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PRINCETON, Mar. 7, 2001 (LSN.ca) - Princeton University's infamous Professor
Peter Singer, an advocate of infanticide in the first few weeks after a
child is born, is now writing in favour of bestiality.  National Review
associate editor Kathryn Jean Lopez reported Monday on an article Singer
wrote for the online magazine nerve.com entitled "Heavy Petting."  In the
article the "ethicist" advocates the normalcy of bestiality.

Lopez points out that Singer was appointed to his position at Princeton by
President Harold Shapiro, chairman of President Clinton's National Bioethics
Advisory Commission.  He was appointed despite massive protests by

For more see the National Review at:

Date: Wed, 7 Mar 2001 22:47:14 -0500
From: "Jules Duguay" <dug@idirect.com>
To: <cinlife@cin.org>

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India: Killing of Unwanted Baby Girls Continues in India

New Delhi, India -- The killing of baby girls in India is continuing, both
inside and outside the womb, despite new legislation banning the use of
ultrasound tests to determine the sex of unborn children.

The Pre-Natal Diagnostic Test Act also outlaws attempts to conceal a birth by
disposing of a baby's body secretly. But recent reports suggest the law is
being widely violated in villages and urban areas around the country.

It's estimated that up to five million baby girls are aborted every year in
India, a society where males are held in higher esteem for cultural and
economic reasons.

Sex-determination tests were banned in the country in 1994, but they continue
to be performed and are blamed for a dramatic drop in the male-female birth

A March 2001 census reported that India had 933 women for every 1,000 men,
down from 972 women per 1,000 men a decade ago. The ratio is even worse in
some specified areas, like Chandigarh City in north India (773/1000) and
parts of Rajasthan state (600/1000).

The world average sex ratio is roughly 990 women for every 1,000 men, while
in some Western regions there are around 1,060 women to every 1000 men.

"The sex ratio is falling so drastically that, in a few years, there will be
no Indian women for Indian men to marry," said Rewa Nayyar of India's
National Commission for Women.

The government has issued notices to all diagnostic centers using ultra-sound
scanning, ordering them to register. It is mandatory for the clinics to
declare that they don't conduct pre-natal tests to confirm the sex of a child.

It has been reported that families in villages may ask midwives to kill
newborn baby girls, and a recent survey reported 10,000 cases of female
infanticide annually.

Mostly, however, the killing occurs in the womb.

According to research, about 80 percent of mothers do not want to abort their
baby girls, but are forced to do so by their husbands and in-laws.

There are both cultural and financial reasons why sons tend to be favored in

According to Hindu mythology it is believed that the soul of a parent
achieves nirvana (freedom from material life) only if a son is born. At the
funeral of an adult, only a male relative (a son or nephew) may light the

Girls are viewed as a financial burden, too, especially in rural areas. When
a daughter is married, her family pays an often large dowry to the groom.
This can include money, gifts, jewelry or even property. So while having a
son brings wealth into the family, having a daughter costs the family dearly.

Moreover, sons look after elderly parents.

"The craze for a male child in India is amazing and even sickening at times,"
said New Delhi physician Dr. Ashok Mittal. "Parents are ready to go to any
extent to have a male child - so much so that there is such a big hue and cry
over the birth of a second or third daughter that an outsider feels as if
someone has died."

Mittal said "female feticide" should be criticized and acted against, "but
unless we change our customs and thinking patterns, the problem cannot be

From:  The Pro-Life Infonet <infonet@prolifeinfo.org>
Reply-To:  Steven Ertelt <infonet@prolifeinfo.org>
Subject:   Killing of Unwanted Baby Girls Continues in India
Source:   Cybercast News Service; August 8, 2002

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CDC Report Shows Early Infanticides More Likely

Atlanta, GA - Americans are at least 10 times more likely to be murdered
on the day of their birth than at any other point in their lives,
according to a study released on Thursday by federal health officials.

A startling 243, or 7.3 percent, of the 3,312 infant homicides recorded
between 1989 and 1998 occurred on the date of birth, according to data
released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

When based on years of exposure per person, the homicide rate for infants
on the first day of life was about 10 times greater than the next most
vulnerable group -- adults between the ages of 20 and 24.

Dr. Len Paulozzi of the CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and
Control noted that the actual rate of infanticide among newborns on the
first day of life might be even higher because of the potential for
underreporting of such murders.

"Sometimes a homicide actually occurred, but it is reported and recorded
on the death certificate as an unintentional injury, such as a fall or as
a case of sudden infant death syndrome," Paulozzi said.

The CDC data, which was based on death certificates collected from the 50
states and the District of Columbia, also showed that the infanticide rate
dropped sharply after the first week of a baby's life. Infant murders,
however, hit a second peak in the eighth week, which the Atlanta-based CDC
said might coincide with a peak in the daily duration of crying among
normal babies at that age.

The CDC noted that 89 percent of those who kill infants are female and
tend to be the mother of the infant. Mothers who kill their children are
more likely to be adolescents and have a history of mental illness, the
agency said.

The study was released during the murder trial of Andrea Yates, a Texas
mother who drowned her five young children in the bathtub of her Houston
home. The youngest was six months old.

From:  The Pro-Life Infonet <infonet@prolifeinfo.org>
Reply-To:  Steven Ertelt <infonet@prolifeinfo.org>
Subject:   CDC Report Shows Early Infanticides More Likely
Source:   Reuters; March 8, 2002