Filipinos Sue ‘Catholics' for a Free Choice

CATHOLIC FAMILY & HUMAN RIGHTS INSTITUTE, April 19 — A group of pro-life and pro-family advocates in the Philippines is suing Catholics for a Free Choice (CFFC) for deceptive advertising.

For the past few months, CFFC has purchased billboards and newspaper advertisement in cities worldwide, which claim that Catholic bishops “ban” condoms, and that the Church is responsible for the deaths of millions of people due to HIV/AIDS.

In response, the Filipino group has lodged a court complaint against CFFC, stating the ad campaign breaches the country's code of ethics in advertising.

According to the complaint, the CFFC advertisements are guilty of “dishonest advertising” and “open and direct disparagement” of religious beliefs.

Canadian Court Rejects Appeal

THE LONDON FREE PRESS, April 19 — The Supreme Court of Canada dismissed the case of Toronto homo-sexual/AIDS activist James Wakeford who was requesting legal assisted suicide.

The case, James Wakeford vs. Attorney General of Canada was dismissed without comment. The Supreme Court of Canada had already decided on the assisted suicide question in 1993 when it rejected the appeal of Lou Gehrig's disease sufferer Sue Rodriguez, noting that laws against assisted suicide did not infringe her constitutional rights. Wakeford's lawyer, David Corbett, insisted that the case was different from that of Rodriguez since Wakeford is able to self-administer the lethal drugs whereas Rodriguez was unable to do so.

Adult Stem Cell Therapy May Stall MS

ASSOCIATED PRESS, April 17 — Adult stem cell therapy has helped to delay multiple sclerosis symptoms in some patients with a severe form of the disease.

University of Washington Medical Center researchers reported initial success with an experimental therapy in which they filtered stem cells from the blood of 26 patients with MS using a new magnetic method.

Then they wiped out the patients' faulty immune systems, reintroduced the stem cells into the patients' bloodstreams, and within nine days, new immune cells had begun to grow.