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Advertising body approves offensive Marie Stopes abortion ad

5 August 2010

A ruling by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) in favour of a television advertisement by Marie Stopes International (MSI), one of Britain's main abortion providers, has been condemned by SPUC. Paul Tully, SPUC general secretary, said abortion advertising was dishonest and deceitful whether it promoted abortion directly or under the guise of so-called pregnancy advice. Mr Tully said the ad is offensive because its fundamental message is: 'we can kill unborn babies'.[SPUC, 4 August]

Uzbek woman dies during an abortion and then dumped in a forest

Three medics in the Moscow region, Russia, face trial after an Uzbek woman died during an abortion and was then dumped in a nearby national park. Reports say that the dead body was found in the park by local residents. A police investigation subsequently found surveillance footage from inside the clinic of the medics loading the body into a vehicle and then driving away. [Pravda, 4 August]

British girl saved by windpipe made from her own stem cells

Doctors in Italy have performed life-saving surgery on a British girl with cancer by using her own stem cells to create new windpipes, which were biologically identical to her original organs. The nineteen year old was able to speak a few days after the operation. The windpipes were made by regenerating tissue from the patients' nose and bone marrow stem cells. Dr Walter Giovanni, from AOU Careggi hospital in Florence, Italy, said the surgery was a unique solution to a problem where the only other possible outcome was the death of the patient. [Daily Mail, 4 August]

Other stories:

200 American physicians protest abortion in military bases [, 3 August]

Poll reveals majority of Canadians don't know that the law gives the unborn no protection. [, 4 August]

Poll suggests Kenya will pass pro-abortion constitution. [, 4 August]

Leading British philosopher says assisted suicide laws are never safe [Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, 3 August]

UK nurses suspended after leaving patients without food and water. [Telegraph, 5 August]

Australian TV show produces advert to promote mandatory euthanasia. [Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, 4 August]

Spanish football coach's son, who has Down's syndrome, shares Spain's glory [John Smeaton, 3 August]

Health charity says pregnant women's health is being undermined by lack of GP involvement [BBC, 4 August]

American pro-life TV show wins award [, 3 August]

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