Canada

More than 30 pro-lifers picket a fundraiser for Kitchener’s Catholic Family Counselling Service which featured former U.S. president Bill Clinton, a notorious pro-abortion politician and philanderer … Glen Pearson, the Liberal candidate in the London North Centre by-election, says Prime Minister Stephen Harper is muzzling the Tory candidate in the riding, Diane Haskett, a former mayor who refused to proclaim a gay pride celebration in the city in the 1990s … A Compass Inc. poll sponsored by the Institute for Canadian Values and the Vancouver Sun finds that 82 per cent of Canadians oppose legalizing polygamy, 9 per cent favour legalization and 9 per cent don’t have an opinion …  The Defend Marriage Coalition has asked the Harper government to study the impact of redefining marrialuding how it affects children … Victor Doerksen, a candidate for the Progressive Conservative Party leadership in Alberta: “Social issues need to be debated, need to have their fair hearing.” Says Ted Morton, another leadership hopeful: “If you look at successful conservative parties in any country, they include both the economic conservatives and the social conservatives.” … The Outgames, a homosexual sporting event held in Montreal in August, lost more than $5 million. Organizers originally claimed a surplus of $200,000, but an audit by the Quebec government, which contributed $3 million, has found it indeed lost money … In an editorial on the politicization of stem cell research, the Globe and Mail notes that when the federal government passed a bill on reproductive technologies in 2004, “many parliamentarians clearly had no clue what the legislation was about” … A Canada-wide warrant for child pornographer and convicted sex offender John Robin Sharpe has been issued after he failed to comply with the national sex offender registry.

United States

The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments regarding the constitutionality of Nebraska’s partial-birth abortion ban … Despite pundits talking about the Religious Right abandonding the GOP, seven of ten evangelicals vote Republican in the midterm elections … Joseph Loconte and Michael Cromartie write in the Washington Post: “Evangelicals – Bible-believing and socially conservative – are redefining social justice.” That is, seek to address the conditions that cause poverty and despair “but they emphasize spiritual rebirth.” … President George W. Bush appoints Dr. Eric Keroack, an obstetrician-gynecologist, as the new chief of family planning services at the Department of Health and Human Services. Keroack, who has worked with Christian pregnancy counselling services, will advise HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt on how to spend $283 million in family planning grants. A Woman’s Concern, where Keroack was medical director, promotes abstinence and does not distribute contraception … According to the San Jose Mercury News, a U.S. Department of Justice-sponsored study by Professor Philip Stark, a professor of statistics at the University of California, Berkeley, has found that 1.1 per cent of all web pages contain sexually explicit material and that 6 per cent of internet searches return results that link to pornography.

International

A report by Professor Anna Glasier for the World Health Organization claims that 80 million women worldwide have an unintended pregnancy each year and that 19 million undergo “unsafe” abortions, resulting in 70,000 maternal deaths. Pro-life groups note that exaggerating the number of illegal and unsafe abortions, as well as the number of maternal deaths resulting from them, is a common tactic of abortion advocates … The Financial Times reports that Kemal Dervis, head of the United Nations Development Program, admits: “An agency like UNICEF collects big money based on its brand name.” But, adds the paper, “UN experts sometimes joke that were UNICEF’s private donors to discover they were giving money to the UN, they would be mortified” … The Australian Senate relaxes restrictions on stem cell research to permit cloning for experimental purposes. At the same time, it increases the penalty for flouting restrictions and bans the creation of human-animal hybrids … The Polish government says it will keep the status quo on its restrictive abortion laws, despite an attempt by coalition partner, League of Polish Families, to eliminate exceptions for cases of rape or threat to the health of the mother. Polish President Lech Kaczynski says: “The compromise reached on abortion 13 years ago is good” … The Linyi City Intermediate Court overturns a guilty verdict against Chen Guangcheng, an outspoken critic of China’s one-child policy. Chen was found guilty of public disorder offences last August and was sentenced to more than four years in prison, but the intermediate court quashed the conviction due to “serious violations” in legal proceedings. Chen will now be re-tried … Openly gay singer Elton John tells Music Monthly: “I think religion has always tried to turn hatred towards gay people … From my point of view, I would ban religion completely” … South Africa legalizes same-sex “marriage” the same week that Tanzania’s legislature explicitly rejects it.