Removing informed consent for abortion a step backward, critic of Ga. bill says

Atlanta, Ga., Feb 4, 2020 / 06:01 pm (CNA).- Georgia’s heartbeat-based abortion ban is tied up in court, but six pro-abortion rights legislators in the state have reacted by proposing a bill to remove ultrasound and other informed consent requirements for women seeking abortions.

Ann Beall, director of the Kolbe Center for Life in Macon, is a critic of their bill.

“It is so horrifying to me that anyone, particularly six women, would bring this forward when that’s just taking us backwards,” Beall told the Macon-based news station WGXA. “Why would a women not want all of the information possible before having a procedure that’s going to change her life, kill her unborn child?”

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Pope dismisses founder of Miles Christi Institute from clerical state

La Plata, Argentina, Feb 4, 2020 / 05:22 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis has dismissed from the clerical state Argentine priest Roberto Juan Yannuzzi, founder and superior of the Miles Christi (Soldier of Christ) Institute, who has been found guilty of abuse.

The order has locations in the U.S. dioceses of San Diego and Detroit, as well as Argentina, Mexico and Italy.

Archbishop Víctor Manuel Fernández of La Plata, Argentina, where the institute was founded, said in a Feb. 2 statement that Pope Francis made the decision because Yannuzzi “has been found guilty of crimes against the sixth commandment with adults, the absolution of the accomplice, and the abuse of authority.”

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Pope Francis Sends Video Message to Participants in Arab Media Convention for Human Fraternity

Pope Francis on February 4, 2020, sent a video message to Participants in the Arab Media Convention for Human Fraternity, taking place in Abu Dhabi, reported Vatican News.

In his message, the Pope celebrated the first anniversary of the signing of the Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together.

He said the anniversary is a chance to renew hopes for “a better future for humanity, a future free from hatred, rancor, extremism, and terrorism, in which the values of peace, love, and fraternity prevail.”

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At State of the Union, what pro-life leaders hope to hear

Washington D.C., Feb 4, 2020 / 04:06 pm (CNA).- Ahead of President Donald Trump’s annual State of the Union address on Tuesday, Feb. 4, pro-life activists and Christian leaders say they hope the president will use his address to advocate for the right to life and to protect religious minorities.

“I hope President Trump takes the opportunity to call Americans to unity on the human right to life. We need to move beyond partisanship and rally around a shared vision for Americans who especially need solidarity, love, and care,” said Tom Shakely, chief engagement officer at Americans United for Life.

Trump could offer, “a national appeal to build a culture of life, a real spectrum of life-affirming choices that rejects violence and self-harm, in every state, city, and town,” said Shakely. This potential message “would be a powerful and important moment in our history.”

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