Abortionists want mandated referrals

SAINT JOHN — Pro-abortionists in New Brunswick are accusing the Saint John medical community of denying women access to abortion and birth control. The bulletin of the New Brunswick College of Physicians and Surgeons says the body is seeking input from members on whether doctors should be mandated to refer patients to other doctors. Peter Ryan of Campaign Life Coalition N.B., told LifeSite that the Morgentaler abortuary is agitating for pro-life MD’s in the province to be forced to act against their consciences and refer patients for abortions or abortifacients such as the morning-after pill. J. Edward Troy, Bishop Emeritus of Saint John, writing in the Telegraph Journal, said of an abortuary director who is urging that doctors be forced to violate their consciences by referring women for abortions: “Now this judgment comes from someone who is managing a business devoted to the destruction of babies in the womb! Talk about the moral high ground!”

Hospital sued after embryos lost

OTTAWA — The Ottawa Hospital is facing a lawsuit over the loss of frozen embryos created through in vitro fertilization at the hospital’s Fertility Clinic. Laura Palmer and her husband, Ronald Matyas, say the hospital negligently allowed three of their frozen embryos to be destroyed in February 2000. The hospital says that patients of the clinic are given the choice of keeping the leftover embryos cryopreserved at -196C in a freezing unit or allowing the hospital to destroy them “in a manner consistent with ethical professional standards.” The preservation of the frozen embryos costs $200 a year. The clinic estimates 50 per cent of embryos do not survive the freezing and thawing process and that when implanted, there is only a 15 per cent chance of resulting in a surviving till birth.

Designer babies

OTTAWA — The Ottawa Citizen reported that the ability to design children by personally selecting its genes will soon be upon us. Dr. Michael Rudnicki, a molecular biologist at the University of Ottawa, said that within 10 years the ability to screen 40-50 test-tube embryos for genetic traits will be advanced enough to allow parents to choose which embryos are most likely to meet with their expectations so only those embryos would be implanted in the mother. “If you have the right mixture of genes we could identify an embryo that would have blue eyes and would have a certain IQ.”