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1 December 2005

1 December 2005

1 December 2005 SPUC has sent a letter to parliamentarians praising the testimony of Gianna Jessen, the US abortion survivor due to speak in Parliament next week, but warning about the dangers of trying to reduce the upper time limit for abortion.

Paul Tully, SPUC's General Secretary, warned that any lowering of the upper limit for abortion would not include babies with disabilities and would only be accepted in exchange for abortion on demand in early pregnancy.(The full text of the letter can be read here)

Four pharmacists from Illinois have been put on unpaid leave after they refused to dispense the abortifacient morning after pill, The Guardian reports.

Illinois pharmacies are forced by law to dispense the morning after pill and a spokeswoman for Walgreen pharmacies said that the four would stay on unpaid leave "until they either decide to abide by Illinois law or relocate to another state."

[The Guardian, 1 December ] The Supreme Court of Chile has upheld a ruling by a lower court that selling the morning after pill does not violate the country's pro-life laws.

[Medical News Today, 1 December ] The father of a Californian teenager who died after taking the RU-486 abortion drug has urged the Australian government against legalising it.

Monty Patterson wrote to the Australian Medical Association, expressing his hope that the planned vote would consider 'a woman's health, safety and welfare first.' Mr Patterson has sued the drug manufacturers who claim that there is no evidence that Mifeprex caused the deaths of four Californian women.

[Mercury News, 30 November ] The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is holding a special 10th anniversary exhibition about the anti-life crimes of the Nazi regime.

The text for the "Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race" exhibition reads: "Using arguments advanced by some physicians and jurists in the 1920s, the Nazis justified murder in the name of euthanasia--"mercy death"--and enlisted hundreds of asylum directors, pediatricians, psychiatrists, family doctors, and nurses....In October 1939, after Hitler authorized "mercy deaths" for patients deemed "incurable," the murder program expanded from children to adults...Growing public awareness and unrest over the killings influenced Hitler to halt the gassing program. Euthanasia murders resumed in other guises; patients were killed by means of starvation diets and overdoses of medication in hospitals and mental institutions throughout the country." [ ]

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