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UK marginalizes pro-life doctors

Pro-life doctors in the UK have been excluded from practicing in the specialty “sexual and reproductive health” by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, according to LifeSiteNews.com. The rule covers anyone who refuses to prescribe any form of contraception, even those that may have abortifacient effects.

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Belgium’s euthanasia law and European pro-life movement

Belgium’s new law is most distressing not only because of the lost lives of the innocent children, but also, as Richard Stith points out, marks a new low in our devaluing the intrinsic life of each individual person.  As Archbishop Leonard, the primate of the Catholic Church in Belgium is quoted as warning in this […]

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Abortion Europe

EU rejects making abortion a human right.

Good news from the EU. According to the National Catholic Register, the EU Parliament has rejected a report that proposed that EU define abortion as a human right.  The parliament accepted alternative reports that reaffirmed that decisions about abortion and sex education belong to the individual member nations

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Moral Theology and the Irish abortion law

LifeSiteNews.com, in “Ireland’s abortion bill the result of 40 years of bad moral theology: priest/professor,” reports that a leading Catholic moral theologian and long-time defender of life, Fr. Vincent Twomey, blames the passage of the recent Irish abortion law on years of bad moral theology training in the seminaries that is “radically at variance with […]

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Abortion Rules in Europe

A recent BBC article lists the various rules for abortion in European countries. Malta is the only country that has a complete ban. Many countries allow it “on request,” but usually not after 12 weeks. Sweden allows it on request up to 18 weeks. Any country that allows it beyond 18 weeks has certain conditions, […]

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Liechtenstein rejects legalized abortion and UN pressure

Voters in this small European country rejected a national referendum that would have legalized abortion during the first twelve weeks of pregnancy. Current law permits abortion only in cases in which the mother’s life is in danger or the mother is under fourteen years-of-age at the time of conception. Women obtaining illegal abortions may be […]

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Austrians Debate Abortion in Public Hospitals

In 1974 Austria removed all criminal penalties for abortions in the first three months of pregancy. While most people interpret this action as making abortion legal, some public authorities argue that the change merely removed any penalty for conduct that remains illegal (or at least publiclly disfavored). The change was challenged on the basis that […]

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Peer review and life issues

Many pieces of legislation related to life are attacked as based on “junk science” or politicized science. One response to these attacks has been a Presidental Memorandum by President Obama on scientific integrity. One “proof” often offered in defense of a piece of research is that it has been published in a “peer reviewed journal.” […]

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Abortion and Crime Reduction in Europe

An interesting new article on the impact of abortion on crime rates has been posted on SSRN. The authors of Crime in Europe and the United States: Dissecting the ‘Reversal of Misfortunes’ describe their paper thus: Contrary to common perceptions, today both property and violent crimes (with the exception of homicides) are more widespread in […]

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Poland’s Abortion Law Complies with International Law

LifeNews.com has a well researched article arguing that the recently enacted law strictly limiting abortion in Poland complies with international law. Current Polish law provides three exceptions for abortions: abortion is legal until the twelfth week of pregnancy where the pregnancy endangers the mother’s life or health (medical abortion); when prenatal tests or other medical […]