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Kenyan doctors work to stop abortion elements in new constitution

7 July 2010

A group of doctors and attorneys in Kenya have launched a court challenge to remove a pro-abortion provision from Kenya's draft constitution. The group says the provision does not represent the views of the people of Kenya. Kenyans will vote next month on the draft constitution. [, 6 July]

German court allow genetic screening of human embryos

A German court ruled yesterday that embryos who have been frozen for future in vitro fertilisation (IVF) can be screened to see if they are likely to be born with disabilities. The Federal Supreme Court in Leipzig ruled in support of a Berlin gynaecologist who had carried out such screening and implanted only those without disabilities. [Yahoo News, 6 July]

Methodists to clarify their position on abortion

The annual conference of the Methodist Church has voted to clarify their position on abortion. The church has said that it will not alter their 1976 statement on abortion, but will issue an updated explanation of it. The Pro Life Alliance is urging people to contact the Methodists to help influence the briefing. [, 6 July]

Irish pro-life march draws 4000 people

The annual all-Ireland pro-life rally which took place last Saturday was attended by an estimated 4,000 people. The rally received a message of support from Dr Philip Boyce, Catholic bishop of Raphoe. The rally was also reminded that Ireland’s pro-life laws are under threat from the A, B & C case currently before the European Court of Human Rights, as well as by proposed domestic legislation. [Patrick Buckley, 5 July]

US bishop says failure to correct pro-abortion politicians encourages greater evil

Thomas Olmsted, the Catholic bishop of Phoenix, America, has said that those who refuse to take Catholic pro-abortion politicians to task embolden such individuals to commit acts against human life and dignity. Bishop Olmsted said that to remain silent about scandalous activity is not an act of charity, as charity is inauthentic if it is not linked with truth.  [, 5 July]

Leading scientist abandons embryonic research

George Q. Daley, a leading scientific promoter of embryonic stem cell research, has abandoned suich research in favour of ethical alternatives. He has said that he has chosen to take advantage of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells) instead. [BioEdge, 3 July]

Other stories:

American Civil Liberties Union puts pressures Catholic hospitals to perform abortions [, 6 July]

Spanish governors question constitutionality of new abortion law. [, 6 July]

Honest pro-abortion article prompts honest questions. [John Smeaton, 5 July]

Spanish Catholic bishops restate opposition to new abortion law as it goes into effect. [Zenit, 5 July]

Fetal brains used in Parkinson’s treatment trials. [, 1 July]

Catholic bishop criticises freshly launched euthanasia bill in Tasmania, Australia. [, 6 July]

Obama’s nomination spells danger for the rule of law. [John Smeaton, 6 July]

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