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Weekly Summary: 23 - 30 November

30 November 2005

Catch up on all the big news stories from the past week - here are some you may have missed:

A South Korean pioneer of human cloning has apologised and resigned from all his official posts after admitting that he used ova from paid donors and donated by women from his research team. Earlier in the month, a researcher from the University of Pittsburgh ended his collaboration with Hwang Woo-Suk over concerns about the origin of ova. [Interactive Investor, 24 November]

Clinica Ginemedex, the Spanish clinic exposed by undercover Telegraph reporters for performing illegal late abortions on British women, performed an abortion on a young Muslim woman after her father and brothers murdered her fiancé, the Telegraph reports. Thames Valley Police are considering prosecuting Chomir Ali and his sons, who have already been convicted of the murder of Arash Ghorbani-Zarin. Mr Ghorbani-Zarin's father said 'Manna's family have not only killed my son but also my unborn grandchild. We would have looked after the child and it would have had a loving family'. [Daily Telegraph, 27 November]

Drs John and Evelyn Billings, the husband and wife team who developed the method of natural family planning known as the Billings Ovulation Method, have been awarded an honorary doctorate in medicine by the University of Rome. A spokesperson for WOOMB (World Organisation Ovulation Method Billings) said that the event reflects a growing recognition among Universities of 'the scientific, medical, cultural and social value of natural methods'. [ 25 November]

Pope Benedict XVI has encouraged pro-life activists in their campaign against the legalisation of abortion in Brazil. Brazil's bishops have described plans to legalise abortion as "a frontal attack on the basic right of every human being: the right to be born." [LifeNews, 23 November] The erroneously named pro-abortion group 'Catholics' for a Free Choice and the Inter-European Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development have invited a group of Members of the European Parliament to promote abortion in Brazil and Peru. [LifeNews, 22 November]

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