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Peruvian bishops condemn abortion bill

13 October 2009

Peru's Catholic bishops have condemned a bill to allow abortion in the cases of rape and foetal deformity. The Peruvian bishops' conference said: "[H]ow can we accept the death penalty for an embryo that hasn't even had the time to commit a mistake and cannot even defend itself?" The bill has been approved by a committee and is due to be debated by the full Peruvian Congress. [Channel News Asia, 13 October]

A lawyer who assisted a jailed activist against China's one-child policy was denied the Nobel Peace Prize given instead to Barack Obama, the pro-abortion American president. Hu Jia was the attorney for Chen Guangcheng, who was jailed for his exposure of the Chinese Communist regime's policy of forced abortions. [, 9 October] Mr Obama has released hundreds of millions of dollars of US federal funding for pro-abortion and population control groups complicit in China's one-child policy.

A man who was wrongly diagnosed with cancer has been starved and dehydrated on the Liverpool Care Pathway. Jack Jones, 76, had pneumonia and died after two weeks following denial of food and fluids. [Daily Mail, 13 October] SPUC has warned that the Pathway may result in euthanasia.

Other stories:

Child rights convention protects unborn says Holy See [John Smeaton, 12 October]

SPUC contrasts Catholic prelates' comments on Lisbon treaty [John Smeaton, 12 October]

Vatican newspaper criticises Obama Nobel award, citing his pro-abortion stance [Catholic News Agency, 12 October]

Scientist who backs embryo-destruction appointed to Vatican science academy [Catholic News Agency, 12 October]

Birth control pills unpopular in Japan [Japan Today via IPPF, 12 October]

Government statement on chief prosecutor's new rules on assisted suicide [Hansard, 12 October]

High Court reinstates nurse who exposed neglect [Independent, 13 October]

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