Culture of Life
BY John Lilly
April 23-29, 2006 Issue | Posted 4/24/06 at 11:00 AM
French Incentives Work
BBC, April 3 — Efforts to increase
the birth rate in
At least some of the credit for a tenuous hold on a rising birth rate goes to the gamut of financial incentives provided by the government for parents.
A graduated income-tax rate means the more children parents have, the less tax they pay. In addition, the government pays a monthly allowance of $314 for families with three children.
The “large family” card gives a 30% reduction on train fare and half price for riding the metro. The Paris-family card gives families free entrance to swimming pools and other venues, as well as an annual stipend for extra-curricular arts and sports.
EL TIEMPO, April
4 — Hundreds of thousands of Colombians took to the streets in the capital
earlier this month to demonstrate against a possible ruling by nation’s
The campaign, launched under the leadership of the city’s archbishop, Cardinal Pedro Rubiano, has included an appeal to the international pro-life movement to join in a massive prayer effort to stop the spread of abortion.
“The loss of one country will
substantially weaken the pro-life fabric of all of Latin America,” wrote
Cardinal Rubiano to pro-life organizations throughout
While pro-lifers say El Tiempo is often hostile to their cause, the newspaper published an aerial shot of the vast number of demonstrators, conceding that their number exceeded 100,000.
A state appeals court ruled last
year that the informed consent law violates
The Florida Supreme Court said “the doctrine of informed consent … is grounded in the common law and based in the concepts of bodily integrity and patient autonomy.”
The court said, “as with any other medical procedure, the state may require physicians to obtain informed consent from a patient prior to terminating pregnancy.”
No Suicidio Asistido
LEAGUE OF UNITED LATIN AMERICAN CITIZENS, April 6 — The U.S. Latin American community does not support assisted suicide, according to a statement from the league, known by the acronym Lulac.
The oldest and largest Latino
organization in the
In doing so, Lulac said it was joined by organizations that defend people with disabilities, the poor and the uninsured.
DAKOTA VOICE, April 10 — Thousands of women
The company began airing the commercials last fall. The spots show “abortion-vulnerable” young women expressing their fear and confusion over finding themselves pregnant. Viewers are then directed to the Option Line, a toll-free crisis helpline managed by Care Net and Heartbeat International. The Option Line directs callers to local crisis-pregnancy centers.
In one city alone,
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