Forced abortion in China prompts outrage, calls for reform

BEIJING (RNS) A pregnant woman who was dragged to a hospital by authorities and forced to have an abortion has enraged Chinese and sparked an online flurry of debate over whether it is time to end China's draconian one-child family planning policy. By Calum MacLeod.

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Vet hears God’s call in providing artificial limbs

Bob Smietana |

NASHVILLE (RNS) In 2003, Allan Doyle was in Saddam Hussein's palace when a stone wall crushed his left leg. Doctor's had no choice but to amputate it below the knee. Now, Doyle has rediscovered his faith and found a new calling as a prosthetist — a medical professional who fits amputees with new limbs. By Bob Smietana.

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Company touts ‘medical tourism’ to Israel for sick pilgrims

Michele Chabin |

JERUSALEM (RNS) An Israel-based tourism company is offering “medical tourism” packages that combines medical care with a pilgrimage for the thousands of Americans who travel abroad for medical care. By Michele Chabin.

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From the RNS archives: Catholic birth control decree remains controversial

Daniel Burke |

This article was written in 2008, around the 40th anniversary of Humanae Vitae, the papal document that reinforced the Catholic Church's ban on artificial birth control.  c. 2008 Religion News Service (RNS) Some say Pope Paul VI predicted the dangers of loosening sexual morals: widespread divorce, disease and promiscuity. Others say he cracked open a […]

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Billy Graham released from hospital

Lauren Markoe |

(RNS) Evangelist Billy Graham returned to his North Carolina home Tuesday (Dec. 6) after a six-day stay in a nearby hospital where he was treated for pneumonia. Graham, 93, responded well to antibiotics and grew stronger and more mobile after physical therapy, said Dr. Mark Hellrich, the pulmonologist who treated Graham at Mission Hospital in […]

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