"Other" Epidemic: Suicide
10 (FIDES/CWNews.com)With the SARS epidemic apparently subsiding,
a missionary priest in Taiwan has told the Fides news service that
the country is also facing an epidemic of suicide.
in Taipei the situation with regard to SARS is improving, but since
it is a mysterious disease which escapes control people are still
afraid because they feel defenseless and helpless", Father
Paolo Desandre, a missionary of the Fraternity of St Charles Borromeo,
reported. He was referring to the situation in Taipei, Taiwan, where
he is stationed. "The unknown generates fear, but as Christians
our attitude must be different: we know that everything is in the
hands of the Lord, every second of time, although of course we must
take care and avoid unnecessary risks. The conviction that everything
in our life happens for our good makes us truly very different and
are full of news about SARS and television newscasts speak of nothing
else. But in actual fact what has really shocked me since I have
been in Taiwan is another disease about which no one speaks, and
which takes many lives every day. In Taipei, and in Taiwan in general,
the number of cases of suicide is appalling. During Chinese-language
lessons, for example, the suicide of a person on the previous day,
is often a subject for class discussion-- as if it were something
normal, indeed sometimes some people joke about it. This I find
continued: "Desperate people who jump off high bridges, teenagers
who (so the papers say) decide to die because they fail an exam
or their girlfriend or boyfriend has left. Little or nothing is
said about these facts, which cause more deaths than SARS, except
in tabloids which search for causes to hide the real motive for
this sad act: people have never met the Reason for life."
- LEGALIZES ABORTION DRUG RU-486
Taipei, Taiwan - Taiwan's health authorities on last week legalized
the use of the dangerous RU-486 abortion pill, an official said.
RU-486, or Mifepristone, is available on a doctor's prescription
after having undergone four months of clinical trials at three local
hospitals, Minister of Health Lee Ming-liang said.
The drug can only be used by women who are less than seven weeks
pregnant and must be taken in the presence of a doctor, Lee said.
Women would be required to have a checkup 36 to 48 hours later where
they would have to take a second drug called isoprostol which causes
a miscarriage of the unborn child, who, by that time, has already
been starved to death.
Source: Pro-Life Infonet (firstname.lastname@example.org)