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Defending life from the moment of conception

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Maternal health key to children in later life

22 July 2009

Maternal health prior to pregnancy may affect children's later health. Studies reported at a meeting in Pittsburgh, America, suggest that maternal nutrition, protein intake and level of fat in the mother's diet may cause damaging changes in her unborn child. [Medical News Today, 22 July]

Other stories:

Rocco Buttiglione, a prominent Catholic Italian politician says pro-lifers went wrong in pitting child against mother [National Catholic Reporter, 17 July]

Cardinal Antonio Canizares, a senior Vatican official, says that Spain's laws, which "must protect the defenceless, are being used today to eliminate those who are weak, innocent and defenceless." [Catholic News Agency, 21 July]

A doctor in Spain who ran several abortion centres that did illegal abortions has been reinstated by the Barcelona Medical College [, 20 July]

NARAL, one of America's main pro-abortion groups, has endorsed Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the US supreme court [, 21 July]

UK's Medical Research Council announces funding for adult stem cell projects [Medical Research Council, 20 July]

One of Ireland's first sextuplets has died. [BBC, 21 July]

Millions of pounds which the government allocated for the care of terminally ill patients is not reaching the people it was intended to help, a hospice charity has claimed [Western Morning News, 20 July]

Op-ed: "What's so civilised about a couple killing themselves?" [Belfast Telegraph, 21 July]

Irish op-ed supporting assisted suicide: "Nobody, nobody, can deny you the right to control your own destiny" [Irish Independent, 17 July]

Fathers to get £30 DNA paternity test over the counter [Daily Mail, 18 July]

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