Ottawa hasn’t decided on New Brunswick abortion funding
CHARLOTTETOWN — At a meeting of the Canadian Medical Association, federal Health Minister Tony Clement told reporters no decision has been made on how to deal with New Brunswick’s refusal to fund private abortion sites. New Brunswick only pays for “medically necessary” abortions in public hospitals up to 12 weeks of pregnancy. Under the Liberal government, then-health minister Ujjal Dosanjh threatened to force New Brunswick to pay for abortions committed at private facilities or else face reductions in federal-provincial transfers or a possible lawsuit.
United States approves Plan B over-the-counter
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced its approval of Plan B, the abortifacient “morning-after pill” as a non-prescription drug to anyone over 18. Under the FDA’s rules, Barr Pharmaceuticals Inc. will be allowed to distribute Plan B on a dual prescription program that requires women over 18 to show proof of age and minors to exhibit a doctor’s prescription. The company claims two Plan B pills “prevent” pregnancy when taken within 72 hours of sexual intercourse, although pro-lifers note that it often does not “prevent pregnancy” but rather, prevents the fertilized ovum from implanting in the womb, denying the embryonic human being its nourishing endometrium. Human Life International’s Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer said the FDA was inconsistent in permitting Plan B while vetoing embryonic stem cell research.
South Korea suffers lowest birthrate
SEOUL — South Korea now claims the lowest birthrate in the world, according to South Korea’s National Statistical Office. The NSO announced that South Korea’s total fertility rate dropped to 1.08 last year, down from 1.16 in 2004. The country’s birthrate has steadily dropped over the decades, from 4.53 in 1970 to the current level, which is half the replacement rate of 2.2 required to maintain its population level. If South Korea continues along these lines, its population of 48.5 million will decrease by 13 per cent to 42.3 million in 2050. The government is offering tax incentives and daycare services for families who have two or more children.
One-child opponent jailed
BEIJING — Chen Guangcheng, 35, a Chinese human rights activist who has made known China’s brutal forced abortion practices, has been sentenced to four years and three months in prison after what human rights and pro-life groups are calling a farcical trial. Dates for hearings were routinely changed and trumped up charges were made against his lawyers, both of which impeded a co-ordinated legal defence. Chen’s supporters say his conviction on the charges of “wilful destruction of public property” and “gathering a crowd to disrupt traffic” was groundless, the latest attempt by the Chinese government to silence the human rights crusader. Over the past two years, Chen and his family members have been regularly beaten by hired thugs and kept under house arrest.
Australia reviews ban on overseas abortion funding
CANBERRA — Alexander Downer, the Australian foreign minister, has ordered a review of his nation’s decade-long ban on overseas funding for abortion in response to mounting political pressure, including from within his own caucus. Abortion proponents have escalated pressure on the government to change its policy (similar to a U.S. ban on foreign funding of abortion) claiming concern that “unsafe” abortions are costing the lives of thousands of women in Australia’s neighboring countries, namely Papua New Guinea, East Timor and Myanmar. Suzanne Belton, a Charles Darwin University researcher, claims that Australia undertook an obligation to fund international abortion when it signed the 1983 UN Convention on Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women. Pro-lifers note that exaggerating the number of maternal deaths has long been a strategy of abortion advocates.
Singer would kill disabled infants
PRINCETON — In an interview with the British daily The Independent, notorious Princeton University Professor Peter Singer repeated his advocacy of killing the disabled. Asked, “Would you kill a disabled baby?” Singer responded: “Yes, if that was in the best interests of the baby and of the family as a whole.” Singer continued: “Many people find this shocking, yet they support a woman’s right to have an abortion.”