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10 August 2005

10 August 2005

10 August 2005 Three anonymous Irish women have launched a complaint against their country's constitution in the European Court of Human Rights. The three have had "crisis pregnancies" - and may have gone abroad to have abortions . The Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA), which is "facilitating" the legal effort, has launched a campaign, aiming to use it to make abortion their priority issue. IFPA has enlisted the radical pro-abortion campaigner and lawyer Ivana Bacik as spokesperson for the campaign. The family planning group's press release also says, however, that "abortion is not an appropriate method of family planning and it should therefore only act as a solution to a crisis rather than a means of regulating a woman's fertility." IFPA says it will lobby politicians before and during the 2007 election campaign. [LifeSite and IFPA , 9 August] A video message from Mr Kofi Annan, the UN secretary general, will be played to a Catholic conference in Germany on Monday (15 August). Our source points out that Mr Annan supports population control and abortion. Ms Eveline Herfkens, coordinator of the UN's millennium campaign, will address the World Youth Day in Cologne in person. As a Dutch government minister, she is said to have supported a project by a Dutch pro-abortion group to provide abortions on a ship outside territorial waters. [LifeSite, 9 August ] An abortion doctor in Australia has been charged with manslaughter after allegedly inducing a birth at between 21 and 24 weeks' gestation. Dr Suman Sood of Sydney is said to have given drugs to a 20-year-old woman who later gave birth at home to a son weighing 520 grams (18 ounces) who survived for just a few hours. [LifeSite, 9 August ] The US Food and Drug Administration is expect to rule by the end of this month on whether morning-after pills can be sold without a prescription. [AP on CNN, 9 August ]

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