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France rejects a third gender categoryPARIS (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' pressurePARIS (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 websitesFRANCE (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 attackNORMANDY, 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, hopePARIS (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