efficacy.
In an interview with LifeSiteNews.com last year, Dr. Peter Hollands, who holds a PhD in Stem Cell Biology from Cambridge University in the UK, said, "Embryonic stem cells have many legal, moral, ethical and religious objections before even the practicalities of obtaining the cells, growing them, storing them and not least transplanting them are addressed. Adult and umbilical cord blood stem cells are readily available, have no objections associated with them and are tried and tested in clinical use. Umbilical cord blood stem cells, for example, have been used over 3000 times for 45 different diseases!"
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