Pro-Life News Briefs: Abortion, New Jersey, South Korea, Wisconsin, More

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 1, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
May 16
, 2007

South Korea Presidential Candidate in Uproar Over Abortions on Disabled
Seoul, South Korea ( —
Presidential hopeful Lee Myung-bak of the main opposition Grand National Party (GNP) is involved in an uproar over remarks he made that have upset pro-life advocates and those in the disability commnity. About 20 protestors gathered in front of Lee’s office in Yeoido, Seoul, and complained that he had indicted in a recent press conference that he generally opposed abortion but would support it if the unborn baby is disabled. The pro-government Uri Party said in a statement that his inappropriate comments would cause incurable trauma to the disabled and their families. Other parties joined the attack, saying that his comments were totally inappropriate.

Australia Green Party Wants Government There to Pay for Abortions
Canberra, Australia ( —
The Australian Greens have called on the government to lift a ban that prohibits aid money being used to provide information on abortion. Under current guidelines, Australian aid money is banned from funding any organization that provides advice to women about abortion. Greens senator Kerry Nettle said providing women with advice on all reproductive health services would improve the health of women around the world. "Australia’s aid money should be helping to improve women’s health rather than making it worse by further limiting the access that women in the developing world have to health services," Senator Nettle said in a statement. The policy is similar to one in the United States that prohibits federal funds from being used to pay for or promote abortions in other nations.

Wisconsin Man Who Killed Unborn Baby, Charged With 2nd Infant’s Death
Madison, WI ( —
A Wisconsin man who killed a former girlfriend’s baby before birth has been accused of murdering his infant son and fracturing the skull of the baby’s twin brother. Casey J. Shelton, 31, was charged with reckless homicide and two counts of physical abuse of a child in the death of Christopher and the injury of his twin brother, Charles. Earlier, his former girlfriend, Amanda Soddy, said he abused her physically and mentally during a relationship that lasted two years and worsened when alcohol was involved. Soddy said when she told him she was pregnant he ordered her to have an abortion and when she refused, "he punched me hard in the stomach." She miscarried at about six months, in February, 2003, she said. In the latest incident, Shelton is accused of "forcibly shaking" the 10-week-old baby Christopher on Feb. 28, "causing his head to impact an unknown object," resulting in bleeding in his brain, among other injuries. He is also accused of grabbing the baby Charles by his sleeper and "carrying him, with his head flopping," and on Feb. 26, throwing the baby to the floor "and refusing to allow his mother to take him to the hospital."

Connecticut Governor Signs Bill Forcing Hospitals to Offer Plan B Drug
Hartford, CT ( —
Gov. M. Jodi Rell signed a bill Wednesday that would require hospitals to offer emergency contraception to rape victims. The state House approved it 113-36 two weeks ago over the objections of the state’s Catholic bishops. The law would require all 30 hospitals, including Catholic hospitals, to make the drug, known as Plan B, available. The Senate passed it earlier in the session. Pro-life advocates say the pills could cause an abortion. Last year, Hartford Archbishop Henry J. Mansell directed the four Catholic hospitals in the state not to prescribe the drug if a rape victim is ovulating or an egg has been fertilized — creating a new human life. In an effort to appease the Catholic Church, the bill allows an independent, third-party health care provider, such as a rape crisis nurse, to distribute the drug. That clause satisfied the governor.

New Jersey Legislative Candidate Jay Webber Gets Pro-Life Backing
Trenton, NJ ( —
Another pro-life group has hitched its wagon to Republican Assembly Candidate Jay Webber. The New Jersey Committee for Life, the state’s affiliate of the National Right to Life Committee, endorsed Webber today in the hotly contested 26th district Republican primary. Webber, a lawyer and former congressional aide, former Kinnelon Council President Larry Casha and Assembly Minority Leader Alex DeCroce are fighting for two assembly seats in this Republican-leaning district. “I am honored to receive the endorsement of the New Jersey Committee for Life,” said Webber, a lawyer and former congressional aide. “I am proudly pro-life and look forward to defending and supporting our shared values." Just last week Webber was endorsed by New Jersey Right to Life PAC, and anti-abortion leader Sean Flanagan sits on his steering committee.