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May 2005

BELGIAN BISHOPS OPPOSE GAY ADOPTION
Belgium's Catholic bishops announced their opposition to plans to legalize adoption by same-sex couples, two years after the country legalized same-sex marriage. "This perspective is profoundly worrying to us," the bishops conference said in a statement. "In the current context, such a measure would only strengthen the idea that homosexual ...
BISHOP MOBILIZES PARAGUAYANS TO DEFEND LIFE, FAMILY
As debate looms in the Paraguayan Congress over a new law that would open the door to abortion and same-sex "marriages," Archbishop Pastor Cuquejo of Asuncion called on the faithful to gather outside his cathedral on Wednesday to protest in defense of life and the family. The proposed bill, which ...
MANILA, PILLS AND CONDOMS GO UNDERGROUND
Our latest series is on the simmering controversy on population control. We look at two local governments — Manila and Pangasinan. The first is a horror story as far as women’s rights advocates and family-planning NGOs are concerned. Our report shows that under Mayor Lito Atienza, NGOs giving out contraceptives ...
SPANISH GROUP FIGHTS SAME-SEX ADOPTIONS
Professionals in Spain are joining in an effort to bar same-sex couples from adopting children, the Fides news service reports. “Children have Rights” is the title of a campaign launched by the Federation of Associations of Professionals of Ethics (FAPE) to prevent a proposed amendment to Spain’s civil code that ...
ACTION TO STOP PRESCRIPTION OF THE MORNING AFTER PILL
A mother is taking legal action to stop her teenage daughters from being prescribed the morning after pill, The Times of London reports. Julie Kosmala is acting to defend her parental rights following a decision at her daughters' school to offer 'fast track' appointments to under-16s seeking the morning after ...
MUSLIM CLERICS DISRUPT SAME-SEX "WEDDING"
Angry radical Muslim clerics in Zanzibar forcibly halted a ceremony in which two homosexual lovers were planning to exchange marriage vows. Upon hearing about the plans, Islamic leaders burst in on the ceremony, assaulting the couple, local sources report. Police arrested the couple, as well as several of the Muslim ...
UN-funded lawyers sue to change Colombia abortion laws
On April 14, abortion activists in Colombia mounted a monumental legal challenge to the South American country's total ban on abortion, claiming that international treaties establish abortion as a constitutional right in at least some cases. Colombia's constitution, like the constitutions of several other countries including Germany, states that international ...

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