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Trauma counsellor warns about psychological impacts of termination in wake of draft abortion bill

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AN internationally renowned Catholic trauma counsellor has warned of serious long-term psychological impacts on Queensland women if the state’s MPs back a draft bill to legalise abortion. “I’m hoping against hope that it won’t get through,” post-abortion grief and sexual abuse counsellor Anne Lastman said. In the past 17 years, the Melbourne-based counsellor has assisted more than 1500 women who have ... Read More »

Queenslanders to give fighting chance for the unborn

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PRO-life supporters are gearing up for a month of tireless campaigning to ensure Queensland politicians protect the unborn. Cherish Life Queensland announced the annual March For Life will be held in Brisbane on March 18, a day after the first national summit for the grassroots campaign Abortion Rethink. Four thousand people turned up to last year’s March for Life rally ... Read More »

Push to have women tested for Fragile X Syndrome ‘ethically troublesome’

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A THORNY ethical dilemma surrounds a new push by doctors to have women screened for Fragile X Syndrome (FXS), linked to intellectual disabilities and the most common single genetic cause of autism. Researchers at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the University of Melbourne are recommending that women should be offered testing for FXS, an inherited genetic condition, if pregnant ... Read More »

Catholic ethicist says some fertility clinics misleading desperate couples with false IVF success rates

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CONCERNS have been raised by a leading Catholic ethicist that some of Australia’s major IVF clinics have been misleading couples with information about success rates. Queensland priest Fr Kevin McGovern, emeritus director at the Caroline Chisholm Centre for Health Ethics, Melbourne, described as “deceitful” how some IVF clinics presented figures on their websites “to create the impression that the chance ... Read More »

Catholics remember wife of Emmanuel Community founder, Lorraine Smith

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CATHOLICS have honoured the spiritual mother of Brisbane’s charismatic renewal as “a faithful woman of God” with an unforgettable heart of forgiveness. Lorraine Smith, who was the wife of the founder of Emmanuel Community in Brisbane, died on September 13. Long-time friend Lisa Humphrys, who knew Mrs Smith since she was 13, said she was with the mother of five shortly ... Read More »

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