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IVF could double risk of cerebral palsy

3 November 2010

Several studies have shown that rates of cerebral palsy, the neurological condition which can result in speech problems, muscular stiffness and curvature of the spine, are higher in couples who have undergone in vitro fertilisation (IVF). Now researchers at the University of Aarhus in Denmark found that babies born by IVF were more than twice as likely to have cerebral palsy as those conceived naturally. [Telegraph, 3 November]

Australian senator introduces euthanasia bill

Senator Bob Brown of the Australian Green Party has introduced a private senator’s bill that would overturn a 1997 law that restricts the ability of the Northern Territory, the ACT and Norfolk Island to legalize euthanasia. Sen. Brown has clashed with Catholic officials on this issue severaltimes before. A previous attempt was defeated in 2008 by Victoria's parliament. [, 2 November]

40 Days for Life ends, 541 babies saved

40 Days for Life, the movement of prayer, fasting, outreach and vigil has ended. This year also saw the first 40 Days for Life event in London, United Kingdom. Organisers say that at least 541 babies have been saved, and their mothers given the support they need. The actual number could be higher, but only those mothers informed 40 Days for Life of the good news were included. [CNA, 2 November] 

Other stories

40 Days for Life ends, 541 babies saved [CNA, 2 November]

Nadine Dorries MP calls for informed pre-abortion counselling [Press Association, 3 November]

IVF could double risk of cerebral palsy [Telegraph, 3 November]

US doctor implanted 12 embryos [Bionews, 25 October]

Australian senator introduces euthanasia bill [, 2 November]

Dementia sufferers not getting needed hospice care [, 2 November] 

Left wing writer rejects call for population control [Abortion Review, 2 November]

Bart Stupak's seat goes to pro-life Republican [, 2 November]

Catholic archbishop encourages integrity in medical profession [Zenit, 2 November]

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