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Norway shooter supports abortion for disabled babies

26 July 2011

Anders Behring Breivik, who killed scores of people in Norway on Friday, supports abortion in cases of rape and disability. The mainstream media have been reporting that Mr Breivik is a "Christian fundamentalist", whereas in his own writings he made clear that he is not a religious believer. A number of his ideas are at variance with pro-life and pro-family principles. [, 25 July]

UK premature baby survives after doctors advised abortion

A British baby born at 23 weeks into pregnancy has survived, after his parents rejected doctors' advice to abort him. Jacob McMahon was born weighing 1lb 4oz (0.57kg). [Telegraph, 25 July] The Telegraph's reporter states incorrectly that the upper time-limit for abortion in Britain is 24 weeks. In fact, abortion is allowed up to birth on the ground of disability and on some other grounds.

UK sperm bank to offer new online catalogue offering 'well-dressed' donors

A London sperm bank is offering women an online catalogue of sperm donors classified by personal attributes. The catalogue includes details of the donor's personality, lifestyle and appearance. [Marie Claire, 25 July] Anthony Ozimic of SPUC commented: "Such catalogues have been available in the United States for many years. It is disturbing that such objectification and commodification of the gift of reproduction is now appearing in the United Kingdom."

Other stories:

African cardinal says divine judgment will fall on priests who do not oppose abortion [, 25 July]

New Gallup opinion poll on US opinion on abortion [Gallup, 25 July]

Aborted baby lies in open casket at US city hall funeral [, 25 July]

US pro-lifers campaigning against Catholic hospital refusing to sack abortionist [, 22 July]

Nurses speak out against family in UK right-to-die case [Independent, 26 July]

US cardinal says deliberate taking of innocent is "intrinsically evil" [CNA, 25 July]

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