By Kathleen Gilbert
WASHINGTON, D.C., November 16, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - In a CNN interview Sunday, White House Senior Advisor David Axelrod indicated that President Obama is working with lawmakers to remove the pro-life Stupak amendment from the health care bill.
The Stupak amendment, which was unexpectedly allowed to come up for a vote in the House and then voted into the health bill earlier this month, applies to the bill long-standing federal policy against using government funds for elective abortions.
Axelrod expressed President Obama's antipathy towards the amendment, which Axelrod claimed changes the "status quo" on abortion insurance coverage, in an appearance on CNN's "State of the Union. Click on title to continue"
French Judge Finds Hospital Guilty of "Unreasonable Obstinacy" in Saving Newborn's LifeWhen can saving a life be too much?
By Patrick B. Craine
ORANGE, France, November 16, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A hospital in the south of France has been found guilty of taking excessive measures when they successfully revived a newborn baby that had been declared stillborn. The case was brought by the parents, who are seeking 500,000 euros in damages.
The baby was born in an Orange hospital on December 14, 2002. The baby's heartbeat had dropped during delivery, and the baby seemed to be dead upon birth. After twenty-five minutes of attempted resuscitation, the gynecologist informed the parents that the baby was dead, but staff continued their efforts and the heartbeat returned. The baby has since suffered severe mental and physical disabilities due to the trauma.
The parents' lawyer, Alexandre Berteigne, told lepoint.fr that he was pleased with the decision, which he says is unprecedented in France. "For the first time, a tribunal recognizes that a life without consciousness is not a life," he said. He accused the hospital of having "forced to revive a child." Click on title to continue
France's National Rosary for Life Sparks Pro-Abortion Counter-Protests
By Patrick B. Craine
FRANCE, November 16, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - To mark their 23rd anniversary, the French pro-life group SOS Tout-Petits held their annual National Rosary for Life on Saturday, sparking heated protests from the country's pro-abortion activists.
Catholics gathered to pray outside cathedrals and churches in at least 28 cities throughout France, as well as in Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Philippines. In many of these cities, the peaceful event attracted large anti-Catholic counter-demonstrations.
For example, at the St. André Cathedral in Bordeaux, police were called to the scene as a large crowd opposed the 150 people gathered to pray. The crowd carried pro-abortion signs and shouted "Caca Catholic," "Mary, Jesus, we f*** you," and "If Mary had had an abortion, we wouldn't have this sh**." At the St. Étienne Cathedral in Toulouse, the protesters were held back by police. At St. Nicolas in Nantes, they threw eggs.
Videos of some of these protests can be found on YouTube here and Daily Motion here.
This is some indication of the agenda behind the anti-life mob. This is not the first time that Catholics were pesecuted in Nantes...