Wider morning-after pill access harms teens, opponents say

Washington D.C., May 1, 2013 / 05:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Critics slammed the FDA’s decision to make the Plan B One-Step morning-after pill available without a prescription to teenagers as young as 15, saying the pill is dangerous for young women and can act as an abortion drug.“Once again, the health of young women is being sacrificed on the altar of ‘choice,’” Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, said April 30.Anna Higgins, director of … [Read more...]

Survival of hot air balloon crash attributed to God’s help

Lima, Peru, May 1, 2013 / 04:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Family members and rescue workers are crediting God for what they described as the miraculous rescue of five women who survived a recent hot air balloon crash in Peru.“Training and God’s help made us victorious,” said Julissa Laguna, the pilot of the military helicopter that found five women who lived through an April 28 hot air balloon crash in the ocean south of Lima. Rescuers were able to rescue five survivors … [Read more...]

Kidnapped Syrian bishop in need of medicine

Washington D.C., May 1, 2013 / 12:36 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- No news has emerged of the two kidnapped Orthodox bishops in Syria, more than a week since their disappearance, and reports have now surfaced that one is in grave need of medications for his health conditions.“We still do not know where the two archbishops are or who has taken them,” a spokesman for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Aleppo told Aid to the Church in Need April 29.Concerns are escalating because one of the … [Read more...]

Pope warns against work that enslaves man

Vatican City, May 1, 2013 / 10:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Marking the feast of Saint Joseph the Worker, Pope Francis said at his General Audience this week that work should serve man and contribute to his dignity, rather than man serving his work.“How many people worldwide are victims of this type of slavery, in which the person is at the service of his or her work, while work should offer a service to people so they may have dignity,” the Pope said May 1 at St. Peter's … [Read more...]

Obama’s Planned Parenthood claims rejected by former employee

Washington D.C., May 1, 2013 / 04:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Although President Barack Obama told a Planned Parenthood conference last week that abortion opponents are stuck in the past, former clinic manager Abby Johnson says the youth of the pro-life movement suggests otherwise.“We’ve seen the pro-life movement gaining. We see the abortion movement declining,” Johnson told CNA April 30.She suggested that the president may not know those who are in the pro-life … [Read more...]

Critics say Calif. infertility bill violates children’s rights

Sacramento, Calif., May 1, 2013 / 02:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A California bill ensuring that health care coverage for infertility treatments would be provided to same-sex couples is a violation of the basic human right for a mother and a father, critics charge. “What we're concerned about is sperm and egg donation in general, for the purpose of creating children,” Bill May, president of Catholics for the Common Good, told CNA April 30. He said the practice deprives these … [Read more...]

Newark archdiocese says media ‘mischaracterizing’ accused priest

Newark, N.J., May 1, 2013 / 12:05 am (CNA).- The Archdiocese of Newark asserts that a local publication is inaccurately portraying the continued ministry of a priest who was accused of abusing a minor. On April 28, New Jersey newspaper The Star-Ledger published a story saying that the Newark archdiocese is allowing Father Michael Fugee, who was accused of sexual abuse of a teenage boy in 2001, to continue working with children. The archdiocesan communications director, James Goodness, told … [Read more...]