by Steven Ertelt
July 5, 2007
Pro-Life Group Releases Series of YouTube Videos on China Forced Abortions
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Steven Mosher, president of the Population Research Institute, has released the first in a series of short, high-impact YouTube videos designed to grab the attention of the internet generation. "There a new generation of pro-lifers out there," says Mosher. "They are used to getting their news and information from the Internet, rather than from print publications. Our YouTube videos–state-of-the-art, visually exciting, and superbly edited–are designed for this audience." The flagship video runs about 5 minutes long, and details Mosher’s experiences in China, where he first discovered the one-child policy in 1979. Future videos will include, according to Mosher, "snapshots of our baby-saving work around the globe," making them "a must-see for anyone who supports the cause of Life." These videos will be available in English and Spanish, and can be found by typing the words "Steven Mosher" into the YouTube search engine.
North Carolina Residents Upset Dogs More Important Than Moms, Babies
Raleigh, NC (Lifenews.com) — Residents of North Carolina join pro-life groups in being upset about how a bill to protect police dogs has sailed through the legislature while another to give protection and justice for pregnant women and their unborn children has stalled. The father of a young, pregnant mom found stabbed to death says he does not understand. The law enforcement animal has new protection with a new law. In a nutshell, the law says kill a police dog, and go to jail. But that’s hard to swallow for the father of a pregnant woman who was stabbed to death in Raleigh last month. Jenna Nielson was eight months pregnant with a boy she planned to name Ethen. "I just don’t understand why you would pass a law for a dog, but not a child," said Kevin Blaine, Jenna Nielson’s father. North Carolina law does not allow two murder charges for the death of a pregnant mother. Some lawmakers have introduced a bill to change that, but it’s bottled up in a committees as abortion advocates have opposed it. "This was a murder," Blaine told ABC News. "This had nothing to do with abortion or any of the other things that may be clouding this issue up."
Ireland Pro-Life Leader Assaulted by Police During Arrest Over Abortion Display
Coleraine, Northern Ireland (LifeNews.com) — The director of Northern Ireland’s leading pro-life group Precious Life was assaulted by police while being arrested for showing a pro-life display. The incident happened when police seized a display board in Coleraine town center on June 30. Bernadette Smyth received extensive bruising to her arm and had to undergo an examination by the police doctor. The ‘Life Display’ showed pictures of babies in the womb; information for woman suffering after abortion; and babies killed by abortion. Members of Precious Life had set up their Life Display and information table in Coleraine at 2.00pm. The group had spent over an hour and a half distributing leaflets and collecting petition signatures when police officers arrived. The officer in charge claimed the pictures were “offensive” and demanded the display be taken down or he would confiscate it. Bernadette Smyth tried to explain that the Public Prosecution Service had ruled on previous occasions that the display was not illegal. The officer would not listen to her appeal. As he aggressively grabbed the display which Mrs. Smyth was leaning on, her arm became wedged between the heavy wooden boards, resulting in severe bruising. She was then arrested for ‘provocative conduct’ and thrown it into the back of a police van. Bernadette Smyth was held in custody for almost two hours, during which she had to be examined by a police doctor. She was released on bail and has since made a formal complaint against the arresting officer. Alicea Brennan from Precious Life said “This heavy-handed action of the police was utterly disgraceful. Bernadette was assaulted and then arrested for trying to protect mothers and babies from abortion. Some of our pictures show the reality of abortion but it is the fact that little unborn babies are being killed which is truly offensive.”
Sweden Political Party Faces Rift Over Abortion Issue, Split Possible
Stockholm, Sweden (LifeNews.com) — Sweden’s Christian Democrat party is facing the prospect of a schism over the issue of abortion. After the party leadership’s victory at the national conference last week, it has emerged that a new party could break away to campaign for a total ban on abortion. At the Sundsvall conference, party leader Göran Hägglund and his senior colleagues won the support of a majority of party members for his ‘no change’ policy on abortion. Hägglund, who angered many of his own party members earlier this year with a decision to allow foreign women to come to Sweden for abortions, called for "strong commitments and preventive measures in reducing the numbers of unwanted pregnancies." But that does not go far enough for many Christian Democrats. According to the newspaper Dagen, a group of party members have advanced plans for a new party backing a total ban. One of the men behind the initiative, Per Kronlid, told Dagen that someone needed to represent the unborn children. "There must be a party which dares to stand for that," he said. However, the Christian Democrats’ party secretary Lennart Sjögren said that he did not believe the party was divided on the issue. "Not as I see it. There were maybe 20 or 30 representatives who said they had a different view to that of the party board. That’s less than 10 percent of all representatives," he said. Sjögren added that he did not see a new party as a threat saying few people want a political party that addresses one issue.