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  • France rejects a third gender category

    by Kiley Crossland/WORLD News Service, posted Tuesday, May 16, 2017 (6 months ago)

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    PARIS (BP) -- France's highest court has rejected the notion of a "neutral" gender.

    The ruling upheld a lower court's decision denying a French citizen with a sex development disorder the right to use "neutral" as an official gender. Read More

  • French abortion bill would outlaw 'moral' pressure

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, December 08, 2016 (one year ago)

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    PARIS (BP) -- A bill passed by France's Senate Dec. 7 that bans websites distributing "false information" about abortion could be used, pro-life activists say, to criminalize legitimate attempts to dissuade women from terminating their pregnancies.

    The bill was approved 173-126, according to news reports, and must return to the lower house of parliament, the National Assembly, for final approval before advancing to Socialist President Francois Hollande. Read More

  • France plans ban on pro-life websites

    by Samantha Gobba, posted Tuesday, October 11, 2016 (one year ago)

    FRANCE (BP) -- The French government has announced that it plans to ban pro-life websites found guilty of "deliberately deceiving" women with the appearance of neutrality.

    Under an amendment to a current "Equality and Citizenship" law, owners of pro-life sites could face a 30,000 euro fine (about $33,600) and two years in prison, the same penalties that currently apply to "the offense of obstruction to abortion," which has been illegal since 1993. Read More

  • IS group kills priest in Western church attack

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, July 27, 2016 (one year ago)

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    NORMANDY, France (BP) -- Islamic State jihadists slit the throat of an elderly Catholic priest who was celebrating Mass in Normandy, France, early July 26, marking the terrorist group's first known attack on a church in the West, the Associated Press reported.

    In the knife attack just before 10 a.m. in the rural community of Saint-Etienne-Du-Rouvray, two men forced 85-year-old priest Jacques Hamel to his knees, murdered him and filmed themselves making comments in Arabic while dancing around the altar, a nun who witnessed the attack told AP. Read More

  • In Paris, 'death, pain & terror' met by prayer, hope

    by Charles Braddix, posted Saturday, November 14, 2015 (2 years ago)

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    PARIS (BP) -- Friday the 13th became a day of infamy in Paris after a series of coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris left at least 129 people dead and 350 wounded. "Some rush immediately to political or even ideological reasons behind the acts," said Mark Edworthy, the International Mission Board’s top strategist for Europe, "but our workers understand the spiritual dimension of darkness in the world and the reality that violence can erupt anywhere and any time." Read More